Roland Systems Group Introduces a Powerful New Eight Channel Multi-Format Switcher

Roland Systems Group V-800HD

Roland Systems Group has introduced the Roland V-800HD Multi-Format Live Video Switcher as a powerful addition to their popular line of Multi-Format video mixers. 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 performance and events as well as corporate productions and web streaming.

Just like the design of the popular Roland V-1600HD switcher the V-800HD is a true multi-format video mixer meaning there is no need to convert the input source so that they are all the same or to match the video output format as the built in broadcast quality scalers on all inputs can individually scale, stretch, crop and zoom any video source to the optimal resolution. This offers full support not only for video cameras but also for computer outputs at a full range of resolutions. Supporting 1080p video signals at bit rates as high as 3Gbps – twice the rate of conventional HD-SDI – the V-800HD produces realistic, highly detailed images from camera and computer sources.

The V-800HD is HDCP (High Bandwidth Digital Content Protection) compatible and also features a built-in multi-viewer output that provides a convenient monitoring solution of all input sources, plus the Program and Preview outputs, when connected to an HDMI monitor. The eight mixing channels provide connectivity to 4 x 3G/HD/SD-SDI or composite and 4 x  DVI-A/DVI-D/HDMI, RGB or component formats – as well as an additional two channels for still images assignable via USB memory stick or frame grab. A  15 pin D-Sub type connector accommodates SD/HD component as well as computer input via analogue RGB.


As well as upgraded 4:4:4/10-bitinternal signal processing, the V-800HD also includes a newly developed key-compositing engine that lets you adjust phase range, amount of chroma, and other parameters based on HSV color space. This feature enables high quality chroma key compositing even when using 1080p video sources.  Another key compositing feature includes an external keyer enabling colourful CG titles and gradation clips, achieving impressive visual effects.

Assignable video cross-points allow the reordering of channel buttons (instead of the numerical order of the connectors on the rear panel) which is especially useful when sudden changes in camera lines or differences in formats create blank spaces between select buttons on the bus. A dedicated composite output  provides an always available down-converted SD signal that is ready to use for archiving to a DVD recorder or to an encoder for streaming.  

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 V-800HD can be used in a system design and creative production environment as well as for live or fixed installation applications, including those with LED wall sizing challenges.  With video output resolutions up to 1080/60p, 4:4:4/10-bit processing, and support for 3G SDI input resolutions; the V-800HD achieves the highest quality video production for live event, broadcast, corporate, educational, and house of worship applications.