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Roland V-8HD HDMI Video Switcher

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Roland V-8HD HDMI Video Switcher
Key Features
  • 8 x HDMI Inputs, 3 x HDMI Outputs
  • Up to 1080p60 Resolution Support
  • Multi-Format, HDCP Support
  • 8-Bit, 4:2:2 Video Processing
Live events requiring video production require a flexible video switcher like the V-8HD Multi-Format HDMI Video Switcher from Roland. This multi-format video switcher can input up to eight HDMI video sources, switch them, add effects, and output them consistently to screens or projectors. Whether you're switching video for a live presentation or live streaming, the V-8HD has the features necessary for high-quality, live video switching.
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Roland V-8HD Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Maximum Connectivity
  • 3More HDMI Inputs and Outputs
  • 4Set Up Layers, Effects, and Keys
  • 5Ultra-Mobile, Lightweight, and Efficient
  • 6Seamless Memory Recall
  • 7Separate Feeds for Separate Needs
  • 8Built-In Multiviewer Display
  • 9Audio and Effects
  • 10Automated Video Switching
  • 11Record Triggering and Confirmation
  • 12V-8HD iPad Remote Control Utility
  • 13Hands-Free Switching and Control
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Live events requiring video production require a flexible video switcher like the V-8HD Multi-Format HDMI Video Switcher from Roland. This multi-format video switcher can input up to eight HDMI video sources, switch them, add effects, and output them consistently to screens or projectors. Whether you're switching video for a live presentation or live streaming, the V-8HD has the features necessary for high-quality, live video switching.

The HDMI inputs can accept up to 1080p60 resolution feeds from numerous sources such as media players, computers, professional video cameras, and more. Two of the HDMI inputs utilize internal scaling hardware, which separately scale and/or convert videos of varied resolutions into the selected output resolution, ensuring output consistency between sources. The V-8HD supports numerous effects such as cut, mix, wipe, chroma and luma key, flip, fade, and more. You can also store up to eight .bmp and .png files in internal memory to add images to your effects.

The V-8HD features an 18-channel audio mixer, and up to 24-bit, 48 kHz PCM audio with an effects library that provides gain, de-esser, noise reduction, and more. It also features left-right analog RCA inputs and outputs, as well as a 1/4" TRS headphone output. It also features a 4.3" TFT color LCD which previews each input and program output all on a single screen. On the top of the unit, there are multiple rows of input and output buttons, position, source, and levels buttons, and a fade T-bar, giving you full control of your production within the small, portable frame. You can also remotely control and monitor Atomos recorders to start/stop using a trigger button, so you don't miss a vital record.

While the feature set of the V-8HD is expansive, it is also intuitive and simple to operate after the initial setup. Music venues, houses of worship, streaming media production companies, and convention centers that rely on volunteers or less-experienced technicians can take advantage of the rich feature set and ease of use, with minimal impact on existing infrastructure. You can even pair the switcher with a BOSS single or double footswitch and program over 100 commands, adding to the versatility of the V-8HD.

Maximum Connectivity

The V-8HD seamlessly mixes eight HDMI sources with Full HD support, even when the sources have mismatched frame rates and color spaces. And with the built-in scalers on two of the HDMI inputs, you can easily interface with client-provided sources like computers, tablets, smartphones, gaming consoles, and legacy 4:3 devices.

More HDMI Inputs and Outputs

With the V-8HD's eight HDMI inputs and three outputs, you're able to offer clients a vast amount of creative freedom, without increasing the budget.

Set Up Layers, Effects, and Keys

With the V-8HD's five composition layers, you'll always keep audiences engaged with visually appealing content.

Ultra-Mobile, Lightweight, and Efficient

Thanks to its compact footprint, the V-8HD fits effortlessly into any live production environment, even when you have to deal with minimal setup space. And it only weighs around 4 lb, making it easy to carry in a backpack or luggage. With its smart feature set, eight HDMI inputs, built-in 18-channel audio mixer, and support for external battery power, the streamlined V-8HD is a versatile and efficient HDMI switcher.

Seamless Memory Recall

With the V-8HD, storing and recalling unique looks requires only a few button presses. The eight memory presets and powerful composition effects engine work together to provide a completely seamless load between the different looks.

Separate Feeds for Separate Needs

The V-8HD has assignment buttons for sending any of your connected input devices to a dedicated aux output without affecting the main feed. It's also possible to synchronize the aux output with the program output, giving you a built-in 2x distribution amp.

Built-In Multiviewer Display

The V-8HD's bright, 4.3" multiviewer display means less gear to buy and haul to the gig. From a single screen, you can monitor all eight video inputs, PGM, and PVW plus menu overlay. Input windows show camcorder recording status and embedded audio levels. Connect a larger external TV for an immense multiviewer experience, or to make menu changes without moving the focus from the action.

Audio and Effects

The studio-grade, 18-channel audio mixer blends signals from the eight HDMI inputs and stereo RCA inputs, while a feature-packed preset effects library provides setups for everyday production environments like meetings and interviews, plus challenging situations that require wind noise reduction and microphone de-essing.

Automated Video Switching

Input Scan switches input sources randomly or in sequence, while Preset Memory Scan switches between preset memories. Beats per Minute (BPM) Sync is also available, automatically switching Preview and Program at a specified tempo.

Record Triggering and Confirmation

Via HDMI, the V-8HD operator can trigger Atomos recorders to start and stop recording. And some camcorders even display a recording confirmation icon on the input channel of the V-8HD's multiviewer screen, letting you keep an eye on the recording status while staying focused on other critical tasks.

V-8HD iPad Remote Control Utility

The dedicated V-8HD remote control app turns an iPad into an efficient touch interface for the V-8HD. Run essential switching functions, mix audio with virtual faders, change settings and effect parameters quickly, and create up to eight custom scenes for fast, efficient setup changes.

Hands-Free Switching and Control

Stomp on a BOSS single or double footswitch to execute over 100 different switcher commands. Cut to a still image, transition PiP on/off the screen, or drop in a keyed lower-third title. It's also possible to switch the aux output between presenter notes and stage manager messages, turn automatic switching mode on/off, and more.
UPC: 761294513378

Roland V-8HD Specs

Available M/E Layers5 M/E
Effect Types8 x Graphic, Transition, Chroma Key, Alpha Key, Luma Key
Downstream Keys2 x Chroma, Luma
Generators1 x Pattern
Audio Mixing18-Channel Mixing
Processing
Switching TypePushbutton
Processing Resolution1080p at 29.97/50/59.94
Color Processing8-Bit 4:2:2 YCbCr
Audio Processing48 kHz / 24-Bit
Input
Number of Video Input Sources8
Video Input Connectors8 x HDMI Female
Input Video FormatHDMI (8-Bit 4:2:2 YCC)
1080p at 23.98/24/29.97/30/50/59.94/60 fps
1080i 50/59.94 fps
720p 50/59.94 fps
576p 50 fps
PAL 50 fps
480p 59.94 fps
NTSC 59.94 fps
WUXGA (1920 x 1200) 60 fps
Audio Input Connectors1 x 2RCA Stereo Analog Female
Input Audio FormatAnalog: 48 kHz / 24-Bit
Embedded Audio InputHDMI: 2-Channel (per Input)
Output
Video Output Channels3
Video Output Connectors2 x HDMI Female (Loop Output)
1 x HDMI Female (Preview)
Output Video FormatHDMI (8-Bit 4:2:2 YCC)
1080p at 50/59.94 fps
1080i 50/59.94 fps
Audio Output Connectors1 x 1/4" TRS Stereo Analog Female
Output Audio FormatAnalog: 48 kHz / 24-Bit
Embedded Audio OutputHDMI: 2-Channel (per Output)
Multiview Output1-Way Multiview viaHDMI
Monitor Output1 x HDMI
Connectivity
Other I/O1 x USB Type-A Firmware Input
1 x USB Type-B Control Input
HDCP SupportYes
Display
Display Size4.3"
Screen Resolution480 x 272
Power Connector1 x Barrel (12 to 17 VDC) Input
Power ConsumptionDevice: 3.3 A39.6 W
Environmental
Operating Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
General
Dimensions12.48 x 7.6 x 2.76" / 317 x 193 x 70 mm
Weight4.41 lb / 2 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight7.67 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)16 x 11.5 x 7.3"

Roland V-8HD Reviews

Switcher working great

By Debbie
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-15

)Still learning a lot about this switcher. I have used it a few times for events and have had great results. Still working on getting the audio at the best level. Seems that the control for audio output comes mostly from the external source feeding into the switcher. I have had a few times that required long cables to reach the cameras. Used SDI cables with the HDMI adapters (used Blackmagic Design Micro Converter BiDirectional SDI/HDMI 3G (with Power Supply - BLBCSDIHDM3P) and this has worked well.

Great

By Owen
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-25

This is an awesome mixer. Spend some time reading the quickstart guide & reference manual & you will see its capabilities. Would absolutely buy again. I feed it with 4 camcorders, 1 ptz camera, 1 gopro, an Atomos Ninja 5, and a laptop.

The best 8 Channel video Mixer Money can buy! 5+ stars

By Jeremy
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-24

Initially starting with the V-1HD and quickly finding out that 4 inputs were not enough and all the competitors higher channel mixers were SDI but not ready to make the jump to SDI. I was amazed to hear the announcement of the V-8HD after finishing my 6 month rental of the V-1HD with Bavas Music City (Great Customer service btw) I Immediately started my rental with the V-8HD. Several months into using it for weddings, Church services, Music production, conferences etc it has excelled in all areas, the 3 outputs are a lifesaver, The aux output is amazing, being able to load still images is amazing, the DSK, the fact that t works with cat6 convertors it's pretty much a V-1HD on steroids. I showed a group of kids at my church it and within 10 minutes of using it, they had pretty much mastered it. The menu system is easy to navigate and any problems you may have Roland's excellent customer service is happy to help and haven't let me down. If I really really really had to nitpick/dream features would be like the V-1HD a desktop control software for the V-8HD instead of the only option of an iPad app that only works on newer iPads, and an Inbuilt clock to stay on top of production. TL;DR It is an amazing product that will transform your productions Roland really got this right and can rival even some Blackmagic switchers If you need an 8 input HDMI mixer get it!! Don't let the price scare you. it is worth every Dollar and more.

Amazing perfection

By Wayne
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-08-20

I have owned mine for a few months now. WOW! I love everything about it. Yes there are things I wish it had or did, but you know what. As is, is perfect enough. I am so very happy with my investment and my research. I can not warn you on any potential issues. I can find none. Streaming is going to be with us for a long time! Love my V-8HD

This is what I've been waiting for

By Michael
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-08-20

Using Sony alpha mirrorless cams and being restricted to HDMI, this has been exactly what I've been waiting for - a simple 8 channel HDMI input unit. It's perfect, I like the built, the menu is great, I like the preview window on the unit and that it has three customizable outputs. I use the split screen feature, like the option of the aux bus, and like that I don't have to bother with the preview channel if I'm doing quick switching. Knobs feel good, and the thing feels solid. Just what I needed.

It is very good

By Romulo M
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-06-26

This item is really great. I recommend it highly to anyone wanting it.

It's Perfect

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-20

It has everything except an XLR mic input with +48. But I patch a small format mixer into the RCA's. I would do that anyway no matter what switcher I'm using. There are many 4-channel mixers in the $99 range. You can also patch an aux mix into one of your cameras and use HDMI audio as your main mix. EQ/limiter/comp all very good. Edit on menu screen easy to navigate, but for on-the-fly speed and immediate access, the iPad app is a must. It's excellent. I'm surprised there are no screen shots in the description. App is so much easier than the multi-function knob. One tiny gripe: out of the box, you'll need to upgrade firmware in order to use the iPad app. This is done via USB stick. It only took a few minutes, but not all sticks are compatible. Roland has a list on their site. If you don't need SDI, this is the best choice. I ran an 85 ft HDMI with built-in extender on all 8 cams with no problems.

features and quality that are way above its cost

By Ken
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-03

It looks a little cheap in photos but it's much better looking in person. It is small and it is inexpensive and those two things usually mean it's cheap or cheaply made. For this product, that couldn't be further from the truth. It features 8 hdmi inputs up to 1080p. The last 2 are scalable and perfect for computers. However, you can connect a computer to any of the 8 inputs. It also features 3 outputs. these can be configured as program, preview or aux. 1 of them us multiview. The neat thing is the programming. you can have up to 16 presets that are easily programmed and recalled with no lag. It's seamless. That's very cool. We currently have about 10 of these and just bought 2 more. Cons. well... I'm thinking... I'm thinking... hmm? Oh yeah... it doesn't have audio pots.

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Asked by: Debbie
The following app is needed V-8HD iPad Remote Control Utility https://apps.apple.com/us/app/v-8hd-remote/id1490805143 Please be mind that the following is needed * The V-8HD you are connecting to must be running at the latest (version 2.0 or later). * To connect an iPad to the V-8HD, you need to prepare a Lightning / USB-C to USB Camera Adapter and a USB cable.
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Asked by: Brian
Yes as this offers five composition layers.
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2020-10-28

Can the USB memory port function as a webcam out?

Can the USB memory port function as a webcam out?
Asked by: Zack
You cannot, the USB Memory Port is for importing still images or for saving/loading settings. This switcher does not offer video for streaming through USB.
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2021-01-03

what are the processing and memory requirements ...

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Asked by: Guy
This switcher does not have a streaming output. It has HDMI outputs which you can connect to a capture device like the Magewell USB Capture HDMI Gen 2. This Magewell handles some of the processing within the unit, which will make it ideal to work with when you have a computer that is not as powerful. https://bhpho.to/3enanIU
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2020-05-26

Can it accept a mix of camera outputs such as one ...

Can it accept a mix of camera outputs such as one camera putting out 1080p and another putting out 1080i?
Asked by: Al
Yes, but only for inputs 7 and 8. HDMI inputs 7 and 8 are the only ones that offer scalers on this switcher.
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2020-02-23

I am using a TV to monitor the inputs and outputs ...

I am using a TV to monitor the inputs and outputs instead of using the LCD screen. It cuts some of the video and camera shots off at the bottom of the screen. What size monitor should I use to get the actual views?
Asked by: R
The output format of this device is 1080p (16x9)... You should verify the settings on your TV to make sure you are set up to play back at 1080p and 16x9. There should be no issues playing back this signal at full resolution when all settings are verified.
Answered by: Bruno
Date published: 2022-01-13

It will work with my canon T7i?

It will work with my canon T7i?
Asked by: Oscar
There is a way to get clean HDMI from the Canon T series camera. for more information, go here... https://video.stackexchange.com/questions/24178/canon-800d-t7i-clean-hdmi
Answered by: Ken
Date published: 2020-07-13

where do u record the video output?

where do u record the video output?
Asked by: HENRY
you will need an external recorder to record the program out
Answered by: Sean
Date published: 2021-04-27
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