Ross Video’s Compact Production Switcher

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Ross Video introduced a new Compact Production Switcher, Carbonite Black Solo, with nine inputs and six outputs, specifically designed to meet the needs of smaller productions. Solo has …


Ross Video introduced a new Compact Production Switcher, Carbonite Black Solo, with nine inputs and six outputs, specifically designed to meet the needs of smaller productions. Solo has six SD/HD-SDI connections and three HDMI inputs, with six floating frame synchronizers and format converters that can be assigned to any input, making connecting unreferenced sources simpler. For outputs there are five SDI and one HDMI, all completely assignable.

Carbonite Black Solo features a single ME with four full featured keyers, a transition keyer for DVE and Media wipes, and a UltraChrome chroma keyer. Additionally, there are two MiniME’s that are ideal for small event production and for secondary produced outputs. Each MiniME has two individual keyers, providing Solo with eight key layers in all.

Solo also includes a fully configurable MultiViewer as well as four channels of MediaStore for animated graphics or stills. There is also a digital audio output for the playback of audio with animations.

Carbonite Black Solo comes bundled with XPression Live CG software which provides the ability to create and push static graphics like lower thirds, over the shoulder boxes and slates directly into Solo’s internal MediaStores via Ethernet from a customer supplied computer. It includes full DashBoard control integration, ViewControl touch screen visual control, and RossTalk protocol as well as Camera Robotics, Video Server, and Audio Mixer control interfaces.

The product is available in three versions.  The first is an all-in-one with combined control panel and electronic processing, offering maximum portability.  The second is a rack-mount electronic frame with soft control panel, while the third is a control panel with a separate electronic frame for installations where it is desirable to separate operation from electronics.

The Carbonite Black Solo systems ships with an XPression LiveCG license to provide a complete production system with graphics. There is even an easy upgrade path to XPression Go, Prime, or Studio systems.

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