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The HVS-100 MU HD/SD Portable Video Switcher from For.A is a multi-functional unit that incorporates a range of functions and features including mixed HD/SD input, frame synchronizing, re-sizing engine, 2.5D wipe effects, DVE, keyer with chroma key, and DSK.
This switcher also includes a built-in Web server that lets you change settings from a PC or tablet terminal. A clip memory feature can be added to this unit to support elaborate performances such as through the use of CG wipes, while the multi-viewer meets a diverse range of monitoring needs.
This main unit offers expandability to facilitate the add-on of a redundant power source unit and various input/output cards.
Standard 8, Maximum 14 Inputs; Standard 4 + 1, Maximum 9 Outputs
Apart from HD/SD-SDI, it comes standard with 8 inputs and 4 outputs and supports the mixed HD/SD input in standard configuration. The 5 outputs, including one HDMI output, can be freely assigned. It also features 3 slots that enable various inputs and outputs to be added, such as analog component, analog composite, HDMI, and VGA in addition to HD/SD-SDI.
Each input in this unit is fitted with a frame synchronizer that enables switching of asynchronous video signals. Installation of expansion cards (sold separately) supports asynchronous picture input from PCs, etc. Each input is also equipped with a process amplifier capable of adjusting the video level and chroma level, etc. of the input signal.
A re-sizing engine (expansion) is provided on 4 of the inputs. This achieves a fully mixed SD/HD environment with a switcher alone, with no need to connect any external equipment such as an up-converter. This is readily suitable for re-sizing not only SD signals but also PC video.
2 Keyers and DSK
The keyer has a chroma key function. Since the keyer and DSK both have free-assignable 2.5D DVE, scale effects (expansion, contraction) or other effects of the synthesized channel can be set individually.
Abundant Transitions and DVEs
Cut, mix, and wipe can be chosen for the transition. Diverse DVE wipes include 100 2.5D wipe patterns and page turn. Along with wipes, effects like mosaic and defocus are also provided.
2 Still Stores
Video signals and PGM output can be captured as still images. You can achieve a CG wipe using data sent via Ethernet such as still data created on a PC or up to 480-frame video. Images can be uploaded and downloaded using the USB port. The still stores support JPEG, TGA, and BMP file formats. A backup function means still image data can be stored in the main unit and retrieved after rebooting.
4/10/16 Split Multi-Viewer
Display channels can be freely assigned, allowing assignment of not only input source but also PGM output. Output from HDMI is also possible without compromising the resolution of SD video and the image is displayed in the split view. Each channel offers title display and tally display functions.
Event Memory and User Button
The main unit is equipped with an event memory function allowing 100 events to be stored. It is possible to register events on a user button on the control panel and remote panel so that panel settings can be changed simply by pushing the user button. You can freely set the transition time and effect for loading events. Since seamless transition of complex images to the recorded state is possible with a single button, it is suitable for live applications. You can freely register various switcher functions on the user button to customize the control panel in line with needs.
The macro function enables you to store and register a series of operations and then perform complicated operations with the push of a button.
Freely Assignable DSK
You can assign 2 DSK channels to either PGM, PST, or AUX. This unit not only supports M/E and P/P bus but also AUX bus transition switching. As a result, when displaying videos on a separate monitor besides the main system, you can actively use AUX to expand the range of your production.
External interfaces include the EDITOR port for connecting to an editor, GPI port supporting up to 24 inputs/outputs, RS-422 port for connecting an HVS-30RU Remote Control Panel (sold separately) and an Ethernet port used during PC control.
GUI Control Function
A built-in Web server enables the settings of this switcher to be changed from a PC via a network. Mobile and tablet terminals can also be used through a wireless access point.
Redundant Power Supply
The redundant power supply unit (sold separately) enables doubling-up of power source. An enlarged fan and improved exhaust process guarantee silent operation, making it suitable for installation near the control panel or in quiet environments.
Other features include safety area marker display, built-in color bar display, built-in mat generation function, etc.
In the Box
For.A HVS-100 MU HD/SD Portable Video Switcher
Rack Mount Bracket
33' (10m) BNC cable
Limited 1-Year Warranty
Table of Contents
Separately sold expansion card is required to support 1080/59.94p and 1080/50p.
HD-SDI: 1.5 Gbps or SD-SDI: 270 Mbps, 75 Ω, 8 x BNC
FSs on 8 inputs, resize engines on 4 inputs.
Number of Inputs
Standard: 8 x HD-SDI
For maximum number of inputs, refer to the I/O Expansion Card Configuration on the For.A website.
Number of Outputs
Video Standard: 4 x HD-SDI, 1 x HDMI
For maximum number of outputs, refer to the I/O Expansion Card Configuration on the For.A website.
4: 2: 2: 4, digital component
WIPE: 100 patterns, border and softness / 2.5D DVE: 56 patterns or more DVE WIPEs
Available Controller: Fader controller, AUTO or CUT button / Type: MIX or WIPE (DVE included)
2 channels (with backup feature)
4 channels (KEYER x 2 + DSK x 2), includes 2D DVE that can be freely assigned
An advanced, high-quality Chroma keyer can be assigned to any one of the two Keyers or two DSKs.
2/4/5/7/9/10/11/16-way split views with title, tally and audio level meter display and 1 frame delay for PGM output
Equipped with all inputs
100 events (complementary transition available when loading events)
30 commands (up to 230 series of operations can be registered per command)
BB: NTSC: 0.429 Vpp / PAL: 0.45 Vpp or Tri-Level Sync: 0.6 Vpp, 75 Ω, 1 x BNC, loop-through (to be terminated with 75 Ω terminator if unused)
System Phase Adjust
Horizontal: -1/2H to +1/2H
BB: NTSC: 0.429 Vpp / PAL: 0.45 Vpp or Tri-Level Sync: 0.6 Vpp, 75 Ω, 1 x BNC
1H (minimum delay)
1 to 2 frames +1H (when FS or re-size engine used)
2 to 3 frames +1H (when FS or re-size engine plus DVE used)
3 to 4 frames +1H (when FS or re-size engine plus output resize engine and DVE used)
USB flash drive
Ethernet (10/100Base-TX): 1 x RJ-45
TO OU: 1 x RJ-45
GPI-IN/OUT: 1 x 25-pin D-Sub (female) (24 inputs/24 outputs), TTL negative logic pulse or make-contact
RS-422: 1 x 9-pin D-Sub (female) (for the HVS-30RU Remote Front Panel with Remote Cable and tally unit connection)
EDITOR: 1 x 9-pin D-Sub (female), BVS-3000 and GVG-100 protocols
ARCNET (Optional): 75 Ω, 2 x BNC, loop-through (to be terminated with 75 Ω terminator, if unused; for control panel and AUX remote panel connection)
Temperature / Humidity
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C) / 10 to 90% (no condensation)
Power / Consumption
100 to 240 VAC ±10%, 50/60 Hz / approximately 240 W
Power supply unit (to be replaced every 5 years)
Cooling fan (to be replaced every 6 years)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Approximately 16.9 x 3.5 x 8.9" (430.0 x 88.0 x 225.0 mm)