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Roland offers eight-source portability

Roland offers eight-source portability

Roland offers eight-source portability

The V-8HD is built to fit inside backpacks when on the road

Roland Professional A/V’s latest video switcher, the V-8HD, is designed to be compact and portable. It is described by the manufacturer as ‘the only compact and portable switcher that can accommodate up to eight HDMI audio/video sources with resolutions up to 1080p’.

Weighing 2kg, the V-8HD is built to fit inside backpacks when on the road and in the tightest of spaces when used as part of a fixed setup. A five-layer effects engine and built-in 18-channel audio mixer, complete with effects, make the V-8HD an all-in-one system by removing the need for a computer. Roland states that users can use the V-8HD to mix eight HDMI sources with Full HD support, even when the sources have mismatched frame rates and colour spaces. Built-in scalers are included on two of the HDMI inputs, which means users can connect the V-8HD to sources such as computers, smartphones and even legacy 4:3 devices when needed. Meanwhile, a 4.3-inch multi-viewer display negates the need for a standalone monitor, allowing users to see all video inputs, PGM and PVW plus menu overlay, as well as the status of a connected camera.

Assignment buttons are used to send any connected input devices to a dedicated aux output without affecting the main feed. It is also reportedly possible to synchronise the aux output with the programme output to create a built-in 3x distribution amp. Further features of the V-8HD include three automatic switching modes, the ability to trigger Atomos recorders to start and stop recording via HDMI and a free remote-control iPad app that serves as a touch interface for the V-8HD.

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