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Datavideo SE-500 Live Production Switcher

B&H # DASE500 Mfr # SE-500 - NTSC
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The Datavideo SE-500 Live Production Switcher is a four input video mixer offering composite and Y/C functionality. This device features multiple effects, mic inputs and quad split monitor output.

Picture In Picture
Picture in Picture transitions can be programmed to position in various parts of the frame.
Quad Split Monitoring
The monitor output has a quad split function so the user can preview each input on one monitor.
Component Output
With the supplied breakout cable, the composite and Y/C outputs can be adapted to a 3 wire component output.
Tally Output
A tally output is offered on a DB-15 connector.
Audio
One auxiliary input is offered with two mic inputs; slide controls for mixing is offered for each input.
Midi
The MIDI connections operate with other equipment to create programs synchronizing audio and video for presentation applications.
Video System: NTSC 525
Audio Unbalanced Audio on RCA input
Two Mic inputs on Phono connectors
Input and Output Connectors Video In:
Composite Video x4, 1 Vpp @ 75 ohms, on BNC connectors
S-Video x4, on 4-Pin Connectors

Audio In:
Unbalanced Stereo Audio, on RCA connectors
Mic Input x2, on 1/4" connectors

Video Out:
Composite Video x2, 1 Vpp @ 75 ohms, on BNC connectors
S-Video, on 4-Pin Connectors
Component Video, derived from Composite and Y/C using a breakout cable
Preview Output, Sub Sources or Effect, on a BNC connector

Audio Out:
Unbalanced Stereo Audio, on RCA connectors

MIDI:, In and Out, on a Midi connector

Power Requirements 12 VDC on a Universal Power Adapter
Power Consumption Not Specified by Manufacturer
Dimensions 10.3 x 15.7 x 3.3" (26 x 40 x 8 cm)
Weight 4.4 lb (2 kg)
Datavideo SE-500 Live Production Switcher
  • 3 x BNC Cables
  • 2 x Y/C S-Video Cables
  • Component Breakout Cable
  • Stereo RCA Cable
  • AC Power Adapter
  • 2-Year Warranty Against Defects in Material and Workmanship per Product Registration within 30 Days of Purchase
  • 1-Year Standard Warranty without Product Registration
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    DatavideoSE-500 Live Production Switcher
     
    4.5

    (based on 33 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (17)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (29)
    • Professional quality (19)
    • Compact (17)
    • Highly compatible (14)
    • Improves performance (12)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • In the studio (18)
      • Complex projects (8)
      • Independent films (4)
      • Home movies (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Business owner (16), Professional artist (6)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (14)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Solid unit

      Performs exactly as advertised as a few-frills, basic video mixer. A good value for the money.

      Signal quality is impressive for this small unit, which is responsive and smooth. ...Read complete review

      Performs exactly as advertised as a few-frills, basic video mixer. A good value for the money.

      Signal quality is impressive for this small unit, which is responsive and smooth. Manual and auto transitions are perfect and there's no signal problems when switching from one source to another. The T-bar has a nice solid feel to it, which helps manual transitions go smoothly.

      Perhaps the best thing about this unit is the four-way split monitor view that doubles as a full-size preview monitor. It saves money and space by eliminating the need for three monitors, and for the most part helps identify any signal problems before they get switched into the main output.

      The unit nicely handles 4:3 or 16:9 aspect ratio input, using the first format it encounters as the standard for the output. You don't want to mix aspect ratios with this unit, but it can handle one or the other easily. Stay consistent and you won't have any problems.

      The audio mixer part of the unit seems a bit superfluous, since the audio can't follow a switched input. Think of it as a very basic 4-channel audio mixer. If you have only a few audio signal sources, it can save you from schlepping around another mixer, but if you can you probably want to do that anyways for more control.

      I'd strongly recommend this for a small church or anyone doing basic live production work where chroma/luma key isn't needed and they can get by with four inputs or less. The price for a four-input unit can't be beat, and this is an easy unit to operate. Stick a volunteer in front of this for ten minutes, and he can work it like a pro.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Good but lacking VGA Input

      This was a good switcher but it does not have a VGA input which is a must for us.

      This was a good switcher but it does not have a VGA input which is a must for us.

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      5.0

      Easy and Effective. Perfect Solution.

      By High School Coach

      from Chattanooga, TN

      About Me Teachercoach

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Highly Compatible
      • Improves Performance
      • Lightweight
      • Professional Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Complex Projects
        • In The Studio

        Comments about Datavideo SE-500 Live Production Switcher:

        After reading other reviews, I decided to purchase this for our high school broadcasting team. Having no experience myself, I was concerned to spend this much of our small budget on this device. However, having used it now, it is significantly better than any cheaper alternative I sampled and is ridiculously easy to set up and use. Literally no learning curve at all. Our high school students had it set up and running with the monitor preview and a two camera with separate audio running perfectly on the first try in less than 5 minutes.

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        5.0

        Budget friendly, versatile!

        By Pro A/V

        from Amarillo, TX

        About Me Business Owner

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Easy To Use
        • Highly Compatible
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Complex Projects
          • Home Movies
          • In The Studio

          Comments about Datavideo SE-500 Live Production Switcher:

          Budget friendly, versatile!
          Connect composite or s-video without having to get all new HD cams or projectors.

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          • No

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          5.0

          The best product I have ever had!

          By Parambe S

          from Queens, New York

          About Me Hobbyist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Easy To Use
          • Highly Compatible
          • Improves Performance
          • Lightweight
          • Professional Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • In The Studio

            Comments about Datavideo SE-500 Live Production Switcher:

            Data video SE-500, which I bought a few weeks ago is the best product I have ever used. This is very easy to use, Less complicate, and everything is fine with this.

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            3.0

            Good but lacking VGA Input

            By BSL-1

            from Laurel, MD

            About Me Business Owner

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Easy To Use
            • Professional Quality

            Cons

            • Limited Compatibility

            Best Uses

              Comments about Datavideo SE-500 Live Production Switcher:

              This was a good switcher but it does not have a VGA input which is a must for us.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Best video switcher for the buck

              By Kurt

              from Northeast Pennsylvania

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Professional Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Datavideo SE-500 Live Production Switcher:

                  I work in educational technology at a college. We built a mobile streaming video cart, with this switcher at the core...very intuitive, well constructed, and professional grade. You could pay much more for a switcher and not get as good a unit as this!

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Worked great

                  By mhoupt

                  from Garden Grove, Ca

                  About Me SoundAV Technician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Datavideo SE-500 Live Production Switcher:

                      We bought this unit and it worked great but since our board decided to go HD we quickly sent it back so we did not have much time to test it. No issues or problems. The unit looked very solid, was easy to use, and did everything it should do well.

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                      4.0

                      Quality, Low-Cost, and Ease of Use

                      By Doug, Frontier Community Access TV

                      from South Deerfield, MA

                      About Me PEG Station

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                      • No XLR mics

                      Best Uses

                      • Field Production
                      • In The Studio

                      Comments about Datavideo SE-500 Live Production Switcher:

                      As operations manager for a local-access facility in Western Mass, the bottom line is ALWAYS the botom line. While we're hoping to do so soon, we've not yet gotten into full digital production. So, for our analog video needs, the SE-500 works perfectly.

                      It's an easy to use switcher, with a proper Preview/Program bus (unlike the WJ-MX50). The basics are there - with little to no bells or whistles - don't expect frame stores or DSK capability. However, in about five minutes, anyone can learn the interface, become comfortable with it, and get on to learning about the aesthetics of live production.

                      A few small complaints: While it's got a nice little audio mixer, the two mic ins are 1/4" jacks - no XLR inputs. Two XLRs with Phantom power would make this a TRULY capable little machine.

                      I've also found that the Y/C jacks are a bit wonky, and because they are inset, some cables take a real bit of work to properly line-up and insert snugly.

                      However, these are smallish issues that are easily remedied with the right camera cables and a simple little external mixer. We have two of these units now, and are completely happy with their durability and performance. A good, inexpensive option, and one of the very few low-cost switchers still out there.

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                      4.0

                      Very solid for Church Production

                      By Lmc52

                      from Pensacola Fl

                      About Me Professional Artist

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                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Highly Compatible
                      • Improves Performance
                      • Lightweight
                      • Professional Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • In The Studio

                        Comments about Datavideo SE-500 Live Production Switcher:

                        We have used this for nearly 3 years without issue. It's consistent, stable, easy to use and error free. If you need solid SD switching, (Composite or S-Video) you probably can't find a better option. Buttons and T-Bar are very solid, though you can't fade automatically like on other models. We haven't found this to be a problem at all as the bar is very well built. I gave it 4 starts simply because 4.5 isn't available - the one small issue I have with this is that the preview output always has the "fade info text" on the bottom of the screen, overlaying a small portion of the bottom two preview sources. This has never been a real hinderance, but it would be nice to turn it off. We got the tally lights with it, and have enjoyed them. As we move to HD, we'll most likely go with the DataVideo SE-2000, as I'm looking forward to it just doing what we need very well.

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                        4.0

                        Nice Little Switcher

                        By Tolomato CDD

                        from Ponte Vedra, Florida

                        About Me Producer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Price

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • In The Studio

                          Comments about Datavideo SE-500 Live Production Switcher:

                          This is our backup switcher for a government access channel.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Great Quality for the Price

                          By Kiesha

                          from Jacksonville, FL

                          About Me Professional Artist

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact Design
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Improves Performance

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Complex Projects
                            • Independent Films
                            • In The Studio

                            Comments about Datavideo SE-500 Live Production Switcher:

                            This switcher works Great! This was an upgrade purchase to replace an outdated one for my church. It works very smoothly and we have had no issues with it.

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                            • Yes

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                            4.0

                            Simple and Easy to Set Up and Use

                            By Greg

                            from South Dakota

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • In The Studio

                              Comments about Datavideo SE-500 Live Production Switcher:

                              Purchased this for a local school district to use for production of local basketball games for distribution on a local cable access channel. Very simple for the students to use and switch between cameras

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                              5.0

                              VERY GOOD FOR THE PRICE

                              By AUDIO VISUAL CONCEPT

                              from NEW JERSEY

                              Verified Buyer

                              Comments about Datavideo SE-500 Live Production Switcher:

                              VERY GOOD AND A REASONABLE PRICE SWITSHER, I am using FOR PRODUCTION IN WORSHIP OF CHURCH AND I RECOMMEND IT HAS WORKED WELL

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                              5.0

                              This is the best product to record

                              By Casco

                              from Springdale, Arkansas

                              About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact Design
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Highly Compatible
                              • Improves Performance
                              • Lightweight
                              • Professional Quality

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • In The Studio

                                Comments about Datavideo SE-500 Live Production Switcher:

                                We have a church and we got the camaras to record the service but we can't use the two camaras at the same time in one backup, we call B&H Photo and they told as that we need this product and we got it and guuuuuuaaaaaauuuuuu it is the best we are so happy because the save us like 3 years on time we was saving the recording on the pc and that was taking like 3 hours but we this product we record in live at the same time and we can choose the camara or shot that we like to be on the dvd or backup.this is the best that you can got.

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                                5.0

                                REALLY GETS THE WORK DONE AND MORE...

                                By whdproductions

                                from Saint Vincent & the Grenadines

                                About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                                Pros

                                • Compact Design
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Highly Compatible
                                • Improves Performance
                                • Professional Quality

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Complex Projects
                                  • In The Studio

                                  Comments about Datavideo SE-500 Live Production Switcher:

                                  In my country St. Vincent & the Grenadines in the Caribbean, I use this mixer to send a live 4 input feed to two Big Screens with the BNC outputs and still also use the S-Video Output to send a feed to another company that streams the video live also. And for the Audio, it allows to output an audio channel to the main PA system whenever I'm required to do so for example a performer's intro Av presentation. Overall It's a great Av Mixer when you're just getting started on your own in the Business, Thanks DATAVIDEO & B&H, looking forward to purchasing more great products from you both.

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                                  4.0

                                  Great bang for buck

                                  By GeekJon

                                  from Middle Tennessee

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Comments about Datavideo SE-500 Live Production Switcher:

                                  Easy to set up & use, does what's advertised.

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                                  4.0

                                  Great Video Quality

                                  By crawfie

                                  from trinidad and tobago

                                  About Me Professional Artist

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Professional Quality

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • In The Studio

                                    Comments about Datavideo SE-500 Live Production Switcher:

                                    Auto transition button required

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                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    great

                                    By pastor nick

                                    from pastor nicolas brooklyn NY

                                    About Me Business Owner

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact Design
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Highly Compatible
                                    • Improves Performance
                                    • Professional Quality

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Independent Films

                                      Comments about Datavideo SE-500 Live Production Switcher:

                                      the best of all

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                                      • No

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                                      5.0

                                      Great for the money

                                      By James-WBF

                                      from Wylie, TX (Dallas Suburb)

                                      About Me Business Owner

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Professional Quality
                                      • Reliable

                                      Cons

                                      • Poor documentation

                                      Best Uses

                                      • In The Studio

                                      Comments about Datavideo SE-500 Live Production Switcher:

                                      Using this in a church setting. Works great. We currently run two inputs, 1) Camera, 2) Media Shout. purchased this with the option dual 7" LCD display panel (this is a must). The unit has several different abilities for PIP (Picture in Picture), which is nice if you want to place the media shout slides down in one corner as the videos are running through.

                                      There is an audio control as well, where you can run the audio from say your sound board to the unit as it then heads out of the unit to its final destination (in our case, several Lobby TV's and an encoding server).

                                      The slider handle feels good in the hand (some have mentioned it did not feel as if it had "weight" to it). There is enough resistance that it allows for smooth transition.

                                      All in all, we are quite happy with it. Would like to have gone with HD (this unit supports SD only), but that bumps you up several thousand more.

                                      Only down side, the documentation could have been a bit better on hooking everything up for a first time user.

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                                      5.0

                                      Flawless

                                      By DanH116

                                      from Los Angeles

                                      About Me Business Owner

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Professional Quality

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • In The Studio

                                        Comments about Datavideo SE-500 Live Production Switcher:

                                        I use it for a client who has a talk show. We record on location with 4 cameras in widescreen format. We output to a laptop, so the result can immediately go into post-prod. The switcher is flawless, and the quality of the image is great even though it uses the composite signal (SD) of our HD cams.

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                                        5.0

                                        Great product at a Great Price

                                        By Sap the sound guy

                                        from Charlotte, NC

                                        About Me Hobbyist

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Compact Design
                                        • Easy To Use

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • In The Studio

                                          Comments about Datavideo SE-500 Live Production Switcher:

                                          This is a great product. We are using it at Church for up to 3 hours at the time with no issues so far. The color correction feature is a big plus when using multiple cameras or inputs. The built in multiviewer is great, I hooked it up to a 32" lcd tv and the picture is pretty decent and accurate color wise.

                                          We currently use 3 Cameras and a laptop on Channel 4, just plug in the s-video cable from the laptop to any of the inputs on the datavideo and you'll be ready to roll. We even use one of the 4 outputs to feed our internet streaming system and it works great.

                                          I don't personally use the integrated audio mixer but it is a good tool to monitor audio, especially on the road. You Can't find a better product for the money!

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