|Industry||ICT - Broadcast and Media segment|
|Headquarters||Iroquois, Ontario, Canada|
|Key people||David Ross (CEO)
Joe Lalonde (CFO)
Jeff Moore (Senior VP & CMO)
Yvonne Holland (CIO, VP R&D)
Troy English (CTO)
Ross Video Ltd is a privately held Canadian company that designs and manufactures equipment for live event and video production. The company's signature product line is production switchers, or vision mixers, which were the basis for the founding of the company. The company’s products are used daily in over 100 countries by broadcast television networks, cable TV networks, sports stadiums, live production companies, government agencies and houses of worship. Ross Video's headquarters and manufacturing operations are located in Iroquois, Ontario, Canada and research and development are carried out at their R&D labs in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Ross Video was founded in 1974 by John Ross, who provided the initial seed money by selling his refurbished World War II trainer aircraft. From the basement of his house, John developed the 16-4 analog switcher that would be a commercial success for the company – as well as a groundbreaking technology for that time. Hailed a pioneer in Canadian broadcast technology development, John Ross launched his next series of switchers in 1978, which introduced the now industry standard "Next Transition Operation" concepts, including the first patent for "Transition Preview" now used by almost all higher end switchers made in the industry. Ross Video continued to grow from the success of various switchers that include the RVS-210A, which sold for 25 years and the CDK-104, which became a fixture in most telecine suites around the world.
In 1998, Ross Video made the leap from composite analog switchers to component digital switchers. Their first digital switcher, called Synergy, sold over 3000 units by being smaller than traditional switchers, doubling the available inputs and increasing the amount of effects that operators could add to their programs. In 2004, Ross Video entered the HD market and introduced OverDrive, a product designed to automate live video production environments. During this process, Ross Video needed to redesign their gear frame racks to accommodate HD. This led to their creation of the openGear terminal equipment standard, a standard terminal equipment platform for broadcast and production distribution and conversion equipment.
In 1991 John's son, David, began working full-time at Ross Video, managing all switcher product development and working closely with the sales and marketing team. David was promoted to director, Product Development, and later to executive vice president, followed by a promotion to president, and finally to CEO in 2006. In 2005, David assumed the position of chairman of the board and became the majority shareholder of Ross Video, owning 90 per cent of shares with employees of the company owning the remaining 10 per cent.
In 2010, Ross Video completed its acquisition of Norpak Corporation and in September of the same year acquired Codan Broadcast, leading to the company broadening its influence in the Asia-Pacific region with the establishment of Ross Video Australia.
In early 2012, Ross Video acquired FX-Motion Robotic Camera Systems, a Belgian company founded by entrepreneur Stijn Vanorbeek. Later in 2012, they acquired a San Diego based company, Cambotics, launching Ross Robotic Camera Systems as a division to their lineup of products and solutions.
- Versatile production switcher
- Mid-sized production switcher
- Low-budget professional-grade switcher
- Automated production control system
CG and Graphics Systems
- 3D character generator and broadcast production graphics
Robotic Camera Systems
- Furio Robo [Full Robotics System]
- Pan-Tilt-Zoom Head (PTZ), Rail Based Dolly System with telescopic lift and a sophisticated IP based control system
- Furio RC [Remote Control System]
- Fully Remote and Motion Controllable robotic camera dolly with complete camera and lens control
- CamBot 700 Series [Studio Robotics System]
- Fully remote, robust, durable and precise studio workhorses, distinguished by their ability to accept payloads up to 200 pounds
- NK Series
- Routing system with various matrix sizes
- Integrated media servers with I/O and storage within 3RU packages
- A powerful video server engine, driving a comprehensive production workflow within a compact 1 RU 24 inch deep chassis
- BlackStorm SSD
- A powerful solid state two-channel playout server with four hours of internal HD storage
- Open architecture platform designed to provide flexibility from a variety of manufacturers
- 7000/8000 Series
- Analog/digital, audio/video distribution, converters, encoders, decoders, synchronization and keyers
- Ross GearLite products are small portable modulus designed to adapt a piece of equipment to source or accept a signal of a different format,
- TES Series
- TES Series in a platform for encoding, inserting, receiving, bridging and multiplexing digital data in [VBI] and [VANC] Television signal
- Nielsen Encoders
- The Nielson product tracks the television and media-viewing habits of homes across the United States
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