Roland Professional A/V has announced the VP-42H Video Processor for sophisticated multi-source layering and switching with dynamic transitions for single-screen display of presentations, digital signage content and meeting visuals.

Roland VP-42H Video ProcessorThe VP-42H supports simultaneous output of up to four layered source signals even when resolutions vary between its four HDMI inputs. The processor features Motion Scene Switching for fluid transitions between complex screen setups, remote switching via browser-based network control, audio management including de-embedding and embedding and a keyer function for overlays and advanced composition.

In venues where it’s not practical or affordable to support multiple displays that simultaneously show varying IMAG or presentation images, the VP-42H allows a single large display to serve a range of functions with multiple inset windows and eye-catching displays. Offering greater capability than a typical switcher, the VP-42H lets end-users switch between ‘scenes’ containing preset arrangements of layered sources in customizable inset windows. The VP-42H smoothly transitions between current and next scenes by automatically moving and resising the windows to their new positions with motion-based scene switching.

By accessing a networked VP-42H web browser interface, each input layer can be scaled, cropped, zoomed and positioned by clicking and dragging on a connected computer, wireless tablet or smart phone. Scene selection and core switching functions can also be implemented via configurable front-panel switches that illuminate to indicate available and selected sources. The front panel can also be locked to prevent tampering. A rear-panel port allows RS232 control, network control and a USB port is available for loading still images and software updates.

The VP-42H can accommodate a wide variety of applications. Where LED walls and projection are used for large-scale presentations at corporate events, the VP-42H can output a customised and visually dynamic display of various presentation data sources with high clarity and accurate colour (due to its 10bit 4:4:4 colour space video processing engine). Engaging digital signage displays can be created with multiple content layers, overlays and motion-based transitions; the VP-42H can also be configured for automatic, front-panel-configurable interval scene switching.

In video production, the VP-42H can serve as a highly flexible multi-view source, offering not just a quad display but also custom sizing of each source window. The processor’s scene capability can be used to pre-configure a variety of instantly accessible multi-view configurations. When used in simple scenarios, the VP-42H can function as a true cross-dissolve seamless switcher, with a keyer to create overlays and the ability to display still images via USB drive for logos and safety slides.

The VP-42H’s internal audio mixer allows de-embedding of HDMI audio and the input of external audio sources via a pair of RCA phono jacks. Level balanced audio can be embedded in the HDMI output stream and also can be output to external mixers or speakers via a second pair of RCA jacks. Front panel controls with associated level indications allow adjustment of external line input, line output and master audio levels, as well as headphone output level.

The VP-42H weighs 1.2kg and measures 242mm x 125mm x 44mm. It can be used freestanding or be rackmounted by way of included adaptor hardware. The Roland Professional A/V VP-42H Video Processor will be available in Q4 2018.


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