Ross goes Interstellar
Ross goes Interstellar
With the rise in demand for remote production, Ross has developed Interstellar, a complete remote production platform that enables content creators to blend their “traditional” working methods and onsite personnel with remote talent and contributors. Interstellar enables high-quality production values and combines the convenience of a web browser interface and professional feature set with extremely low latency. A key element of Interstellar is the Interstellar Streaming Gateway, a 1U hardware solution that provides connectivity between SDI and WebRTC transports. Once configured, the Streaming Gateway is fully controlled by the Interstellar UI. Supporting 720i, 1080i and 1080p, the Streaming Gateway can receive and decode four WebRTC streams, sending these out over SDI and then receiving and distributing one incoming SDI stream to the four contributors. The hardware can manage up to 16 audio channels per stream and supports the OPUS and H.264 codecs. Interstellar is currently available in three editions: Interstellar Express (one remote studio, five concurrent users, four streams); Interstellar Prime (two remote studios, 10 concurrent users, eight streams); and Interstellar Standard (five remote studios, 25 concurrent users, 32 streams).
Ross is also aiming to redefine camera motion systems with the launch of Vision[Ai]ry Ft, a facial tracking system that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to detect, locate and track the position of faces within the video stream directly from the camera. It uses facial positions to drive the pan, tilt and zoom axes of the robotic camera system to maintain the desired framing of the face or faces in the image. This eliminates the need for a camera operator to manually adjust for the position of the subject in the image. The AI algorithm can recognise a diverse set of race, gender and age data, and can accurately identify and locate faces as long as at least 50% is visible in the image. The user interface provides a live display of the video feed with detected faces and framing target clearly indicated, along with status info, tracking controls and framing template library.
In brief, Ross’ compact UHD-over-IP SDI/HDMI converter, Newt, has been upgraded to version 4.0. It builds on the existing feature set by adding SSM, NMOS and diagnostics to help users keep their network running trouble-free.
ST 2110 networks can now also benefit from the new support for Precision Time Protocol (PTP) on Ross’ SRG-4500 master sync generator. The new PTP software upgrade option brings drop-down configuration support for ST2110 and AES67 profiles to build an IP or Hybrid SDI network.