ON TARGET... with all the latest IBC 2017 show information and product coverage, by the editors of The Broadcast Bridge - filtered by category.
Click here

FOR-A Introduce Low-Cost Switcher

FOR-A will introduce the compact HVS-490 HD/4K-UHD multiple effects production switcher.

With integrated frame synchronizers and multi viewers, the FOR-A HVS-490 reduces the amount of equipment required. Using multiple control panels, the system enables several operators to work on separate tasks.

Using optional input and output expansion cards, the HVS-490 supports 40 inputs/18 outputs, 36 inputs/20 outputs or 32 inputs/22 outputs, including two-channel HDMI outputs. In 4K, it allows 10 inputs/six outputs, nine inputs/six outputs or eight inputs/seven outputs. It also has 16 channels of 2.5 DVE as standard and can be optionally expanded to a maximum of 32 channels.

Building on the success of the firm’s HVS-2000 2 M/E switcher, the HVS-490 offers features such as MELite and FLEXaKEY, which allows a traditional AUX bus to transform into a functional Mix Effects with cuts, mix, wipes, keys, and DVE including full preview.

MELite extends the switcher’s 2 M/Es to 6 M/E performance. MELite is the building block for more easy-to-use features of the HVS-490, such as upstream and downstream transition effects.

The four FLEXaKEY keyers provided are designed for reassignment. They create keys that can be freely assigned to M/E 1, M/E 2, or AUX buses (if there is a need for 4 keyers on an AUX, no problem), thus extending the switcher’s performance beyond that of conventional switchers. Up to 12 keyers can be combined. Combine an AUX bus and MELite for P-in-P display or use as an upstream key. FLEXaKEY can also be applied to create a multi-monitor video wall with a single HVS-490.

The appliance has a frame synchronizer and a process amplifier at all inputs, and a resize engine (enlarged) is also installed within four video inputs. The switcher can input SD and HD resolution video simultaneously without external devices, such as up-converters. PC images can also be resized.

A built-in multi-viewer supports three outputs as standard. Ten or more layout patterns can be selected for each output, including a 16-split view. By using the HDMI 2.0b output at 4K, a display of up to 48-split is possible with three outputs.

Users can bring AES audio directly into and out of the mixer, reducing the need for external embedders and de-embedders. Natural sound audio can be routed from one source as a master to other outputs, and an internal frame sync can be added without losing the embedded audio.

With the HVS-100TB2 Thunderbolt2 Expansion Card, a total of four streams of full HD non-compressed video input and output can be transferred by a single card to any HVS series switcher via a single connection. Thunderbolt interface products, such as a ClassX graphics solution, Video Exchange server, or FOR-A switcher can be supported for transfer of video, audio, and control signals.

Also being introduced at the 2017 NAB Show are new tools for FOR-A’s HD telestrator - the FVW-700 which supports 4K UHD and 1080p HD. New to the FVW-700 are pre-formatted and hand-drawn icons, a highlighted video marker, and a WiFi interface.

Let us know what you think…

Log-in or Register for free to post comments…

You might also like...

UK HPA Tech Retreat Report - Day 3

Tuesdays HPA Tech Retreat was all about 360 and VR, and Wednesday focused on the versioning explosion. On the final day, delegates were given a summary of the current state of the industry, and the influences of artificial intelligence on media…

UK HPA Tech Retreat Report - Day 2

Yesterday’s 2017 HPA Tech Retreat in Oxford, UK, was all about VR and 360, and on Wednesday, they moved to the thorny issue of the versioning explosion. As broadcasters seek wider audiences over different platforms, localisation has become a big issue.…

UK HPA Tech Retreat Report - Day 1

Set in the idyllic surroundings of Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire - UK, this year’s Hollywood Professional Association Tech Retreat was brimming with innovation, demonstrations and expert industry speakers. VR and 360 dominated day one with production and technical speakers battling out…

Articles You May Have Missed – July 12, 2017

Looking to build a 4K facility? Like to see how others did it? Vista Studios L.A. claims to be the “first greenfield build” of a fully independent, multi-services 4K production facility in Los Angeles. While the facility relied heavily…

Choosing the Right Storage for Collaborative Workflows

Like the creative professionals that use them, today’s storage systems need to be agile and able to serve up content when it is requested, as quickly and efficiently as possible. A real-time performing ‘Primary’ storage system also needs to…