Roland has just announced the V-160HD hybrid switcher, the latest addition to their V-series line-up of multichannel HD video switchers. The new switcher happens to be their first with built-in streaming capabilities.
Furthermore, the new V-160HD aims to serve modern hybrid productions, allowing 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.
In addition, the new V-160HD switcher also features an eight-layer video effects engine, a 40-channel digital audio mixer, and integrated PTZ camera control, plus next-generation cue management and live show automation tools that make tough production tasks simple.
Compact, Hybrid Video Switcher with Live Streaming
Compact, portable, and easy to operate, the V-160HD combines the reliable hardware features needed to flawlessly execute live productions with the livestreaming capabilities found in computer-based systems.
While software workflows are fine for online-only events, the V-160HD hybrid switcher delivers the pro essentials to handle both the in-person and web streaming components of a live hybrid event, complete with the ability to tailor the content for each audience.
With its extensive connectivity and powerful real-time processing, the V-160HD is ready to take on nearly any production.
Mix multiple HDMI and SDI sources in Full HD
Furthermore, the unit supports up to 8x HDMI sources and 8x SDI sources that can be mixed in 1080p, even with mismatched frame rates and colour 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.
And seven total outputs—three HDMI, three SDI, and one USB-C—are available to feed program displays, auxiliary monitors, multi-view producer displays, streaming software, recorders, and more.
Advanced Tools with 30 Presets
With the new switcher, users have access to advanced workflow tools for executing multiple functions with a single press. In addition, the unit supports up to 30 preset memories and powerful effects engine working together for seamless scene changes, including synchronizing the transition of all composition layers at the program output.
Moreover, the 100 macros go even deeper, providing one-touch control of complex action lists that can include switching, DSK on/off, audio mixing adjustments, PTZ camera movements, and more.
New Sequencer Function for Presets and Macros
Roland introduce a new, ground-breaking sequencer function that makes presets and macros even more powerful with their new V-160HD. Up to 1000 steps can be recorded in the sequencer, and each step can include both presets and macros. Once cues are set up in the sequence list, they can be triggered in order during an event using the Next button on the panel.
The V-160HD’s impressive effects engine includes eight composition layers that can be assigned to the Program and Sub-Program outs. Additionally, 4x (PiP) picture-in-picture windows, downstream key layers, 16 still store slots with transparent PNG image support, and more are available to manage the creative needs of any client.
Equipped with the same plug-and-play connection technology as webcams, the V-160HD allows users to stream events at 1080p in 30 or 60fps and reach a worldwide audience. Just connect the USB-C output to a computer and start streaming with Zoom, Microsoft Teams, YouTube, Facebook Live, or any platform that can use a webcam as its source.
40 Channel Audio Mixer
Offering studio-grade sound and processing, 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.
Canon, JVC, Panasonic, Sony PTZ Cameras Integration
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 V-160HD also includes useful production tools such as tally light support, remote record triggering of Atomos recorders, RS-232 and GPIO ports, and more.
And with free remote control software for macOS, Windows, and iPad, users can enhance their workflow via a large graphical interface on a computer or iPad.
For more technical details on the new V-160HD switcher head over to Roland’s website here.
Pricing and Availability
The Roland V-160HD Streaming Video Switcher is currently available to pre-order for $4,995 at B&H. The switcher is scheduled to ship in August 2021.