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The For.A HVS-4000HS Switcher is a multi-format video switcher offering a wide range of features, including HD/SD mixed input support, 3 Gbps support, 2.5D and 3D DVE, multiviewer, up/down converter, external device control, macro function, and video file support. It also comes with a number of interfaces and functions for connecting to external devices, making it extremely useful as the core device in your production system.
The HVS-2243OU Control Panel is a 2-line panel with 24 mix/effect buttons in each line and a built-in touchscreen back panel that provides access to the menu. It's designed for traditional, simple, direct operations.
Supports HD/SD Mixed Input
With its simple panel operation, this switcher lets you switch between HD and SD signals and the various HD formats. With the up/down converter card (sold separately) installed, the system can support mixed input from HD and SD devices. With the switcher alone, it is possible to perform mixed processing without concern for the differences between the HD and SD signals.
Maximum 48 Inputs and 28 Outputs
16 HD/SD-SDI inputs and 16 HD/SD-SDI outputs come standard and can be expanded up to 48 inputs (in units of 16) and 28 outputs (adding 12) by adding an expansion board (sold separately). A side panel and safety marker can be added to the AUX output. The switcher also comes with 2 utility bus channels per M/E. These channels can be used for keyer external mask, wipe border, a background needed for M/E bus P-in-P, side panel, and local still.
The switcher allows the option of adding an up/down converter. With a frame synchronizer, asynchronous video can be input as is (up to 4 channels with this option). Note: For the up/down converter no frame rate converter function is provided.
Up to 12 Keyers
This switcher comes standard with 4 keyers for each M/E. Eight keyers are standard on the 2 M/E model and additional 2 keyers can be added to each M/E. This lets you expand up to 12 keyers on the 2 M/E model.
AUX Bus Dedicated DSK
As an additional option, you can add 2 dedicated DSK (sold separately) to an AUX bus, which enables you to do superimposing on each AUX output.
This switcher can be added with the independent combiner function besides the M/E function. For example, the combiner function can be used by installing to the switcher in the stage prior to the M/E process and adding DVE to the input signals in order to provide multiple P-in-P video via a single channel (pre-combiner function). It can also be used by installing to the unit in the stage subsequent to the M/E process and utilizing it for CG composition (L-shaped left side and bottom of the screen).
Maximum 12-Channel Still Stores
Six still stores (Global Still) that can be selected for all buses come standard. The switcher can be expanded up to 8 still stores. Furthermore, 4 more dedicated still stores (Local Still) can be added in each M/E, bringing the number of still stores to a total of 12. A logo animation function is also provided. The motion logo loops a succession of still images.
A 4/10/16-way multi-viewer comes standard. Two multi-viewer modes are available; a multi-viewer channel for the 10- or 16-way mode and 2 multi-viewer channels for Quad mode. A multi-viewer function with a channel for 10-way mode or a function with 2 channels for quad mode can be added as an option.
2.5D DVEs and 3D DVEs can be added simultaneously. Up to 6 channels can be added to the 2.5D DVE, whereas up to 8 channels (in 2-channel units) can be added to the 3D DVE. A total of up to 14 channels of DVEs can be added. All DVEs can process V+K on a single channel. The number of channels does not decrease even when the flying key effect is used. This allows DVE effects with high image quality and high functionality.
This unit includes a built-in DVE system (LINE DVE) for 4 channels and external DVE system for the remaining 4 channels. This makes it possible to select advanced 3D DVE video as a single body of material from multiple buses. The use of DVE widens the scope of creative video broadcasting, for example, using 2.5D DVE for Picture in Picture (P-in-P), 3D DVE for P-in-P and transitions, and 3D DVE for video material production added with digital video effects.
A full-featured, 2-channel color corrector (sold separately) can be added for inputs. This allows color correction for any 2 input channels. The color corrector option can also be added for each bus. Because the color corrector option for 4 channels per single output card can be added for the AUX bus, this feature is useful for suppressing illegal signal outputs and color adjustment for on-set monitors.
This switcher comes with a macro function to record and play back complex operating procedures with just a single button. This lets you easily register a series of operations and then perform complicated operations with a single push of a button. For example, you could send a play command to a VTR, and then switch to the VTR channel after waiting a set amount of time before footage playback begins.
It allows you to register changes in parameters as a sequence. By using the GUI software (sold separately), a timeline can be displayed, thereby making it easy to make corrections or changes. Up to 20 sequences can be registered.
This unit comes with event memory capable of registering all types of parameter settings. Up to 200 events can be registered.
Clip Drive Unit
A motion picture playback unit (sold separately) can be connected. With one unit, it is possible to record and play back up to an hour of HD full motion video (30 minutes in the case of V+K), which can be used for all types of animation, including CG wipes and opening CG. When a clip drive (sold separately) is connected, the clip function using the still store video path can be added. In this unit, you need to make the required settings as a wipe function to achieve a CG wipe that connects to auto-transition. An external add-on option for this unit is offered, which supports video signal input and file transfer (MXF files) from a PC by Ethernet.
External Device Control
Enables integrated control of various external devices such as routing switcher, VTR, DDR, clip server, and multi-viewer. Video names on the switcher control panel can be changed in accordance with crosspoint switches on the router. The switcher tally information can be also sent to other devices such as a multiviewer through the router with video names.
In the Box
For.A HVS-4000HS 2M/E Digital Video Switcher with HVS-2243OU Control Panel
RS-422: 6 x 9-pin D-sub (female) EDITOR: 1 x 9-pin D-sub (female) GPI IN: 1 x 15-pin D-sub (female), (10 inputs) GPI/TALLY OUT: 1 x 25-pin D-sub (female), (20 outputs) ARCNET: 1 x 75 Ω BNC, loop-through (terminate with 75 Ω terminator, if unused) Ethernet: 1000Base-T ALARM: 1 x 9-pin D-sub (female) USB: 1 x USB 1.1, Series A connector
Temperature / Humidity
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C), 41 to 104°F (5 to 40°C) (with HVS-4CLIP Internal Clip Memory) / 30% to 90% (no condensation)
Power / Consumption
Switcher: 100 to 240 VAC ± 10% 50/60 Hz Maximum 830 VA (at 100 VAC) Maximum 880 VA (at 200 VAC) HVS-2243OU Control Panel: 100 to 240 VAC ± 10% 50/60 Hz Maximum 80 VA (at 100 VAC) Maximum 77 VA (at 200 VAC)
Power unit: Replace every 5 years Cooling fan: Replace every 4 years HDD (HVS-4CLIP): Replace every year
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Switcher: 16.9 x 7.0 x 8.3" (429.4 x 177.0 x 510.0 mm) HVS-2243OU Control Panel: 36.3 x 4.2 x 18.6" (922 x 106 x 473 mm)
Switcher: Approximately 66.1 lb (30.0 kg) with full options HVS-2243OU Control Panel: 37.5 lb (17.0 kg)
For.A HVS-4000HS 2M/E Digital Video Switcher with HVS-2243OU Control Panel Review