Ross Video Introduces Enhanced openGear Frame at IBC 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

Iroquois, ON, Canada – September 1, 2009 – Ross Video is introducing a new enhanced openGear platform, the DFR-8321 series at IBC 2009.

The new openGear DFR-8321 series offers free Ethernet control for setup and configuration with an optional high end network solution offering an enhanced feature set including DataSafe.

The DFR-8321 offers a full compliment of 20 processing slots with a dedicated 21st slot for remote control and monitoring using the new MFC-8320-N, high end network solution. DataSafe is included as a standard feature with the MFC-8320-N, an invaluable feature that stores all card parameters local to the frame, greatly reducing downtime when hot swapping solutions.

“Our new 21 slot openGear platform with free Ethernet for setup and configuration allows end users to configure complex solutions in a set and forget environment,” said Eric Goodmurphy, Gear Marketing Product Manager. ”This combined with our optional high end controller solution, offering DataSafe, allows end users to select the appropriate level of control for their application.”

The MFC-8320-N, a high end network solution, designed for full control and monitoring applications offers SNMP as an option and has been enhanced to support slot naming in the frame, IP address storage direct to the frame and DataSafe. These features simplify system management by allowing the end user to name and identify solutions in the frame, reduce downtime with auto re-configuration via DataSafe, and simplify IP management when hot swapping network cards.

About openGear

openGear is an open-architecture, modular frame system designed by Ross Video and supported by a diverse range of terminal equipment manufacturers. The platform offers clients the freedom to choose technology from a wide range of products to meet the needs of a broadcast, production, or distribution facility while maintaining a compatible openGear frame infrastructure. The Ross Dashboard Remote Control and Monitoring System and companion SNMP plug-in enables unified control over all openGear cards in a system as well as for openGear to tie in with 3rd party SNMP based systems. The openGear modules offered by Ross include a broad selection of audio and video products for distribution, analog conversion, Up/Down/X format conversion, fiber, switching, keying and synchronization, as well as backward compatibility with a suite of solutions from the RossGear 8000 series.

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. Ross’ award winning product line includes Vision, CrossOver, Octane and Synergy Multi-Definition Video Production Switchers, openGear, RossGear and GearLite Terminal Equipment, SoftMetal Video Servers, OverDrive Production Control System and XPression Character Generator. News and information are available at


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