Ross Video Delivers Real-Time Social Media Graphics for RNC

CGLA and Chimeara Productions chose the flexibility and horsepower of Ross Video’s XPression Real-Time Motion Graphics system to provide the Republican National Convention with non-stop social media graphics and a real-time U.S. Debt Clock inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, FL.

A dual channel XPression was used with one channel displaying a crawl broken into 8 layers on the screen that were then remapped into a single continuous crawl on the arena’s ribbon board.  The second channel of XPression was used for two more crawls and to display a collage of 80 photos.

At any given time 66 data feeds were coming into XPression (with avatar images) via XPression’s Datalinq Server.  A second XPression was used to display a U.S. Debt Clock graphic, also linked via an RSS feed from Datalinq.

“We were certainly pushing the envelope,” said Al Savoie of Chimeara Productions who was hired by CGLA to work the show, “but I knew it could be done.  I started using XPression after attending a Freelance Training Course in New York City that was sponsored by Ross.  As a creative problem solver, XPression gives me the toolset to go after the most demanding jobs.”

“We were thrilled to have XPression in such a high-visibility production.” said Brian Olson, marketing product manager for XPression, Ross Video.  “While we do most of the big award shows, the RNC presented unique challenges that even left our developers scratching their heads.  Chris Marsall from CGLA came to us with the opportunity and later brought in Al from Chimeara to make it all work in Tampa.  The ingenuity of our customers and partners never ceases to amaze me.  The guys did a great job of making us look good!”

In addition to live events, XPression is used by broadcasters and production professionals around the world for news, sports, branding, and virtual set/augmented reality applications.  Powered by the latest gaming technology, XPression is known for its graphics horsepower and ease of operation.

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