Roland is extending its line-up of professional A/V switchers with the V-60HD, a new HD video switcher aimed at live events and streaming.
With four SDI inputs and two SDI outputs and two HDMI inputs and outputs, the V-60HD targets corporate event production, church and theater installations (including multi-screen environments) and educational applications. The SDI inputs feature de-interlacing that matches 1080i and 1080p video sources inside the unit, and the scaled HDMI inputs support computers, tablets, and other video sources with a non-standard video resolution.
The V-60HD incorporates an 18-channel audio mixer (12 digital and six analog) and, during live production, automatically balances levels from multiple mics and video sources based on weighting. It also supports eight channels of embedded audio via SDI output for flexibility in post-production. The V-60HD also has an independent aux bus that can be assigned to any of the SDI or HDMI outputs.
A wireless tally system lets users see which camera is currently in use and which is next in line on PCs as well as iOS and Android devices, and the switcher can be LAN-controlled from a PC or Mac using Roland’s remote-control software, or via RS-232 using touch panels, Roland said.
The basic switcher functions include cross-point buttons with PGM/PST LED indicators, a T-bar and knobs for adjusting key level and gain. The downstream keyer supports up to three layers, with both luminance and chroma keying, and the system’s video processing options include up to 30 different wipe patterns.
Roland did not announce the price or availability of the V-60HD; VideoGuys Australia is listing it for 4,699 AUD, the equivalent of $3,599 in the U.S., with an expected January 2018 ship date.