IBC 2015: Evertz and Ross Video have announced a collaboration to add 10GE IP interfaces with Aspen support for Ross Video’s Acuity series of production switchers.

The addition of 10GE interfaces on the Acuity range aims to combine traditional SDI infrastructure with IT centric hardware and software.

Ross Acuity production switchers can now be directly connected to Evertz Software Defined Video Networking (SDVN) high capacity switching cores the 3080IPX and EXE-VSR using 10GbE interfaces, removing the need for external gateway modules. That will simplify installation and signal management in the production environment, the firms said.

The use of Aspen, an open format currently submitted to SMPTE for publication as a Registered Disclosure Document (RDD 37), is a key element of the Evertz/Ross collaboration. 

Aspen offers a format for encapsulating uncompressed Ultra HD/3G/HD/SD over MPEG-2 transport streams. 

When combined with SMPTE 302M (audio over TS) and SMPTE 2038M (ancillary data over TS), broadcasters can switch uncompressed video and audio over an IP network.

Evertz Microsystems chief technology officer Rakesh Patel said: “Working with innovative partners like Ross Video to incorporate native support for 10GbE/Aspen provides tremendous system flexibility, and reduces system complexity and cost for our customers. 

“We are excited to have Ross Video Production Switchers as part of the growing open interoperable IP ecosystem.”