Saville Audio Visual Add Roland to the Mix

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The Conference and Live Events division of leading UK audio visual services provider Saville Audio Visual have recently taken delivery of 8 new Roland V-800HD Multi-format Live Video Switchers. Featuring High Definition picture quality and eight multi format channels with independent scalers as well as a variety of output formats including a built-in multi-viewer, the V-800HD Live Video Switcher is ideal for live event and corporate productions as well as web streaming.

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The addition of the V-800HD to the Saville inventory fits perfectly with recent investment in HD projectors and cameras, providing support for full HD compatible sources and program output devices across the extensive Saville network.

The 8 input / 6 output units feature 10-bit Internal processing with built-in frame synchronisers and scalers on all inputs alongside full SDI support covering 3G, HD and SD.DVI-D, RGB and HDMI support is provided alongside input status LEDs, HDCP support for Blu-ray playback and a multiviewer monitor output.

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Andrew Ellerby, Technical Support Manager at the companies Central Resource Unit explained: ” We spent a long time assessing various solutions but the Roland fitted our needs perfectly. We are seeing an increase in requests from our clients to provide multi-format source mixing during events together with the ability to provide HD video and projection all at a competitive price point.”

Webcasting and in particular hybrid events have been an important part of the Saville business mix over the last few years and having a feature packed, self-contained production unit enables the technical teams to work in a very compact productive environment.

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The Multi-Zoom feature can be enabled when one video input is shared internally with up to three more inputs – essentially daisy-chaining it. The scaler for each input can zoom into any position in the video image giving the appearance that additional cameras are connected – creating a virtual multi-camera environment. Additional effects include a down stream keyer (DSK), a composite keyer, Picture-in-Picture and multiple transitions.

The internal scalers allow any input from any source to be adjusted to suit the final output resolution seamlessly. Andrew goes on to explain: “The ability to match differing resolutions and formats from analog and digital sources is paramount to modern day productions. An extremely useful feature is being able to switch between different configurations of inputs using the memory functions. This creates an amazing level of flexibility – a definite must when we are presented with content last minute on-site!”

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“These mixers complement perfectly our recent investment in HD camera’s and playback units with the final result being shown via our recent purchase of a fleet of Christie HD projectors ranging from 7,000 to 32,000 lumens in brightness” concludes Andrew.

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