Live-switching between various HD video sources has long been the domain of high-end hardware in the broadcast area, way too expensive for the average one-man-band shooter and operator. In addition to that, those solutions are large and cumbersome, impossible to operate and set up spontaneously on location.
However, more and more portable switcher solutions have been popping over the past few years that are also affordable enough to allow the average indie filmmaker to do a live edit to either record a multi-camera event edited “direct to tape”, or conveniently do a multi-cam edit in the NLE of your choice with the dedicated keys of a switcher. Blackmagic Design have been one of the major forces in driving down prices in that area with less expensive solutions, but now also others are offering more and more compact versions of their mixers.
In comes Roland with their new Roland V-1HD Compact HD Video Switcher. It seems like one of the smallest solutions in the market that really can be brought anywhere in a laptop bag, which makes it very versatile.
Please also watch this promotional tutorial video from Roland, explaining better what the V-1HD actually does – and please ignore the clueless model, I did … :