SFJAZZ Music Venue Upgrades FOR-A Switcher

A HANABI HVS-490 is chosen to swap out the existing HVS-350 unit from FOR-A.

The SFJAZZ Center opened in January of 2013 and is the only stand-alone facility built specifically for jazz in the United States. It houses over 400 live shows a year and had its productions switched with a FOR-A unit for six years.

Production Supervisor Jake Drake says he’s demoed a variety of products when it came to renew the switcher, but returned to the same vendor.

“Features on the HVS-490 such as the web panel, macros and two M/Es have been a big advantage to us already,” said Drake. “With the macro functionality, we’re able to do a complex picture-in-picture. Having two M/Es is also huge for us. We’re able to preview transitions. Any M/E can be assigned to multiple monitors on stage – using the same control panel. Overall, it packs so much more that we can achieve into one switcher.”

Live shows are switched and cameras are controlled remotely by one person.

“Having this web panel feature and controlling the switcher via a computer allows us to streamline our productions in a way we couldn’t before," says Drake. "We just installed this feature, but I believe it’s something we’ll take advantage of a lot in the future.”

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