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Ross Video Launches New Compact Production Switcher at NAB – Carbonite Black Solo

Carbonite Black Solo is packed full of the features that Carbonite users love and use everyday. It is a compact switcher with 9 inputs and 6 outputs, specifically designed to meet the needs of smaller productions.

On the input side Solo has 6 SD/HD-SDI connections and 3 HDMI inputs, and there are 6 floating frame synchronizers with format converters that can be assigned to any input, so connecting those unreferenced sources is simple. For outputs there are 5 SDI and one HDMI, all completely assignable.


What does the Carbonite Black Solo feature?

Carbonite Black Solo features a powerful single ME with 4 full featured keyers, a transition keyer for DVE and Media wipes, and 2 UltraChrome chroma keyers. In addition, there are 2 MiniME’s that are perfect for use in small event production and for secondary produced outputs. Each MiniME has two keyers of its own, providing Solo with 8 key layers in total – extremely powerful for a small switcher.

Solo includes a fully configurable MultiViewer as well as four channels of MediaStore for animated graphics or stills. There is also a digital audio output for the playback of audio with animations.

Carbonite Black Solo comes bundled with XPression Live CG software. This provides the ability to create and push static graphics like lower thirds, over the shoulder boxes and slates directly into Solo’s internal MediaStores, via Ethernet from a customer supplied computer.

What features are available?

Carbonite Black Solo has all of the desirable production features found in the larger Carbonite switchers, including full DashBoard control integration, ViewControl touch screen visual control, and RossTalk protocol. There are also Camera Robotics, Video Server, and Audio Mixer control interfaces.

There are three versions of Solo available.  The first is the beautifully styled, all-In-one with combined control panel and electronic processing, offering maximum portability.  The second, the rack mount electronic frame with soft control panel is the most cost effective.  And the third, a control panel plus separate electronic frame is for installations where it is desirable to separate operation from electronics.

Carbonite Black Solo systems ships with an XPression LiveCG license to provide a complete production system with graphics. There is even an easy upgrade path to XPression Go, Prime, or Studio systems.

Carbonite Solo is the perfect fit for smaller productions where quality and operational performance is essential, in a package that is remarkably affordable.

For a complete list of features and specifications, please visit the Ross website at

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.

Ross Video: The Production Technology Experts.