ROLAND V-8HD HD Video Switcher


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Versatile, portable, and reliable, the Roland V-8HD brings a world of creative options to live event switching. Its all-in-one hardware design eliminates computer setup hassles and software-based crashes, while the HDMI workflow and loaded professional toolset streamline production and reduce stress on the gig.

  • All HDMI workflow
  • Five-layer effects and keying engine
  • Built-in multi-viewer preview monitor
  • Aux output for a different video feed
  • Technology-assisted automatic video switching
  • 18-channel digital audio mixer with effects
  • Start & Stop Atomos recorders
  • Free iPad remote control app available
  • Ultra-mobile, lightweight, and efficient
  • Aids in reducing capital expenditure

    Nearly all modern cameras and digital video devices use HDMI, the most common AV connector on the planet. The V-8HD seamlessly mixes eight HDMI sources with Full HD support, even when the sources have mismatched frame rates and color spaces. And with the built-in scalers on two of the HDMI inputs, you can easily interface with client-provided sources like computers, tablets, smartphones, gaming consoles, and legacy 4:3 devices.

    Creative professionals need more video inputs for layered graphics and visual effects, and business professionals often need multiple backup video sources. Having the ability to meet all these needs brings satisfied clients and greater audience engagement. With the V-8HD’s generous number of HDMI inputs and outputs, you’re able to offer clients a vast amount of creative freedom—without increasing the budget.

    Video effects, layers, and graphics add polish and excitement to any production. With the V-8HD’s five composition layers, you’ll always keep audiences engaged with visually appealing content. Prepare the content according to client specifications and separate it into layers:
    Layer 1 and 2: Start with one mixable live background video layer.
    Layer 3 and 4: Place in two picture-in-picture layers or chroma/luminance key effects.
    Layer 5: Add one downstream keyer layer.

    The AV production table is the last thing on an event organizer’s mind. Thanks to its compact footprint, the V-8HD fits effortlessly into any live production environment, even when you have to deal with minimal setup space. And it only weighs around 4 lb./2 kg, making it easy to carry in a backpack or luggage. With its smart feature set, eight HDMI inputs, built-in 18-channel audio mixer, and support for external battery power, the streamlined V-8HD is the most versatile and efficient HDMI switcher available.

    With the V-8HD, storing and recalling unique looks requires only a few button presses. The eight preset memories and powerful composition effects engine work together to provide a completely seamless load between the different looks.

    Presenter confidence monitors, live streams, and recording feeds often require different visual content from the main program output. The V-8HD has you covered, with assignment buttons for sending any of your connected input devices to a dedicated aux output without affecting the main feed. It’s also possible to synchronize the aux output with the program output, giving you a built-in 2x distribution amp.

    The V-8HD’s bright, 4.3-inch multi-viewer display means less gear to buy and haul to the gig. From a single screen, you can monitor all eight video inputs, PGM, and PVW plus menu overlay. Input windows show camcorder recording status and embedded audio levels. Connect a larger external TV for an immense multi-viewer experience, or to make menu changes without moving the focus from the action.

    A crystal-clear sound mix is essential for professional presentations. That’s easy to achieve with the V-8HD, which allows pros and beginners alike to quickly create engaging mixes that sound great. The studio-grade, 18-channel audio mixer blends signals from the eight HDMI inputs and stereo RCA inputs, while a feature-packed preset effects library provides setups for everyday production environments like meetings and interviews, plus challenging situations that require wind noise reduction and microphone de-essing.

    The V-8HD makes your job easier with three technology assisted automatic switching modes. Input Scan switches input sources randomly or in sequence, while Preset Memory Scan switches between preset memories. Beats Per Minute (BPM) Sync is also available, automatically switching Preview and Program at a specified tempo.

    Many technical elements contribute to a successful recording. But forgetting to hit the record button means the difference between getting paid for the job or not. Via HDMI, the V-8HD operator can trigger Atomos recorders to start and stop recording. And some camcorders even display a recording confirmation icon on the input channel of the V-8HD's multi-viewer screen, letting you keep an eye on the recording status while staying focused on other critical tasks.

    The dedicated V-8HD remote control app turns an iPad into an efficient touch interface for the V-8HD. Run essential switching functions, mix audio with virtual faders, change settings and effect parameters quickly, and create up to eight custom scenes for fast, efficient setup changes.

    Stomp on a BOSS single or double footswitch to execute over 100 different switcher commands. Cut to a still image, transition PIP on/off the screen, or drop in a keyed lower third title. It’s also possible to switch the aux output between presenter notes and stage manager messages, turn automatic switching mode on/off, and much more.

    Video Processing
    4:2:2 (Y/Pb/Pr), 8-bit
    Input Connectors
    INPUT 1--6: HDMI type A x 6
    * HDCP Supported

    INPUT 7--8: HDMI type A x 2
    * HDCP Supported
    * Multi-format Supported
    Output Connectors
    OUTPUT 1--3: HDMI type A x 3
    * HDCP Supported
    Supported Video Input Formats
    INPUT 1-6
    720/59.94p *1, *3
    720/50p *1, *4
    1080/59.94i, 1080/59.94p, 1080/60p, 1080/29.97p, 1080/30p *2, *3
    1080/50i, 1080/50p, 1080/25p *2, *4
    1080/23.98p, 1080/24p *2
    * The input interlaced video signal is converted to progressive video signal by internal processing.
    *1 SYSTEM FORMAT = 720p
    *2 SYSTEM FORMAT = 1080i or 1080p
    *3 FRAME RATE = 59.94 Hz
    *4 FRAME RATE = 50 Hz

    INPUT 7-8
    480/59.94i, 480/59.94p, 720/59.94p, 1080/59.94i, 1080/59.94p, 1080/60p, 1080/29.97p, 1080/30p *1
    576/50i, 576/50p, 720/50p, 1080/50i, 1080/50p, 1080/25p *2
    1080/23.98p, 1080/24p
    VGA (640×480/60Hz), SVGA (800×600/60Hz), XGA (1024×768/60Hz)
    WXGA (1280×800/60Hz), SXGA (1280×1024/60Hz)
    FWXGA (1366×768/60Hz), SXGA+ (1400×1050/60Hz)
    UXGA (1600×1200/60Hz), WUXGA (1920×1200/60Hz)
    * The refresh rate is the maximum value of each resolution.
    * Conforms to CEA-861-E,VESA DMT Version 1.0 Revision 11.
    * 1920 x 1200/60 Hz: Reduced blanking
    * The input interlaced video signal is converted to progressive video signal by internal processing.
    *1 FRAME RATE = 59.94 Hz
    *2 FRAME RATE = 50 Hz
    Still Image
    Bitmap File (.bmp) Maximum 1920 x 1080 pixels, 24-bit color, uncompressed.
    PNG File (.png) Maximum 1920 x 1080 pixels, 24-bit color
    * It can be stored up to 8 files in the internal memory.
    * PNG alpha channel not supported.
    Supported Video Output Formats
    OUTPUT 1-2:
    720/59.94p *1, *4
    720/50p *1, *5
    1080/59.94i *2, *4
    1080/50i *2, *5
    1080/59.94p *3, *4
    1080/50p *3, *5
    *1 SYSTEM FORMAT = 720p
    *2 SYSTEM FORMAT = 1080i
    *3 SYSTEM FORMAT = 1080p
    *4 FRAME RATE = 59.94 Hz
    *5 FRAME RATE = 50 Hz

    OUTPUT 3:
    1080/59.94p *1
    1080/50p *2
    *1 FRAME RATE = 59.94 Hz
    *2 FRAME RATE = 50 Hz
    Video Effects
    Transition: CUT, MIX (DISSOLVE/FAM/NAM), WIPE (8 types)
    Composition: PinP x 2 (SQUARE, CIRCLE, DIAMOND), SPLIT (2 types), Keyer x 2 (Luminance Key, Chroma Key), DSK (Luminance Key, Chroma Key)
    Others: Flip horizontal, Flip vertical, Still Image Capture, Still Image Playback, Output fade (Audio, Video: WHITE or BLACK), Test pattern output
    Audio Processing
    Sampling rate: 24 bits/48 kHz
    Audio formats
    Linear PCM, 24 bits/48 kHz, 2ch
    Audio Effects
    Delay, High pass filter, Compressor, Noise gate, Equalizer, Multi-band compressor, Limiter, Test tone output
    Input Connectors
    INPUT 1--8: HDMI Type A x 8
    AUDIO IN: RCA phono type
    Output Connectors
    OUTPUT 1--3: HDMI Type A x 3
    AUDIO OUT: RCA phono type
    PHONES: Stereo miniature type
    Other Connectors
    USB MEMORY: USB A type (for USB flash drive)
    REMOTE:USB B Type (for remote control from iPad)
    CTL/EXP:1/4-inch TRS phone type
    Other Functions
    Preset Memory (8 types)
    Panel lock function
    EDID Emulator
    Auto Switching
    Auto Input Detect
    Audio Input/Output Characteristics
    Input Level
    AUDIO IN: -10 dBu (Maximum: +8 dBu)
    Input Impedance
    AUDIO IN: 38 k ohms
    Output Level
    AUDIO OUT: -10 dBu (Maximum: +8 dBu)
    PHONES: 92 mW + 92 mW (32 ohms)
    Output Impedance
    AUDIO OUT: 1 k ohm
    PHONES: 10 ohms
    4.3 inches TFT Color LCD: 480 x 272 dots
    Power Supply
    AC Adaptor
    Current Draw
    3.3 A
    Power Consumption
    39.6 W
    317 (W) x 193 (D) x 70 (H) mm
    12-1/2 (W) x 7-5/8 (D) x 2-13/16 (H) inches
    2.0 kg
    4 lbs 7 oz
    * Excluding AC adaptor.
    Operation Temperature
    +0 to +40 degrees Celsius
    +32 to +104 degrees Fahrenheit
    Owner's Manual
    AC adaptor
    Power cord
    * 0 dBu = 0.775 Vrms