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Iroquois, ON, Canada - August 9, 2007 - Ross Video announced today VTM, Belgium has chosen the newly launched Vision Production Switchers for their HD facility. VTM will be the first Mainland Europe broadcaster to invest in Vision.


VTM is the leading commercial channel in Belgium. The two Vision 4 MD-X switchers will be used for live productions including Dancing with the Stars, Dancing on Ice and Idols. Installation is expected to be complete by the end of 2007.


“We have a great relationship with Ross Video and have confidence in their products,” said Jozef Mertens, Director of Engineering, VTM. “The decision to upgrade to Ross Vision was for the switchers advanced technology and expanded feature set.”


“Our Engineering team has consulted with several customers, including VTM, on the design of the new Vision switchers,” said David Ross, CEO, Ross Video. “Vision is Ross‘ next generation of leading edge production switchers that meets the demands of today‘s complex live productions.”


The Vision Series is Ross' next generation multi-definition production switcher, handling standard and high-definition formats. The 5 new models, ranging from 1 to 4 M/Es, include: the Vision 1 MD, Vision 2 MD, Vision 2 MD-X, Vision 3 MD-X and Vision 4 MD-X.


Building on over 30 years experience in production switchers, the Vision control panel incorporates a number of new concepts. Vision is highly modular and all models share a common platform and common set of modules. The use of RGB buttons results in a stunning new look and allows personalization of Vision's control panel. Vision offers a new DualDisplay™ color touch screen allowing the operator to view and control two menus simultaneously. A long list of other enhancements including built-in manuals, Linux based OS, and integration with the OverDrive® control system makes Vision the most advanced switcher on the market. Leveraging over 1 Million lines of Synergy Series software, the Vision Series has a head start with a well developed feature set and a full complement of device control options.


The Ross line now includes 20 different models of production switchers. Ross continues to offer the Synergy SD (standard definition) and Synergy MD (multi-definition) production switchers along with the new Vision Series. A path for existing Synergy SD and MD customers to move to the Vision platform is available.


VTM is part of the Vlaamse Media Maatschappij (VMMa) with other products like Kanaaltwee, JIMtv and two popular radio stations Q-music and 4FM. It is an innovative Belgian media company that operates on the Flemish market, which is a joint venture of De Persgroep (50%) and Roularta Media Groep (50%). www.vmma.be


About Lines Broadcast

Lines Broadcast Systems, Ross‘ local representative, is a distributor and systems integrator for the high end broadcasting industry based in Brussels. Lines Broadcast has been contracted by VTM to conduct the work on their facilities as they migrate from SD to HD. www.linesbroadcast.be


About Ross Video - IBC Stand No. 9.430

Ross Video designs, manufactures and supports a wide range of innovative products for use in broadcast, distribution, live event, and production applications. Ross products are used to produce and distribute video and audio signals in over 100 countries daily. Ross‘ award winning product line includes the Vision, Synergy SD, and Synergy MD/X Video Production Switchers, openGear, RossGear and GearLite Terminal Equipment, SoftMetal Video Servers, and the OverDrive Production Control System. News and information are available at www.rossvideo.com.


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