Carbonite eXtreme breaks away from traditional production switcher architecture, combining production switching with signal routing and distribution in the same chassis, which should simplify installation and operation and make it more affordable.
Typically, production switchers have been designed to deliver a single programme output from multiple input sources, while many production systems today are required to deliver outputs to multiple screens, on-set displays and signal distribution systems.
“We decided to take a fresh look at production switcher applications and formed customer focus groups to help us better understand the overall requirements of modern production systems,” explained Nigel Spratling, Production Switcher Business Development Manager, Ross Video.
“Carbonite eXtreme is the totally unique result of our research, and it’s the perfect solution. The massive reduction in rack-space and interconnections makes it ideal for production vehicles.”
The eXtreme chassis, which made its debut at NAB, can be configured with an I/O of up to 144x144, in increments of 8, and internally houses the Carbonite production switcher.
“eXtreme is a truly revolutionary production tool, with the horsepower of Carbonite wrapped inside a highly configurable signal routing and management system,” continued Spratling. “It works with any Carbonite control panel and NK router panel, and when combined with our XPression graphics systems, BlackStorm playout servers and our DashBoard control systems, you have a complete ‘state of the art’ production system with full signal management. Nothing like this has ever been seen before, it’s a real game changer,” he claimed.
Carbonite eXtreme is scheduled to ship in June.