Ross Video’s Graphite PPC, Ultritouch Brings Home Awards from InfoComm 2020
Ross Video’s new Graphite PPC (Portable Production Center) has received the 2020 Future Best of Show InfoComm Special Edition Award by AV Technology, and the 2020 Future Best of Show InfoComm Special Edition Award by Rental & Staging Systems, a Sound & Video Contractor brand that serves the rental and staging industry. In addition, the company’s latest version of Ultritouch – the fully customizable touchscreen control panel for facility monitoring and control – has received a System Contractor News (SCN) Installation Product Award in the ‘Most Innovative Signal Management Product’ category during InfoComm Connected 2020.
Best of Show
Future’s Best of Show Awards are evaluated by a panel of engineers and industry experts, and are selected based on innovation, feature set, cost efficiency and performance in serving the industry. Winners receive an award for display and will be featured in the respective magazines. All nominated products are featured in the special Best of Show Awards Program Guide, to be distributed in digital edition form to more than 100,000 readers of Sound & Video Contractor, Rental & Staging Systems, AV Technology, Digital Signage, Installation, Government Video, Pro Sound News and Tech & Learning.
“I’m honored once again to be able to congratulate our winning manufacturers for their outstanding bounty of innovation,” said Matt Pruznick, editor of AV Technology. “The strength of this year’s field is a salient barometer of the health of our industry.”
Launched only one month ago as part of the Ross Live | 2020 program, Graphite PPC is a powerful but extremely compact production solution that includes a real Carbonite production switcher, real XPression graphics, RAVE audio engine, and complementary XPression graphics and clips package. Graphite PPC is incredibly light – it weighs only 42 lbs / 19kg including its dedicated soft-shell carrying case equipped with a pull-out handle and wheels. It’s also extremely quiet – ultra-quiet fan cooling means the system can easily be used in the same space as the talent with microphones. Graphite PPC is simple to set-up and requires just a single operator, so you can now deliver a high impact, high-efficiency production even more easily.
“We are proud to be able to celebrate the achievements of product teams in this most unusual year,” says Cynthia Wisehart, editor of Rental & Staging Systems and Sound & Video Contractor. “Normally these products would have debuted on the show floor. We are happy to be able to acknowledge them in a uniquely 2020 way and help draw attention to the efforts of all the engineers, designers, product managers, and executives involved.”
“We designed Graphite PPC to be a powerful and cost-effective ‘grab and go’ production solution,” says Nigel Spratling, Vice President of Switchers & Servers. “I’m delighted to see it recognized by these two prestigious titles, reflecting the product’s inevitable popularity in both the AV and rental/staging markets.”
SCN Installation Product Award
First launched in late 2018, Ultritouch is a powerful rack-mountable touchscreen panel combining traditional functionality while adapting workflows for operators fluent with smartphones. Ultritouch controls a host of Ross Video equipment as well as many third-party signal processing products. Unlike traditional control panels that feature hard keys or a combination of hard and soft keys, Ultritouch is completely customizable, meaning that operators can design the panel to suit their workflows rather than having to adapt their way of working to suit the limitations of the panel. The fully integrated touch UI with, multidevice navigation, button mapping, and NDI decoding means less training, quicker setup, and greater ease of use for operations staff.
“While things may look different this year, the recipients of the 2020 SCN Installation Products Awards are still exceptional pieces of technology,” said Megan A. Dutta, content director, Systems Contractor News. “We’re happy to honor the most innovative products of 2019 and looking forward to seeing what new inventions 2020 brings.”
“Ultritouch can be used in so many different applications and the completely customizable nature of the product makes it a real ‘must have’ in any production facility,” says Todd Riggs, Product Manager for Connectivity. “I’m very pleased to accept this award on behalf of the Connectivity team, and it is a very welcome addition to our increasingly packed office display cabinet!”