Ross Video Focuses on Solutions and Workflows

Ross Video (Booth N3906) will show how the best of its technology can be used to provide complete solutions for different types of production environments.

Virtual- and Augmented-Reality Production Studio
A complete virtual- and augmented-reality–production studio will demonstrate how VS/AR can enhance productions while reducing cost. At the core of this solution are Ross Robotics, XPression Graphics, and Ross Virtual Solutions components.

Automated News Production
Automated news production runs through a full OverDrive automated production-control system. Clients are able to see the efficiency, power, and simplicity that can be achieved by deploying OverDrive automation.

News Editorial Workflow
Inception News, the Ross newsroom computer-system offering, will demonstrate “idea-centric news production” as a single hub for news, Web, and social media, providing the advanced tools required for the modern news environment.

Sports-stadium production is demonstrated as a complete solution with a 20-ft. screen and ribbon board. It features the flagship Acuity Series production switcher and XPression motion-graphics system. 4K is very much part of what is being shown in this area.

Graphics Solutions and Workflow
Ross solutions range from centralized graphics-production workflow to branding and ticker solutions. They include Streamline production-asset- and work-order-management system, Xpression MAPS, Xpression Touch Factory interactive touchscreen system, Xpression Telestrate, Xpression Brand-It Branding, and Xpression Tick-It Ticker.

Legislative Assembly Production
The latest version of the Legislative Control System will be exhibited. Ross LCS is a tailor-made system that legislatures around the globe are using to automate their production environments and produce high-quality and consistent output for constituents.

openTruck With Ross Mobile Productions
openTruck has a long list of new partners. Ross Mobile Productions is showcasing the latest addition to its fleet: FIN5, an HD truck based on Ross’s openTruck standard. The Mercedes Sprinter-class vehicle featuring tightly integrated technology provides the capability to efficiently produce high-quality, network-level productions at a much lower cost than previously possible in a compact vehicle.

Infrastructure Products
Infrastructure is a foundation for all the solutions being demonstrated. openGear H.264/MPEG-4 AVC contribution encoders are designed for organizations seeking a way to stream content between locations or into a CDN using Internet Protocol. The encoders provide simultaneous support of DVB-ASI, broadcast video over IP, RTMP, and HTTP Live streaming. openGear high-performance 3G/HD/SD distribution amplifiers are offered in single, dual, and quad reclocking and equalizing models, with support for SMPTE 424M, SMPTE ST 292-1 and SMPTE 259 serial digital video signals at 3G, HD, and SD rates. openGear frame synchronizers are designed for synchronizing, timing, and processing both audio and video in 3G, HD, and SD applications. MC1 master control adds 3G 1080p support, channel-ganging capability to switch multiple MC1s in tandem, either manually or under automation, and audio features with the ability to remap audio channels and make adjustments to level presets to any audio source.

Production Switcher Products
The Acuity switcher offers enhanced processing power: full UHD (4K) production with eight keys/16 channels of DVE per mix effect, MultiFeed configurable program outputs with two preview and six program outputs for every mix effect, 36 channels of system-wide media stores, and expanded dual-head, 20 source-window multiviewers.

Ross’s midsize Carbonite and Vision Tritium 3M/E value-priced production switchers have new features that enhance operations, particularly when combined with DashBoard system control and XPression motion graphics.

Graphics Products
XPression Studio 4K and BlueBox 4K bring UHD video and key graphics into production switchers. Latest XPression features include Ncam integration for augmented reality and virtual sets, GV Edius NLE integration, and QuickTime export.

Robotics Products
SmartShell 4 is a single, unified control system for both CamBot and Furio pedestals, lifts, and heads. USB-based joystick panels increase control functionality. The Furio pedestal features a three-wheeled manual pedestal base for Furio lifts and heads, supporting cameras that need robotic control but primarily remain in a static location. The pedestal provides full virtual tracking data of all robotic axes for use in virtual sets and augmented reality.

Automated Production-Control Products
OverDrive Caprica is released, shipping, and on the air. The OverDrive system can be added to any control room, regardless of the production switcher used. OverDrive now controls the Ross Video Carbonite midsize production switcher. The integrated system offers a complete APC workflow at a compelling price point. OverDrive can be paired with Carbonite and Ross Video’s Inception NRCS to offer a complete production workflow.

Control and Monitoring Products
DashBoard offers improved design capabilities for increased control and functionality. Scripting support for building and parsing messages brings better access to information without having to significantly modify the formats it is in. OG script functions and Webget support increase flexibility and functionality. Widget and JSON protocol support provides the benefits of code reuse, easier interaction with functions, reduction of code complexity and errors, and faster writing of software.

Media Workflow Products
Inception News / Social adds instant messaging, alerts, and notifications, as well as custom metadata support. Inception Sports offers game-day production for stadiums and sports teams. The Streamline production-asset–management MOS engine and plug-in discovers and sources media, and links to broadcast scripts in Inception News. Streamline adds video proxies and stills, single–sign-on, importing and conversion tools from existing asset systems, and migration tools from the MediaBeacon platform.

Legislative Control System Products
Extensive user-interface improvements help to optimize legislature setup and functionality. Data are stored as separate files for a more streamlined upgrade path. Cameras can be controlled with a hardwired joystick, and manual red and blue gain is supported. Increased screen sizes are supported to accommodate larger room setups. There are interfaces for the 1M/E Carbonite switchers and Bosch audio systems.

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