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Roland Features its VR-5, AV Mixer & Recorder at InfoComm11

The half audio, half video, four-channel video mixer boasts three camera inputs and a PC input.

The Roland Systems Group featured its “all-in-one” VR-5/AV Mixer & Recorder for webstreaming at InfoComm11.

“This product is something new from Roland systems group,” said Casey Bishop, of Roland. The VR-5 is “half audio, half video, four-channel video mixer, three camera inputs and a PC input,” he said, adding, “It can take an output from a VGA or a laptop, and input it into the VR-5 and mix it with video sources.”

Roland says the VR-5 is an “all-in-one” solution that simplifies production, recording and streaming of live events. “The VR-5’s innovative design incorporates a video switcher, audio mixer, video playback, recorder, preview monitors and output for web streaming all in a single unit,” the company says. “As a USB Video/Audio class device, web streaming is effortless by simply connecting to a computer running a live streaming service such as USTREAM and Stickam, as well as any video call service such as Skype and iChat,” the firm says. In addition, the reduction in hardware equipment, setup time and connection complexity ensures a worry-free, easy to use solution for any event.

The unit has two displays on the top, and one has four previews that show each of the incoming video sources, and the other is the program out, Bishop says.

Whatever is “on the program out goes to USB to connect to a computer for real-time webstreaming,” he said. “It also records to the SD card built in here on the side.”

The preview screen is a touch screen, enabling the user to touch the sources on the preview screens causing the video on the program screen to switch to the content the controller wants streamed, he said.

The VR- also has a little audio mixer, and allows users “to mix your audio sources independently,” Bishop said. Or, a user can have the audio sources follow what is happening on the touch screen.

There are also microphone inputs that have “phantom power” that can come in line levels off another mixing board, and have the audio under the video sources that are being switched, Bishop said. The unit also has some basic effects, like a picture in picture; wipes and transitions; and has Chroma Key, which can place a person over a background, and Luminance Key so text can be applied over video.