Hawaiian Company Buys For-A Switcher

Mid-Pacific Audio Visual purchases company’s second FOR-A Switcher – the Hanabi HVS-490.

The Honolulu-based outfit is a live corporate event and entertainment producer. It added a For-A Hanabi HVS-490 switcher to accompany its existing HVS-300HS HD/SD 1 M/E switcher.

Chuck Baughn, Senior Video Engineer, Mid-Pacific Audio Visual: “In addition to For-A’s excellent reputation for quality products, we already had an HVS-300HS-based flypack in heavy rotation. Many of our Japanese clients producing events in Hawaii are quite familiar with the capability and dependability of the Hanabi line of switchers and request them for live event work.”

Event memory and macro functions as well as integrated frame synchronizers and multi-viewers help prepare for live performances with the switcher. MELite technology extends the unit’s 2 M/Es to 6 M/E, which eliminates the need to have several switchers ready for multi-monitor staging. It also opens the door to more affordable 4K production. HDMI 2.0b specification support provides 4K output to a multi-viewer. Offering exclusive features, including the HVS-490 is designed for use in any live environment, including mobile shoots, events, and in-house corporate productions.

Baughn added, “With the optional HVS-49IO card, we’ve got 32 inputs and 18 outputs (including two HDMI outputs), which we need for 4K production. We also have two additional MELites, which allow us to preview transitions prior to execution. We use them to send out delay screens and other destinations. And we appreciate the three built-in multi-viewers with so many display options.”

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