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NAB 2016: New Ross Switcher Targets Smaller Markets

Company intros Carbonite Black Solo

Members of the extended Carbonite family.

Among dozens of new product and partnership announcments that the company made at the NAB Show, one production introduction is sure to be a welcome to smaller productions who have been eyeing the capabilites inherent in a Ross Video switcher.

Ross introduced the Carbonite Black Solo, a compact switcher with nine inputs and six outputs, designed for smaller productions. On the input side, Solo has six SD/HD-SDI connections and three HDMI inputs, and there are six floating frame synchronizers with format converters that can be assigned to any input. For outputs, there are five SDI and one HDMI, all assignable.

Ross is introducing three versions of the Solo: an all-in-one version with a control panel and electronic processing; a version with a rack-mount electronic frame and soft control panel; and a version with a control panel and separate electronic frame for those instances when it’s necessary to separate operation from electronics.

For those looking for a CG option, it will be welcome news to learn that the Solo will come bundled with XPression Live CG software. The system provides the ability to create static graphics like lower thirds, over-the-shoulder boxes and slates directly into Solo’s internal MediaStores via Ethernet.

Other features within Solo include full DashBoard control integration, ViewControl touchscreen visual control and RossTalk protocol. The Solo offers control interfaces to camera robotics, video servers and audio mixers.

When asked questioned about whether the Solo was being targeted to live event and house of worship markets, Ross CEO David Ross agreed. “I think you’ll see [the switchers] moving into adjacent markets,” he said, adding that Ross plans to address these smaller markets through an upcoming range of products.

Ross also announced it was putting more muscle behind the Carbonite Black Plus, a 36-input switcher that offers format conversion and additional monitoring capability; and announced it was getting into the camera game with the release of the ACID camera.