In Broadcast - April 2017 - 36
www.inbroadcast.com | Vol: 7 - Issue 4 | April 2017
Compact FOR-A Switcher
Extensive Feature Set
t NAB, FOR-A will introduce
the HVS-490 live HD/4K-UHD
multiple effects production switcher;
HVS-100TB2 interface; MBP-200TB2
SDI Gateway with Thunderbolt
interface; and FVW-700 HD/4K-UHD
The new HVS-490 production
switcher is designed for use in live
environments. Event memory and
macro functions make it easy to set up
quickly for live performances. Compact
in size, the HVS-490 has integrated
frame synchronisers and multiviewers.
Using multiple control panels, the
system enables several operators to
work on separate tasks.
Using optional input and output
expansion cards, the HVS-490
supports 40 inputs/18 outputs, 36
inputs/20 outputs or 32 inputs/22
outputs, including two-channel HDMI
outputs. In 4K, it allows 10 inputs/
six outputs, nine inputs/six outputs
or eight inputs/seven outputs. It also
has 16 channels of 2.5 DVE as standard
and can be optionally expanded to a
maximum of 32 channels.
The HVS-490 offers features such as
MELite and FLEXaKEY, which allows a
traditional AUX bus to transform into
a functional Mix Effects with cuts, mix,
wipes, keys, and DVE including full
preview. MELite extends the switcher's
2 M/Es to 6 M/E performance.
The four FLEXaKEY keyers provided
are designed for flexible reassignment
to M/E 1, M/E 2, or AUX buses, thus
extending the switcher's performance
beyond that of conventional
switchers. Up to 12 keyers
can be combined.
HVS-490 has a
and a process
amplifier at all
inputs, and a
is also installed
The switcher can
input SD and HD
simultaneously. PC images can also be
The HVS-490 has a built-in
multiviewer that supports three
outputs as standard. Ten or more
layout patterns can be selected for
each output, including a 16-split view.
By using the HDMI 2.0b output at 4K,
a display of up to 48-split is possible
with three outputs.
The HVS-490 includes an extensive
feature set of audio functions. Users
can bring AES audio directly into and
out of the mixer.
With the HVS-100TB2 Thunderbolt2
Expansion Card, a total of four streams
of full HD non-compressed video input
Switcher Extensive Feature Set
and output can be transferred by a
single card to any HVS series switcher
via a single connection.
The MBP-200TB2 SDI Gateway can
convert large amounts of media into
SDI-formatted video through single
Thunderbolt cable, transferring any
range of graphics, including: on-screen
text, RCG, video marking, clip server
playout and more.
Also being introduced are new
tools for FOR-A's next generation HD
telestrator - the FVW-700. The FVW700 supports 4K UHD and 1080p HD.
New to the FVW-700 are pre-formatted
and hand-drawn icons, a highlighted
video marker, and a Wi-Fi interface.
Imagine Communications To
Empower Media Companies
t NAB Show 2017, Imagine
Communications will showcase its
latest product and solution innovations
aimed at helping broadcasters and
other media companies advance to or
accelerate the adoption phase of the
modernisation of their production,
playout and distribution facilities.
selected the media and entertainment
industry's largest tradeshow and
exhibition as the venue for unveiling
how its market-proven innovations
are being utilised by media companies
around the world, to provide a stepby-step evolution of their current
infrastructures and operations to the
modernised facilities of the future.
The company is also making its South
Hall debut, expanding its presence at
the seminal event and unveiling a new
One of the biggest challenges
facing today's broadcasters and other
media companies is the seamless and
disruption-free adoption of the nextgeneration architectures that will be
required to meet the consumption
demands of the not-too-distant future.
"The once-murky image of the
media facility of the future has come
into sharp focus over the past year,
providing both content creators and
distributors with a clearly defined
destination at the end of their nextgeneration journeys," said Imagine
Communications CEO Charlie Vogt.
"Media companies of all sizes and
from all regions are now in a position
to map out plans for the step-bystep transition of their current
facilities and business models. By
demonstrating Innovation at Work at
NAB 2017, Imagine Communications
is showcasing its commitment to
helping our customers manage the
'How to' stage of the migration of their
operations through breakthroughs
in microservices design, CloudNative applications and our modular
approach to solving their most
demanding business challenges."
At NAB, Imagine will spotlight key
module-based platforms, such as its
Selenio One, xG, Versio and Zenium,
that are designed to enable media
companies to construct and
evolve their workflows at their
own pace and in lockstep with
market demands, seamlessly
technologies and capabilities as
they become available.
The company will also demonstrate
the comprehensiveness of its endto-end portfolio, which spans ad
management, linear and nonlinear,
broadcast and OTT - including ATSC
3.0 - and enables unprecedented
workflows and all media and business
The Imagine Communications booth
will be the venue for ImagineLIVE
Power Sessions, featuring prominent
CEO Charlie Vogt
executives and experts from Imagine
Communications and its partners and
customers from across the IT and
media and entertainment industries.
Twice daily, attendees will have
first-hand access to information and
insight on the trends and events that
are influencing the decisions of media
industry professionals today and into
A detailed description and schedule
of all ImagineLIVE Power Sessions will
be made available prior to NAB.