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HVS-490 Switcher is embedded with MELite™ technology.

Press Release Summary:

HVS-490 Switcher is embedded with MELite™ technology.

Mar 15, 2017 -

Designed with frame synchronizer, process amplifier and resize engine, HVS-490 Switcher comes with built-in multi-viewer which supports three outputs. Featuring HVS-100TB2 interface, MBP-200TB2 SDI Gateway with Thunderbolt™ interface, unit features four FLEXaKEY™ keyers for flexible management. Capable of providing HD and SD resolution input video simultaneously, switcher is used for mobile production or live event venues.

Original Press Release

Compact Size and Extensive Feature Set Mean Less Equipment Needed for Live Production with New FOR-A Switcher

Press release date: Mar 10, 2017

NAB Introductions to Include Low-Cost Switcher with Ability to Support up to 10 Inputs and Seven 4K Outputs

FOR-A will introduce the HVS-490 live HD/4K-UHD multiple effects production switcher; HVS-100TB2 interface; MBP-200TB2 SDI Gateway with Thunderbolt™ interface; and FVW-700 HD/4K-UHD telestrator. Held from April 22-27 this year at the Las Vegas Convention Center, FOR-A will exhibit in NAB booth C5117.

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 make it easy to set up quickly for live performances. And FOR-A’s MELite™ technology eliminates the need for multiple switchers in a multi-monitor staging scenario.

Thanks to its compact size, the HVS-490 is ideal for mobile production or live event venues where space is limited but production quality is critical. With integrated frame synchronizers and multi viewers, the HVS-490 reduces 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.

Building on the success of the HVS-2000 2 M/E switcher, the HVS-490 offers features such as MELite™ and FLEXaKEY™, which allows 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 is the building block for more easy-to-use features of the HVS-490, such as upstream and downstream transition effects.

The four FLEXaKEY™ 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 (if there is a need for 4 keyers on an AUX, no problem), thus extending the switcher’s performance beyond that of conventional switchers. Up to 12 keyers can be combined. Combine an AUX bus and MELite™ for P-in-P display or use as an upstream key. FLEXaKEY 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 Thunderbolt™2 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.

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.

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.

About FOR-A

FOR-A, a worldwide, industry-leading manufacturer, offers a wide range of broadcast and production products with a focus on cutting-edge technologies, including: HD, 4K and IP products. FOR-A continues to offer future-ready, cost effective, advanced technology solutions. Products include: video switchers, routing switchers, multi-viewers, full 4K high-speed cameras, IP encoders/decoders, multi-channel signal processors, 8K/4K/HD test signal generators, color correctors, frame synchronizers, file-based products, character generators, video servers and much more.

For a full range of HD and 4K production and processing solutions, as well as IP-based products, visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

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