Roland Professional A/V’s division announced the V-160HD Streaming Video Switcher, a multichannel HD video switcher with built-in streaming capabilities. Designed for hybrid production, the V-160HD allows users to connect with live audiences in Full HD with comprehensive HDMI and SDI I/O and simultaneously stream to any popular web platform via USB-C. The V-160HD also features an eight-layer video effects engine, a 40-channel digital audio mixer, an integrated PTZ camera control and cue management and live show automation tools that make tough production tasks simple.
The V-160HD has eight HDMI sources and eight SDI sources that can be mixed in Full HD, even with mismatched frame rates and color spaces. Built-in scalers are provided on four of the HDMI inputs for worry-free interfacing with computers, tablets, smartphones, gaming consoles and legacy 4:3 devices. Seven total outputs — three HDMI, three SDI and one USB-C — are available to feed program displays, auxiliary monitors, multiview producer displays, streaming software, recorders and more.
The V-160HD allows a single operator to execute multiple functions with a single press. The 30 preset memories and effects engine work together for seamless scene changes, including synchronizing the transition of all composition layers at the program output. The 100 macros provide one-touch control of complex action lists that can include switching, DSK on/off, audio mixing adjustments, PTZ camera movements and more.
The V-160HD’s effects engine includes eight composition layers that can be assigned to the Program and Sub-Program outs. Four picture-in-picture windows, downstream key layers and 16 still store slots with transparent PNG image support allows users to stream at 30/60 FPS in Full HD. One unique feature is that with a USB-C output from a computer, you can stream via Zoom, Microsoft Teams, YouTube, Facebook Live or any platform that can use a webcam as its source.
The V-160HD’s 40-channel digital audio mixer lets users blend signals from the 16 video inputs and USB-C along with microphones and line-level devices connected to the two balanced XLR combo and stereo RCA inputs. It’s also possible to wirelessly stream music and other sound sources from a phone or tablet via Bluetooth. The V-160HD features extensive PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) camera integration with onboard support for select Canon, JVC, Panasonic, Sony, PTZOptics, Avonic and VISCA-compatible PTZ LAN cameras. Different brands can be mixed and matched, and up to 16 PTZ cameras can be operated simultaneously.
The Roland V-160HD Streaming Video Switcher is available for $5,000.