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How broadcasters are still ‘switched on’ to live production needs

Some things just never go out of vogue. As multiple formats emerge to present more technical and operational challenges, production switchers continue to be the heartbeat of any live production environment

At a time when Ontario-based Ross Video is highlighting its commitment to the live production sector with its new “Living Live!” branding, its very first product range is still playing a key role.
Les O’Reilly, marketing product manager for production switchers, Ross Video, tells APB: “Ross started out as a switcher company in 1974 and we’ve obviously grown and diversified a great deal since then, but production switchers remain an incredibly important part of our business. Production switchers also remain one of the key pieces of equipment during a live production environment.”

At the recent 2018 NAB Show, Ross Video introduced versions 8 and 13 respectively of its Acuity and Carbonite switchers, as well as launched the Carbonite Black Solo 13. This new product, said the company, is a self-contained production switcher and hardware panel combination with 13 inputs and six outputs, giving users more I/O to work with in productions. It also retains the form factor of the Carbonite Black Solo.

And to allow customers to better understand its full range of production switchers, Ross Video started in February this year the first of a series of four production switcher webinars.

Some of the key topics discussed, O’Reilly reveals, included the role switchers play in both HD and 4K/Ultra HD (UHD) productions.

On the latter, he elaborates: “4K/UHD productions are most than just about picture resolution. We have many customers looking at multiple methods of transport — quad link 3G in both QSD and 2SI variants; quad link carried over IP connectivity in QSD and 2SI; and 12G single link that has interested many small and medium-sized installations where the benefits of SDI can still be valuable.”

For the full story, read the APB May 2018 issue, which is available at https://view.joomag.com/asia-pacific-broadcasting-apb-may-2018-volume-35-issue-4/0779328001525229948.

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