Roland V-60HD HD Video Switcher
To set the size of the PiP video
window, you use the console’s Composition menu settings to choose
either 1/4, 1/3, or 1/2 sizes. The PiP
menu settings also enable you to
set a border color, thickness, and
shape (square, circle, heart, diamond), as well as aspect ratio.
For transitions, the V-60HD has
dedicated Mix, Wipe 1, and Wipe
2 buttons on the console. You can program the
type of mixes and wipes used by these button
in the menu settings. The duration of transitions
can also be directly controlled with the Time
knob next to the transition buttons (Figure 8).
The Cut and Auto buttons to the right of the
PGM/A and PST/B buttons, and the fader control bar, are used to initiate transitions. Cut,
as the name implies, uses a hard cut between
PGM/A and PST/B, while the Auto button will
use the transition selected in the Mix, Wipe 1,
Wipe 2 buttons and the value of the Time knob
to smoothly transition between the two video
feeds. The fader bar uses the transition selected
in Mix, Wipe 1, or Wipe 2. The Time value is ignored as you’re in direct control of the transition
duration with the movement of the fader bar.
And More …
It’s beyond the scope of this review to discuss every feature of the V-60HD, but it’s worth
more than a mention that the Downstream Keyer (DSK) works very well, especially compared to
the V-1SDI. I was able to cleanly position lower-third titles output by Telestream Wirecast with
the V-60HD. While many of the DSK setup values
are specified in the menu settings, you can control the level and gain of the applied chromakey
using knobs in the DSK area of the console.
You can also store settings in memory presets, enabling you to switch settings across multiple areas of the console very quickly for customizations unique to particular venues.
If you think the V-60HD is a good fit for your
live video switching needs, I highly recommend
going to proav.roland.com and reviewing the
owner’s manual and reference guide for the
V-60HD to learn more about each feature.
I’ve been wholly satisfied with the new Roland V-60HD switcher. It’s lived up to nearly every wish-list item I had while working with the
V-1SDI. I fully expect that this new switcher will
be my primary video switcher for webcast work.
If I could have one feature added to the current console layout, I’d ask for an array of mute
buttons below each audio input knob and below each video input control in the PGM/PST
area. Muting is available in the menu settings,
but it takes time to access each mute setting
for the channel(s) you want to silence. Based
on the Roland website’s image of the forthcoming V-60HD RCS desktop application, channel
muting is indeed going to be available as a direct on-screen control.
Robert Reinhardt ( email@example.com) is founder of VideoRx and
is internationally regarded as an expert on multimedia application
development and online video, particularly in HTML5, iOS, Flash,
AVC/H.264, and HEVC/H.265.
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