Ross Stays Smart

Acuity Production Switcher

Ross Video’s theme at its North Hall booth will be “Smart Production.”

“‘Smart production’ is all about how we can help our clients make their productions better,” says Jeff Moore, executive vice president and chief marketing ffficer at Ross Video. “It goes beyond just products to the services and technology we can bring to make this happen.”

As of late last year Frontier virtual set was an intriguing tech demo,;but it is now available as a product. Ross has years of real-world and product experience in virtual sets, and the addition of the high-end Frontier makes the range deeper. The Frontier Virtual Engine brings photorealistic rendering, particle systems and physics to the broadcast virtual set.

New since the 2016 NAB Show is the acquisition by Ross of Abekas. The brand is being retained for Ross’ family of video servers as are all Abekas products.

New is the Abekas Tria 2, a full two-channel clip server with an input record channel, synchronous playback of key/fill pairs or independent playout of two separate video channels with audio.

Switchers are central for Ross, and both Acuity and Carbonite production switchers continue to add significant new features through software.

Acuity v6.0 adds LiveEDL and Soft Panel operation. LiveEDL is great for “live-to-tape” productions and is a time saver in the post-production process. The new Soft Panel for Acuity provides full setup and operation from a graphical web user interface, which means the cost and space of a physical panel is no longer required.

The Ultrix 12G router/audio processing engine/multiViewer adds 12G clean/quiet switching. New routing control panels include the RCP-QE Series remote control panel that offers 18 or 36 colored backlit graphic LCD keys with multiple menus.