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AJA and Ross Video combine to boost live graphic streams.

Los Angeles-based graphics operator James Stevens has adopted a new AJA/Ross Video configuration, which sees the former's Corvid 88 video and audio I/O card supported in the latter's XPression Quad real-time motion graphics system.

Stevens explained: "I've been using the XPression for several years and it has always been a powerful graphics system. However, with the XPression Quad and Corvid 88, I am now able to provide for four output channels of live graphics via one system! It is an impressive advancement in graphics technology by Ross Video and AJA."

Having worked on an extensive number of TV programmes, including American Idol, The CMA Awards and Chelsea, Stevens recently welcomed the opportunity to utilise the new XPression Quad on a high-profile live broadcast event.

The complex technical aspects of the production tapped the power and versatility of the Corvid 88. One of the XPression Quad's four channels was used for keyable lower thirds, bugs and locator graphics; another for mortices, a third channel for a logo loop; and a fourth channel for a countdown clock.

The live graphics were delivered at 720p resolution at 59.94fps, although the system also supports four output channels at up to 1080p and 4K/Ultra HD (UHD) delivery.

Stevens emphasised: "Graphics play a very important role in live event broadcasts. Many are data-driven with real-time results coming in on-the-fly

"Live sports and awards shows are among the most graphic-intensive, featuring anything from a score ticker and stats, to nominee identifiers and social media integration. With the XPression Quad and Corvid 88, graphics operators are better prepared to meet the ever-increasing demand for graphics on live events."

The XPression Quad is now fully integrated with AJA's Developer drivers, enabling graphics professionals to configure XPression Quad solutions with Corvid 88 cards. This new level of support enables up to four channels of live content to be streamed on XPression Quad, doubling the previous two stream capacity, reported the companies.

In a separate development, AJA has also appointed Robert Stacy as the company's new Asia-Pacific general manager. Based in Tokyo, Stacy brings with him more than two decades of experience in the digital video technology business. Prior to joining AJA, he was vice-president of Asia for Newtek.

"I have had many years of experience in this industry and firmly believe that AJA's technology solutions are second to none, and look forward to expanding their reach across the Asia-Pacific region," said Stacy.

"In the coming months, I look forward to building a dedicated team that is exclusively focused on promoting AJA's video capture cards, streaming solutions, digital recorders, routers, cameras and more into the region.

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Publication:APB Magazine
Date:Dec 1, 2016
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