In early December of last year, Roland sent me its new V-60HD HD Video Switcher (Fig- ure 1), with the latest shipping firmware, to
test for live event production. This new switcher retails for $2,995, and it packs a lot of features for a very affordable price.
For more than a year, I’ve been using the
Roland V-1SDI, a smaller video switcher that
sells for half the cost of the V-60HD. I was anxious to see if the new unit would be worth the
extra investment—and I wasn’t disappointed.
After testing the unit on three live events, I’ll
be switching over to the V-60HD as my main
video switcher for live event production.
The V-60HD is not just a video switcher. Unlike its little brother the V-1SDI, the V-60HD
features more input and output connections to
meet the demands of a multicamera live event.
Perhaps more importantly, the V-60HD has a
separate auxiliary (AUX) bus to allow a separate program output from the master output.
The switcher can output video at 50 or 59.94Hz
(fps) at 720p, 1080i, or 1080p. We’ll dive into
more of these features throughout this review.
The V-60HD is very compact, with a tabletop
imprint of 8 3/4" x 14 1/16"—just slightly larger
than a legal-sized piece of paper. The height of
the console varies from 2" to 3" not including
the video fader handle or knobs. The switcher
and its power supply fit comfortably in a Pelican 1485 Air Case for transport and storage.
Another nice feature of this switcher is the
2. 5" x 1. 5" LED display at the top right of the
console (see Figure 2). You can review and adjust all of the settings for the switch with this
display; you don’t need to reference an HDMI
multiview monitor to access the settings. The
knob to the right of the LED display allows you
to quickly scroll through all of the major categories and enter new values.
The V-60HD has four XLR audio inputs (
Audio Inputs 1–4 in the console menu) and one
pair of RCA inputs (Audio Inputs 5–6). The
switcher has two XLR audio outputs as well as
Roland V-60HD HD Video Switcher By Robert Reinhardt
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