Ross Video prepares Acuity showcase

Ross Video’s new generation of large production switchers will be introduced to the European market at IBC 2014. Acuity offers a breakthrough in modern production switcher technology, combining seemingly limitless production power with aesthetic beauty and unprecedented connectivity.

“With new formats & developments in broadcast production technology, Ross wanted to build a switcher with the capability and flexibility to take video production into the future,” says Nigel Spratling, marketing product manager at Ross Video. “Acuity brings the robustness and reliability of the Ross brand, and has been created with a stylish new interface that is so stunning in looks and performance that operators all over the world will want to have one as their own.”

Customers for Acuity have a number of choices; there are six control panel variants with one to four ME rows and two sizes of rack mounted processing engines. Acuity’s signal processing accommodates all current production formats including 1080P 3G and UHD (4K). It includes some very innovative features such as DVE key combiners and up to 12 DVE’s per ME, that’s 10 channels of 2D and 2 channels of full 3D, making it easy to produce complex ‘box’ shots on a single ME. Its Custom Controls (a combination of powerful macro’s with timelines) make it simple for operators to quickly create or edit complex events, allowing greater efficiencies during show setups and operation.

“Acuity is guaranteed to make heads turn at IBC,” continues Spratling. “Ross’ guaranteed-for-life fader handle has been completely redesigned, providing the perfect look and feel for this stunning panel. Every button falls within perfect reach, all functions are directly accessible at the press of a single button, and button spacing has been crafted to avoid accidental button pushes. Our patented PanelGlow and full colour, high-contrast RGB LCD mnemonic displays ensure every row and input can be easily color coded for instant identification – and with no risk of colour decay unlike many of the popular OLED systems. This gives operators confidence that a desired source can be accurately and quickly located in a fast paced, rapidly changing production environment.”

Acuity is described as the best-connected production system in the world. It is fully integrated with Ross Video’s OverDrive APC system and Dashboard system-wide control manager, and offers the industry’s largest library of third-party control protocols. It also integrates seamlessly with Ross XPression Graphics Systems, BlackStorm Video Servers, Ross Camera Robotics and Inception News and Social Media.

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