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Switchers for all formats

Switchers for all formats

Switchers for all formats

Roland’s V-60HD is an integrated video switcher and audio mixer that is aimed at use in live event production applications, as well as broadcast, recording and streaming. Designed for portability and ease of use, it supports 3G-SDI camera, RGB and scaled HDMI inputs among other sources such as computers and tablets via a variety of video connections.

The V-60HD supports both video and VESA resolutions from 480i up to WUXGA, while a de-interlacer facilitates simultaneous 1080i and 1080p SDI video sources from multiple cameras to be used without the need for an external signal converter. Still image capture and import is enabled by two dedicated cross-points. Meanwhile, programme, preview and aux bus sources offer flexible outputs for multiple screens. The aux can be assigned to any of the four discreet SDI or HDMI outputs, enabling switching from the eight input channels, such as four SDI, two HDMI or one RGB and two still images uploaded via the USB port.

The menu is accessed via a 3-inch LCD screen on the front of the V-60HD. Programme and preview feeds, in addition to up to eight video sources with audio meters and labels, can be monitored using a multi-viewer. Configuration and control are also available using the V-60HD RCS software application on a PC or Mac, while V-60HDs that have been permanently installed can be controlled remotely from touchpanel interfaces attached with the LAN or RS-232 port. The LAN port also supports the manufacturer’s wireless tally system for PC, iOS and Android. The USB port, on the other hand, allows users to save files and memory settings and to install software updates. The switcher also includes buttons with PGM/PST LED colour indicators, a T-bar and DSK (downstream keyer) quick edit knobs for key level and gain. Time-based correction and frame sync ensure seamless transitioning between six video sources and two still busses.

As for the V-60HD’s 12-channel audio mixer, it includes four TRS/XLR combo jacks with 48V phantom power, an RCA stereo pair, and audio de-embedding capability from six video inputs. Audio processing capabilities include powerful dynamics and effects, such as a high-pass filter, gate, compressor/limiter, 3-band EQ, delay and the ability to select audio-follows-video channels. A multichannel audio embedding function allows users to select which audio source to embed separately to SDI outputs 1 and 2, can be used to fix audio issues or to separate multiple audio sources in postproduction. An auto-mixing function automatically adjusts the audio level based on weighting, maintaining even levels.

Roland has also improved upon its V-800HD multi-format video switcher with the release of a Mark II model. V-800HD MK II offers new dedicated switches for aux source selection as part of a redesigned interface and an advanced keyer that allows users to adjust HSV colour parameters such as the amount of Chroma and phase range. Multi-zoom functionality allows one video input to be shared internally with up to three more inputs and the scaler for each input can zoom into any position in the video image to give the appearance that additional cameras are connected, which creates a virtual multi-camera environment.

V-800HD MK II presents a dedicated scaler for each input, with the majority of digital and analogue input types available. The output side scalers allow for direct connection to LED walls without the need for external scaling devices. A built-in HDMI multi-viewer facilitates monitoring and an additional two channels are available for still images, which can be uploaded via a USB memory stick or frame grab. Channel buttons can be reordered with 10 assignable video cross-points.

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