Roland To Unveil ‘VC-1’ Portable Video Converters

Series includes the VC-1-HS, the VC-1-SH and the VC-1-DL
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Series includes the VC-1-HS, the VC-1-SH and the VC-1-DL

The Roland Systems Group plans to unveil in April the VC-1 Series of portable video converters that, the company says addresses the demand for high-quality, lossless video and audio converters for live and post production, as well as for installed systems.

The VC-1 Series includes the Roland VC-1-HS that converts HDMI to SDI, the VC-1-SH that converts SDI to HDMI and the VC-1-DL, which is a bi-directional SDI/HDMI with audio, video delay and frame sync, the company says.

The VC-1 Video Converter series maintains the video characteristics of the original signal thereby providing uncompromising picture quality, and there are no interlacing artifacts or other conversion or signal errors, Roland says.

The VC-1 series also features an on-board re-clocker to compensate for attenuation of SDI signals carried over long distances, the company says. The VC-1 series also supports both level A and B 3G-SDI, letting you connect a variety of higher quality SDI sources.

The VC-1 series is HDCP compliant enabling users to convert or pass-through HDCP signals with the exception of any SDI output. The VC-1-DL additionally enables the HDCP signal to be delayed. Selectable audio embedding and de-embedding lets the user route different audio sources to or from video devices, and digital AES/EBU input and output signals are supporting ensuring high-quality audio signals can be maintained through the signal flow, the company says.

Video devices with uncompressed signals such as SDI and HDMI have become more common in live production, and as a result, the need for video conversion is growing, Roland says. Video converters are especially needed when audio and video signals are combined in a multi-device integrated system installation and each different video component could add some delay, therefore latency adjustments are required to synchronize audio and video signals, the firm says.