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Carbonite Black

Carbonite Black

Carbonite Primary Capabilities
Intuitive interfaces and a significant level of operational control provide you a new level of production efficiencies.

  • Choose a range of ergonomic panels provide increased accuracy to fine tune actions with no time or effort wasted in navigation
  • Simplify system settings, and access to graphic elements with a powerful live production control interface and media browser
  • Seamlessly create and run an entire production perfectly every time from a simple touch screen application
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Carbonite Primary Capabilities
Intuitive interfaces and a significant level of operational control provide you a new level of production efficiencies.

Choose a range of ergonomic panels provide increased accuracy to fine tune actions with no time or effort wasted in navigation

Simplify system settings, and access to graphic elements with a powerful live production control interface and media browser

Seamlessly create and run an entire production perfectly every time from a simple touch screen application

A professional grade feature set offers the capabilities of a much larger switcher for you to deliver imaginative and dramatic productions.

Unique effects modules are available in a pool to be assigned anywhere in the system for additional dissolves and key layers independent of ME resources to create more sophisticated productions looks

Distributable system-wide 2D DVE channels that incorporate intelligent resource management to store and recall scenes, meets production demands that typically require a larger switcher

For more compelling productions, multiple media player channels are available system-wide to directly play out stills, logos and animated graphics which can even be enhanced with audio

Powerful processing forms the foundation of a platform with the flexibility to handle a range of requirements with advanced keying and effects, multi-format production in HD and SD, and the ability to apply video and color correction controls to add creative flare

System extensibility offers complete production system solutions that make your integration and operation highly cost effective.

Fully integrated MultiViewers with selectable layouts choice of border, tally and UMD label display for each source make monitoring simple and reduces cost

Studio solutions are made complete by adding motion graphics and video playback systems along with unmatched device control of systems such as robotic cameras and audio mixers. All Carbonite systems ship with an XPression LiveCG software license to provide production graphics. If the deployment also includes a separate XPression Go, Prime, or Studio system- it can be used as an additional Designer seat.

An available configuration with an integrated signal routing and management system simplifies installation and operation when outputting to multiple screens, on-set displays and signal distribution systems

Deliver compelling multi-screen production without the need for complex and expensive multi-screen image processors

Seamlessly transfer production decisions to non-linear editors to recreate the event timeline to dramatically speed up the post productions process

Carbonite provides big switcher production power in a cost-effective, mid-size package.

Carbonite uses the absolute latest technology to pack unprecedented production power into a super compact frame. The Ross Multi-Definition Production Engine that lies at the heart of Carbonite offers the same pristine processing used on top of the line Ross switchers, but precisely tuned for this cost-effective platform. The superb performance of our past award winning switchers is available to you in this incredible mid-size package, at an unbeatable price.

All models of Carbonite feature a breadth of capabilities that make these switchers unique in their class. Ross dedicates a great deal of effort in ensuring that our products enable a significant level of operational control. Of primary concern when designing Carbonite was its ease of use. From the use of large, back lit buttons and Panel Glow for increased operator accuracy, to the placement of frequently used buttons, Carbonite provides intuitive panel ergonomics and superior production efficiencies. You can rapidly execute a variety of wipe patterns and memory recalls in just a few pushes, and the implementation of a rapid, auto-follow menu system means that you do not need to memorize menu hierarchies in order to fine tune your actions. A simple turn of a knob will apply a border, adjust softness and activate multiplication and rotation to create your own unique look. No time or effort is wasted navigating through the panel to see what you want and get what you want.

A variety of ergonomically designed 1, 2, and 3 ME control panels provide Carbonite with the capabilities of a much larger switcher. Contributing to the power and ease of use of Carbonite are attributes such as the effortless ability to perform full previews on any keyer and next transition style operation. Carbonite delivers a professional grade feature set with DVE functions, media stores, auxiliary buses, integrated multi-viewers, production software tools, advanced chroma keying, and range of I/O types. Create imaginative and dramatic productions with this powerful feature set.

4 MiniMETM modules with 2 keyers

MultiScreen™ Mode

Dual 16 input MultiViewers, with multiple layout choices

Four Media-Stores with audio for animations and stills

DashBoard LiveAssist™ GUI with MediaManager™ Web UI

MediaWipes™ Animated Transitions

MemoryAI™ recall to preview

Custom Control Macro’s

Four or Eight channels of 2D DVEs

UltraChrome™ Choma Keying


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A great looking production requires a complete set of tools. Carbonite’s unmatched power and easy-to-use feature set will get the job done.

MiniMEs are a new class of operational ‘devices’ within the production switcher architecture. These are very powerful effects modules that include an independent Mixer and 2 Keyers: 1 standard Keyer and 1 specifically for DVE boxes. MiniME modules do not reside in a fixed position in the signal flow – they are not Upstream, Midstream or Downstream – they ‘float’ and can be used anywhere in the signal path. They reside in a resource ‘pool’ to be used anywhere in the system for additional dissolves and key layers, which are immediately released as soon as the transition or effect is complete. There are 4 MiniMEs in the system, but as they are automatically attached when required they can be assigned to multiple locations – and all four can be used simultaneously. more info…

MiniMEs are completely independent of Carbonite MEs. All of Carbonite’s standard ME resources are available without compromise.

MiniMEs are FREE! Simply download the lastest version and they will be immediately available for use in any Carbonite system – regardless of age or configuration. All part of the fantastic customer service from Ross.

Capabilities Announced at NAB 2017

Version 12.2

MiniME PST mode for background preview

Input 1080p25 format

Thumbnail capture for media wipe selection

Multi-Panel Support
– Up to 3 panels
– Includes compact CB9 panel

MultiScreen DVE Release
– Background DVE’s can release when using UHD

Carbonite Black UHD

Software version ONLY for Carbonite Black or Carbonite Black Plus frames

NOT merely bus-linking and mapping of 3G – but fully UHD

Complete 1 ME UHD switcher with 4 full keyers including a UHD chroma keyer and a transition key for Media wipes and DVE moves

2 channels of UHD DVE as well as 2 MiniME’s – each with 2 full keyers and next transition preview

Full UHD media stores which can playback UHD Key and Fill animations

Utilizes 2SI UHD sampling

Carbonite Black Plus 12G Frame

Carbonite Black Plus with 12G SDI and Quad 2SI support and single link UHD connectivity

12G single link on every fourth input or output

9 UHD inputs 12G SDI or Quad 2SI 3G

5 UHD outputs 3 12G or Quad 2SI along with 2 Quad 2SI

4 HD MultiViewer Outputs, 1 System and 3 I/O based

1ME with 4 Keyers and 2 channels of DVE

Carbonite MultiViewers have been engineered to provide the best possible monitoring solutions for your production.

Two configurable MultiViewers (up to 32 windows) are included in Carbonite’s standard feature set. These clean, low latency MultiViewers have access to all external and internal sources. Source naming and tally assignment automatically follow window routing selections. The MultiViewer clock can be locked to house time via Time code.

Each MultiViewer has user selectable layouts with the individual choice of border, tally and UMD label display for each source. In addition a user configurable clock can be sized and positioned anywhere on the multiviewer screen, locked to house time code or internal reference. more info…

Graphics Integration
XPression LiveCG software license provides production graphics. For more advanced motion graphics, XPression Go, Prime, or Studio systems are well integrated with all Carbonite configurations.

Say goodbye to complex and expensive multi-screen image processors. Carbonite MultiScreen delivers compelling multi-screen production with ease – and, remarkably, it is a standard feature in Carbonite Production Switchers.

Create visually stunning content for up to 4 projectors on a single screen with edge blending. High quality and performance is implemented with low latency, dramatic cross screen transitions, scaling of a single background across all screens, and display of full resolution multi-screen backgrounds from graphics systems and Media-Stores.

The four MiniME’s in every Carbonite provide linked control for MultiScreen production with Independent control for on-set and secondary outputs. more info…

3G & UHD (4K) Production
NO other switcher of this size and price point can offer 3G processing. In 3G mode, Carbonite’s MiniMEs can also be used for UHD (4K) production.

For producers needing to incorporate the very latest full HD progressive standards – Carbonite is a perfect tool for the job. This mode ensures your production system investment is protected for years to come. Current Carbonite owners can simply download the latest software and switch to 3G operation, with no new hardware required – and its FREE. It’s yet another first from the production technology experts at Ross.

3G signals contain twice the data of standard HD and as a result some resource reduction such as DVE’s and MultiViewer windows occurs. However, all other resources remain the same – MiniMEs, MultiScreen or 2.5ME modes all are accessible and NO other switcher of this size and price point can offer 3G processing.

The Carbonite powerhouse can also take you to the very latest production format – UHDTV. In 3G mode Carbonite’s MiniMEs can be used for basic UHD production. Simply turn on MultiScreen mode and all four MiniME controls are locked together, allowing mixes, cuts and keys to be applied to UHD quad link inputs. MiniMEs have no true preview output, however you can easily and simply perform all of the basic switching functions and keying to provide a perfectly produced UHD output. You can input up to 6 x UHD quad link sources and have a UHD Program output with Carbonite or with Carbonite Black this increases to 9 quad link sources and 5 quad outputs, plus if the quad link format is pixel/line interleave you can easily monitor sources via standard 1080 displays and Carbonite’s MultiViewers. This quad link format also allows simultaneous UHD and 1080P outputs.

Carbonite not only offers truly remarkable processing power, but this advanced format production capability is also FREE – just turn on 3G and MultiScreen modes! more info…

eXtreme Integrated Signal Routing and Management
Carbonite eXtreme breaks away from the traditional production switcher architecture. Production switchers are typically designed around the task of delivering a single Program output from multiple input sources, however many production systems today are required to deliver outputs to multiple screens, on-set displays and signal distribution systems. This is particularly true for live production of worship and stage events as well as within larger facilities and multi-site complexes.

eXtreme is a truly revolutionary production tool. It has all of the horsepower of 1 or 2 Carbonite’s wrapped inside a highly configurable signal routing and management system. This combination is ideal for mobile production vehicles as it simplifies installation and operation immensely, while also offering tremendous flexibility and significant system cost savings.

Carbonite eXtreme eliminates the complex wiring and signal management associated with larger production systems. It is essentially designed from two fully integrated sub-systems: A configurable routing sub-system, with up to 144 physical inputs and outputs and a 2 ME Carbonite production switcher sub-system.

With eXtreme it is simple to manage complex productions across multiple output destinations! eXtreme can be configured with an I/O of up to 144 x 144.

The eXtreme chassis can be configured with either one or two Carbonite eXtreme cards for dual switcher operation. The second production switcher is entirely independent but shares all of the available physical inputs, which is perfect for larger systems that produce multiple productions coincidently. Alternatively an NK 144 routing matrix card can be installed together with the Carbonite eXtreme to provide a fully redundant routing system with changeover. eXtreme is available with any Carbonite control panel, and destination based signal routing control is simply managed with our NK router panels.

The Carbonite control panel has access to any of the physical inputs together with input mnemonics and all physical and internal inputs are selectable on any physical output via DashBoard and NK router control panels. Internally the routing system is 154 in by 168 out, allowing any destination to receive any physical input or switcher output. more info…

2.5 ME in Carbonite
Thanks to the huge internal processing capabilities of the Carbonite platform, you can operate Carbonite as a 1 or 2 ME systems with MiniMEs & MultiScreen – OR – run your 2 ME system in 2.5 ME mode. When in 2.5 mode, Carbonite has a full Program / Preset bus with dissolves and MediaWipe transitions and two Downstream Keyers (DSKs) in addition to the standard features of the main MEs.

For producers seeking to upgrade current 2.5 ME SD systems to full HD, Carbonite becomes the product of choice. When any Carbonite frame is matched with our new 3 ME panels, it becomes not only a very familiar operating workflow but also adds a level of production power and system connectivity that was simply not available until now.

Like MiniMEs & MultiScreen, Carbonite 2.5 is included as standard and thanks to our intuitive panel row swap functions, both of these new modes can run on any one of the 6 available Carbonite Black panels, or indeed from the elegant DashBoard software control system on any Windows or Mac platform. more info…

3 ME with the Carbonite Black Engine
The Carbonite Black Engine adds 3 full MEs as well as MiniMEs and MultiScreen. This powerful frame choice also adds expanded input and output capabilities over the other Carbonite family members as it has 36 inputs and 22 outputs.

LiveAssist™ & MediaManager™
A powerful Ross DashBoard LiveAssist control interface combines with Carbonite’s MediaManager browser to provide intuitive control over switcher settings, Media Store graphics and animations. With simple access from PC and MAC, DashBoard and MediaManager are the perfect Carbonite companions. more info…

With ViewControl, it is now possible to create an entire production from a simple and very intuitive interface. Complex transition elements are shown as thumbnails surrounding the live source windows. Running the show is now as simple as touching the screen. more info…

Effects Memory with MemoryAI™
Carbonite’s powerful and truly unique intelligent resource management system allows stored keys and backgrounds to be recalled to preview without disturbing what is currently on-air. This system enables multiple ‘scenes’ to be stored and recalled in a manner that would normally require a much larger multi-ME switcher.

MultiMedia Inputs
The Carbonite MultiMedia version has special input groups that accept analog and HDMI inputs as well as SDI. These inputs employ advanced format conversion designs that provide very high quality conversion for progressive and computer display formats with low latency.

Another unique Ross feature; during your live production Carbonite can generate an industry standard Edit Decision List (EDL). Production decisions can then be seaMEssly transferred to a Non Linear Editor to recreate the event timeline. With Carbonite, getting an as-run edit into post is as simple as a few mouse clicks.

4 Channel Media-Store™
Four independent media player channels are available switcher-wide. Stills, logos and animated graphics can be played out from the on-board 8GB memory and can be loaded via USB storage devices. The Media-Store™ can also be managed directly over Ethernet via Carbonite’s browser-based graphics tools.

MediaWipes™ with Audio Playback
MediaWipes™ add powerful animated transition capabilities with audio playback from the Carbonite Media-Stores™. Create compelling, animated graphic transitions and control them simply from a dedicated ME transition area selector.

Multi-Format Production
Carbonite’s video processing engine can be set for Standard or High Definition production. In addition, the standard system includes 6 internal frame synchronizers and format converters which allow mixed SD and HD formats to be seamlessly incorporated into your production. The Carbonite Plus and MultiMedia versions have dedicated converter/synchronizers on every input.

UltraChrome™ Advanced Chroma Keying in Every ME
Our UltraChrome™ chroma keyer uses new Ross technology to perform detailed keying in the most demanding conditions.

Powerful MEs
Carbonite packs major effects and keying power into 1,2 or 3 ME’s. Each ME has 4 powerful keyers with luma, linear, Chroma and DVE key types as well as an additional 5th hidden keyer for animated Media Wipe and DVE transitions. Each ME can access the 2 advanced UltraChrome™ chroma keyers. Two advanced pattern generators per ME are available for wipes, pattern masks and color washes. Each ME also provides a clean feed output.

4 or 8 Channels of DVE
4 or 8 high quality 2D DVE channels are available system-wide. The DVE’s ‘float’ within the system architecture allowing all to be assigned to a single ME or distributed across both ME’s as the production demands. These DVE’s are also available for ME DVE transitions and have dedicated selection in the ME transition area.

RossTalk Protocol & Device Control
Direct control of external devices is simple with Carbonite. Control Servers, Robotic Cameras, select Audio Mixers and, of course, our award winning XPression 2D / 3D graphics system can all be integrated.