Roland VR-50HD Multi-Format AV Mixer

Roland VR-50HD Multi-Format AV Mixer

Roland VR-50HD Multi-Format AV Mixer

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Product Highlights

  • 12 Input, 4-Channel Video Plus Stills
  • NTSC/PAL, HD, Computer Signal Compatible
  • SD/HD/3G-SDI, RGB/Component, HDMI Inputs
  • 12-Channel Digital Audio Mixer
  • Built-In Touch-Screen Preview Monitor
  • Multi-View Output Through HDMI
  • Stream Live Through USB Connection
  • 2-Channel Full Raster Picture-in-Picture
  • Supports 4 Layers for Composites
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Roland VR-50HD Overview

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The Roland VR-50HD Multi-Format AV Mixer integrates an audio mixer, video switcher, multi-viewer touch screen and USB video/audio streaming into a stand-alone device. This portable live HD production solution combines the functions of a video switcher and an audio mixer, and it is ideal for use at live events, schools, churches, council meetings, and corporate events. The VR-50HD features four video input channels, which are fed by 12 inputs, and supports SD, HD, and computer-based signals. The mixer supports either NTSC or PAL standards, with selectable frame rates, and will scale input video to match the selected output resolution.

The VR-50HD features four SDI inputs that support SD/HD/3G-SDI signals, two RGB/Component video inputs, two composite video and four HDMI inputs, as well as 12 analog audio input channels. Built into the front of the mixer is a 7" LCD touch-screen multi-view display that shows the four input sources as well as displays a red border on the active input source. You can set up and control the unit through the touch screen interface. The unit has a designated HDMI output that will send the multi-view display to an available HDMI monitor. The PGM output is available through SDI/HDMI/ and RGB/Component streams. It is also available via the USB output, which you can bring into an available computer or encoder to stream live. The VR-50 features two built-in full-resolution picture-in-picture channels, and you can layer the four inputs to make one composite in addition to the picture-in-picture channels.

12-Input, 4-Channel Multi-format Video Switcher
With four HDMI, four SD/HD/3G-SDI, two RGB/COMPONENT, and two composite inputs, the VR-50HD provides you with 12 inputs for the four video channels. All inputs are active all the time, so you can connect up to twelve input sources at one time, although the mixer only switches video from four sources at one time. The wide variety of input connectors allow you to connect professional HD cameras, computers and Blu-ray and DVD players, as well as video cameras using composite output.

If four inputs aren't enough, you can also assign an input to each of the picture-in-picture channels. This allows you four input sources plus two more full frame sources that you can transition to, for a total of six input sources.
Mix and Match Resolution
The unit features multi-format specifications that allow you to mix sources with different resolutions. Please note that the frame rate/Hz must be the same between the multiple sources, so, for example, you couldn't switch between a PAL source and an NTSC source. The frame rate is selected in the system menu, and your input sources must match that frame rate. As long as your input sources match the selected frame rate, the unit will scale the input signals to match the selected output.
  • Each input features an individual scaler that scales the resolution to the output format. You cannot mix different frame rates or standards.
  • The VR-50HD also allows you to scale the finished output via a menu setting.
Transition Effects
Select from cuts, dissolves and wipes. You can set the time for each transition between 0 and 4 seconds.
The Composition buttons let you instantly create picture-in-picture effects, title compositions using chroma or luminance keying, and even composite from a still picture imported into the internal memory of the unit.
Still Frames
The unit can store up to four .bmp images in its internal memory.
The VR-50HD is HDCP compliant, and you can set it to output HDCP compliant video. However, with HDCP activated, the unit will only output through HDMI (picture and audio), as the SDI, RGB/Component and USB outputs are deactivated.
Built-In Preview Monitor
The VR-50HD is equipped with a large 7-inch touch-screen LCD screen that features a seven-way multi-viewer that can display four input pictures, composited material, and program out simultaneously, thus eliminating the need for external monitors. You can also switch to quad multi-view. Advanced settings for picture and sound can also be made using the touch-screen, so you can get started right away without having to read the manual.
Audio Mixing
  • The 12-channel digital audio mixer features twelve inputs that support audio from four microphones, computers, and DVD players. The VR-50HD supports capturing and mixing 3G/HD/SD-SDI/HDMI embedded audio. Built-in delay and equalizer features make possible a broad range of use, from seminars to musical events.
  • Using faders 5 through 12, you can switch between line, HDMI and SDI at any time. Using the "Audio Follow" feature, you can make the audio switch automatically to the active video source.
  • Pressing the Setup button above a fader displays advanced settings for parametric equalizer, audio delay, reverb and more. The "touch & turn" feature makes parameters easy to change by touching the corresponding knob on the display and turning the physical knob to set the value.
  • An audio delay adjustment menu allows you to adjust the audio timing to maintain sync with the picture.
Remote Control
The VR-50HD supports remote control via the RS-232 port using an optional RS-232C device, or an optional Visual MIDI device via its MIDI connector.
USB Output
The USB 2.0/3.0 output enables web streaming connecting to a computer running a live streaming service. Recording is equally simple by using QuickTime or the dedicated Windows/Mac capture software, the Video Capture for VR. The USB port supports video formats up to 1080/59.94p through USB3.0 and up to 720/29.97p through USB2.0. The resolution and frame rate of video format and audio level and delay can be changed thanks to the dedicated scaler and the dedicated volume and delay for the USB output.
Video Capture
The Video Capture for VR is application software that captures video and audio signals output from the VR-50HD USB port and saves them to movie files on your connected Windows/Mac. The software is available for download from the Roland website.
UPC: 761294502792
In the Box
Roland VR-50HD Multi-Format AV Mixer
  • Roland PSB-14U
  • AC Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
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    Roland VR-50HD Specs

    Processing 4:4:4 (RGB) 10-bit
    4:2:2 (Y/Pb/Pr) 10-bit
    Formats SDI
    720p 50/59.94p
    1080i 50/59.94
    1080p 50,/59.94

    480p 59.94
    576p 50
    720p 50/59.94
    1080i 50/59.94
    1080p 50/59.94
    1024 x 768 50/60 Hz
    1280 x 720 50/60 Hz
    1280 x 800 50/60 Hz
    1280 x 1024 50/60 Hz
    1400 x 1050 60 Hz
    1920x1080 60 Hz

    1080p 59.94

    480p 59.94
    576p 50
    720p 50/59.94
    1080i 50/59.94
    1080p 50/59.94

    1024 x 768 60 Hz
    1280 x 720 60 Hz
    1280 x 800 60 Hz
    1280 x 1024 60 Hz
    1400 x 1050 60 Hz
    1920 x 1080 60 Hz


    USB Video
    480p 29.97/59.94
    576p 25/50
    720p 25/29.97/50/59.94
    1080p 25/29.97/50/59.94

    Still Image
    Maximum 1920 x 1080 pixels, 24-bit per pixel, uncompressed.
    Input / Output Connectors Input
    3G/HD/SD-SDI: 4 x BNC
    Conforms to SMPTE 424M (SMPTE 425M-AB), 292M, 259M-C)

    HDMI (DVI-D): 4 x Type A (19-pin)
    HDCP Supported.

    RGB/HD-Component: 2 x Mini D-sub 15-pin
    Composite (SD): 2 x BNC

    3G/HD/SD-SDI: 2 x BNC (PGM OUT, AUX OUT) Conforms to SMPTE 424M (SMPTE 425M-AB), 292M, 259M-C

    HDMI (DVI-D): 3 x Type A (19-pin) (PGM OUT, AUX OUT, MULTI VIEW)
    HDCP Supported
    RGB/HD-Component: 2 x Mini D-sub 15-pin (PGM OUT, AUX OUT)
    Level & Impedance Composite: 1.0 Vp-p 75Ω
    Analog RGB: 0.7 Vp-p 75Ω (H, V: 5 VTTL)
    Analog HD: 1.0 Vp-p 75Ω (Sync-Signal: Bi-Level/Tri-Level)
    Processing Sampling Rate: 24-bit/48 kHz
    Formats SDI: Linear PCM, 24bit, 48 kHz, 2ch
    SMPTE 299M, SMPTE 272M-C

    HDMI: Linear PCM, 24bit, 48 kHz, 2ch

    USB-AUDIO: Linear PCM, 16bit, 48 kHz, 2ch
    Input / Output Connectors Analog Input
    Inputs 1 to 4: 4 x XLR/TRS combo (1 GND, 2 HOT, 3 COLD)
    Power: DC Phantom 48 V (unloaded maximum), 5 mA (maximum load) (current value per channel)

    Inputs 5 to 8: 4 x RCA jacks
    Inputs 9 to 12: 4 x 1/4" TRS jacks

    Analog Output
    2 x XLR (3-pin)
    XLR type: 1 GND, 2 HOT, 3 COLD

    2 x RCA jacks

    1 x 1/4" Stereo TRS jack
    1 x Stereo mini jack
    Level & Impedance Input
    XLR/TRS: -68 to +4 dBu (Maximum: +22 dBu, 4kΩ)
    RCA phono: -10 dBu (Maximum: +8 dBu, 11kΩ)
    TRS: +4 dBu (Maximum: +22 dBu, 98kΩ)

    XLR: +22 dBu (Maximum: +22 dBu, 600Ω)
    RCA phono: -10 dBu (Maximum: +8 dBu, 1Ω)
    Headphones: 25 mW + 25 mW, 20Ω
    Video Transition: Mix, Cut, Wipe (9 patterns)
    Composition: PnP, Chrominance Key, Luminance Key
    Others: Output Fade, Output Freeze, User Logo
    Audio Channel Effects: Compressor, Noise Gate, 3-Band EQ, Delay
    Master Effects: Mastering, 3-Band EQ, Reverb
    Operating System Requirements Mac
    OSX: 10.7 or 10.8

    Min: 4GB

    Drive Space
    Min: 20GB

    Windows Vista 32/64-bit SP2 or later
    Windows 7 32/64-bit SP 1 or later
    Windows 8 32/64-bit

    Intel Core2Duo 2.8 GHz or faster
    Intel Core i series 3.3 GHz or faster recommended

    Min: 2GB
    Recommended: 3GB

    Min: 512MB
    Recommended: 1GB

    Direct X 10 Support

    Drive Space
    Min: 20GB

    Screen Resolution
    Min: 1024 x 768
    Connectors Remote
    Remote MIDI: 5 pin DIN type (IN, OUT/THRU)
    RS-232C: D-sub 9 pin type x 1

    USB2.0 port (host): Hi-Speed USB: Type A (for USB memory)
    USB3.0 port (device): Type B for USB-VIDEO (Super-Speed/Hi-Speed), USB-AUDIO (Full-Speed):
       Uncompressed Video 4:2:2 (Y/Pb/Pr), 8-bit
       Bit-rate: max 2Gbit/s (1080/59.94p only active pixels)
       UVC (USB Video Class) supported uncompressed Video

    Primary: Use only Roland PSB-14U
    Secondary: 1 x 4-pin XLR male (1 NEG, 4 POS) 9 to 16VDC
    Display 1 x 7" Graphic color LCD 800 x 480 dots (touch-screen)
    Power Supply Primary: AC adaptor DC 24V
    Secondary: AC adaptor DC 9 to 16V
    Current Draw 2.5 A (DC 24V)
    Operating Temperature 32 to 104&def;F (0 to 40°C)
    Dimensions (W x D x H) 17.13 x 12.1 x 5.9" (434 x 306 x 149 mm)
    Weight 11.7 lb (5.3 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 17.35 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 21.0 x 11.3 x 9.7"

    Roland VR-50HD Reviews

    VR-50HD Multi-Format AV Mixer is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 5.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Versatile with exceptions... I've used this switcher for the past year on simple two-camera switched shows all the way up to driving projectors for live event coverage involving cameras for imag mixed with Power Point from scaled PC sources. It's been extremely versatile. However, the specs as listed are somewhat misleading. It does not support 1080p inputs at common video frame rates, 24 or 29.97. Since most of what we do either goes online or is projected, we would prefer to stay progressive. True 1080p29.97 source signals don't work at all. Our cameras output 1080psf29.97. The VR-50HD interprets this as a 1080i source and 1080i output works fine. If we set the switcher to output 1080p it looks fine on a monitor, but recordings have bizarre interlace-like motion artifacts and are completely unusable. At last contact Roland had no solutions.
    Date published: 2016-03-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Performs As Described We will be using this during a series of live presentations at an annual event in March. I have not used it in a live situation yet but have connected it to multiple video sources (different resolutions) to test the functions. It is extremely easy to set up and use. All of the functions are very intuitive with a mix of hard controls and on screen (touch screen) functions. So far, the only negative is that the video sources default back to SDI whenever it is powered down and all of mine are HDMI so I have to reset the video inputs each time I turn it on.
    Date published: 2014-01-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Mixer It does everything, combines old tech with new, Love it.
    Date published: 2015-02-05
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Versitile, compact unit, great value! We used the AV mixer to connect multiple presentations and video for corporate meetings. Mixer is easy to set up and use.
    Date published: 2016-02-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Very nice
    Date published: 2018-03-25
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