Ross Video has announced their NAB 2012 offerings. Ross has new features and additions in each product line as well as the introduction of Ross Robotics.
Vision QMD & Octane
Multi-Format Production Switchers
Ross’ Vision Series high-end production switcher family continues to evolve with v15 software that will be showcased at NAB 2012. This new version extends the rich integration between Production Switcher, XPression Graphics system and our industry leading OverDrive Automated Production Control system. Sports and News workflows will be demonstrated that previously would have required multiple CG channels across multiple platforms, streamlining production tasks without compromising that perfect on-air look. Also at the show will be new Vision control panel modules that accommodate additional external device control. Vision offers tremendous operational flexibility – cost effectively, making it the smart choice for mid to large production systems.
Carbonite Digital Production Switchers
Ross’ new award winning mid-size switcher line-up adds the new Carbonite C1M, a 1 MLE production switcher with 24 direct access source buttons. Version 6 software will also be demonstrated, bringing several important enhancements to this highly successful product. New features will include expanded MultiViewer capabilities, providing users with far greater monitoring flexibility and unprecedented control over screen layouts and labels. In addition audio playout capabilities have been added to the Media Stores for playout with animated transitions. This version will include many other valuable features and be available to all existing Ross Carbonite users via a free download from the Ross Video website.
OverDrive® Automated Production Control System
NAB 2012 will see the preview of v12 software for OverDrive, the world leader in Automated Production Control technology. Version 12 completes the set of redundant options, which include : HotSwap to switch between OverDrive servers, DeviceSwap to manage sync rolling of video servers, and FrameSwap allowing two Vision switchers to be operated synchronously from a single OverDrive system. Additionally, support has been added for Traditional Chinese text, .5MLE Vision switcher models, device status indications in GlobalView™ and more! Also featured this year will be the QuickTurn™ new media workflow, which enables concurrent creation of web and broadcast streams.
XPression Real-time Motion Graphics
XPression has gone through some major enhancements for NAB 2012. With the introduction of v4.0, users can now load multiple projects simultaneously, or even single graphics, without disrupting on-air operation. In addition, in a MOS newsroom environment XPression can now apply different styles to the same graphics in a rundown. For example, all of the graphics in a morning news show can be re-skinned to have the evening news look, simply by selecting the appropriate style from the XPression Remote Sequencer. This can even be done on-air!
On the design side, new animated text effects, more 3D primitives, new shader types, and a 64-bit XPression video codec add to the production power of the system. In addition, Spell Check and a new XPression Custom Keyboard help live operators fly through the most demanding situations.
Even better data handling is now possible with XPression. The XPression Datalinq Server now offers full support for Daktronics and OES scoreboards, in addition to improved record handling that allows users to pick specific entries in a database, Excel sheet, XML, or text file to populate an XPression template.
Also new for NAB is the addition of more integration with 3rd-party systems. XPression now fully supports Avid Command and Mosart production automation. In addition, there is a new XPression NLE plug-in for GV Aurora editing systems.
NAB 2012 also showcases camera tracking for XPression virtual sets in partnership with North America’s most successful virtual set integrator, Unreel. Tracking software and optional UX touchscreen GUI from Unreel add full camera tracking capability to XPression for dynamic virtual set environments.
openGear 3G/HD/SD Terminal Equipment
The industry standard platform of choice, continues to grow, offering the unique opportunity to select products from a range of technology leaders without requiring multiple frame standards.
DashBoard 5 takes openGear control to a new level offering enhanced graphical layouts with a suite of new elements and a totally new look. Built in flexibility allows for the creation of custom navigation and control surfaces to manage complex or unique control requirements.
The NWE-3G Nielsen Watermarks Encoder, is now shipping; a modular, future proofed solution with a 16 audio channel, 3 Gb/s processing core and passive bypass protection on all audio and video I/O. A single openGear frame can now be configured with a complete air path solution for Nielsen encoding, Loudness processing for CALM compliance and Dolby encode/decode with room left over for other complementary solutions like SCTE trigger detection or Fiber transport.
Ross’s Breakthrough Pricing continues with our $3495, UDC-8625, a multi-function solution for Up, Down and Cross conversion with Keying, Logo Insertion, and A/B mixing, all with audio video timing, processing, and synchronization.
Furio Robotic Camera Systems
Ross Video’s recent acquisition of FX-Motion brings a whole new product line to the Ross booth at NAB 2012. Furio Robotic Camera Systems use a unique absolute positioning system and rail based tracking along with lift and PTZ head and is ideally suited to automated studios as well as virtual set and augmented reality applications.
About Ross Video
Ross Video designs, manufactures and supports a wide range of innovative products for use in live production applications. Ross’ award winning product line includes Vision, Vision Octane and CrossOver Video Production Switchers; openGear, RossGear and GearLite Terminal Equipment; SoftMetal Video Servers; OverDrive Production Control Systems, XPression Character Generators, NK Series Routing Systems and Ross Robotics. Ross products are installed in over 100 countries around the world, where they are used daily by top broadcasters, production companies, sports stadiums, government agencies and houses of worship. News and information are available atwww.rossvideo.com.