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Brandlive, a live interactive video platform, has added the VR-4HD All-in-One AV Switcher from Roland Professional A/V. Brandlive is a vehicle for brands and retailers to interact with their audiences for training, marketing and e-commerce use cases, with a software platform that clients can use to execute live video events and pre-recorded video-based training events.

Ethan Burke, Director of Production, Brandlive, notes, “We’re using the Roland VR-4HD for our live productions. This product has been great for us. One of the features that I love is just being able to bring all of our camera sources into this unit via HDMI, monitor our shots on the multi-viewer, and be able to live-switch between them, and then being able to send out the live switched feed via USB3 directly into a laptop for encoding and broadcast. Having the integrated audio mixer with the Roland just simplifies our workflow overall. At Brandlive, our customers expect a seamless and professional experience, and the Roland VR-4HD is a production tool that helps us deliver on that promise.”

Fritz Brumder, CEO & Co-Founder, Brandlive, remarks, “Everything comes down to how good the experience is for the viewer on the other end, and so we connect together live video, real-time interaction or chat from the audience, and e-commerce and product merchandising features. When we go onsite with the customer, we want it to be great every single time. Our customers expect that from us. And so having that reliability is really important to us.”

The VR-4HD High-Definition AV Mixer is an easy-to-use, compact and portable device that integrates a digital audio mixer, video switcher, multi-viewer touch screen and USB video/audio streaming interface into a stand-alone unit. Designed as a portable live HD production solution ideal for corporate events, schools, churches, council meetings, sports, training, or any other live event, the VR-4HD has three dedicated HDMI input connectors compatible with a variety of equipment and offering support for 1080p/1080i/720p video resolutions. A fourth input includes a scaler to support both video and computer resolutions and also supports analog RGB and component input, as well as HDMI, so older devices can be used as sources without the need for external conversion equipment. HDCP is supported for input of copy-protected content from devices such as Blu-ray disc players. The VR-4HD’s 18-channel audio mixer features Roland’s award winning digital signal processing offering three-band parametric EQ, reverb, a compressor/gate on the mic inputs and level/multiband EQ on the master mix. The VR-4HD supports advanced features including auto-mixing, echo cancel, audio follow and up to 500ms of delay for perfect lip-sync between audio and video. The VR-4HD’s audio mixer can mix the four XLR microphone inputs, unbalanced stereo inputs on RCA and 1/8 mini connectors, along with the audio embedded in the four HDMI inputs. The final mix can be outputted via XLR or RCA and also embedded into the HDMI output, while a headphone output facilitates audio monitoring.

Snell Advanced Media (SAM) has unveiled Orbit, the company’s next-generation control, configuration and monitoring solution. Orbit is a single interface that will gradually include all of SAM’s control and monitoring applications. The solution has been designed to enable users to manage and view all of their control, configuration and monitoring functions through one autonomous system.

SAM demonstrated a series of Orbit applications at the NAB 2017 show, including IP routing configuration and control, the Multiviewer MV-800-DT application and configuration tools and the Orbit Map View status reporting application. Orbit Map View – which will replace SAM’s RollMap control, monitoring and management environment – provides status reporting on the entire broadcast chain, or on individual components within, allowing users to combine status reporting with customised control.

Orbit delivers all the same functionality as the individual applications that have been incorporated into the system, enabling seamlessly transition to next generation control and monitoring while offering a mix of licensed and free client applications. The company will be migrating all of its remaining control and monitoring solutions – such as Workbench and Live Runner – into Orbit in the months ahead.

Robert Szabó-Rowe, EVP and general manager, live production & infrastructure at SAM said, “Orbit is a new approach to control and monitoring that is designed to bring together the functionality of all of our existing control and monitoring solutions that currently work together – but are not necessarily integrated – into one system. What we are working towards is replacing all of the different elements that we currently have for control, configuration and monitoring and bring them under this single umbrella of SAM Orbit. On show at NAB is the first step in this process.”