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Edirol / Roland VC-30HD Video Converter

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Product Highlights
  • Captures HDMI & FireWire Digital Video
  • Captures Most Analog Video & Audio Types
  • Simultaneous USB & Dual FireWire Outputs
  • Live Streaming or Real-Time Archiving
  • Capture to or from a Nonlinear Editor
  • SMPTE Timecode Input
  • Accepts Resolutions Up to 1080i60
  • Outputs DV, HDV & MPEG-2 Video
  • Select Bit Rate & Audio Delay

The Roland VC-30HD Video Converter is a Swiss Army knife–style converter that accepts just about any analog video or audio input as well as digital HDMI and FireWire sources. In real time, it converts video and audio to MPEG-2, DV, or HDV video streams that can be output simultaneously via the VC-30HD's USB or dual FireWire ports.

This presents a plethora of options for convenient archiving, recording, and live streaming – with multiple tasks being accomplished at once. Featuring HDMI, FireWire, S-Video, component, and composite inputs, the VC-30HD accepts NTSC & PAL video formats as well as HDTV standards up to 1080i60. For analog audio input, you also enjoy a lot of options: HDMI embedded, analog via RCAs, and either analog or AES via XLRs. There's also an XLR for timecode input.

For output, the VC-30HD converter embeds the analog & digital audio and preserves your resolution and frame rate as it converts video to DV, HDV, MPEG-2 at selectable bit rates from 2 to 50 Mb/s. With simultaneous outputs via dual FireWire ports and USB, the converter serves up signals ready for both real-time recording and streaming to a Windows-based service. Record to Blu-ray recorder, a VTR, a PC, a camera, or a nonlinear editing system, all while your stream goes out live to the internet.

Note! Mac OS X does not yet have the drivers to support USB audio/video output from the VC-30HD. USB output does not support an embedded audio signal from IEEE 1394 or control of audio volume.

HD Live Streaming
The VC-30HD converts and combines video and audio to MPEG-2 for live streaming. The device simultaneously outputs to two IEEE 1394 ports and one USB port. That means you can stream to the internet using a Windows-based streaming service and archive or record to a video device for backup – all at the same time
Multiple Uses
Record video from a digital still or video camera with an HDMI output to a PC, or directly to another video device (such as a Blu-ray recorder) that has a FireWire input. You can also record directly to a Blu-ray recorder from a nonlinear editor by using the VC-30HD. You can archive this way even while you're webcasting via a streaming service. Or simply capture to an NLE from a DV/HDV camera, HD camcorder/camera with an HDMI output – or from any switcher, DVD player, or other video device with analog outputs
Control Parameters
Dedicated software for the VC-30HD enables control of various parameters such as bit rate of MPEG-2 TS (at HD resolutions, choose from 50, 35, or 8 Mb/s; at SD, 12, 9, or 2 Mb/s) and audio delay. USB output supports bit rates up to 25 Mb/s. Audio and timecode can be embedded in the IEEE 1394 video output
Built-In Audio Delay Setting
The VC-30HD has appropriate compensation built-in, so audio and video are in sync from the USB or FireWire ports with the delay setting at 0. However, depending on the total signal flow from all connected devices and/or the encoding/streaming software being used, audio may not always be in sync. The audio delay setting in the VC-30HD is there to compensate for whatever may be happening outside the unit. Set the delay as required by watching the final encoded stream. Use a clapper or a percussive device to clearly match the sound to the video image. The VC-30HD allows up to 30 frames of delay compensation (1 second) in increments of 0.1 frames (3.3 milliseconds) – enabling the perfect lip sync.
Supported Codecs HDV
Video Format: MPEG-2 Video, 8-bit, 4:2:0
1440 x 1080i50/59.94, 1440 x 1080p23.98 (25 Mb/s)
1280 x 720p50/59.94 (18.3 Mb/s)
720 x 480p59.94, 720 x 576p50 (18 Mb/s)
Audio Format: MPEG-1 Audio Layer 2, 16-bit, 48 kHz, 2-channel (384 kb/s)

Video Format: 720 x 480i59.94, 720 x 576i50
Audio Format: Linear PCM, 16-bit, 48 kHz, 2-channel

Video Format: MPEG-2 Video, 8 bits, 4:2:0
1920 x 1080i50/59.94, 1920x1080p23.98 (25 Mb/s) – Default Setup
1280 x 720p50/59.94 (25 Mb/s)
720 x 480p59.94, 720 x 576p50 (25 Mb/s)
720 x 480i59.94, 720 x 576i50 (6 Mb/s)
Audio Format: MPEG-1 Audio Layer 2, 16-bits, 48 kHz, 2-ch (384 kb/s)
Bit Rate Presets: 25 Mb/s, 35 Mb/s, 50 Mb/s, 8 Mb/s, 12 Mb/s, 18 Mb/s (selectable using VC-30HD RCS utility)
Inputs HDMI
1x HDMI Type A (19-pin)
Video Format: 1920 x 1080i50/59.94, 1280 x 720p50/59.94, 720 x 480p59.94, 720 x 576p50, 720 (1440) x 480i59.94, 720 (1440) x 576i50
Audio Format: Linear PCM, 16 to 24-bit, 32-48 kHz, 2-channel

1x BNC (YPbPr)
Video Format: 1920 x 1080i50/59.94, 1920 x 1080/23.98PsF
1280 x 720p50/59.94, 720 x 480p59.94
720 x 576p50, 720 x 480i59.94, 720 x 576i50
Input Level: 1.0Vp-p (luminance), 0.7Vp-p (chrominance)
Impedance: 75Ω

1x 4-pin mini DIN type
Video Format: NTSC, PAL
Input Level: 1.0Vp-p (luminance), 0.286Vp-p (NTSC chrominance), 0.3Vp-p (PAL chrominance)
Impedance: 75Ω

IEEE 1394 (i.LINK / FireWire)
1x 6-pin (S100)
Signal Format: HDV, DV (IEC61883-2), MPEG-2 TS (IEC61883-4)
Maximum Bit Rate: 50 Mb/s

Audio (Front)
2x RCA (L/R stereo)
Input Level: -20 to -6 dBu
Impedance: 35kΩ

Audio (Rear)
2x XLR (balanced, L/R pair) Input Level: -8 to +10 dBu
Impedance: 14kΩ

Digital Audio
1x XLR (combined use with audio rear right-channel connector)
Signal Format: AES3, 16- to 24-bits, 32-48 kHz, 2-channel
Impedance: 110Ω

1x XLR (combined use with audio rear left-channel connector)
Signal Format: SMPTE 12M LTC
Input Level: 0.5 to 18Vp-p
Impedance: 14kΩ
Outputs IEEE 1394 (i.LINK / FireWire) (Rear)
1x 6-pin (S100)
Signal Format: HDV, DV (IEC61883-2), MPEG-2 TS (IEC61883-4)
Maximum Bit Rate: 50 Mb/s

USB 1x USB Type B (high-speed USB)
Signal Format: USB Video (DV, MPEG-2 TS), USB Audio (Audio, MIDI)
Maximum Bit Rate: 25 Mb/s (signal is not output if set to 35 or 50 Mb/s)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.75 x 8.3 x 8.9" (14.6 x 4.7 x 21.0 cm)
Weight 2.0 lb (0.9 kg)
Edirol / Roland VC-30HD Video Converter
  • Rubber Foot Pad
  • AC Adapter & Power Cord
  • 1 Year Limited Warranty

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    Top Notch Little Machine

    By Chingbong

    from Indiana

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


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        Comments about Edirol / Roland VC-30HD Video Converter:

        I could not disagree more. This is an excellent converter. At least it is for me. I use it in combination of the JVC blu-ray recorder. It can take a HD signal from a component source and convert it to HDV and then be put on BD-R. It has a built in fan that cools the unit. I have used it for five to six hours at a time and if barely showed any heat at all. It has dual inputs and both have gain controls. You can use it to record from your HD-PVR or from older analog tape cased devices VCR, S-VHS BETA, 8mm or Hi-8mm and even D-VHS. Anything with an analog output and HD through component 720 ro 1080.I like it !

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        from MONTREAL,CA

        About Me Professional Artist

        Verified Buyer


        • Easy To Use


        • Lacks Functionality
        • Limited Compatibility
        • Pricey / Poor Value

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          Comments about Edirol / Roland VC-30HD Video Converter:

          Edirol Roland tries to gain the trust of professionals like me with a product, too ambitious, but that does not convince me. The box is too small, something that does not allow proper air circulation and this undermines the life product. is too HOT after a few hours of use.The most disappointing, the HDMI connection is protected is not HDCP, something that should influence its price is too elevated. For the price Roland Edirol requires for this convertor is exaggerated for professional use, the HDMI should be free to copy as in professional audio SCMS free. as a professional in the field, I hope that its price will be revised and rajouster has its true value I estimated at work with mac

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