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Roland Rolls Out New 2 M/E Live Production Switcher

The new Roland V-1200HD features a new "hybrid" engine that combines a 4:2:2 / 2 M/E switcher with a 4:4:4/10-bit multi-format processor presentation switcher

Roland’s Professional AV division announces a brand new 2 M/E video switcher, set to debut at the NAB show 2015 in Las Vegas April 13 – 16. Roland’s popular video switchers such as the V-800HD, VR-50HD, and V-1600HD are known for accepting multiple formats and outputting in one format ideal for live production and corporate presentations. The new Roland V-1200HD features a new “hybrid” engine that combines a 4:2:2 / 2 M/E switcher with a 4:4:4/10-bit multi-format processor presentation switcher. M/E modes are selectable and a configurable bussing structure allows up to six video layers of composition and two independent auxiliary video outputs ideal for broadcast applications. The multi-format processor enables RGB 4:4:4/10-bit processing best suited for computer formats with full scaling that allows for splitting content across two screens. A 4K switching mode simulates a routing switcher by combining four SDI inputs or output to achieve a single 4K source. Installing the XI-SDI expansion card enables 4K routing of up to three inputs and two outputs. The V-1200HD’s revolutionary “Hybrid” engine and affordable price point makes it ideal for many markets including broadcast, streaming, corporate events, worship, education, and production rental.

The Roland V-1200HD features 16 assignable cross-points with 10 SDI and 4 HDMI inputs and 6 SDI and 2 HDMI outputs as standard. Two HDMI inputs are equipped with scalers to handle multiple formats from 3G, HD, SD and VESA computer resolutions. The V-1200HD features two XI-Card expansion slots on the rear of the switcher to expand video and audio I/O using XI Expansion cards which include the new SDI, DVI-I, SFP as well as XI-Cards that were recently introduced for Roland’s M-5000 Live Audio Console that include Dante, MADI, and Roland’s REAC digital audio protocol. The XI-Cards allow the V-1200HD to be flexible in both audio and video configurations found in live production and broadcasting applications. Additionally the XI-Card options ensures that the Roland V-1200HD not only supports current audio and video protocol standards but is future proof in new format standards.

The flexibility of the V-1200HD extends to the user interface. The V-1200HD can be controlled by the V-1200HDR Control Surface; a dedicated controller with touch screen, T-bar, and control knob switches and buttons. The “touch and turn” feature ensures precise operational control when adjusting mixing parameters. The V-1200HD also has two HDMI inputs for display of the V-1200HD multi-view outputs on the built-in touch screens. The V-1200HD RCS is a dedicated software application that controls all of the mixing parameters from a computer to use in conjunction with either the V-1200HDR or on its own. For more complex mixing configurations the V-1200HD RCS software application can control up to four V-1200HD units simultaneously on one network. You can separate operating functions by using a multi-person team. For example video camera switching can be done by the V-1200HDR controller and projector-output switching via the V-1200RCS software.

The V-1200HD also supports control of up to four PTZ cameras that support the VISCA protocol using RS-422 with scene storage for direction, zoom, and pan positioning useful for live production and broadcast studio applications. The powerful digital audio processing engine enables a total of 92 input/output channels from SDI, HDMI and can embed and de-embed analog or digital audio. The on-board digital audio mixer supports up to 16 channels of audio.

The Roland V-1200HD Switcher will make its international debut at NAB 2015 in Las Vegas on the Roland Booth #C2635

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