FOR-A Compact Switcher Series and Multi-Channel Frame Synch to Make IBC Debuts

Chessington, UK -- FOR-A Corporation announces its plans at the upcoming IBC 2013 show in Amsterdam next month. The company will show its new compact video switcher series (HVS-XT) and the FA-1010 multi-channel frame synchronizer for the first time in Europe. Other product highlights within the company’s IBC booth will be the FA-9520 multipurpose signal processor and the new MINI M/E feature within the HVS-390HS that creates a virtual 6 M/E switcher.

IBC Debuts - HVS-XT Switcher Series and FA-1010 Frame Synchronizer

The new HVS-XT HD/SD compact video switcher series is designed for live events, news studios, OB vans and corporate production. The HVS-XT100 comprises a separate main unit and control panel while the HVS-XT110 is an integrated single-unit design. Both add many new functions to allow users to easily do more with a very cost-effective unit.

The switchers expand on the established HVS-300 switcher’s functions, including mixed HD/SD input, frame synchronization, multi-viewer, re-sizing engines, multiple 2.5D DVEs, transition effects and an extremely high quality chroma key. Standard features also include two freely assignable keyers and two DSK channels that can be applied to Aux outputs.

The HVS-XT includes a built-in Web server enabling adjustment of settings from a PC or a tablet device. The clip memory within the mixer’s two still stores supports complex moves, such as CG wipe, and has extended capacity as standard. The mixer’s event memory stores up to 100 events and users can customize their control panel via dedicated User buttons. Macros are also included to allow more flexible and creative operation.

The HVS-XT100 offers eight HD/SD-SDI inputs, four outputs and one HDMI output, expandable to 14 inputs and six outputs, or 12 inputs and eight outputs that can be freely assigned. The HVS-XT110 is compact and designed for use in small broadcasting vans and flypacks. This unit has 12 HD/SD-SDI inputs and six outputs, plus one HDMI that can be freely assigned.

FA-1010 offers extreme connectivity - 10 sources to 10 outputs

The FA-1010 is the general-purpose multi-channel frame synchronizer. It is equipped with many functions that are required in video production. Notably, it allows asynchronous signal path routing for up to ten channels of video, and up to 160 channels of embedded audio, with clean-cut synchronized outputs - all within a 1RU box.

It supports 3G-SDI and HD/SD-SDI input/output as standard and includes all the usual frame-synchronizer features as well as RGB color correction - as standard. Audio processing offers delay adjustment and re-mapping functions plus a sample-rate converter. Options include analogue component I/O, Dolby E encoder/decoder, loudness control and analogue or AES audio I/O. The analog audio option even allows mic level input with 48V phantom power.

By combining these diverse options, a single unit can provide optimal processing for all scenarios - including transmission, outside broadcast, news reports, production, editing and distribution. Never before has the synchronization of multiple feeds been so cost effective.

MINI M/E update creates virtual 6 M/E switcher

The new MINI M/E, offered as a standard feature of the HVS-390HS 2 M/E switcher, enables the mixer to deliver the power of a virtual 6 M/E switcher. The MINI M/E extension allows the deployment of any aux-bus transition with cuts, mixes or wipes, and to display a keyer complete with DVE functions.

The new tools can be used to create a richer audience experience for broadcast, house of worship, education and corporate video. Examples include supplying an automatic feed to simultaneously display second-language graphics, or, for house-of-worship productions, to deliver graphics or lyrics on side screens independently of the main screens. In studio productions audience monitors can have separate information such as ‘applause!’ instructions, or the cast can have a dedicated on-set monitor feed. All actions can be controlled from an aux bus remote panel, or the main work surface.

The MINI M/E can be independently controlled or operated from a master/slave configuration. It can also follow any bus on 1 or 2 M/Es, allowing easy one-man operation. MINI M/E can be expanded into a half M/E function, to configure the HVS-390HS as a 2.5 M/E mixer. The half M/E can be controlled remotely where a traditional P/P bus mixer is used with up to four DSKs.

FA-9520 - The Dual-channel Processor

The FA-9520 is a dual-channel multipurpose signal processor. It is equipped for a variety of applications in master control, mobile production, post production services, live production, and more.

The FA-9250 is a dual-channel version of the industry-leading FA-9500 processor and it supports 3G-SDI, HD/SD-SDI, and analogue composite I/O. In addition to frame synchronization, it provides up/down/cross/aspect conversion, two channels of full RGB colour correction, logo inserter functions and an automatic video optimizer (AVO) as standard. Numerous options include analog component I/O and Dolby E encoder and decoder. The wealth of features in the FA-9520 can effectively replace many single-purpose processor units - all in a 1RU box. It is a toolbox for almost any video need, and comes with FOR-A’s legendary signal quality and reliability.

About FOR-A

FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 714-894-3311 or visit our web site at


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