FOR-A Promotes 12G-SDI For 4K/8K Live Workflows

For-A continues to develop products that support 12G-SDI infrastructures for live production workflows. Among its offerings are the new MFR-4100 and MFR-6100 12G/6G/3G/HD/ASI routing switchers, as well as the HVS-6000 Series of HANABI video switchers, which support HD and 4K production.

“For live event production and broadcasters, 12G offers increased bandwidth for uncompressed 4K/60p/59.94p/50p video over a single SDI cable,” explained Ken Truong, President of For-A Corporation of America. “That single SDI cable means reduced weight and wiring for mobile production units and easier troubleshooting for engineers. FOR-A offers a number of switchers, routers, and other products to help video professionals take advantage of 12G-SDI technology.”

The MFR-6100 provides single-cable transfer of 4K video for less complex cabling. Users can add up to 16 input and 16 output cards (nine channels per card) to configure a matrix up to 144x144 in a 13 RU frame. For smaller installations, the MFR-4100 routing switcher supports up to 72x72 I/O in a 7 RU frame.

While conventional 3G-SDI routing switchers require four crosspoints to distribute 4K video, the MFR-4100 and MFR-6100 support 12G-SDI cabling that carries 4K content over a single crosspoint. Even in an 8K (quad link 12G-SDI) environment, the MFR-6100 configures a matrix up to 36x36 and the MFR-4100 configures a matrix up to 18x18. The routing switchers automatically determine the type of SDI input. Both models feature multi-format I/O support, SNMP monitoring support, multiple redundancy options including CPU and power supply, and a built-in web server that allows GUI-based configuration.

The HVS-6000 Series of video switchers includes two models. Housed in a 12 RU enclosure, the HVS-6000 is a 2 M/E switcher (expandable to 3 M/E) with standard 24 I/O that is expandable to up to 80 inputs/32 outputs or 64/48. For mobile video production and smaller control rooms, the HVS-6000M is a 2 M/E switcher with standard 24 I/O that is expandable to 32 inputs in a 7 RU enclosure. The HVS-6000 offers four keyers per M/E, while the HVS-6000M includes four keyers per M/E. All I/O support 12G-SDI.

For facilities and mobile operations upgrading from HD to 4K, FOR-A is also developing IP I/O support for future use. Other features include frame sync, still and clip store with sequential storage, and optional internal signal conversion such as color correction, HDR, WCG, and HD-converted I/O. Both switchers are compatible with three For-A control panels, including the compact HVS-2120ROU, two-bus HVS-2240OU, three-bus HVS-3320OU, and custom HVS-3355OUA.

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