Posted in news on March 31, 2017 1:18 pm EDT


Compact, low-cost switcher supports up to 10 inputs and seven 4K outputs











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By Church Designer Staff

For-A will introduce the HVS-490 live HD/4K-UHD Multiple Effects Production Switcher at the upcoming NAB show to be held April 22-27 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. For-A will exhibit in NAB booth C5117 and will also debut these new products.

*HVS-100TB2 Interface

*MBP-200TB2 SDI Gateway with Thunderbolt Interface

*FVW-700 HD/4K-UHD Telestrator

The new HVS-490 production switcher is designed for use in any live environment, including mobile shoots, events, and in-house corporate productions. Event memory and macro functions are included for easy set up during live performances. And For-A’s MeLite technology eliminates the need for multiple switchers in a multi-monitor staging scenario.

The HVS-490’s compact size is designed for mobile production or live event venues where space is limited. Integrated frame synchronizers and multi viewers reduce the amount of equipment required. Using multiple control panels, the system enables several operators to work on separate tasks.

Using optional input and output expansion cards, the HVS-490 supports 40 inputs/18 outputs, 36 inputs/20 outputs or 32 inputs/22 outputs, including two-channel HDMI outputs. In 4K, it allows 10 inputs/six outputs, nine inputs/six outputs or eight inputs/seven outputs. It also has 16 channels of 2.5 DVE as standard and can be optionally expanded to a maximum of 32 channels.

The HVS-490 offers features such as MELite and Flex-a-Key, which allow a traditional AUX bus to transform into a functional mix effects with cuts, mix, wipes, keys, and DVE including full preview. MELite extends the switcher’s 2 M/Es to 6 M/E performance. MELite adds upstream and downstream transition effects to the HVS-490.

The four Flex-a-Key keyers provided are designed for flexible reassignment. They create keys that can be freely assigned to M/E 1, M/E 2, or AUX buses, allowing four keyers on an AUX. Up to 12 keyers can be combined. Users may combine an AUX bus and MELite for P-in-P display or use as an upstream key. Flex-a-Key can also be applied to create a multi-monitor video wall with a single HVS-490.

HVS-490 has a frame synchronizer and a process amplifier at all inputs, and a resize engine (enlarged) is also installed within four video inputs. The switcher can input SD and HD resolution video simultaneously without external devices, such as up-converters. PC images can also be resized.

The HVS-490 has a built-in multi-viewer that supports three outputs as standard. Ten or more layout patterns can be selected for each output, including a 16-split view. By using the HDMI 2.0b output at 4K, a display of up to 48-split is possible with three outputs.

The HVS-490 includes an extensive feature set of audio functions. Users can bring AES audio directly into and out of the mixer, reducing the need for external embedders and de-embedders. Natural sound audio can be routed from one source as a master to other outputs, and an internal frame sync can be added without losing the embedded audio.

With the HVS-100TB2 Thunderbolt2 Expansion Card, a total of four streams of full HD non-compressed video input and output can be transferred by a single card to any HVS series switcher via a single connection. Thunderbolt interface products, such as a ClassX graphics solution, Video Exchange server, or For-A switcher can be supported for transfer of video, audio, and control signals. Optional Remote Control SDK (Software Developers Kit) is available.

The new MBP-200TB2 SDI Gateway can convert large amounts of media into SDI-formatted video through single Thunderbolt cable, transferring any range of graphics, including: on-screen text, RCG, video marking, clip server playout and more. This eliminates the need for a workstation or dedicated graphics station. Just connect the gateway to a notebook, camera, or other video equipment, with the optional remote control SDK.

Also being introduced are new tools for For-A’s next generation HD telestrator - the FVW-700. The FVW-700 supports 4K UHD and 1080p HD. New to the FVW-700 are pre-formatted and hand-drawn icons, a highlighted video marker, and a WiFi interface.




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