NAB 2011: Ross Video’s Carbonite Crams Big Show Switcher into Mid-Size Package

At NAB 2011, Ross Video will introduce Carbonite, a high-power production switcher packed into a mid-size package.

The Ross Multi-Definition Production Engine that lies at the heart of Carbonite offers the same processing used in the Vision Octane. The Vision series is now available in this mid-size package.

The Carbonite series includes two choices on panel size combined with a 16 or 24 input chassis.

Carbonite 1 is a 1MLE panel with 16 direct access source buttons, full panel mnemonics and Ross ‘PanelGlow’ RGB buttons. This control surface has direct access to two full MLE’s, giving producers the operational benefits of a multi-MLE production in the same physical space as a traditional 1MLE production switcher.

Carbonite 2’s ergonomic panel harnesses the horsepower of Carbonite’s production engine efficiently and intuitively. 24 direct access buttons, full mnemonics, PanelGlow, 3 axis joystick, and Ross faders are all standard.

Carbonite also includes a browser based, multi-user GUI that can be instantly accessed from a Mac, PC or an Apple iPad. The GUI provides graphics management for Media-Stores as well as control switcher setups and remote operation.

Carbonite’s 2RU processing engine includes two MultiViewers, four keyers per MLE, four DVE channels, four animation stores, internal synchronization and conversion, and full Multi-Definition operation.

“Carbonite is simply remarkable,” says Nigel Spratling, Switcher Business Development Manager at Ross Video. “By taking what we have learned in the development of Vision and CrossOver, we have been able to design a product that fits a market need perfectly. Carbonite fills the gap between compact 1 MLE production systems and highly configurable Multi-MLE products. A compact 2 MLE, 24 input MD switcher has never before been available at such an affordable price.”

A 16 input Carbonite 1 is $22,995.00 while a fully loaded 24 input Carbonite 2 is only $39,995.00. Shipments will begin Summer 2011.

“These price points bring 2 MLE production capability within reach for many. There are applications where a Multi-MLE system is desired but is just too expensive, making the introduction of Carbonite a true game changer,” says Nigel.