At this year's PLASA, Roland Systems Group (RSG) exhibited a full range of audio and video solutions for live performance, production, HD webstreaming, recording, and conversion.
The latest addition to the Roland VR Series, the Roland VR-50HD HD Multi-Format AV Mixer (pictured), is an all-in-one AV Mixer fully integrates an audio mixer, video switcher, multi-viewer touch screen and USB Video/Audio Streaming into a stand-alone device controllable by a single operator. This product adds HD/multi-format capability to the Roland VR Series that includes the Roland VR-5 and VR-3 AV Mixers. Instead of needing a number of separate products, the VR-50HD combines an audio mixer to mix the audio inputs from various sources including microphones, a video mixer to mix video and computer sources using different connectors (digital and analogue), preview monitors to view all the sources, the ability to record or archive the event and also to stream the event online.
The device's USB 2.0/3.0 output makes web streaming easy by simply connecting to a computer running a live streaming service such as USTREAM. Recording is equally simple by using QuickTime or the dedicated Window/Mac capture software, the Video Capture for VR. The VR-50HD is HDCP compliant which allows you to mix copy-protected game, tablet, and Blu-ray content with other computer and camera sources.
The VC-1 range of portable converters are also making their debut to the UK market. Addressing the demand for high-quality, lossless video and audio converters for live/post production as well as installed systems, the VC-1 Series of converters will comprise of four models – the VC-1-HS (HDMI to SDI), VC-1-SH (SDI to HDMI), VC-1-DL (Bi-directional SDI/HDMI with audio/video delay and frame sync) and the new VC-1-SC (Up/Down Cross/Scan converter to SDI/HDMI with Frame Sync).
Throughout the show, the RSG stand featured a live band performing with the full range of Roland products, including the M-200i iPad controllable digital mixing console, shown working within a live application while simultaneously streaming the performances online.