Roland has announced the V-1HD Video Switcher, an easy-to-use, compact and portable switcher that can accommodate up to four HDMI audio/video sources with resolutions up to 1080p, and features professional compositing effects and creative video switching capabilities. It V-1HD can also be controlled by the companion PC/Mac or iPad application when connected by USB.

Roland V-1HD Video Switcher‘The V-1HD is ideal for supporting both live events and presentations, as well as small broadcast set-ups for enterprise video users, schools and house-of-worship environments,’ says Christian Delfino, VP of Sales & Marketing for Roland Professional’s A/V Division in the US. ‘It is also an amazing creative tool for visual artists or musicians who want to add video switching to their performances, create YouTube videos, mix content for online streaming and more. It’s the most affordable four-channel HD video switcher that includes a hardware interface, video FX and audio mixing/FX, making it a complete portable video switching and control solution.’

The V-1HD provides switching for up to four HDMI A/V sources including cameras, computers, tablets, smartphones and Blu-ray players, thanks to its HDCP copy protection support. The high-definition output of the V-1HD can be switched between 720p (from 720p inputs), 1080i or 1080p. In either 1080i or 1080p output mode, the V-1HD can accept both 1080p and 1080i input signals simultaneously, allowing it to be used with a range of sources. The V-1HD has a 12-channel audio mixer for mixing stereo audio from HDMI and external stereo audio sources and its dedicated microphone input. The V-1HD includes two HDMI programme and preview outputs and a stereo audio output.

Its compositing effects include picture-in-picture and keying, allowing for graphic insets plus titling and green screen capabilities. It also offers advanced transition and filter effects – more than 30 effects and transition types including mix, cut, full additive mix (FAM), non-additive mix (NAM), wipe and other performance effects. The V-1HD also has output fade, BPM Sync and Auto-Scan functions.

The A and B video buses each have controls for effects assignment and parameter control. The output can be switched A/B or in PGM/PST mode where the B bus is used for signal preview. The preview output can be set to a multi-view mode – where all inputs are displayed with coloured borders indicating the program and preview selections, or in a full-screen mode. The preview output can be used for additional, menu-driven set-up control, or as a second output for applications such as a simultaneous webcast or recording output.

The 12-channel audio mixer offers three-band parametric EQ, reverb, up to 500ms delay for accurate lip-sync, a compressor/gate on the mic input and level/multiband EQ on the master mix. A headphone output facilitates audio monitoring and the V-1HD supports mono or stereo plug-in-powered microphones.

The clean, intuitive control layout uses multi-function buttons and knobs’ as well as a large T-handled T-Fader for key and transition operations. Rugged construction ensures long-term reliability even under the most demanding conditions of portable and professional use.

The Roland V-1HD High-Definition Video Switcher will be available in Q4 2015.


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