Roland's VR-50HD MK II
Roland's VR-50HD MK II. Image courtesy Roland.

Roland has announced the VR-50HD MK II Multi-Format AV mixer. It’s Roland’s next evolution of its all-in-one AV switcher with USB 3.0 streaming.

All-in-one and flexible connectivity

VR-50HD MK II is a self-contained AV solution. It unites video switching and digital audio mixing, multi-viewer touchscreen control, and USB AV streaming. It consolidates all those features into a single unit, which should make everything a lot easier.

In addition, its rear patch panel makes it possible to quick input assignments to cross-points on the switcher.

Separate feeds

Of course, live streams, HD recording, and the presenter confidence monitor all have their own individual visual needs from the main program output. The VR-50HD MK allows you to send any of the connected input devices to a dedicated Aux output without affecting the main PGM destination.

The Aux assignment panel buttons are used to switch the source or synchronize the Aux output with the PGM output to act as a built-in distribution amp.

Roland's VR-50HD MK II's back
The VR-50HD MK II the Aux assignment panel buttons are used to switch the source, or synchronize the Aux output with the PGM output. Image courtesy Roland.

Pro sound

It’s not always possible to hire an audio engineer. The VR-50HD MK II offers a number of automation functions to allow a single operator to switch video and mix pro-level audio at the same time. It supports four XLR/TRS combo jacks with 48 V phantom power, four stereo pairs, and embedded audio from 3G/HD/SD-SDI and HDMI.

Redesigned user interface

Roland redesigned the VR-50HD MK II’s interface to make it easier to access and use the controls. The built-in touchscreen multi-view monitor should allow concurrent viewing of Preview and Program of the four inputs assigned to crosspoints, and of four still images.

Also, the dedicated broadcast-style buttons give instant access to various functions.

Robotic pan-tilt-zoom

With its Robotic pan-tilt-zoom, you shouldn’t need to have multiple camera operators. There’s built-in support to directly control select JVC and Panasonic PTZ LAN cameras too. So, you don’t need to have a dedicated PTZ camera controller.

Six PTZ cameras can be operated at once through the LAN port.

Same connection technology as webcams

Just like a webcam, the VR-50HD MK II plugs into a computer through USB 3.0. It uses any streaming service that supports a webcam as its source.

Availability

The VR-50HD MK II will be available Q3 2019. You can learn more at Roland’s website.

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