Ottawa, Canada, November 16th 2021 – As part of the ongoing Ross Live series of online broadcasts, Ross is today pleased to announce the launch of the new X-series of Pan/Tilt heads along with two new Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) cameras.
The first two models in the new X-series – the X350 and X300 – are compact, quiet and robust heads that are perfect for remote camera applications where the quality, flexibility and performance of a discrete head/camera/lens solution is required. With a class-leading 6.8 kg (15 lbs) payload capacity, they can handle practically any ENG or BOX camera and lens combination.
The range topping X350 head includes several features that are rare at this price point, including:
- A 5” full color touchscreen for setup, local control and integrated tally
- Integrated VS/AR tracking for virtual sets and augmented/extended reality
- Anti-backlash gearing that ensures smooth, accurate movements
- Cascaded camera connections for power, control and genlock that simplify installation
- MotionDirector for smooth, synchronized movement and keyframed moves.
The entry-level X300 offers the same great performance and reliability, but without some of the more advanced features, at a price that is less than half of our existing models. “Both models are compatible with our free DashBoard control software,” notes Bruce Takasaki, Marketing Product Manager, Robotics and Cameras. “When you consider feature set, affordability and the potential for integration into a custom control solution, the X-Series represents a tightly integrated solution that’s ideal for a wide range of production environments and applications.”
The latest 4K UHD PTZ cameras – the PTZ-12G and the PTZ-NDI – continue the trend in live production towards integrated cameras for almost all types of content. Featuring a 9.17megapixel, 1/1.8 inch CMOS sensor, these new PTZ models capture full 4K UHD 60fps and progressive HD video, making them ideal for a wide range of production requirements. The Ethernet interface enables single cable connectivity, providing remote control via IP VISCA protocol, video output using 4K UHD IP Streaming, and Power over Ethernet – all over a standard CAT5E cable and not forgetting the option to go the NDI workflow route. The new cameras have been enhanced with the addition of a more powerful lens, featuring an extended zoom range of 30x optical and 12x digital, and an upgraded mechanical design to provide smoother and faster movement to ensure you get the shot.
“We’re incredibly excited to introduce these new PTZ cameras and heads,” comments Takasaki. “The cameras and heads both represent excellent value and addition of free DashBoard control means that customers who work in, for example, corporate, house of worship or legislative environments and need compact, affordable remote camera solutions now have even wider options from Ross.”