Ross Video Launches New Series of Video Servers

News Release

For Immediate Release

Iroquois, ON, Canada – February 20, 2009 – Ross Video announced today the launch of the new SoftMetal 3000 and 4000 Series Video Servers. The next generations in the SoftMetal family are integrated media servers that come with I/O and storage all contained in a compact 3RU package.

The 3000 Series is a Server Class Platform available in either Standard or Multi-Definition versions. The 3000 Series supports up to 8 simultaneous Record/Play channels in SD and up to 4 simultaneous Record/Play channels in HD. It uses SATA drives and offers up to 14 TB of Media Storage.

The 4000 Series is a Premium Server Class Platform built with the highest internal bandwidths and processing power. The 4000 Series is a Multi-Definition Server which supports up to 8 simultaneous Record/Play channels in HD. It uses high performance SAS drives with a total capacity of up to 6.3 TB. The 4000 Series is designed to support 1080p50 and 1080p60 3Gb/s operation.

“The SoftMetal 3000 and 4000 Series are the next step in the evolution of our SoftMetal Server family utilizing the latest in microprocessor and storage technology,” said Jeff Moore, Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing. “We are excited to both announce and ship these new models prior to NAB.”

Shipments of both the SoftMetal 3000 and 4000 Series Servers start in March 2009.

About SoftMetal

SoftMetal Servers are designed to work in both live production and master control applications, offering flexible file based workflow solutions. File wrapper support includes MXF, QuickTime and AVI. A wide range of codec support includes DV25, DVCPRO 50, DVCPRO HD, D-10 (IMX) 30, 40, 50 XDCAM HD 25 & 50, MPEG2 I-Frame and Long GOP, HDV, QuickTime Animation, Targa stills and animation sequences and more. Automatic ganging of Video and Alpha channels provides a solution for master control branding and production graphics player. .

SoftMetal servers come equipped with a suite of software and client applications including Record, Play, Media Manager, Transcode Manager, Configuration Client and Watched Folder support. SoftMetal clients are Java based and designed to run remotely from the server chassis and can run on Microsoft Windows, Apple OSX or Linux.

About Ross Video

Ross Video designs, manufactures and supports a wide range of innovative products for use in live production applications in over 100 countries. Over the past 15 years Ross has grown an average of 20% year over year and currently employs 300 incredibly talented people. Ross’ award winning product line includes Vision, CrossOver and Synergy Multi-Definition Video Production Switchers, openGear, RossGear and GearLite Terminal Equipment, SoftMetal Video Servers, and the OverDrive Production Control System. News and information are available at


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