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Roland Develops Portable V-8HD HD Switcher for Live Production

Roland’s V-8HD HD video switcher features a loaded professional toolset designed to streamline production, increase creativity and reduce total system costs.

A compact and portable switcher that can accommodate up to 8 HDMI audio/video sources with resolutions up to 1080p, Roland’s V-8HD HD video switcher features a loaded professional toolset designed to streamline production, increase creativity and reduce total system costs as all inputs support low-cost HDMI solutions. At about 4lb./2kg, the V-8HD comfortably fits into a backpack, luggage, or even the tightest of set-up spaces.

 

Operators can keep audiences engaged with the V-8HD’s new 5-layer effects engine and built-in 18-channel audio mixer with effects and the switcher’s all-in-one hardware design eliminates computer setup difficulties.

Users can seamlessly use the V-8HD to mix eight HDMI sources with full HD support, even when the sources have mismatched frame rates and color spaces. With the built-in scalers on two of the HDMI inputs, operators can also connect the V-8HD with client-provided sources like computers, smartphones, gaming consoles, and legacy 4:3 devices.

Presenter confidence monitors, live streams, and recording feeds often require different visual content from the main program output. The V-8HD assignment buttons send any connected input devices to a dedicated aux output without affecting the main feed. It’s also possible to synchronize the aux output with the program output, creating a built-in 3x distribution amp.

Storing and recalling unique looks is also possible with the V-8HD and requires only a few button presses to access eight preset memories and a powerful composition effects engine. The bright 4.3-inch multiviewer display also means less gear to buy and haul to the gig and the ability to monitor all video inputs, PGM and PVW plus menu overlay from a single screen that shows the status of a connected camcorder.

A crystal-clear sound mix is essential is easy to achieve with the V-8HD, allowing pros and beginners alike to quickly create engaging mixes that sound great, even in the most challenging environments.

Additional V-8HD features and benefits include three technology assisted automatic switching modes to make the gig easier, the ability to trigger Atomos recorders to start and stop recording via HDMI and a dedicated free remote-control app that turns an iPad into a V-8HD touch interface, and optional hands-free switching and control using a BOSS single or double footswitch to execute over 100 different switcher commands.

The Roland V-8HD HD video switcher is available now for $1,995.00.

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