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Live Production, Streaming, and Recording Anywhere

The Roland VR-50HD All-in-one Switcher Simplifies Production.

[This Roland-sponsored article first appeared in Streaming Media's Shoot, Switch, Stream Live Production Field Guide.]

Until now, achieving a high-definition A/V studio with live streaming required a large amount of equipment. Typical live productions require an audio mixer to mix the audio inputs from various sources like cameras, video players, and microphones.

Then you need a video mixer to mix various video and computer sources of various formats with different analog and digital connector types. To view your video sources you would typical use a preview monitor with multiview or a single source monitor with a select switch to view the video sources. To archive and capture the event you would want some sort of recording device, deck, or Blu-ray burner. And, last but not least, some sort of encoding device to prepare the audio and video content for streaming to your CDN (Content Delivery Network)

While all this equipment is available now to produce, record, and stream live events today, it takes time to set up, and it takes technical knowledge to make sure that all of these independent parts work together. Furthermore, it requires at least two operators to mix, control, and produce using this equipment.

The Roland VR-50HD is an all-in-one A/V mixer with output for web streaming and recording. It fully integrates an audio mixer, video switcher, multi-viewer touchscreen, and USB video/audio streaming into a standalone device controllable by a single operator.

The VR-50HD unique design results in a reduction in hardware equipment, setup time, and connection complexity, ensuring a worry-free, easy-to-use solution for any event.

The built-in USB 2.0/3.0 output enables web streaming up to 1080p resolution with ease by simply connecting to a computer running a live streaming content delivery service. With the USB A/V output, recording is equally simple by using QuickTime or by using the dedicated Windows/Mac VR Capture software from Roland.

The multi-format design of this mixer allows for a variety of video sources, eliminating the need for external converter boxes. It includes a 12-input, 4-channel multi-format video switcher that includes a still store channel for graphics, logo, or frame capture. Inputs can be 3G/HD/SD SDI, HDMI, RGB/component, or composite. The audio section is equally impressive, with a 12-channel digital audio mixer with inputs from analog sources or embedded in the 4 SDI or 4 HDMI inputs.

This portable live HD production solution is ideal for schools, churches, council meetings, corporate events, sports, trainings, or any production live to web.

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