We’ve gotten more details on Roland Systems’ Group’s V-4EX mixer. This really is an evolution of the V-4 – and Roland apparently still views “V-4” to mean standard definition, meaning you’ll need to look elsewhere for internal HD mixing. But the V-4EX does deliver on connectivity, with functionality via things like HDMI, and all in the VJ-loved V-4 form factor.

We also know the price: US$1995.

The bad news: there are some design glitches, like putting tap tempo on a touchscreen. And you are limited to SD mixing, even with those HDMI ins and outs; everything is upscaled. I could see that working in VJ environments; I just wish this had come sooner. I think it would have been hailed as incredible news a few years ago. Now, everyone may still await the coming of the HD V-4 – or something that can be its equivalent.

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Roland Systems Group Introduces V-4EX Video Mixer

Amsterdam – ISE 2013 – Roland Systems Group today debuted the next-generation product in the V-4 and V-8 lineup of Roland live performance video mixers. The Roland V-4EX advances the industry-standard Roland V-4 four channel video mixer by incorporating HDMI inputs/outputs, USB streaming, HDCP support, built-in touch multi-viewer, and audio embedding. These features are added to the strong primary feature set including built-in effects and unique user interface that has made the V-4 one of the besting selling video mixers of all time.

The Roland V-4EX versatility and unique features make it suitable for many applications, including clubs, concerts, worship, events, meetings, trainings, weddings, education, and sporting events. The V-4EX’s sleek and compact design lends itself to portable applications as well as permanent installations when size and space are considerations.

In addition to a number of powerful video effects, the user interface incorporates dial controls for effects on each bus and master output dial. The innovative design incorporates a video switcher, audio embedding, preview monitor and streaming-ready USB output all in a single unit. Inputs one to three feature composite (BNC) or HDMI while input four accepts HDMI, RGB/Component or S-video. The output features scaled-up HDMI, RGB/component, or SD composite with an additional HDMI output for external preview monitor. The Roland V-4EX features a stereo RCA audio input allowing you to embed audio into the HDMI outputs and USB stream, which are especially useful for web streaming and recording applications. As a USB Video/Audio class device, web streaming is effortless by simply connecting to a computer running a live streaming service. You can also record the output using Roland’s free Video Capture for Windows software or by using Quicktime on a Mac.

Designed to be a live production switcher and web streaming device, the Roland V-4EX features audio embedding, built-in audio mixer with up to 4 frames delay to “lipsync” your video source. It supports HDCP video allowing you to mix copyright protected material such as game consoles and Blu-ray content in your live production. HDMI inputs one to three accept video resolutions up to 480p/576p and HDMI input four accepts resolutions up to 1080p and RGB up to WUXGA (1920×1200). Although internal processing is SD-based, the output can be scaled up to 1080p or 1920×1200.

The Roland V-4EX will debut at ISE Stand #70-H180 and is expected to be released March 2013. For more information visit: www.rolandsystemsgroup.com/v4ex

  • nevidni budala

    this is stupid.

    • Why?

    • Looks like a feasible solution for streaming gigs and events from locations with poor enough bandwidth resources. The fact that is SD only is fine in those circumstances. Some screen shots of actual output would be nice but doubtful we’ll them for awhile. I’m curious as to why this is stupid? Am I missing something, HD is not necessary for many streaming projects and at $2k is this not a good price for an audio and video solution like this?

      • SB

        Well for one thing M-Jpeg, which is the codec the V-4EX outputs via USB2, isn’t exactly a standard for video streaming. H.264 would have been infinitely more useful. Other than the V-4EX having physical knobs and a T-Bar, the Blackmagic TV Studio does full HD and includes a built in h.264 encoder for $1000 – you just need to work out how you control it – either via software or using 1st or 3rd party controllers.

        • Thanks for the response SB. The heads up the BM tv studio will come in handy. I’m trying to decide on a set up for an permanent fixture in a night club to stream live gigs to Ustream or Livestream. 3 cameras to start with and I have a budget of around $4000 dollars to cover everything. Need something that can be operated easily and has minimal setup. Blackmagic TV would be perfect but has too many cogs in the wheels for easy set up and operation. This may be a solution, but I’m unclear what the quality will be like. I’d love to hear people opinions on this mixer.

          • SB

            We have all 3 of the Blackmagic switchers and they’re all great in there own way – each one is worth the extra cash but you can do a lot with just a TVS.
            The biggest problem is getting sound into the switcher as it only has AES digital in so you need an audio D/A or to pass the sound through your laptop via hdmi – not the end of the world though. Also no scalers mean everything must be the same format going in – again not a big deal, particularly with OS-X based computers.

  • deepvisual

    it might be possible that you can now mix HDCP sources.. but then again….

  • disqus

    I want from Roland
    720p internal processing as minimum and 720p In/Out
    2 HDMI, 2 DP [1 MIXED port RGB/S-Video/SDI(BNC)]
    Thunderbolt as a streaming output or USB 3.0
    MJPEG. H264, WEBM, OGV

  • surinder singh

    i want from roland sd & hd input 1080/50i into 1920