FOR-A, manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, has added new features to its HVS-390HS video production switcher. First introduced at last year’s NAB Show as a 1 M/E to 2 M/E switcher, FOR-A has now added a new MINI M/E functionality to the unit.
The MINI M/E is an extension of the aux bus system that allows operators to deploy any aux bus transition with cuts, mixes, or wipes and display a keyer complete with DVE functions. The MINI M/E is now offered as a standard feature of the video production switcher, and brings the power of a virtual 6 M/E switcher in a 2 M/E unit.
“The new capabilities of the HVS-390HS offer powerful tools to create a richer audience experience in many scenarios,” explained Jay Shinn, FOR-A Corporation of America’s Northeast sales manager. “The MINI M/E features offer cost-effective functionality never seen before in this type of switcher. We’re confident that the HVS-390HS will greatly improve productions for our customers in broadcast, house of worship, education and corporate video.”
For productions where distributing an automatic second language feed is desired, the switcher’s MINI M/E can switch independent mixer outputs, simultaneously displaying second language graphics. For studio applications, a production team can display different information on the monitors viewed by the audience, or perform simple on-set monitor positions where transitions with cuts, mixes, wipes, and graphics can contribute to the production workflow.
The MINI M/E can be independently controlled or operated from a master/slave configuration. It can also follow any bus on 1 or 2 M/E, making the switcher easy for a single user. In addition, the MINI M/E can be expanded into a half M/E function, allowing the HVS-390HS to be configured into a 2.5 M/E mixer. The half M/E can also be controlled in a remote location where a traditional A/B bus mixer is used along with up to 4 DSK.