Ross Video Unveils CrossOver v3.0 Software, Partners with Quest R&D
Ross Video has released Version 3.0 software for the CrossOver family of multi-definition production switchers. The new multiviewer displays any combination of 10 internal or external inputs, with two large boxes at the top and two rows of four boxes along the bottom. Source names are displayed with high resolution fonts as well as red and green tallies.
“Our CrossOver series of compact production switchers has turned out to be a huge success with our customers,” says David Ross, CEO, Ross Video. “With the free v3.0 software upgrade, we are now offering an even more powerful switcher with the option of an internal multiviewer.”
v3.0 is now available to all existing and future CrossOver customers, offering a free upgrade to activate an internal multiviewer. CrossOver 6, 12, and 16 use the same software and can be upgraded in minutes by downloading v3.0, saving to a USB flash drive, and following the upgrade instructions.
The CrossOver Series CrossOver is Ross’ line of single MLE production switchers designed for compact studios, outside broadcast vehicles, edit suites, and flight packs. Compact, tough, and powerful, the CrossOver Series includes the CrossOver 6, 12, and 16. Highlights of all switchers include internal up/down conversion, animation stores, UltraChrome Chroma keying, internal reference generators, 2D DVEs, a standalone 2RU chassis, and AI Memory recalls. The CrossOver 16 adds Macros, mnemonic indicators, and more.
Ross Teams Up with Quest Research & Development Corp. on Turnkey Graphics Solutions
Ross Video has partnered with Quest Research & Development Corp., providing turnkey graphics solutions based on the Ross Video XPression platform. Quest provides PC hardware, application-specific broadcast software and a turnkey XPression Bluebox engine as a graphic renderer.
“We are very excited to have Quest onboard as an XPression partner for branding in master control,” says Brian Olson, Business Development Manager – Xpression, Ross Video. “Combining the industry’s best real-time 2D/3D graphics engine with Quest’s 20 years of experience in this highly specialized environment, allows Ross to insure customers will have a ‘shrink-wrapped,’ no-hassle solution for station branding. In addition, Quest’s reputation in the industry for quality customer service matches perfectly with Ross’ core principle of making sure the customer is always number 1.”
Quest acts as a data aggregator, broadcast software solution provider, and a graphics automation company handling all configuration, installation, training and post-sales support for XPression master control branding solutions.
“The partnership with Ross is a great way to identify opportunities and promote Quest,” says Clinton Ash, President, Quest Research & Development. “With our experience and Ross Video’s high end product, we can offer our customers the perfect branding solution.” Quest’s software and hardware solutions allow news, weather, school closings, election, twitter, and sports information to be captured and displayed using Ross Video’s XPression, including single or dual DVE compressions (Picture-In-Picture) and keyer functions. These enable the use of crawls, maps and legends, radar displays, bugs, snipes, or a complete 24/7 news/weather/sports/info “L-Bar” look.The data is then stored in a robust Oracle database. Our on-air Layouts application allows the customer to further customize these options.