CG & Graphics Systems

XPression

The Ultimate Visual Storytelling Tool

XPression

At a glance

Welcome to the Next Generation of Graphics

Every day, visual storytellers in broadcast, news, sports, entertainment, house of worship and corporate communications work to elevate the ways they engage their viewers. Tools for creating, augmenting and branding footage are proliferating — and XPression puts them all at your fingertips.

As a comprehensive graphics solution, XPression equips operators with real-time motion graphics capabilities. Built from the ground up to be a 3D system, XPression also fully supports 2D workflows, and seamlessly composites real-time 3D animation with media assets from today’s hottest design applications.

Real – Time

XPression uses intelligent caching to provide real-time access to content so there is no lag between keyboard entry and system operation.

Designer Friendly

XPression employs clean user interfaces, logical menus, and controls based on other widely deployed creation tools, shortening any learning curve.

Flexible

XPression handles it all: SD, HD, in SDI or IP, UHD/4K in Quad-Link or 12G Single-Link SDI. XPression software is resolution independent and output card agnostic.

IP Ready

XPression Studio and BlueBox supports SMPTE ST 2022-6, SMPTE ST 2022-7 and SMPTE ST 2110. XPression Studio with SMPTE ST 2022-6 is deployed at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the world’s first all-IP stadium!

Scalable

XPression has always been available as a software only solution all the way up to a turnkey hardware product. From a portable configuration all the way to purpose-built hardware, there is an XPression platform that suits all configurations.

Accepted

XPression is in use around the world, in multiple languages. Designers have embraced XPression as a design tool, making it their entry point into creative design and animation development, rather than starting in a desktop suite.

XPression Showreel

Built from the ground up to be a 3D system, XPression also fully supports 2D workflows, including clips, and seamlessly composites real-time 3D animation with media assets from today’s hottest design applications. Whether you need graphics for news, sports, entertainment, branding, information channels, virtual sets, or augmented reality there’s an XPression edition that’s right for you.

Features

Open Hardware

XPression supports multiple broadcast video I/O formats and hardware from a wide selection of I/O card vendors.

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Scalable

XPression supports video formats from SD all the way to UHD. Changing the video output is as easy as changing the I/O card.

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2D And 3D Text

XPression’s font engine gives you the tools to type in any language in any orientation, while toggling between 2D and 3D text for ultimate flexibility.

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3D Models

Build graphics from XPression 3D primitives or import your own models from today’s most popular 3D design programs.

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Materials

Use still images, video clips, reflection maps, bump maps, refraction maps, gradients, and live inputs to create multi-layered materials with blending modes in the Materials Editor.

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Animation

Create Animation Controllers with object keyframes, organize them on a Scene Director timeline, and trigger them at different times, manually or automatically.

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Visual Logic

Automate and add intelligence to your XPression scenes with Visual Logic.

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Transition Logic

Choreograph how XPression scenes transition from one to the other or update on air with Transition Logic.

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Data Integration

Binding data to your XPression scenes is easy with the XPression DataLinq™ Server – a powerful, yet easy-to-use data management tool.

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Ross Video Communities!

The platform offers a place for live production professionals to come together to share their experiences, solve problems, find answers to questions and discuss best practices.

Fitting in Everywhere

Ross Video has a powerful hardware platform For XPression Studio, BlueBox and Clips, in a high efficiency 1RU form factor. Fitting into the physical space is one thing; the XPression 1RU also sneaks into spaces normally reserved for laptop and desktop workstations, with a sound level at or below 54dB which is quieter than normal conversation levels.

Choose either XPression Studio or BlueBox; available as Single Channel Edition or the XPression Standard Edition for a three channel (Video/Key) configuration or Flex edition for up to four channels of 1080P real-time motion graphics. XPression Clips configurations available on this hardware configuration include single channel (Video/Key) or Dual Channel (Video/Key). This small footprint 1RU form factor can have a high impact on productions large or small, without taking up much room.

This innovative 1RU configuration supports up to four channels (Video/Key) in 1080P 60 for XPression Studio or BlueBox in HD-SDI, SMPTE ST 2110, and NDI™ or a single channel of UHD/4K.

Choose wisely…

Ross Video XPression Engines are available in three physical form factors, 1RU, 2RU and 4RU. After polling a wide range of existing XPression customers, we found many were not using physical GPIs and favored the RossTalk™ Smart GPI protocol. AES was another feature that many customers were not using. Even fewer customers needed the Longitudinal Time-Code Input. For those customers, the XPression 1RU and 2RU platforms offer all the functionality they need.

The 1RU and 2RU form factors allow for up to four channels (Video/Key) of 1080P real-time motion graphics in HD-SDI, SMPTE IP, and NDI™. The 1RU is perfect for smaller spaces and quietly performs at a whisper quiet 54 dB sound level.

For the customers who require either AES, physical GPIs and Longitudinal Time-Code Input, the XPression 4RU platform options provide for HD-SDI, 12G or IP, using dual 25G SFP Cages (SFPs not included) for video I/O configurations of leading-edge video production of 1080P or UHD/4K.

XPression Engine Editions

Multiple configurations of XPression are available for you to suit any budget or level of production you may have. XPression Studio, BlueBox and Clips are available as a la carte selections. Pick the edition of software and then pick the appropriate hardware configuration to suit your facility.

Choose the XPression software edition that best aligns with your facility’s workflow. Then, match it with one of our purpose-built hardware configurations to ensure compatibility with your facility’s video format, and experience the full potential of software-defined production graphics.

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XPression Studio

  • Full User Interface for Design and Playback
  • Single or Multi-channel HD-SDI up to 3G, UHD/ 4K, IP, and 12G
  • Real-time 3D Render Engine
  • Data-driven or Manual Entry
  • Support for MOS Workflows
  • Full API
  • Images, Videos, 3D Objects and Primitives

XPression BlueBox

  • Same hardware as XPression Studio, but without User Interface
  • Designed to be Used Under Automation Control
  • Single or Multi-channel HD-SDI up to 3G, UHD/ 4K, IP, and 12G
  • Real-time 3D Render Engine
  • Support for MOS Workflows and
  • Full API
  • Images, Videos, 3D Objects and Primitives

XPression Prime

  • Single Channel Only
  • HD-SDI Support up to 1080p
  • Real-time 3D Render Engine
  • Data-driven or Manual Entry
  • Support for MOS Workflow
  • No API
  • Images, Videos, 3D Objects
  • 1RU Chassis
  • SSD for System and Media Drives
  • No Redundant PSU, No RAID

XPression Clips

  • XPression Clips – Single Channel Edition
    • 1 Channel (Fill/Key) Out
    • 1 Video Input
    • 1 Baseband Preview Out
  • XPression Clips – Dual Channel Edition
    • 2 Channels (Fill/Key) Out
    • 2 Video Inputs
  • XPression Clips – Four Channel Edition
    • 4 Channel (Fill/Key) Out

 

When mobility and graphics performance are key, XPression GO! is the answer. The industry’s most powerful real-time graphics laptop solution processes on-the-GO! applications for you with ease. Available in a variety of configurations ranging from single channel to dual channel, the XPression GO! Series uses a capable Thunderbolt 3™️ enabled Windows laptop and a Thunderbolt 3-to-HD-SDI interface to create real-time motion graphics, on the go!

GO! Editions

Xpression GO!    

Xpression GO2!

Xpression GO! Mini

XPression Workflow Tools

Software Releases

XPression has a rich feature set that continues to grow…

XPression U

A place for online self-directed learning of XPression software and workflow.

Resources

Gallery

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