Ross Video Brings Cost-Effective Telestration to Sports Television


Ross Video announced its plans to release XPression Telestrate, a next-generation telestration tool for live sports and other types of on-screen analysis at IBC2014. Telestrate has no dedicated hardware but rather uses just a single layer on the output of an XPression Real-Time Motion Graphics System. Built in cooperation with Coiron Visual Developers, it’s a perfect tool for the multi-layer XPression workflows used in many U.S. collegiate sports productions.

XPression Telestrate has a very robust feature set for analysts to choose from, including lines, curves, arrows, preset shapes, custom shapes, pen styles, line weight, and color.  Users have 3 different ways to access their drawing tools with graphical overlay, keyboard shortcuts, or two different custom XKeys panels available from Ross.

As an added bonus, XPression Telestrate also offers optional replay server control to enable users to move backwards, forwards, and freeze on a specific frame before drawing. One of the XKeys panels offers a jog/shuttle knob providing a very intuitive way to control the replay.


“XPression Telestrate is an ideal addition to the XPression portfolio of products,” says Brian Olson, Director of Marketing Product Management for XPression at Ross Video. “With XPression’s rise in the sports world we’ve seen the demand for more and more functionality to come straight out of XPression. For example, in many productions now XPression also generates the score bug, in addition to the rest of the production graphics for a game.”


Telestrate operates in a client-server model, so the actual telestration can take place on a remote PC close to the talent, and the lines drawn on the touchscreen are communicated back to XPression via the local area network.  In addition, keying may happen internally in XPression or externally via a Ross Carbonite or other 3rd-party production switcher.

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