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GRAPHITE - The latest tech innovation by Ross Video

All-in-one Live Production Vehicle


Graphite, the all-in-one production system is designed and built with the quality and reliability one can expect from Ross Video. With its innovative software and hardware blended together perfectly, this technology is used for top-end professional-quality productions.

Key Features

Dedicated Hardware Component for Unprecedented Performance and Reliability

At the heart of this all-in-one system, is the Graphite PCIe card. This is a massive development, as it eliminates the performance issues that lead traditional all-in-one systems to compromise on their features. With the dedicated Graphite hardware bearing the load in tandem with the PC, Graphite is able to offer truly powerful production equipment for a professional quality show.

The critical vulnerabilities of purely software-based production systems are also eliminated, such as PC/OS reboots, crashes, and updates. Because the PCIe card is fully self-contained and only requires power from the system, the Carbonite and RAVE audio will perform without interruption even if the computer sub-system has an issue. This implementation provides unparalleled reliability during mission-critical productions.

Complete Production System in a Compact 4RU Chassis

Graphite combines all the features of the Carbonite Production Switcher, XPression Motion Graphics, XPression Clips Server, and RAVE Audio Engine – all in a compact 4RU chassis.

2 MEs with Full Keying Power

Major effects and keying power are packed into 2 MEs. Each ME has 4 powerful keyers with luma, linear, chroma, and DVE key types – as well an additional fifth transition keyer for animated Media Wipe and DVE transitions. Each ME can access the 2 advanced Ultrachrome chroma keyers.

4 Flexible MiniMEs

Unique to the switcher feature set, MiniMEs are powerful effects modules that include an independent mixer and two keyers: one standard keyer and one specifically for DVE boxes. The flexibility of MiniMEs opens up a wide range of opportunities during production, like multi-screen or multi-language production.

Multi-Format Production

The video processing engine in the switcher is selectable for Standard or High Definition production. In addition, the standard system includes 6 internal frame synchronizers and format converters which permit mixed SD and HD formats to be seamlessly incorporated into your productions.

Single Channel of Graphics with Unlimited Layering

XPression Graphite is one of the most powerful graphics engines you can find and is included in this all-in-one system. Use still images, video clips, reflection maps, bump maps, refraction maps, gradients, and live inputs to create visually-deep multi-layered graphic templates. XPression is able to do more with a single channel than competitive platforms can do with multiple channels.

True 3D Graphics and Animations

XPression permits you to make stunning and dynamic visuals with real 3D objects and text, not just z-space manipulations. Using XPression’s 3D primitives, users can build out visceral graphics for their productions. Completely-controllable Virtual Cameras can be used to bring new perspective and movement to your graphics, permitting you to create exciting animations for use in your shows.

Simplifies Complex Graphics Creation

Graphic production can sometimes be a complex affair. To automate and add intelligence to graphic scenes traditionally requires the use of complex scripting work. With XPression, this process has been made simple with Visual Logic. This feature permits users to drag and drop parameters into a workspace and connect them with functions and other parameters by drawing lines from virtual inputs and outputs.

2 Channel XPression Clip Server

Also found in Graphite, are two channels of XPression Clips – production clip server. XPression Clips serves as a powerful supporting tool for both Carbonite and the XPression graphics channel in the Graphite system. XPression Clips takes the animations that are created in XPression Graphite for use in its channels much like an external video source. Additionally, the clip server relieves the Carbonite MediaStores of a large burden and offers instant recall times and back-to-back clip transitions. All clip playback and selection is done via Carbonite memory recalls and custom controls.

Embedded or Internal Audio for Every Source

Whether it is an external video input plugged via an SDI feed or one of Graphite’s internal inputs (XPression Graphite, XPression Clips, PC Audio), all video sources have an associated audio source that can be directly controlled in the Rave audio engine.

28 Channel Audio Mixer

All-in-one systems typically have limited audio production capabilities, but this is not the case with Graphite. With the RAVE Audio Engine, Graphite is able to provide uncompromised audio capability with a dedicated 28 channel digital audio mixer. Being a DashBoard-based system, the entire mixer can be operated from the local computer sub-system or any other DashBoard client and contains all the features an audio operator would desire, including input management, level monitoring, volume/gain adjustment, and more.

Enhanced Audio with Optional Breakout Panel

Analog audio is a necessity for a variety of live event productions. With the addition of a basic 1RU breakout panel, Graphite is granted supplementary analog and digital audio capacity. Add a variety of microphones to the analog inputs, with mic pre-amp and toggle-able phantom power. Analog outputs provide the ability to send customized AUX outputs with select channels included, which is great for feeding mix/minus feeds to your on-air hosts’ headsets. When analog and digital audio is added to Graphite, the Rave Audio Engine expands your format choices and permits all sources to be used simultaneously.

System-wide Memories and Custom Controls

The great thing about an all-in-one system comprised of products from a single supplier is the way it all works together. With the Carbonite at its heart, Graphite permits users to entirely operate all components as a unified whole through Carbonite memories and custom controls. Easily set-up your shows with a memory recall and execute key moments of your production into a single button macro.

About Ross Video

Passionate about live production, Ross Video designs, manufactures and delivers dependable technology and services that power exceptional live video productions seen by billions of viewers around the world every day. Ross Video’s goal is to make it easy for customers to create compelling news, weather and sports broadcasts, engaging material for sports stadium screens, legislative assemblies, entertainment shows and rock concerts, and inspiring content for houses of worship.

Relentlessly innovating, Ross Video delivers the world’s widest range of products and services for augmented reality and virtual sets, mobile live-event solutions, real-time motion graphics, robotic camera systems, social-media management, production switchers, routers, infrastructure products, video servers, newsroom systems, terminal equipment and more.

Ross products and services are designed to offer best-in-class system integration and unmatched customer choice by both working together seamlessly and integrating tightly with third-party solutions.

Ross Video has offices around the world, and provides free-for-life telephone support staffed by technical experts 24 hours a day, 365 days a year—even for products bought on eBay. Recognizing the time-critical nature of the broadcast industry, all Ross employees are empowered to provide “whatever it takes” customer service, even down to renting helicopters when necessary to deliver needed parts and service.