Roland Pro AV Intros Digital Canvasing-Based VP-42H Video Processor

Roland Professional AV just launched the VP-42H Video Processor, a multi-source layering and switching box for single-screen display of presentations, digital signage content and meetings. The VP-42H supports simultaneous output of up to four layered source signals even when resolutions vary between its four HDMI inputs. The processor features Motion Scene Switching for “fluid” transitions and remote switching can be done via browser-based network control or RS232.

The Roland VP-42H Video Processor lets users switch between “scenes” containing pre-set arrangements of layered sources in customizable inset windows. The VP-42H smoothly transitions between current and next scenes by automatically moving and resizing the windows to their new positions with motion-based scene switching.

By accessing a networked VP-42H’s web browser interface, each input layer can be scaled, cropped, zoomed and positioned by simply clicking and dragging on a connected computer, wireless tablet or smart phone. Scene selection and core switching functions can also be implemented via front-panel switches that illuminate to indicate available and selected sources. The front panel can also be locked to prevent tampering. A rear-panel port allows RS232 control, network control and a USB port is available for loading still images and software updates.

The VP-42H can output up to a 1920×1200 resolution 10bit 4:4:4 color space signal. Too bad it’s not 4K, huh? Wishing, hoping…

In video production, the VP-42H can serve as a highly flexible multi-view source, offering not just a quad display but also custom sizing of each source window. The processor’s scene capability can be used to preconfigure a variety of instantly accessible multi-view configurations. When used in simple scenarios, the VP-42H can function as a true cross-dissolve seamless switcher, with a keyer to create overlays and the ability to display still images via USB drive – for logos and safety slides.

The VP-42H’s internal audio mixer allows de-embedding of HDMI audio and the input of external audio sources via a pair of RCA phono jacks. Level balanced audio can be embedded in the HDMI output stream and also can be output to external mixers or speakers via a second pair of RCA jacks. Front panel controls with associated level indications allow adjustment of external line input, line output and master audio levels, as well as headphone output level.

The compact VP-42H weighs 2 pounds 11 ounces (1.2 kilograms) and measures 9 9/16 inches (W) x 1 3/4 inches (H) x 4 15/16 inches (D) (242 x 125 x 44 millimeters). It can be used freestanding or can be rack-mounted and will be available in Q4 of 2018 at a price of $1,595.00.

All the specs are here.