Ross XPression Graphics Rock Grammy Awards
Following its work on the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 30, Ross Video’s XPression 2D/3D CG and motion graphics system was selected by Los Angeles-based Mdots/Fontastics to provide live graphics for the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards which aired live on CBS on Feb. 13.
Hugh Grew, graphics operator for the show, used XPression to display nominee boxes and animated lower-thirds for the winners. “XPression is fast, powerful, rock-solid, and most importantly, easy-to-use. I was able to easily create and animate 3D graphics, then complete the graphic with a unique off-animation when the director called for it. XPression keeps track of all of its continuous animations, so the graphics exit cleanly, right on cue,” says Hugh. “In addition to XPression being a great box, the support from Ross is full-time, awesome!”
“While we know XPression can handle our current demands, such as 2D text and clip animation, the 3D graphic design of The GRAMMY Awards allowed us to ‘take the gloves off’ and show the world XPression’s real-time 3D capabilities, and we just scratched the surface,” says Allan Wells, Owner of MDots/Fontastics. “Better yet, if our director didn’t like the color of the 3D guitar or angle of our 3D text, the XPression artist could change the color, angle or any other aspect of the animation as easily as if he was changing the spelling of someone’s name. No other system combines that much power with that much flexibility. XPression is catching Hollywood’s attention, and Mdots/Fontastics is proud to be at the forefront of this great new technology.”
“Ross Video is thrilled to have XPression used on the 53rd GRAMMY Awards telecast” says Brian Olson, Marketing Product Manager for XPression at Ross Video. “With the help of Mdots/Fontastics, we’re fine-tuning XPression for the fast-paced live CG environment in L.A. and beyond. We really want XPression to be fun for operators while outputting the high-end graphics that both producers and viewers have come to expect.”