Roland has introduced a new HD video switcher, the Roland V-60HD that supports 6 multi-format video inputs. In the era of YouTube and facebook live, this one might be interesting for many people with small productions as it uses your smartphone to become a smarter switcher.
The Roland V-60HD Switcher
The device has 6 video channels – 2 HDMI channels and 4 SDI channels with broadcast quality scalers on each input. An interesting feature is that the SDI inputs have a de-interlacer built-in, allowing users to mix and match 1080i and 1080p SDI video sources without external converters. It supports up to 1080p/60/50 as input & output formats.
The Roland V-60HD switcher also has 18 audio channels and introduces an interesting “auto-mixing” feature, that will automatically balance audio levels from multiple microphones and video sources. What makes it really special is that it works with smartphones and communicates via a wi-fi access point to replace traditional wired tally solutions. In theory it is possible to connect an unlimited number of smart devices to the switcher, in practice you probably won’t require more than 6, for obvious reasons.
Check out this official product video for a nice visual overview of what the switcher does:
Roland V-60HD Key Specs
- 6 Multi-Format Channels from 6 Inputs (4 SDI, 2 HDMI)
- Broadcast Quality Scaler on Each Input
- Up to 1080p/60/50 Input & Output Formats
- 4:4:4 / 10-Bit Processing (4:2:2 Output)
- HDMI Multi-Viewer Output
- Compositing Engine
- Built-In HDCP Mode
- Audio Input Bus
- Up to 25 Setting Configurations
The Roland V-60HD Switcher retails for a little under $3,000. It is available for pre-order now and is said to start shipping in Japan during December and in the rest of the world in 2018.