by Les

Acuity version 2.0 is Released!

December 18, 2014 in Acuity Switchers, General Ross Related Talk by Les

We are excited to be getting this feature packed release out the door and into our users hands.  With lots of great enhancements along with some great additions to the product offering.  If you thought what you had before was great your going to love it even more now .

New Features include:


Support for the 3D DVE channel card has been added.  This card installs on the 3G Video Processor board to provide 3D DVE resources for the MEs provided by that board.

Note: To add 3D DVE to an existing ME in your switcher, you must install the 3D DVE channel card onto the 3G Video Processor board for that ME.  Please contact Ross Video technical support for details.

The 3D DVE option allows every type of key to be squeezed or zoomed, cropped, repositioned, and rotated in 3D space. It can also perform 3D key or background transitions, or build sequences with complex timelines, keyframe editing, and quick sequence recall. 3D DVE also comes equipped with preprocessor effects such as mosaic, posterization, colorization, 3D borders, timeline sequences with holds, and a lot more.

20 Input MultiViewer

The number of inputs to the MultiViewer has been increased to 20. This allows you to have 10 unique video sources on each head of the MultiViewer. Each MultiViewer head can only show a maximum of 10 video sources.

Video Patch Bay

The video sources coming into the switcher have been separated into the input sources and the input BNCs.  Each input BNC on the switcher can have one or multiple input sources assigned to it. This can allow configurations such as multiple device control or device redundancy.  For example, to access both the CG and clip functionality of your graphics processor you can assign two input sources, one set up as a CG and the other as a video server, to the same physical BNC from the device. You can then use two source buttons to access the different functionalities of the same device.

Color Picker

The color picker allows you to quickly select the color that you want to use for a border, background, matte, or a button color scheme. To select a color, you can either select the color you want on the color wheel, or expand the color picker to allow you to select a color based on the HSL/RGB values, the web-safe color name, or the eyedropper. A fixed palette of default colors is also shown.

To expand or collapse the color picker, press the <> button.

1080p 29.97 Video Format

The switcher now supports the 1080p 29.97Hz video format.

Device Control

CGM support was added for the Studer Vista audio mixer in V2.0a.

The number of VTR clips available has been increased from 300 to 800.

The Click Effects “Blaze” has been added as a valid VDCP target machine.

The number of ROSSTALK GPIs has been increased from 64 to 40000.

V2.0a Enhancements

Media Store Enhancements

The ability to copy stills from the still store to the USB drive was added

A frame counter was added to the capture menu to show progress when capturing an animation to the global store.

Performing a video capture using custom controls used to behave differently than performing a capture from the capture menu.

When renaming a still, the correct still was not automatically highlighted in the still selection page.

User Interface Enhancements

A new custom control “Stop CC Group” has been added to the insert special menu.

A shortcut to the MultiViewer Layout Assign menu has been added to the panel menu toolbar.

The Keyer ‘Select’ button in the keyer area is now stored and recalled by the switcher memory system.

The ability to assign a bus map to an Entire ME at once has been added.

Two line crosspoint source mnemonics have been improved to allow the operator to reverse the order of the source names when the bus is shifted.

A new personality option has been added to change the order of the keys shown in the ME display to follow the chosen key priority.

The ability to display the bank, bus, and source name for Aux Monitor signals has been added to the MultiViewer.

A definable safe title area was added to preview with overlay.  The safe title area is enabled using the second button from the right in the panel monitoring area.

Get the Downloads Here!!

Les O’Reilly

Carbonite Version 10.0 Now Available for Download

December 8, 2014 in Carbonite Switchers by Nigel Spratling

That’s right, once again a new version of our mid-sized production switcher powerhouse has been released.

In Version 10.0 we have added the ability to ‘Fly’ any key type with Carbonite’s DVE’s. Any key source, including chroma keys, can now be repositioned or scaled seamlessly with this fantastic new feature.

In addition Carbonite is now fully compatible with the Ross Automated Production Control system – OverDrive. This brings a powerful yet truly cost effective solution for production automation into reach for many mid-market broadcasters.

V10.0 also brings a feature normally found only on the largest of production switchers – ME Layer Mode. This is a special mode which allows an ME to output a composited single key/fill from a multilayer composition created on that ME. This can then be fed into the second ME, .5 ME, MiniME or simply output for use in another switcher such as our stunning new Acuity. This is a very advanced function that allows Carbonite to become an upstream Chroma Key/Compositing engine for large scale production facilities or simply to create very complex scenes that can be easily called up in a single MiniME keyer.

Lastly but by no means least, you can now assign DVE’s to each of the two MiniME keyers, so a two box shot in a MiniME or 8 boxes with an ME and two MiniME’s is achievable leaving the other MiniME and ME resources available.

We have said it all along, but yet again Carbonite proves to be truly The Production Powerhouse!

Version 10.0 is available today – for FREE of course! Simply download and upgrade to enjoy these compelling new features.

Announcing XPression Version 5.7

November 3, 2014 in XPression CG & Graphics System by Brian Olson

XPression Version 5.7 is now available to customers in the first year of ownership, or who have a valid software maintenance contract. Contact Ross Tech Support to get your upgrade.  For renewals of software/hardware maintenance, please speak with your local Ross representative.

A few highlights of XPression 5.7 include:


  • The Matrox hardware setup now includes a video mode for 1080p 29.97
  • Native support for NCAM camera tracking data as a new global camera tracking source
  • Live inputs now have a fixed input to output latency
  • Field-based live inputs now use 50% less performance than they did before
  • The Tile Mapper now supports outputting audio on the first mapped output


  • Widgets can now be imported from other projects
  • The object manager and viewports now have a shortcut to “frame in view” to make the active camera frame an object into view (Ctrl+F)
  • Added a “Full Scene Lens Distortion” flag to a scene’s render properties to enable/disable per Layer Object lens distortion
  • The Texture Shader can now download images directly from an HTTP URL and store them in a local cache (real-time performance not guaranteed when using slow or non-deterministic networks – i.e. internet)
  • Perspective cameras now support orbiting (ALT+LMB), zoom (mouse wheel), panning (ALT+MMB)
  • A visual grid at the origin can now be enabled using the viewport’s view menu


  • A new keyboard shortcut for setting the play range of a sequencer item
  • Materials published to the sequencer can now be assigned a solid color from within the template data tab
  • Static Take ID numbers can now be assigned to MOS objects. No checks are performed for duplicate IDs
  • The search in the Sequencer can now also search the text data that came from a Datalinq source


  • Implemented support for OES Soccer Implemented support for OES Volleyball Feeds
  • datalinq keys can now be exported to a take item list in xml format
  • Data pages can now have fields that are linked to datalinq or widgets


  • Multiple OpenMAM drivers can now be added to the OpenMAM configuration
  • The NLE Plug-in now has a configuration option to use the Windows Explorer instead of the XPression Texture Browser

XPression Connect

  • A cued item in XPression Connect can now be removed from the feed, and the next item will become cued
  • XPression Connect now supports the Wayin feed
  • XPression Connect now supports the feed

XPression Project Server

  • During automated deployment of projects from the project server, the overall progress is now displayed to the user
  • Project Servers can now synchronize shows to other servers using sync groups
  • The Project Server now notifies clients when a revision has changed for projects that have no category or style assigned

For a complete list of the new functionality and features in Version 5.7, click on the link below:

Custom Panel to Control Blackmagic Hyperdeck now Available

July 30, 2014 in DashBoard by John Naylor


It’s been a while, but yesterday I uploaded a custom panel that will control a BMD Hyperdeck: play, record, load clip lists.

Extending it to control e.g. which codec is active, and to gang multiple decks together is left as a (really useful!) exercise for the reader.

If you do this, please share the results back here.

There’s also a tutorial video, and a tech note to show how the panel’s used and how it works.



by Les

Carbonite Version 9 Releases

July 14, 2014 in Carbonite Switchers, General Ross Related Talk by Les


We are really excited about having version 9 out the door and up on the website.  Though 3G 1080p has been pulled from it and will be added shortly in version 9.1 as there were a couple of bugs related to 1080p3G that have to be resolved.  The good news is that we were able to release all of the other updates and features without the need to wait for those bugs to be dealt with.

So what do we get now ??

CC Trigger in Video

This Feature allows users to Insert CC Triggers into the Video Stream VANC Data.  This can be extracted by a Down stream Vision or Acuity Switcher to frame accurately initiate that custom control.

example would be that I am using a Down stream switcher to layer in my Animated Effects wipes and even alternate language Graphics that would go over the Feed.

This would be great for “International” feed style events where the Carbonite at the Event could embed these events.  The “Down Stream” Vision or Acuity would be able to execute these events frame accurately every time since the event triggers were embedded into the video feed by the production switcher at the local event.  Makes for a very cool “Solution” that we can provide with on location and back in the studio productions :)

1080p29.97 Support

1080p29.97 is a special 1.5 Gig format that lots of the Hollywood and Internet Delivery Customers were asking for — so here it is.  NOTE: This is not available in the Carbonite Standard Frame Sync Load!!!  IF you have an eXtreme or a Standard Frame you will have to enable the MiniME or the 2.5 ME load types and will NOT have access to any Frame Syncs.  The Plus and MultiMedia Carbonites will have Frame Syncs.  Note these are Frame Sync only.  The HDMI inputs will support 1080p59.94 inputs but frames are being dropped so this is only useful for things like ViewControl where there is no moving video.

2.5 ME Carbonite Support

Really I can run my 2 ME carbonite as either a 2 ME with MiniMEs or as a 2.5 ME switcher?  Yes – Yes you can!!  In this mode the MiniMEs are disabled and the FPGA space is used to create a .5 ME with 2 Linear/Luma Keyers.  You can do Cuts, Dissolves and Media Wipes.  There are no ChromaKeys or DVE Keys in the .5 Though.  This also gets a full .5 ME Preview.

Basic Panel Less (IP / RState)

So the concept here is that there are “utility” applications that the Carbonite Frame can be deployed in to function as a processing “appliance”.  The Carbonite offers tremendous value as Standalone ChromaKeyer for value in Virtual Sets.  You can get 2 “channels” of Camera Keying for an exceptional Value!!!

Standalone Video Screen Processor!! Use this downstream of another Carbonite/Vision/Acuity to allow you to control your MultiScreen Monitors!!  Great for Onset Monitors or High Resolution Scoreboards!! — The Jacksonville Jaguars are using 4 units to process video for the massive 4×1080 wide score board.  This is down stream of there 8 ME Vision and offered a massive value for performance over using other high latency presentation devices.  These can be triggered via RossTalk Commands sent from the Up Stream main production switcher to perform effects and “layout” changes.

Downstream Keying, UHDTV “1080p” scalars and Branding applications – this was used in Brazil to accept the international “clean” Feed in 4K(UHDTV) and act as a studio 1080p up converter as well as 4K keyer for local graphics insertion.

Finally not a bad price for a Budget conscious 24 input Dual Output MultiViewer that could also provide Chroma Keying, Branding Keyers (4 MiniMEs) and if a Plus or MultiMedia Additional Frame Sync and Multi Format Video processing paths.

C3X and C3S support

With the Release of Version 9 we can now ship our brand new additions to the Carbonite Family.  The C3X is a 32 XPT 3 ME control surface while the C3S is a 24 XPT 3 ME Control Surface.

These panels are perfect matches for those who want a more traditional 2.5 ME operation and control surface with all MEs in from of them and no need to delegate.  For those looking to do MultiScreen productions or Live Events where they want to use the 3 Row panel in the 2 ME with 4 MiniMEs — this is perfect.  Easily delegate any ME, MiniME or MultiScreen to any Row quickly and easily on the fly.  This control surface is really going to allow Carbonite to entire a whole other product bracket!!

TSL UMD Input Interface

We already were able to send out TSL UMD Messages to external Tally control systems.

Now with version 9.0 not only did we extend that to included “System Messages for all buses” but we also now have an additional interface that can be configured.

This new interface will allow Tally Systems to send TSL UMD and Tally data using the v3.1 protocol over ethernet to the Carbonite.  Now in the Input setup menu (again all can be done via DashBoard so no panel needed as a standalone MV!) you can configure the inputs to accept the TSL Messages and which UMD IDs to follow.  Also the ability to enable the Tally Events so that you can have the MV use the Tally data to turn on the Red and Green Tallies!!

For those asking — YES — This applies to Carbonite eXtreme.  So if you were not looking for a Switcher in your 144 Router you could always use the extremem processor to get 24 input MV with 2 outputs.  Also use it for things like MiniME Branding, Standalone ChromaKeying in the MV!!! and even as a backup switcher built into the extra MultiViewer :)

OR say you only needed that 1 Carbonite in the eXtreme.  Adding the second Card and no panel would be a great addition to get additional MVs, Additional Chroma Keyers, Additional MiniMEs.  The primay Carbonite will send all of the Tally and UMD to the secondary and you also just gave your Carbonite eXtreme a full redundant Matrix and Controller system!!

Carbonite eXtreme is becoming an EXTREME POWER PROCESSING system for live events and when you add in the MC1 to connect to it you now have your complete Router – Production – Master solution all in one 10RU chassis!!!!!

The new release was posted Friday to the website at the following location:

If there are any questions or comments please don’t hesitate to contact me :)

Les O’Reilly

by Les

New Carbonite — TD focused Video in E3 Workflow

May 14, 2014 in Carbonite Switchers by Les


Recently after the ATP Event in Delray we sat down to try and bang out a video tutorial on how we apply the workflow in the new RossMP FIN Series truck.  The FIN (in this case FIN3) is based on the openTruck platform and allows for easy show integration and migration from vendor to vendor.

In preparing to migrate from ATP package to an E3 package we put this video together to show how it all begins and goes together.  This will also give you an idea of just how we integrate the XPression Graphics (both CG and Transition/Promo Elements) with the Carbonite and build effects for it.  Along with that there is part that is a bit of an introduction to the Carbonite for those that may have not yet used one but might be booking onto a show that has one.

Obviously this is not as well produced as the videos we did at YouTube however the information is worth looking past that short coming :)

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to send me an email or give me a call


Tickers: More Than Meets The Eye

May 6, 2014 in XPression CG & Graphics System by Brian Olson

When you mention the word “ticker” to most industry professionals, they think of a basic informational crawl, in most cases.  That can be true occasionally, but most of the tickers you see on-air today are actually quite complicated.  They may be tabbed tickers, like you see on sports channels, with different types of sports on each tab, or more like “L-bars” with PGM video compressed into one corner and different zones of data changing independently.  To draw the viewer’s eye, there is also usually some form of animation to indicate changes in data or topics.

Tickers may also receive data from multiple service providers using different protocols.  In addition, data often needs to be entered manually.  For example, there may not be a data feed for a local school board election and reporters receive results over the phone.  A sportscaster may need to enter results from local high school football games.  Or, community calendar events may need to be entered by an intern.

How do you blend that manual data with automated data feeds into playlists for those zones or tabs in tickers?  How do you allow your reporters in the field, producers in two different bureaus, or even staff at their desks in the same newsroom to contribute to the final output?  What about the sales staff who is running out of slots to sell advertising and desperately wants to put client logos on school closings and the morning weather ticker to generate revenue?  How do you track that the logo actually aired, so you can bill for it?

All of a sudden, the simple ticker that most people have in their minds sounds pretty complicated.  If you think about it, you are almost programming another show on top of the show that is playing in the background.  Given that, some pretty solid workflow needs to be put in place to make it all happen seamlessly.  It also has to be easy-to-use and accessible from any point.

If you’d like to learn more about tickers, Ross has the toolset and workflow to remove the complexity and allow you to get more information to your viewers, while generating new revenue.  See your local Ross representative for details.

PanelBuilder 303: How to control a Yamaha 01V96 from DashBoard 6.2 Beta

May 6, 2014 in DashBoard by John Naylor

Here’s that tech note that I promised about 10 days ago.

It details how to control a Yamaha 01V96 deck and introduces a couple of DashBoard 6.2′s new features: messageBuilder, and messageParser.

The beta is available for free download from the usual place.

The demo app and an accompanying tech note can be downloaded from the link below, and the tutorial video also viewed from there.


PanelBuilder 303

Yamaha Audio Deck Control – new Tech Note, and Custom Panel

May 6, 2014 in DashBoard by John Naylor

Here’s that tech note that I promised about 10 days ago.

It details how to control a Yamaha 01V96 deck and introduces a couple of DashBoard 6.2′s new features: messageBuilder, and messageParser.

The beta is available for free download from the usual place.

The demo app, tech note can be downloaded from the link accompanying this note, and the tutorial video also viewed from there.

Enjoy!PanelBuilder 303

DashBoard 6.1 Released, and 6.2 Beta available for download

April 15, 2014 in DashBoard, openGear Terminal Equipment by John Naylor

What an NAB!

It was great to meet a bunch of active custom panel developers including Dave King and Taylor Hoggard who kindly let us feature their work in some of our graphics. We took DashBoard-U to the show and provided a sort of “petting zoo” where people could, and did, get hands-on with DashBoard to control a fair number of devices provided for the purpose. These included plenty of Ross products, of course, including Carbonite,CamBot, XPression, MDK, MC1, NK Routers, Blackstorm Video Server, and some DA’s and Demuxers. We also had a Yamaha 01V96 audio deck and a Black Magic Hyperdeck under control via DashBoard’s ability to send & receive messages over Ethernet.

Our main focus was showing the newly released 6.1. The main theme of 6.1 was to put PanelBuilder on steroids so that it’s now a much better developer experience.

We’ve also provided the option to store parameters locally in the .grid file, so it’s no longer necessary to keep a partner xml file for your custom panel’s state variables. This simple change makes grid files a lot more portable and easier to manage in practice.

But how do I connect my panel’s state to XPression? I hear you ask. Use 6.1′s ability to stream the state over IP instead of via file share is the answer. This is a lot more responsive, and, importantly, means that it’s no longer necessary to arrange file or drive sharing between XPression and DashBoard. Easier, faster, better!

Here’s a list of the features in 6.1 – download it today and explore the improvements:

  • PBUS Protocol
  • Self-contained parameter data
  • Scaling lock/unlock
  • New ogScript commands
  • Script palette
  • String-based parameter names
  • Timer creation interface
  • Timer improvements
  • Change/task script added to parameters
  • Drag-drop scripting UI
  • UI support for NK routers
  • Simple grid, easier tables
  • Edit mode short-cuts
  • UI support for Array variables
  • Improved constraint editor
  • Line segment widget
  • Source editor improvements
  • Embedded editors in custom panels
  • RossTalk extended to support parameter values
See the release notes and manual for more detailed info on these.
We also demo’d the first beta release of 6.2, which is also now available for download. The major theme of this release is to liberate users from their desktops and laptops. It features something we’re calling ‘DashBoard Web Server” which is a service that converts openGear device editors and custom panels to web pages that can be accessed from, say, an iPad or other tablet device. This means you can walk around your facility, studio, sanctuary or concert hall and control your devices provided you’re in WiFi range!
It’s limited at the moment, but getting better all the time. Please try it and give feedback to