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Rhode Island Legislature Installs Video System

State legislature simplifies video system.

Rhode Island’s Capitol Television, the production department of the Rhode Island General Assembly, selected Ross Video to provide a comprehensive high-definition video production solution.

The solution provided by Ross includes the company’s CamBot robotic camera systems, NK Series routing systems, openGear terminal equipment, Carbonite production switchers, BlackStorm video servers, XPression motion graphics systems and Ross’ new Legislative Control System (LCS).

The Ross LCS provides a touchscreen user interface laid out for the unique needs of producing video from a legislative assembly. It can be tailored to the specific configuration of any legislature.

Although the Carbonite switcher has all the power needed to switch among the legislative chamber’s cameras, production control is unified into a simple touch screen interface that allows a clean, attractive, network quality production to be created by a single operator. By integrating with the microphone or delegate system, the best camera angle and relevant graphical overlay are automatically selected and placed on the switcher’s “preset” bus. The operator can then trim the camera, if desired, and “Take” the new angle and graphics.

“As soon as I saw the user interface, I immediately appreciated its power and simplicity,” said Derek Hayes, general manager for Rhode Island’s Capitol Television.

“DashBoard 6.0, with the rapid customization capabilities of its PanelBuilder feature, together with the fact that all Ross equipment used here ‘speaks DashBoard’ is what enabled us to create this robust solution,” said John Naylor, DashBoard marketing product manager for Ross Video.