Which Roland Video Switcher Is The Best? | The V-1HD vs. V1-SDI vs. V-40HD

If you’re looking for reliability and versatility for your live streaming needs, Roland is the best in the game. Their selection of video switchers offers everything you need to deliver the best video experience for your event. All of their products are designed for ease of use and diverse functionality, but what sets one switcher apart from another and how do you know which is right for your needs?

Today I want to look at three different video switchers and help you determine which is right for you.

To begin with let’s take a look at the V-1HD and the V-1SDI.

So what does this mean to you? Along with access to higher quality input, your SDI sources will allow you further distance from your mixer making it ideal for larger scale productions whereas the V-1HD is more compatible to your small studio or home production switching needs. 

Both switchers look nearly identical with a lot of the same features, so let’s start there: 

  • Both support up to full HD 1080p
  • Both have a streamlined and easy to use interface
  • Both include an audio mixer
  • Both feature useful effects controls to add something extra to your production
  • They are nearly identical in their compact, extremely mobile size making them perfect for on–the-go productions

The main difference the V-1SDI features is the capability to support, you guessed it, SDI inputs and outputs which is the driving factor in the higher price point. It also has a 14 channel audio mixer as opposed to the V-1HD’s 12 channel mixer.

So what does this mean to you? Along with access to higher quality input, your SDI sources will allow you further distance from your mixer making it ideal for larger scale productions whereas the V-1HD is more compatible to your small studio or home production switching needs. 

Next, let’s discuss the V-40HD. What sets this switcher apart from the other two? Aside from the price?

First thing to notice is that we don’t sacrifice much in the way of size. The V-40HD is only slightly larger than the other two and still comparatively compact. But what makes this switcher stand out is its outstanding versatility. Let’s look at some features:

  • The V-40HD features 4 channels with 3 inputs each for a total of 12 inputs (HDMI/RGB Component/Composite)
  • Also has 3 Outputs (HDMI/RGB/Component/Composite+HDMI/RGB/Component + HDMI)
  • It has built-in frame synchronizers and scalers on all inputs
  • Full HDCP support
  • Audio embedding and audio delay to easily align timing with video for a perfect lip-sync
  • Built-in multiviewer

What this means to you is that the V-40HD handles true multi-format video so you don’t have to match input sources to output resolution. Its capability of handling just about any input sources you throw at it while retaining quality resolution really makes it worth the cost. Another exciting feature is its multi-zoom feature allowing you to frame different shots from the same input giving the appearance of a multi-camera set-up. 

You really can’t go wrong with Roland at your fingertips. Hopefully this article provides you with enough insight to decide which product is right for your particular production needs.

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