Ross Video readies new products for IBC crowds

Ross Video will be on hand at IBC in Hall 9, stand C.10 with a number of new solutions for sports content creation professionals, including a complete virtual and augmented reality production studio that shows how VS/AR can be used to produce big productions in a compact space, enhance the look of a production and reduce cost at the same time. 

Other highlights include:

Sports Stadium: Sports stadium production is demonstrated as a complete solution with a jaw dropping, giant 20 foot screen and ribbon board. This 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.

News Editorial and Automated Production: As automated news production runs through a full OverDrive Automated Production Control System, Inception News, the Ross News Room Computer System offering, is showing “Idea Centric News Production” as a single hub for news, web, and social providing the advanced tools required for the modern news environment.

Infrastructure Products: Infrastructure is a necessary foundation for all the solutions being demonstrated. To provide high-quality, low-latency video connections between locations connected via IP transport, new openGear modules are being shown that offer SFP Based SMPTE 2022 IP and VSF TR1 JPEG-2000 conversion solutions. They include:

H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC Contribution Encoders provide simultaneous support of DVB-ASI, broadcast video over IP, RTMP, and HTTP Live streaming.

3G / HD / SD Distribution Amplifiers are offered in Single, Dual and Quad re-clocking 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.

Frame Synchronizers synchronise, time, and process both audio and video in 3G, high definition, and standard definition applications.

MC1 Master Control adds 3G 1080p support, channel ganging capability to switch multiple MC1’s 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.

Vision Mixer Products: The Acuity mixer offers enhanced processing power features. These include: full UHD (4K) production with 8 keys/16 channels of DVE per ME, MultiFeed configurable program outputs with 2 preview and 6 program outputs for every ME, 36 channels of system wide Media Stores, and expanded dual head, 20 source window multi-viewers. The Carbonite Black production engine and new beautiful 3ME control panels bring expanded I/O and ME count to the Carbonite series with 2 or 3 full MEs, 36 Inputs and 22 outputs.


Graphics Products: XPression Studio 4K and BlueBox 4K bring UHD video and key graphics into production components such as switchers. Clips and real-time graphics come together in XPressionClips, an advanced IT technology production clip server with instant recall times and back-to-back transitions from an intuitive user interface or via automation triggers from other devices. Users can simultaneously ingest multiple channels of baseband video and output multiple channels of clips to air. A useful companion product is XPression INcoder for file-based ingest and transcoding of material delivered for playout using multi-target publishing capability. The latest XPression features include: Transition Logic, Avid Command Version 3+ Plug-in, MOS Plug-in enhancements, native Ncam and Stype Grip 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 CamBot and Furio pedestals, lifts, and heads. It comes with a new USB-based joystick panel to trigger robotic movements. Most importantly, SmartShell 4 now permits both CamBots and Furios to be controlled from a common interface, so studios can combine dollies on tracks, manual and free-roaming pedestals, and standalone PT heads to create the most comprehensive studio robotics solutions possible.

Control and Monitoring Products: DashBoard offers improved design capabilities for increased control and functionality. Integration of new capabilities and protocols produces better access to information, better code reuse, easier interaction with functions, reduction of code complexity and errors, and faster writing of software.

Media Workflow Products: Inception News / Social have added instant messaging, alerts, linking, and notifications features for improved workflow communication. There is also the ability to completely customize the running order, assignment, and story grids. The new version 9.1 release, has a native multi-language spell checker, and introduces several time saving workflow features such as story templates and support for MOS redirection.

Inception Live offers game day production for stadiums and sports teams through a browser-based environment. It is accessible universally, and offers a tablet-based interface that reflects changes made to scripts on the fly, as well as flexible printing options. Inception Live also offers seamless integration with XPression for graphics planning, and Streamline for asset management. Users can communicate on the fly with the built-in instant messaging platform, which lets everyone know of schedule changes or unplanned events.

The Streamline Media Asset Management System now includes a MOS engine and HTML5-based plug-in to discover and source media, browse, and link to broadcast scripts in Inception News. Streamline adds video proxies and stills, single-sign-on, with importing and conversion tools from existing asset systems. Streamline provides new asset lifecycle management capabilities, with the ability to dynamically move assets from its database onto playout servers, switchers, graphics, or master control.

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