FOR-A’s is now shipping the latest solution in its line of HANABI video switchers, the HVS-490 HD/4K-UHD unit, originally introduced this year a NAB. Offering an extensive feature set in a compact unit, the new HVS-490 production switcher offers 4K-UHD and 3G capabilities, and is designed for use in any live environment, including mobile shoots, events and in-house corporate productions.
Thanks to its compact size, the affordable HVS-490 is ideal for mobile production or live event venues where space is limited but production quality is important. Event memory and macro functions make it easy to set the switcher up quickly for live performances. With integrated frame synchronizers and multi viewers, the HVS-490 reduces the amount of equipment required. Using multiple control panels, the system enables several operators to work on separate tasks. With use of optional input and output expansion cards, the HVS-490 supports 40 inputs/18 outputs, 36 inputs/20 outputs or 32 inputs/22 outputs, including two-channel HDMI outputs. In 4K-UHD, it allows 10 inputs/six outputs, nine inputs/six outputs or eight inputs/seven outputs. It also has 16 channels of 2.5 DVE as standard and can be optionally expanded to a maximum of 32 channels.
Building on the success of features offered in other units in the HANABI series, including the HVS-2000 and HVS-390HS, the HVS-490 includes MELite technology, eliminating the need for multiple switchers in a multi-monitor staging scenario, as well as FLEXaKEY, which allows a traditional AUX bus to transform into a functional Mix Effects with cuts, mix, wipes, keys and DVE including full preview. MELite extends the switcher’s 2 M/Es to 6 M/E performannce (in 4K-UHD, HVS-490 has 1 M/E + 1 MELite with optional HVS 49IO card) and is the building block for more easy-to-use features of the HVS-490, such as upstream and downstream transition effects.
FOR-A is offering the new HVS-490 switcher with two types of 2 M/E control panels: the HVS-492OU, which features a compact panel that has 18 buttons and the HVS-492WOU, which features a wide panel that includes 22 buttons.