So, if you only want Audio 1 input active when
Camera 1 is active, you can configure that with
The last audio feature I’ll discuss is Auto
Mixing. This holy grail of live audio production
will automatically adjust the input levels of selected audio sources, and it also enables you
to weight each source independently. For example, a primary microphone used by a panel
moderator can be attached to Audio Input 1 and
given a higher weight than a secondary microphone used by a panel speaker that’s attached
to Audio Input 2, 3, or 4. To date, I haven’t had a
multispeaker setup to test this feature, but I’m
anxious to see how well it performs.
The V-60HD has four SDI video inputs and two
HDMI video inputs. Both HDMI inputs have built-in scalers that can drive two computer inputs
from laptops, desktops, or devices. Of course,
you can use the HDMI inputs for cameras,
game consoles, and more. The switcher has two
SDI outputs, two HDMI outputs, and a dedicated HDMI multiview output (Figure 5). Each of
the outputs (except the dedicated HDMI multiview) can be set to one of three feeds: PGM,
PVW, and AUX.
The switcher console has switch buttons for
each SDI (#1–4) and HDMI input (#5–6), as well as
two channels (#7 and #8) dedicated to still images (Figure 6). You can freeze frames from any input to be used in either channel 7 or 8. You can
also load still images from a USB storage drive.
Above each PGM/A channel selector is an
AUX/MEMORY button that enables you to select a video input for the AUX feed (if Mode
selector is set to AUX) or to store the settings
into one of the available memory banks (if Mode
selector is set to MEMORY). The AUX assignment allows you to push a secondary video signal
from one of the SDI and/or HDMI outputs. For
example, you might only want to show PowerPoint slides carried on an HDMI channel to the
AUX feed going to a projector, but switch between PowerPoint slides and the camera feed of
the speaker for a PGM feed used for a webcast.
Composition and Transition Features
The V-60HD can store two different PiP locations that can be directly enabled by buttons
on the console. You can also enable a split view
that divides the PGM video into two side-by-side
video inputs. By default, the V-60HD center-crops the selected feeds.
The console also has two knobs to control
the vertical and horizontal position of each PiP, next to the composition buttons (see Figure 7 on
page 74). If you’re using the split
view, these knobs can also control
how the source video feeds are
cropped and positioned.
The HDMI multiview display
allows you to set the PiP position
in the PVW view before pushing
it to the PGM feed.