Roland targets presentations and signage as it announces video processor

Roland Professional AV has introduced its VP-42H video processor that supports multi-source layering and switching with dynamic transitions.

It is designed for single-screen display of presentations, digital signage content and meeting visuals. The VP-42H supports simultaneous output of up to four layered source signals even when resolutions vary between its four HDMI inputs. The processor features Motion Scene Switching for fluid transitions between complex screen setups, remote switching via browser-based network control, audio management including de-embedding and embedding and a keyer function for overlays and advanced composition.

The VP-42H allows a single large display to serve a range of functions with multiple inset windows. The Roland video processor lets users instantly switch between “scenes” containing pre-set arrangements of layered sources in customisable inset windows. The VP-42H transitions between current and next scenes; automatically moving and resizing the windows to their new positions with motion-based scene switching.

A web browser interface is available for networked VP-42H units. Each input layer can be scaled, cropped, zoomed and positioned by clicking and dragging on a connected computer, wireless tablet or smart phone. Scene selection and core switching functions can also be implemented using configurable front-panel switches that illuminate to indicate available and selected sources. The front panel can also be locked. A rear-panel port allows RS-232 control, network control and a USB port is available for loading still images and software updates.
Roland VP-42H rear
When LED walls and projection are used for large-scale presentations at corporate events, the VP-42H can output a customised display of various presentation data sources with high clarity and accurate colour (due to its 10bit 4:4:4 colour space video processing engine). Digital signage displays can be created with multiple content layers, overlays and motion-based transitions. The VP-42H can also be configured for automatic, front-panel-configurable interval scene switching. In meeting rooms, the VP-42H can support communication and the delivery of information during video conferencing and meeting presentations through windowing of key information and participant images. 

In video production, the VP-42H can serve as a multi-view source, offering a quad display and custom sizing of each source window. The processor’s scene capability can be used to preconfigure a variety of instantly accessible multi-view configurations. In simple scenarios, the VP-42H can function as a cross-dissolve seamless switcher, with a keyer to create overlays and the ability to display still images via USB drive. 

The VP-42H’s internal audio mixer allows de-embedding of HDMI audio and the input of external audio sources via a pair of RCA phono jacks. Level balanced audio can be embedded in the HDMI output stream and also can be output to external mixers or speakers via a second pair of RCA jacks. Front panel controls with associated level indications allow adjustment of external line input, line output and master audio levels, as well as headphone output level.

The VP-42H weighs 1.2 kg and measures 242 mm x 125 mm x 44 mm. It can be used freestanding or can be rack-mounted using included adaptor hardware. It will be available in the fourth quarter of the year. 

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