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Ross keeps in touch

Ross keeps in touch

Ross has unveiled the latest update to its Carbonite range of production switcher panels.

Designed specifically for technical directors, Ross has unveiled the latest update to its Carbonite range of production switcher panels. TouchDrive is a new family of control panels and brings the same touch technology from smart phones to video production switchers. Every display on the control panel is touch enabled. These high-resolution displays, based on IPS LCD technology rather than monochromatic OLEDs that fade over time, reportedly make source and device control faster and enable functions like bus map creation without having to dive into menus. The new curved panel design is said to put every button within easy reach and the custom colour schemes enable users to configure and organise the panel look to their specific preference.

TouchDrive also includes a built-in DashBoard computer, enables integrated DashBoard control for various Ross products (such as XPression graphics, Ultrix routing and Tria replay) and reportedly features convenient power/display/control connections for an additional external display. Available in five different sizes, from a single-row, 15-button panel to a three-row, 25-button panel, TouchDrive replaces all current Carbonite Black models except for the compact Carbonite Black Solo.

The Lucid platform is a replacement to the UX solution and will become the primary configuration and control interface for all Ross virtual studio and augmented reality applications. Lucid comes with a new user interface and is the first Ross product to feature the new Aura visual language that will be a key aspect of many future solutions. The interface enables operators to design their own customised layouts, as well as save and recall layouts based on personal preference or production stage.


Several software updates have also been released. Ultrix V4.4 is the latest version of Ross’ Ultrix routing and AV processing platform and sees the introduction of Ultrimix-MXR, a full virtual audio mixer licence option. With 128 inputs and 64 outputs (partitionable into smaller mixers so users can have multiple instances within the frame), Ultrimix-MXR has access to any audio source in the system. It includes four-band parametric equalizers, noise gate and compressor/limiter on every input. In addition, it has 128 direct outputs for simple audio processing as part of its standard feature set.

OverDrive V20 features a big update to QuickTurn, a tool to automate the production of segments for websites and social media. QuickTurn connects to the rundown in OverDrive and records a production live into a server that automatically encodes and prepares clips of content for publication to the web.

Piero V16 is the latest version of the Piero sports analysis graphics system and has been updated to include support for 4K-UHD and HDR. It also includes a Down and Distance feature for American football.

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