Roland Professional A/V are announcing their new V-600UHDMulti-format Video Switcher, delivering the full capabilities of true 4K DCI image quality in a switcher that lets end users transition to 4K workflows as demand for 4K live events broadcast and capture increases. The new switcher harnesses Roland’s Multi Format technology, which means that scaling and format conversion is provided on each of the V-600UHD’s inputs, allowing simultaneous use of Full HD and high-pixel-density 4K sources, while also offering simultaneous output of 4K and 1080p resolutions.
Unlike most switchers on the market that offer UHD, the new Roland V-600UHD supports 4K DCI 4096 x 2160 sources and supports High Dynamic Range [HDR] technology to preserve the details in the darkest areas and brightest areas of an image for a superior event look. This means that those of you with companies specialising in live events and broadcast and usually use 4K cameras to capture, should take a look at this new switcher.
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The Roland V-600UHD switcher also supports 60Hz, while also delivering a smooth, crisp video image without the blur that appears with fast motion when only using 30Hz refresh rate. The V-600UHD supports the BT.2020 standard, the highest-specification Wide Colour Gamut (WCG), as well as the RGB and BT.709 standards in order to display the widest range of visible colours for a higher level of realism and improved colour accuracy, especially for red and yellow colour ranges.
Another big feature here is internal 10bit 4:4:4 colour depth processing without the necessity of chroma upsampling, which reduces colour banding and sharpens high-detail-source content from computers, making it easy to read small font text and other fine details, even when drastically scaled and magnified.
The V-600UHD’s 4x HDMI 2.0 and 2x 12G-SDI inputs are the perfect complement for live event production that relies on multiple computer and video playback sources with IMAG camera support. Each input independently supports input and scaling of Full HD, UHD 4K, DCI 4K and PC resolutions from UXGA to DCI 4K with no need for external converters.
The configurable multi-view monitor lets users view all sources, Program and Preview on a single HD screen for easy compatibility with just about any HDMI monitor. Outputs also each support downscaling to Full HD for feeding streaming encoders or other destinations with HD displays. The V-600UHD also has incredibly high-quality “dot-by-dot” output scaling that allows users to connect the output directly to an LED display controller at the exact pixel dimensions required, negating the expense and added latency of a dedicated scaling processor.
The V-600UHD can make it look like you have more cameras due to the the high resolution, which can get you a few shots from a wide shot of the stage – medium shots of speaking panels and closeups of featured speakers for example thanks to the V-600UHD’s built-in Region Of Interest (ROI) function allows users to position a single 4K camera pointed at the stage and then apply the V-600UHD input sharing and scaling functions to crop out up to eight “cameras shots” for assignment to the V-600UHD’s switcher cross points.
The V-600UHD also supports two Picture in Picture windows (PnP). By means of full customisable aspect ratios, sizing and input source scaling, content can be placed anywhere desired on screen, achieving effects typically possible only with dedicated screen processors.
Audio management is at the heart of the V-600UHD, with high quality 24bit 48kHz audio processing. Using the V-600UHD’s audio follows video functionality, audio can be de-embedded from the currently selected source and sent to an external sound mixer. Program audio from the same audio mixer can also be embedded to one or all video outputs to feed with program video to a streaming encoder, a recorder, an overflow room or other destinations.
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Roland V-600UHD 4K HDR Switcher Features
Support for 4K DCI 4096 x 2160 sources
Roland’s Ultra Scaler technology
allows use of Full HD and 4K sources simultaneously
HDR and 60Hz support
BT 2020, RGB and Rec.709 support
10-bit 4:4:4 pixel-accurate colour
4x HMDI 2.0 and 2x 12G SDI inputs
Support for 2x Picture-in-Picture windows (PnP)
To be released in Q2 2019.
The Roland V-600UHD multi-format 4K video switcher will be available at some point during before end of June 2019 and B&H has it listed for $15,000 USD.