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Ross Video Takes Home Two NAB Product of the Year Awards for Graphite PPC

The Graphite PPC (Portable Production Center), Ross Video’s latest all-in-one production solution, was launched earlier this year during Ross Live Season 1, and the product team was delighted to pick up four awards very soon after – two at the virtual Infocomm 2020 event, and two at the IBC Showcase last month. The awards tally have now jumped to an impressive six plaques with the news that Graphite PPC has picked up two NAB ‘Product of the Year’ awards – one in the ‘Graphics, Editing, VXF, Switchers’ category and the second in the ‘Remote Production’ category.

“We were obviously very excited to learn about these awards, and very happy to accept them on behalf of the product team,” notes Nigel Spratling, VP of Switchers and Servers at Ross. “When we first started talking about the Graphite PPC concept and design last year, I had a hunch that it would be critically welcomed by the industry. The current pandemic has absolutely shown the value in a compact, reliable, and powerful production solution, and it is telling that one of the awards relates to remote production. Content creators need to be able to maintain quality and production values even when they’re working from home or remote locations, and the Graphite PPC absolutely enables you to work from anywhere without sacrificing on creativity or reliability.”

“The 2020 NAB Show Product of the Year Awards highlight the best of what’s new at the premier launchpad for breakthroughs at the intersection of media, entertainment and technology,” says NAB Executive Vice President of Conventions and Business Operations Chris Brown. “Our Award winners are revolutionizing the way people experience media and entertainment.”

The Graphite PPC includes a real Carbonite Switcher, real XPression graphics and an advanced audio engine. It offers customers a remarkable amount of production horsepower – up to two MEs (and four MiniMEs), four DVEs, six frame syncs, four media stores and two MultiViewers. Capable of handling up to thirteen inputs and up to eight outputs, Graphite PPC also includes the same RAVE audio engine (with sample rate converters) that comes with the larger Graphite solution, as well as the same XPression graphics and clips package also found in its elder sibling. Graphite PPC is incredibly light – it weighs only 42 lbs / 19kg including its dedicated soft-shell carrying case equipped with a pull-out handle and wheels. It’s also extremely quiet – ultra-quiet fan cooling means the system can easily be used in the same space as the talent with microphones.

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