The Silver Lining for Live Streamers
While it’s been a challenging time for production companies as a whole, it’s a great time for content creators. Technology is pivoting more and more toward improving at-home production set-ups and offering easier access to novice creatives seeking to broadcast their content. Roland is one such company that has been leading the market in these innovations and they have just released their new switcher, the V-02HD MKII Streaming Video Mixer. This is a follow-up to its precursor, the V-02HD.If you’re looking to enter the live stream arena or even level up your current live stream production, this switcher is a great choice!
Roland and its V-02HD lead the way as the smallest switcher of its kind on the market only a few years ago and, while other brands have followed suit due to the pandemic, Roland continues to be at the forefront of the industry offering an affordable price point and “basic” features for those who have a two-source setup. Maintaining its sleek and simplistic user-friendly design, the MKII Improves on the previous model incorporating new streaming capabilities including its updated USB Type-C port at the back of the unit.
So What Does It Do?
The V-02HD MKII has a suite of desirable features that will help to make your production look and sound professional:
1. No Hassle Set-up
The V-02HD MKII has arguably the easiest two-camera solution available on the market. It’s the true plug-and-play experience with the T-Bar fader, large controls and intuitive layout. Simply follow these 3 steps and, voila, you’re live:
- Plug in up to two sources via HDMI, including cameras, computers, mobile devices, and gaming consoles.
- Connect the USB-C output to your computer.
- Launch your streaming software and select the V-02HD MK II as the camera source.
Once set up, Roland’s advanced technology in the V-02HD MKII will manage all the technical details that might give one a headache. You will no longer have to worry about driver conflicts, crashes or other reliability issues that are common in other multiple USB webcam and HDMI-to-USB encoder adaptors.
2. Works with any platform
Whether you are streaming from Facebook, YouTube, Twitch or Zoom, the V-02HD MKII is instantly recognized as a camera source from any platform. It’s also simple to integrate into other streaming software such as OBS Studio, Streamlabs OBS, Restream and StreamYard. You can stream high-quality picture up to 1080p/60 FPS and with the Program Out and Preview Out inputs you can send two additional feeds to external HDMI devices.
3. Size Matters
At a weight of merely 1lb (600g) and dimension size of 160x108x51mm, the V-02HD MKII is the perfect tool for content creators on the go. It takes up a minimal amount of space so you can travel with it effortlessly.
4. Quality Control
If you’re invested in putting your best work out there, chances are you want to make sure it looks good. Utilizing cameras that support HDMI output will vastly improve your image quality to keep you relevant and engaged with your audience. A smartphone or tablet is fine, especially for those on the go and need something efficient and compact to set up anywhere. Even a point-and-shoot camera or video camcorder can up your game with zoom-in features and focus control. But if you want to make the most of your production’s potential, opt for a DSLR or mirrorless camera for a more cinematic feel to take your production to the next level.
5. Advanced Sound Features
Get premium quality sound with the V-02HD MKII’s 10-channel digital audio mixer. It comes with two audio inputs with 3.5mm jacks. You can plug in a microphone or stereo audio from a smart phone, mixer or other device. You can also mix in stereo audio from embedded HDMI sources such as microphones connected to your cameras. Additionally, you can control EQ, compression, and reverb directly from the device and also play around with voice altering effects.
6. Hands free switching
Another cool feature is their optional BOSS foot switches. It’s perfect for the true one-man show eliminating the need for additional tech crew to operate transitions. The V-02HD MKII supports up to two of these devices allowing you to seamlessly switch camera angles during your livestream or transition from video to a static image or computer screen.
Want more for your production?
While the V-02HD MKII comes with virtually everything you need straight out of the box, the device has the capacity to further improve your production with several advanced features. You can explore built-in custom options to spice up your live stream such as video effects, transitions, titles and composite multiple pictures. Connect an HDMI monitor to better control your features. There’s also a free remote graphical interface app available that you can operate from your iPad, MacOS or Windows that is intuitive and easy to use.
With the V-02HD MKII, you can leave your webcam behind and get professional quality results without having to spend an enormous amount of money. Typically, the amount of resources a live stream production requires puts a heavy strain on operating systems. The V-02HD MKII takes the lion’s share of that workload and streamlines it with its own internal hardware. Another benefit for users is that you don’t need to worry about driver updates, adapters, or any other complicated software. Everything is built in and ready to use.
We here at Springtree are all about making things as simple and effective as possible and the V-02HD MKII is just the thing to make that happen for your live stream production. What’s even better is that this device is being offered at a fraction of the price that its predecessor, the V-02HD, was offered when it first came out! So whether you are streaming your mad gaming skills, teaching your audience how the best home improvement hacks or commentating on the latest controversy, the V-02HD MKII will provide you everything you need to reach your people and get those likes!
If you would like more information on this product, you can find it here along with our pricing. Also check out the video below.
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