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Roland V-160HD | Streaming Video Switcher



Streaming Video Switcher

Product Code: ROLV160HD

Suggested Retail Price £4975+VAT

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  • Portable hybrid event switcher with comprehensive features and connectivity
  • Eight 3G SDI inputs with frame rate converters
  • Eight 1080p HDMI inputs with frame rate converters, including four with real-time scalers
  • Seven total outputs across SDI, HDMI, and USB-C streaming
  • Seven selectable output modes: Program, Sub-Program, Aux, Preview, and three Multi-View options
  • 40-channel digital audio mixer with effects and processing
  • Eight-layer video effects engine
  • 16-slot still store function supports screen capture or uploaded BMP, JPEG, and PNG images via alpha channel in the internal non-volatile memory
  • Powerful live production automation with sequencing, macros, and preset memories
  • PTZ control with support for multiple brands and mixed protocols running at once
  • Extensive device control with Bluetooth, USB, RS-232, and LAN
  • Wireless and wired camera tally support
  • Remote control software available for iPad, macOS, and Windows
Version 3.0: New Features

The free Version 3.0 update brings even more power and functionality to the V-160HD.

  • Two Additional Aux Buses—There are now three total Aux buses for both video and audio, providing more flexibility in system configurations.
  • iPad Video Monitoring and Switching—Full control is now available using the iPad Remote app and many of the latest iPad models with USB-C.
  • External PTZ Control Enhancements—You can now adjust pan, tilt, and zoom for each camera and assign/recall presets from a USB numeric keypad.
  • New Audio Effects—Loudness auto gain and adaptive noise reduction options help improve sound quality, especially during streaming events.
  • Expanded Language Support—Japanese and Chinese language support has been added to the iPad Remote app and RCS (Remote Control Software) for macOS and Windows.

The New Standard in Hybrid Event Switching

Filled with pro features to take on any modern production, the V-160HD sets a new standard in hybrid event switching. Connect with live audiences in Full HD with comprehensive SDI and HDMI I/O and simultaneously stream to any popular web platform via USB-C. There’s also an eight-layer video effects engine, a 40-channel digital audio mixer, and integrated PTZ camera control, plus next-generation cue management and live show automation features that make tough production tasks simple. And everything’s all wrapped up in a portable design with a broadcast-style interface that’s easily handled by a single operator.

Hybrid to the Max

The V-160HD combines the robust hardware needed to flawlessly execute live productions with the livestreaming capabilities found in computer-based systems. While software workflows are fine for online-only events, the V-160HD delivers the pro essentials you need for both the in-person and streaming components of a live hybrid event, complete with the ability to tailor the content for each audience.

• On-demand signal processing means you never have to worry about issues like computer CPU overhead, latency, and output delay on live audience screens. • Integrated connectivity standards like SDI, HDMI, XLR, and USB-C eliminate the need to build out costly infrastructure and conversion processes. • The comprehensive interface provides hands-on controls that can be learned quickly by a single operator. • Presets, macros, and advanced sequencing features let you set up and automate complex switching tasks with one touch.

HDMI and SDI Connectivity

The V-160HD supports HDMI for common A/V devices plus SDI for long cable runs and high-end cameras. Seamlessly mix eight HDMI sources and eight SDI sources in Full HD, even with mismatched frame rates and color spaces. And with built-in scalers on four of the HDMI inputs, you can easily interface with client-provided sources like computers, tablets, smartphones, gaming consoles, and legacy 4:3 devices.

Send to Multiple Destinations

With seven freely assignable outputs—including three SDI, three HDMI, and one USB-C streaming—the V-160HD puts a high-end video matrix at your command. Feed program displays, auxiliary monitors, multi-view producer displays, and the online audience at once, complete with a “clean” output left over for a recording feed.

Instant Recall

Storing and recalling custom looks can be accomplished with just a few button presses on the V-160HD.

  • The 30 preset memories and powerful effects engine work together to provide seamless scene changes, including synchronizing the transition of all composition layers at the program output.
  • The 100 macros go even deeper, allowing you to build and fire off complex action lists that include switching, DSK on/off, audio mixing adjustments, PTZ camera movements, and much more.

Our free remote control software for macOS, Windows, and iPad further enhances this workflow, providing a large graphical interface for setting up and previewing actions before you take them live.

One-Touch Automation

The V-160HD’s newly developed sequencer makes presets and macros even more powerful, allowing a single operator to execute perfectly timed cues with ease. Up to 1000 steps can be recorded in the sequencer, and each step can include both presets and macros. Simply set up your cues ahead of time in the sequence list and trigger them in order using the Next button on the panel. With the power of the V-160HD’s sequencer, you can tackle the most complex events without ever breaking a sweat.

Powerful Video Effects Engine with Flexible Output Routing

Video effects and graphics are must-haves to bring polish and excitement to any production. The V-160HD’s effects engine features eight composition layers that can be assigned to the Program, Sub-Program, and three Aux outputs, so you’ll always keep audiences engaged with visually appealing content. With up to four picture-in-picture windows, downstream key layers, 16 still store slots with transparent PNG image support, and more, you can manage the creative needs of any client. For example:

  • Layers 1-2: Start with a mixable live background video layer.
  • Layers 3-6: Place four picture-in-picture layers or chroma/luminance key effects.
  • Layers 7-8: Add two downstream keyers with support for fill and key inputs.

Stream Live

The V-160HD uses the same connection technology as webcams,* allowing you to stream events at 23.98 to 60 FPS in Full HD** and reach a worldwide audience. Simply connect the USB-C output to a computer and start streaming with Zoom, Microsoft Teams, YouTube, Facebook Live, or any platform that can use a webcam as its source. Everything is plug and play, with no driver installation needed.
*USB video class (UVC) and USB audio class (UAC) compliant.
**YUV2 (uncompressed) and Motion JPEG (compressed) formats supported.

Sonic Perfection

The V-160HD features a 40-channel digital audio mixer with studio-grade sound quality. Mix any embedded audio signal pair (1/2, 3/4, 5/6, 7/8) from each of the 16 video inputs, microphones and line-level devices connected to the two balanced XLR combo and stereo RCA inputs, and USB-C audio. And with the convenience of onboard Bluetooth, it’s possible to wirelessly stream music and other sound sources from a phone or tablet as well. There’s also an extensive effects library for polishing sounds and quickly resolving common issues like audio synchronization and background noise removal.

Audio Effects
  • Auto Mixing
  • Delay
  • Reverb
  • High-pass filter
  • Echo canceller
  • Anti-feedback
  • Noise gate
  • De-esser
  • Compressor
  • Equalizer
  • Voice changer
  • Multiband compressor
  • Limiter
  • Loudness auto gain
  • Adaptive noise reduction

Extensive PTZ Camera Support

Robotic PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) cameras greatly expand your production capabilities. They provide extended coverage with studio-grade broadcast quality and can be placed in discreet locations thanks to their small size. The V-160HD includes built-in support to directly control select Canon, JVC, Panasonic, Sony, PTZOptics, Avonic, and VISCA-compatible PTZ LAN cameras. Mix and match different brands as you like and operate up to 16 PTZ cameras simultaneously. With the Version 3.0 update, you even set angles and save/recall presets with a USB numeric keypad.

Complete Control

The ultimate hybrid event switcher gives you complete control with a LAN port, Bluetooth, USB, RS-232, tally/GPIO, support for foot-controlled operation, and more.

  • Use the dedicated iPad remote control app to create an efficient touch interface.
  • Extend your workflow with free Remote Control Software (RCS) for macOS and Windows.
  • Connect a USB numeric keypad to control video transitions and other functions.
  • Plug in a BOSS single or double footswitch to execute over 100 different switcher commands.
  • Trigger start/stop on Atomos recorders over HDMI.
  • Set up a tally light with Roland’s Smart Tally or the rear-panel hardware connector.
  • Seamlessly integrate with system installations using the RS-232 and TALLY/GPIO DB-sub connectors.

V-160HD iPad Remote Control Utility

The dedicated V-160HD Remote app turns an iPad into an efficient touch interface for the V-160HD. Run essential switching functions, mix audio with virtual faders, quickly change settings and parameters, and create up to 30 custom scenes for fast, efficient setup changes. With the V-160HD Version 3.0 update, you can also use many of the latest iPad models to monitor video and control switching functions from the app.*
*Requires a 3rd generation iPad Pro/5th generation iPad Air or later with USB-C (USB 3.0) and iPadOS 17 or later.

V-160HD RCS for macOS and Windows

With the V-160HD RCS application for macOS and Windows, you can control nearly all V-160HD functions remotely from your computer via USB, RS-232, wired LAN, or wireless LAN (Wi-Fi) connections. The V-160HD RCS can run at the same time as your streaming software over USB, allowing you to direct the entire production from your computer screen.

Roland's Decades of Innovation - Unveiling Cutting-Edge Audio and Video Technology for Single Operators

For over half a century, Roland has been at the forefront of digital music technology. Since 1972, they have shaped the landscape of modern music and introduced countless seminal products to the market.  Holdan are proud to supply Roland products to customers here in the UK and Ireland, offering cutting-edge solutions to audio and video professionals and transforming the way countless productions are managed.

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V-160HD Version 3

Additional Functions
  • "AUX 2" and "AUX 3" have been added to the video output bus.
    By pressing and holding the [MODE] button while MODE is set to "AUX," you separately select the video sent to the AUX 2 bus using the PGM/A [1] to [10] buttons and the video sent to the AUX 3 bus using the PST/B [1] to [10] buttons.
  • * Along with this, the indication of the "AUX" bus has been changed to "AUX 1".
  • "DSK 1 SOURCE" and "DSK 2 SOURCE" have been added to OUTPUT ASSIGN for video.
    This lets you assign the video chosen for the respective DSK video sources to output jacks.
  • "AUX 2" and "AUX 3" have been added to the audio output bus.
    * Along with this, the indication of the "AUX" bus has been changed to "AUX 1".
  • A loudness auto gain control function has been added to the MASTER OUTPUT bus for audio output.
  • An adaptive noise reduction/low-frequency cut function has been added to the MASTER OUTPUT bus for audio output.
  • Functionality has been added that allows fine adjustment of color for WIPE BORDER, PinP BORDER, DSK FILL, DSK EDGE, and SPLIT BORDER.
    Setting the color to "CUSTOM" lets you adjust the respective RGB values to any number from "0" to "255".
  • A SOLO function has been added to the audio-output MASTER OUTPUT bus and AUX bus.
  • Functionality has been added that lets you control PTZ camera operations such as pan, tilt, and zoom using the USER SW.
  • Functionality has been added that lets you control PTZ camera operations such as pan, tilt, and zoom using CTL, GPI, or a numeric keyboard.
  • Functionality has been added that enables adjustment with greater granularity when manipulating PinP&KEY parameters using the [POSITION H] and [POSITION V] knobs.
    Holding down the [EXIT] button while turning the knob lets you adjust in steps of 0.1% (in steps of 1% for ZOOM).
  • Functionality has been added that enables adjustment with greater granularity when manipulating SPLIT parameters using the [PGM/A-CTR] and [PST/B-CTR] knobs.
  • Holding down the [EXIT] button while turning the knob lets you adjust in steps of 0.1%.
  • Functionality has been added to switch the assignment for the USB OUT audio bus in tandem with the assignment for video output. Using the [MENU] button > 10: AUDIO OUTPUT > 1: OUTPUT ASSIGN > USB OUT to select "AUTO" lets you interlink the assignment for the audio bus to the video output bus from a USB port.
Functionality Improvements
  • The system has been changed so that you can now send REVERB effect sound to the AUX bus for audio output.
  • You can use "REVERB RETURN LEVEL" for the respective AUX bus to set the amount of audio returned.
  • The system has been changed so that you can now adjust the amount of audio sent to the AUX bus in steps of 0.1 dB for each respective audio input.
  • The system has been changed so that when LOAD PRESET MEMORY is assigned to a USER button, pressing and holding the button now lets you save the current scene to a preset memory.
  • This lets you perform the same operations as the MEMORY [1] to [10] buttons when MODE is set to "PRESET MEMORY".
    * Along with this, the indication has been changed from "LOAD PRESET MEMORY" to "PRESET MEMORY".
  • The system has been changed so that when STEREO LINK for audio-input AUDIO IN 1 and 2 is set to "ON," the content of operations to AUDIO IN 2 made using knobs, USER buttons, or an external controlling device is applied.
  • Operations made using the AUDIO IN 2 control, operations made when "AUDIO IN 2 MUTE" or the like is assigned to a USER button, and other such operations now act upon both linked channels.
  • The system has been changed so that you can now set the switching target to the DSK source video using the INPUT SCAN value for AUTO SWITCHING.
  • Setting SCAN TARGET to "DSK 1" or "DSK 2" enables automatic switching of the DSK source video.
  • The system has been changed so that you can now use the audio follow function to directly specify HDMI 1 to 8, SDI 1 to 8, or STILL 1 to 16 as TARGET for each respective audio input.
  • The system has been changed so that you can now specify the video interlinked with INPUT ASSIGN as the video source for the video-output AUX bus.
  • The system has been changed so that you can now specify video interlinked with INPUT ASSIGN as the video source for PinP&KEY or DSK.
  • The setting "N/A" for changing an assignment to nothing has been added to INPUT ASSIGN.
  • This makes it possible to prevent inadvertent operation when some INPUT 1 to 10 (or INPUT 1 to 20) lines are unused.
Bug Fixes

The following problems have been fixed.

  • When the SIZE value for PinP&KEY is less than "100.0%," the video in the inset screen is slightly enlarged and partly cut off.
  • In rare cases, operational responsiveness of the V-160HD is delayed.
  • Other minor bug fixes.

V-160HD Version 2

  • New video output formats for expanded versatility, including 1080/23.98p, 1080/24p, 1080/25p, 1080/29.97p, and 1080/30p
  • Assign composition layers to the Aux output in addition to the Program and Sub-Program outputs
  • Interlaced or progressive signal types can now be independently set for each video output
  • Freely assign inputs and change their order in the input display to optimize your setup for different productions
  • Select and mix any audio channel pair (1/2, 3/4, 5/6, 7/8) embedded in the HDMI and SDI inputs
  • Record macros in real time with panel actions and edit them via menus in the LCD screen, RCS, or iPad remote app
  • New dissolve switching mode and PGM/PST (20) switching modes
  • Numerous operation enhancements throughout

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