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Merging Technologies Partners With Ross Video

  Ovation into OverDrive Boosts Systems Performance

Wednesday, April 11th, Puidoux: Merging Technologies has partnered with video production technology industry leader, Ross Video to redefine production automation at NAB 2012.

Ovation is a real time mix engine combined with a media server and playout sequencer, designed by the Swiss pro-audio/video manufacturer, Merging Technologies SA. Able to manage over 300 audio channels (live input and playback) through a maximum of 256 bus outputs, complete with EQ and dynamics processing, Ovation manages that and more in a compact 2U box.

Ovation’s PC-based audio mixer and GUI interfaces, has allowed Ross Video to incorporate the full audio system into their OverDrive control cockpit within it’s existing desktop space. Using the RAP protocol, they are able to use Vision audio modules and OverDrive to drive the audio engine directly while using the PC-based GUI supplied by Ovation to provide status and deep control.

“I am always so amazed what can happen from the most innocent and simple of beginnings,” says Johan Wadsten, the Ovation Product Manager at Merging Technologies. “After getting in touch with Ross to discuss the potential of allowing the OverDrive system to fire audio cues from the Ovation for a ‘cart player’ style scenario, we gave them a demo and they immediately became focused on our VS3 mix engine as a potential for vastly increasing the flexibility of an OverDrive installation. We are incredibly excited about this solution-based offering which combines both of our products and look forward to our continued work with the Ross team.”

“At Ross, we are always looking for new products to interface with. This year, we have partnered with Merging Technologies to show off their Ovation audio interface with OverDrive in our product suites at NAB,” says Allan Pepper, OverDrive Technical Marketing Product Manager with Ross Video. “Ovation provides a unique solution for production automation that results in smooth, scalable control over any size of automated audio production without needing a separate audio room.”

About Ovation
Ovation provides a robust new platform for use in any live or fixed event. For applications ranging from theatre playout, live events, fixed installations, theme parks, hotels, cruise ships, theatres, museums and exhibitions, corporate AV, television and radio production to name but a few, Ovation Media Sequencer and Controller is the ultimate choice when performance, speed and quality is a necessity. Integrated within Ovation is the award winning Pyramix Virtual Studio editing system allowing on the fly editing and compilation of your audio cues at any time right up to the start of the show.

About OverDrive
With over 110 installations on five continents, OverDrive® is the world leader in Automated Production Control (APC) technology. Designed by Ross using the latest Java technologies and an IT-class client/server architecture, OverDrive extends the reach of the operator to include control of video servers, audio mixers, robotic cameras, multiple graphic channels and more. In newsroom applications, the unique LiveLink MOS connection to the newsroom control system (NRCS) provides a seamless production workflow from rundown creation to on-air playout. With OverDrive, users create more sophisticated, cleaner and consistent productions while facilities improve their bottom line with an industry-leading return on investment.

About Merging Technologies

Merging Technologies SA is a Swiss manufacturer with over 20 years of experience in developing groundbreaking, professional Audio and Video products for a wide range of entertainment and media industries. With a dedicated user base in the elite end of the music, film, television, mastering and performances industries, Merging is committed to developing product ranges with unrivalled quality and flexibility, no matter what the application. Merging builds tools for people who want more from their systems, have an inherent need to push boundaries, and believe that quality always comes first, every time.

About Ross Video

Ross Video designs, manufactures and supports a wide range of innovative products for use in video production applications. Ross’ award winning product line includes Vision, Vision Octane, CrossOver and Carbonite Video Production Switchers; openGear, RossGear and GearLite Terminal Equipment; SoftMetal Video Servers; OverDrive Production Control Systems, XPression Character Generators and NK Series Routing Systems. Ross products are installed in over 100 countries around the world, where they are used daily by top broadcasters, production companies, sports stadiums, government agencies and houses of worship. For more information on Ross Video and products visit www.rossvideo.com