VTM in Belgium has chosen Ross Video's newly launched Vision production switchers for its HD facility. As a result, VTM - the leading commercial channel in Belgium - will be the first mainland European broadcaster to invest in Vision, writes Fergal Ringrose.
The two Vision 4 MD-X switchers will be used for live productions including 'Dancing with the Stars', 'Dancing on Ice' and 'Idols'. Installation is expected to be complete by the end of 2007.
"We have a great relationship with Ross Video and have confidence in their products," said Jozef Mertens, director of engineering, VTM. "The decision to upgrade to Ross Vision was for the switchers advanced technology and expanded featureset."
"Our engineering team has consulted with several customers, including VTM, on the design of the new Vision switchers," said David Ross, CEO, Ross Video. "Vision is Ross' next generation of leading edge production switchers that meets the demands of today's complex live productions."
Building on over 30 years' experience in production switchers, the Vision control panel incorporates a number of new concepts. Vision is highly modular and all models share a common platform and common set of modules. The use of RGB buttons results in a stunning new look and allows personalisation of Vision's control panel. Vision offers a new DualDisplay colour touchscreen allowing the operator to view and control two menus simultaneously. A long list of other enhancements including built-in manuals, Linux based OS, and integration with the OverDrive control system makes Ross claim Vision as the most advanced switcher on the market. Leveraging over one million lines of Synergy Series software, the Vision Series has a head start with a well developed featureset and a full complement of device control options.
The range contains five new models, ranging from 1 to 4 M/Es, include: the Vision 1 MD, Vision 2 MD, Vision 2 MD-X, Vision 3 MD-X and Vision 4 MD-X. The Ross line now includes 20 different models of production switchers. Ross continues to offer the Synergy SD (standard definition) and Synergy MD (multi-definition) production switchers along with the new Vision Series. A path for existing Synergy SD and MD customers to move to the Vision platform is available.