Ross Video Enhances Flagship Acuity Production Switcher With 12G Single-Link Connectivity

Ross Video has introduced a new 12G MultiProcessing Input Module for its Acuity video production switcher. The input module adds 12G single-link connectivity and additional video processing resources providing enhanced creativity, streamlined installation requiring less cabling, all of which simplify a facility’s migration from HD to full UHD production.

“Mobile production operators have expressed a strong, unified and vocal requirement for a solution that lets them produce UHD content but is better than Quad Link, so we’re implementing 12G into our flagship production switcher to directly support this,” said Nigel Spratling, Ross Video’s vice president of Production Switchers and Video Servers.

The Ross Video Acuity features internal signal processing engines installed inside a modular input and output matrix, allowing users to easily swap-in unique I/O cards that build upon the switcher’s capabilities. All of these cards are compatible with each other on a single chassis and enable users to customize the switcher panel to serve as a hybrid-IP switcher, a signal-processing hub, or a 12G-capable UHD switcher.

The new Acuity 12G MultiProcessing Input Module is a 20-input card that adds single-link 12G connectivity (on every fourth input) and provides independent input signal management functions. Every connector on the input module has dedicated processing amplifiers and color correctors, guaranteeing a consistent look among sources and freeing up the internal switcher resources. And every input module is built with a 20-input multiviewer that can be sent to any output in the system, or be included in other video processor-based multiviewers.

The Acuity 12G MultiProcessing Input Module is a 20-input card that adds single-link 12G connectivity (on every fourth input) and provides independent input signal management functions. Click to enlarge.

The Acuity 12G MultiProcessing Input Module is a 20-input card that adds single-link 12G connectivity (on every fourth input) and provides independent input signal management functions. Click to enlarge.

In addition, independent resources on each card ensure non-broadcast devices, external feeds, and lower-end equipment will match the system timing and video format of your production. And every input supports HDR conversion. SDR sources can be mapped to the same profile as HDR sources for a simple processing path in HDR productions.

It also supports legacy 1080P level B devices, which use a different 3G SDI rate than modern-day equipment. The Acuity 12G MultiProcessing Input Module ensures all 1080P 3G signals are compatible with your production. In mixed signal environments, the 12G MultiProcessing Input Module can convert SD/720p/1080i signals to 1080p, which the Acuity switcher can then internally convert to UHD.

The new 12G module also lets users easily convert differing UHD interconnect methods. For example, in Quad Link UHD mode, the Acuity operates via the 2SI UHD Interconnect method. For legacy equipment that only operates in QSD (Quad Square Division), the Acuity 12G MultiProcessing Input Module can convert QSD inputs to 2SI format for use in any production.

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