Ross Video Launches BlackStorm Video Servers

Ross Video today announced the launch of its new line of BlackStorm video servers. Ross describes BlackStorm as an “affordable production player with file-based workflow support.”

The BlackStorm 102P Playout Server is a two-channel high-definition 1 RU video player. It natively supports the Quicktime (.mov) file format and a selection of codecs. It provides a client/server interface fully integrated into the Ross DashBoard Control System. The 1RU chassis is designed to use off-the-shelf hardware and is built on Dell server hardware.

BlackStorm supports file-based workflows with popular editing systems and graphics packages such as Final Cut, Adobe Premier, Avid Media Composer and Adobe After Effects. BlackStorm supports production-oriented playlists with built-in transition effects, and it integrates well with Ross’ Production Switchers as well as third-party units and controllers.

“The BlackStorm product line is the next step in the evolution of video servers from Ross,” said Todd Robinson, marketing product manager, video servers, Ross Video. “This is a whole new design using next-generation software architecture and the latest IT server hardware, providing a compelling product offering at a very competitive price point.”

BlackStorm is now shipping, and has been put through beta-test in a number of live production environments. Priced at $14,995, BlackStorm is also available as a Studio System, a specially priced package with either Vision, Carbonite or CrossOver Production Switchers and the XPression Graphics System.


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