Ross Video Rolls Out New And Updated Solutions At IBC

Among the production solutions Ross Video is highlighting at IBC 2019 (Sept. 13-17, RAI Amsterdam) at Stand 11.C10 are:

Ultrix V4.0 — The latest V4.0 firmware update for the award-winning Ultrix routing/AV processing platform adds additional support for IP integration and control enhancements for the key additions to Ultrix that were announced at NAB 2019 – the Ultricore BCS control system, Ultricore-IP software license and the Ultritouch touchscreen monitoring and control panel.

Ultricore BCS gives customers the option of adding a very robust and powerful external controller that allows systems to grow in scale and complexity. Its unique front panel UI provides critical system information such as alarms, memory utilization and client connections directly from the controller without having to go to a PC, which simplifies operation and monitoring.

The Ultricore IP license can be added to Ultricore BCS (when used with IP workflows) and breaks through the barriers of implementing IP technology by pooling IP streams into logical entities. This enables operators to use the same workflows and control surfaces giving them confidence to perform their tasks in hybrid or all IP environments.

Ultritouch 4 — Brand new for IBC 2019 is the Ultritouch 4, a larger 4RU version of the existing 2RU Ultritouch facility monitoring and control panel. Ultritouch 2 has already won several awards and has been hailed as a ‘facility lifesaver’; unlike traditional panels, Ultritouch has a completely customizable touchscreen interface that enables users to tailor the panel to fit their workflow, rather than having to work around the limitations of the panel. This new 4RU version features a larger touchscreen area and front-facing loudspeaker for audio monitoring, but also includes a front-panel headphone jack and USB port for peripherals. The Ultritouch 4 is rack-mountable and an optional VESA mount kit is also available.

Acuity V9.1 – the flagship Acuity production switcher receives a new update that adds:


  • Direct integration with the Ultritouch hardware panel, centralizing router and switcher AUX control into a single 2RU touch screen interface.
  • TSL Bus Messaging, to enable external control systems to identify what sources, keyers and buses are active, allowing for more data analytics.
  • Additional features that improve the Acuity switcher’s compatibility with OverDrive (Ross Video’s production automation system) and add additional Sony and JVC cameras to the list of supported models

Carbonite Ultra V3.0 – IBC sees the Carbonite Ultra production switcher upgraded to include a new dedicated single-channel clip player for playout of compressed MPEG-4 AVC media directly from a connected USB-media drive. Users can load media clips of any length on to a USB or thumb drive, plug it into Carbonite Ultra and playback these full clips as part of their production – a Ross-exclusive feature, not available on any other production switcher! V3.0 also enables the Carbonite Ultra to support bi-directional conversion between SDR and a variety of HDR formats such as HLG, PQ, and S-LOG3, as well as expanding the list of supported RossTalk commands to provide enhanced control integration with XPression.

Graphite V2.3 – another new software update for the Graphite integrated production system (comprising a real Carbonite switcher, real XPression graphics and the RAVE audio engine) adds additional PC audio channels to the product, enabling customers to use computer generated audio sources like audio from a PowerPoint presentation and/or add a Dante or AES 67 virtual sound card to get Audio-over-IP into the system.

Ultrix V4.0 – A new firmware version of Ultrix, Ross Video’s ground-breaking routing/multiviewing/AV processing platform, is launched at IBC and includes the following:

  • Additional support for IP integration
  • Control enhancements to support Ultricore BCS Broadcast Control System, Ultricore IP NMOS discovery, registration and connection management license for Ultricore BCS and Ultritouch 4 (see below) touch screen control panel.

Ultritouch 4 – a brand new, larger 4RU version of the Ultritouch 2RU facility monitoring and control touchscreen panel, that now includes a headphone jack, front-panel USB port for peripherals and optional VESA mount kit.

XPression Virtualization & IP – a must see demonstration for IBC 2019 sees Ross showcase SMPTE ST2110 streaming graphics from a VMware vSphere hosted virtual machine on data center compute hardware featuring Mellanox networking and NVIDIA GRID GPU virtualization.

Gator Toolbox – a new openGear card UHD Up/Down/Cross Converter and Motion Adaptive Standards (frame rate) Converter. It features proc amps, color correction, region of interest, SDR/HDR and more. With up to 10 Gators in a single openGear frame, Gator packs the most density in signal conversion in a fully featured one card solution.

Commenting on the new releases for IBC, Todd Riggs, Ross Video’s marketing product manager for connectivity, said: “Platforms like Ultrix and Ultritouch embody Ross Video’s product development philosophy. They are born from real market feedback, an insatiable desire to keep creating better solutions and a profound sense of partnership with our customers. I know our customers will love what they see on the Ross booth this year and I can’t wait to demonstrate how these solutions will make our customers’ lives easier.”

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