At a Glance
All Ross robotic solutions can be controlled from a flexible, intuitive user interface that can be scaled to suit both large and small installations. SmartShell Control System combines a touchscreen interface with an ergonomic joystick control panel.
*Ross PTZ-12G/NDI and select models of Sony, Panasonic and Canon PTZs
Whether you have Furio+ dollies, SkyDollies, free-roaming CamBot pedestals, PT heads, BlackBird pedestals or even PTZ* cameras, all your Ross robotic systems can be controlled by a common control system using a centralized Ethernet-based architecture.
SmartShell offers the flexibility to store and recall an almost unlimited number of camera presets, from any number of cameras, eliminating the need for constantly uploading or synchronizing show files, while providing a simple and easy to use interface for organizing and accessing shots
Simplified and straightforward solution scales easily from a simple two head studio to more complex studio automation and multi-camera control environments.
Combine with other Ross applications, such as Vision[Ai]ry Ft (Facial tracking), DashBoard (PTZ and camera control), OverDrive (Automated Production Control) and Lucid Studio (Virtual Studio/Augmented Reality) to create a complete robotic camera control station for manual and automated workflows.
Each SmartShell control station communicates with the robots using native IP-based protocols over an Ethernet infrastructure, simplifying integration into new or existing facilities. Our modern network architecture enables remote and automated production by consistently delivering the same visual results, whether controlled locally, remotely over a high-speed network, or via automated control software.
Presets and Moves can be organized in tabs allowing you to group shots by show, scene, operator, or anything else you desire, making it easy to manage every shot from across your productions. Shots or groups of shots can be locked from editing/deleting to prevent unwanted changes. Matrix view provides direct access to a consolidated matrix of Presets and Moves from any or all of your connected cameras. Matrices can be saved, shared, and recalled and a different matrix can be created for each show or segment as desired.
Intuitive Hard Panel
Precision joysticks and knobs provide responsive inputs for all robotic axes, while backlit buttons provide direct access to most commonly used functions and indicators. Because the real-world can be unpredictable, MotionDirector allows for inflight joystick and time corrections without interrupting the ongoing shots.
Drag & Drop
Creating key-framed Moves, managing the Matrix View and moving presets/moves into categories is as easy as dragging and dropping them into the right spot, using either Mouse or Touchscreen.
Joystick view provides a complete view of all joystick axes at once, allowing the user to customize settings for each robot independently. Settings can then be saved to a file, so that each operator can have their own personal configuration, without worrying about what previous users may have changed.
What’s new in Version 6.0?
Enhanced Studio Management – Streamlines tasks by allowing users to easily select and group cameras instantly from within SmartShell. Operators can now dynamically define a subset of their cameras so that they only see the ones they need for their current production without having to add or remove cameras from their SmartShell configuration. This is especially useful when managing multiple rooms, studios, or locations from a common control room.
Keyframe Insertion – Enables quick and efficient insertion of keyframes at any point during a move replay.A simple one-step operation allows the operator to easily manipulate or fine-tune the movement without adjusting the camera, creating a new preset and adding it into the Move.
Notification Window – Displays notifications in a small window at the bottom of the UI, improving workflows and reducing disruptive pop-ups unless user intervention or acknowledgement is required.
Limits Visualisation – Provides a clear visual representation of all axes, enabling the operator to easily view where the robot currently sits within its axis limits, where the temporary limits sit relative to the fixed limits, and indicates when the robot runs into a limit.
SmartTally for X350 – Customises and converts the X350 touchscreen into an On-Air tally lamp, eliminating the need for any additional equipment on the camera or head to provide a simple and elegant tally solution.