Ross Video Xiamen TV Indoor Mobile Unit

Ross Video products such as Carbonite and Ultrix are key parts of Chinese broadcaster Xiamen TV’s new 4K OB truck.

With an audience of some ten million viewers, Xiamen TV broadcasts over five main channels and serves the southeastern Chinese port city of Xiamen as well as the surrounding region within Fujian province. For the people of Xiamen, one of the sporting highlights of the year is the annual marathon, which has become the most famous in China.

This year’s race, credited as an elite road race of world athletics, was held on April 10 and attracted twelve thousand competitors. As expected, the event was broadcast live on Xiamen TV, which commissioned a new 4K UHD OB truck specifically for the 2021 race. Ross solutions are at the core of this new vehicle, with the Carbonite production switcher and Ultrix AV routing/processing platform performing video switching and signal processing tasks; and a combination of openGear and NK routing products.

Ross Video Xiamen TV Mobile UnitRewarding experience

For Mr. Huang, chief engineer at Xiamen TV, the reliability and on-site support provided by Ross were key aspects of his decision to purchase their products: “The Xiamen marathon is an important national event in China, and our coverage of the race is seen far beyond our province. We knew we wanted to invest in our first ever 4K UHD vehicle for this year’s event, but we needed reassurance that the solution would be reliable and that we would have immediate access to technical support. We found the Ross sales and technical teams to be highly responsive, and we have loved working with them. They really gave us peace of mind that we were making the right choices. The Ultrix, especially, is an incredibly powerful platform that offers amazing performance for its size. Problem-solving innovation like that really makes a difference to us when we’re working in a stressful situation to tight deadlines.”

“I am satisfied that we made the right choice with Ross. The Ross solutions were cost-effective but, more importantly, they have been very easy to use. A marathon is often a story of personal and individual struggle. Our main focus should be on telling the story of the race and the challenges and triumphs of the participants; we shouldn’t be worrying about any of technical or ‘back room’ issues. Ross has really helped us to concentrate on content creation with complete confidence in the performance and stability of the system,” he adds.

“It’s ben a pleasure working with the team at Xiamen TV,” notes Mark Cooke, Ross Director of Sales for Asia. “They’ve invested in a powerful and highly flexible production vehicle that will deliver impressive return on investment and, like the best marathon runners, will keep on performing mile after mile.”

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For • 11 May, 2021
• Section: Study, Integration