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Calvin College Provides Real World Experience with Ross Vision

News Release

For Immediate Release

Iroquois, ON, Canada – March 2, 2009 – Calvin College, a Christian liberal-arts college in Grand Rapids, Mich. has invested in a Vision 2 QMD Multi-Definition Digital Production Switcher. Vision will be used to provide students with real world experience, and to broadcast Inner Compass, a weekly nationally distributed half hour show.

Calvin College updated their SDI production facility to HD-SDI, replacing their Ross Synergy switcher with Vision to enhance their student’s education. The college takes pride in providing students the opportunity to learn using the same production equipment as in a professional setting. Vision will help propel Calvin’s efforts in education while reducing operational costs due to the reliability of the equipment.

“The switcher is the heart of the production facility, and our experience with Ross has been excellent,” said Jake Bosmeijer, Chief Engineer, Calvin College. “The straight forward thinking of the workflow and ease of educating students on Vision’s very powerful feature set has been a key factor in its success.”

Calvin started using Vision in January 2009 to broadcast Inner Compass, a television interview show that explores how people make their decisions about ethical, religious, and social justice issues. Inner Compass is a half hour show currently available via PBS in SD, soon in HD.

“Calvin College is pleased with the flexibility that Vision gives in an education and real time broadcast operation,” said Jake Bosmeijer. “The flexibility of the mnemonics and the input and output routing make installation and operation a breeze. Ross has performed over the past 8 SDI years and we look forward to at least another 8 HD-SDI years.”

“Its great students are gaining hands-on experience using Ross technology.

Learning to work with Vision will give them an advantage as they prepare for their future in the industry,” said David Ross, CEO, Ross Video. “Many educational institutions favor our production switchers as part of their broadcast programs.”

About Calvin College

Calvin College is a comprehensive liberal arts college in the Reformed tradition of historic Christianity. Founded in 1876, Calvin College is one of the largest Christian colleges in North America with over 4, 000 students and over 100 majors, minors and academic programs.

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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