Roland VR-1HD Video Switcher: In Depth

Roland VR-1HD Video Switcher: In Depth

Learn just how powerful the compact Roland VR-1HD video switcher actually is! The VR-1HD is fantastic for live streaming conference room meetings, k-12 school morning announcements and sports, podcasts, and video game live streaming.

Roland VR-1HD AV Streaming Mixer View Here

vMix SCSI-VMIX-BASIC vMix Software Basic HD View Here

Blackmagic Design DeckLink Mini Recorder View Here

AJA U-TAP USB 3.1 HDMI Capture Device View Here

Roland V-02HD PAC1 Video Mixer Bundle View Here

Blackmagic Design Video Assist View Here

Blackmagic Design Micro Studio Camera 4K View Here

Prismatic Spectra RGB Rainbow 18" LED Battery-Power Option Bi-Color Ring Light View Here

Shure MX412S/S Microphone with Roland VR-1HD Streaming Mixer Bundle View Here

RODELink Digital Wireless Filmmaker Kit View Here

If you have any questions or would like to know more about any of the items shown in the video please feel free to reach out to me at


Joel Wallis here at the DVE Store. So, today, I'm going to show you this really cool switcher setup that we've got going on here with the Roland VR-1HD and how you can use this in conference room meetings, streaming through Skype or GoToMeeting or any other platform, as well as you could use this in the educational world through K Through 12 for the morning announcements, sports or even doing game streaming.

So, let's jump in and I'll show you what I've got going on here. ♪ [music] ♪All right. So basically, what we have going on here is I'm just going to pop over to our overhead camera and some really cool features with this switcher is that you have three HDMI inputs coming in.

And I'll show you my graphic that we've got here. And so, you can have camera 1 coming in for one of your presenters or an anchor, camera 2 can also be for another presenter on camera. And then for HDMI 3, you can use a computer or a game console or a third camera for doing this.

And then from here, you're going to have a monitor that's going to go out and this will give you basically the program. It'll also allow you to be able to go in and do your settings for having the on-screen display. And then also, at the back of the switcher, it has the USB out port so then you can connect this to a computer and your computer will see this as a web camera for streaming this or being able to record it to your computer.

All right. So, I'm going to show you guys what I've got going on here behind the scenes. And what I've got going on is I'm taking the USB out and then I'm bringing it into this computer here. For the software that I'm using, I'm using vMIX to be able to do the recording and to be able to stream live with the video here. Now, for getting this fourth input that you're seeing here, what I've got is I'm bringing it into a Blackmagic DeckLink Mini Recorder.

You could also use a USB capture box as well to be able to do this. But what you'll need to do is you'll have program coming out into vMIX and then you would need to switch between the two sources from this camera to the program for adding this forth. Another cool idea that you could do and you could add a Roland, the V-02HD.

Then what you do is you take over one of your inputs from here, but then you'll gain it back on the two switcher input with the V-02HD and then you'll gain that fourth input. So, then you can toggle between the two sources and then you'd have your other two sources on the VR-1HD.

So, pretty cool option if you wanted to add that fourth input. And then for over here, I've got the Blackmagic, the Video Assist Monitor. This is a great way to see yourself, for reference, you can put it underneath your camera, like how I've got it if you want to see it for program. You'll also need that monitor to be able to adjust settings.

And then my big screen TV here, this is off of the through input. So, then it's just a monitor for reference on that for having graphics through my computer or the PowerPoint presentation. Then up here, I've got camera two.

This is up on my support system, that's how you're able to see the overhead shot from there. The ring light that I'm using is the Prismatic Spectra. Now, this is an RGB Ring Light as you can see earlier here with the earlier cuts you can see the ring light flashing different colors. It's a rainbow ring light so you can actually pull up on the app and you can go into like different modes of, you know, strobes or slow, you know, changing of colors.

There's a million different options in there. So, kind of a fun, cool ring light that you can get dual purposes out of to have your camera mounted to it for doing like blogs or any kind of videos as well as you could have it as a cool background light. So, anyway, just want to show you guys my behind the scenes of what's going on here and let's switch on back over to the show and continue on. So, with the HDMI inputs, they are hassle-free.

So, it's really cool that you can be able to plug in different cameras and it'll automatically match the resolution and frame rate before you're on there. So, it makes it really easy of use. Another cool thing in here is that we have these Scene selections and what that means to you.

And these are completely programmable. So, I have this one kind of set up for this show here. So, we're able to do a picture in picture box and basically your presenter, like as if, you know, if I'm on the camera as a presenter and then I can have my PowerPoint there in the background as you can see. And then if I had a second presenter, I can take camera 2 and then I can flip-flop those.

So, now I have camera 2 and we're able to still have the PowerPoint presentation or keynote going through and be able to do your presentation that way. The other way that we could do this is we could then have, you know, part of the screen with your presenter and then we have the PowerPoint over here on the right-hand side of me.

And then we can also do this for camera 2 so then if we're switching back and forth from a conversation, then we can have those two people cut back and forth from there. We also have the other picture in picture capability of having two people on camera. And so, if you had two anchors, you know, for your morning show or in your conference room, you could pop up both people onto this.

So, pretty cool stuff of what can be done on this switcher already. So, let me show you a little bit more. So, the other thing that's really cool with this switcher is on the third HDMI input is that it has a THRU output. So, for those who are gamers, you can connect in your game console into the HDMI 3 and then that will give you zero latency on the THRU output to feed it back to your TV so you can play the game live and have zero-latency with it.

So, pretty cool feature with the HDMI 3 for that THRU output. So, diving into the audio. What I have going here is I have a podium mic. This does a great job for when you're directing your show. You are narrating the show, you can do your own voice-over and talk through here . I also have a wireless lav transmitter and receiver. This is the Rode Filmmaker kit.

And then I'm wearing the lav currently. But if we wanted to say switch over to the podium mic, I can then fade down the lavalier mic and now I have the podium mic going through. Some other cool fun features with this is that we can have say like I'm using an iPad, we can actually have this as our music player.

So, now I have the music coming in on the Line input and now we can have music in the background. You can load up other sound effects, things you want to have loaded for your music-wise. The switcher does allow you to store some media in here, but I found that it's a little bit more accessible and easy to use if you had say an iPad with your music player coming through with that.

So, I'm going to go ahead and pause that track there. Some other fun things, we have audio effects and these just like the scene selections are all completely customizable. So, we could assign like a voice changer, one pitch to like microphone two and then we can also assign a different pitch for microphone one. So, for this one, I currently have a lower voice so if you're trying to make it sound like more like you're a character from a video game and give it a little more persona to it, you can obviously hear that as a little lower pitch sound.

The other fun one that you can do is you can do a high pitch, this one I have it pre-programmed on input 2 so now we have that higher pitch. And again, you can go through and customize it exactly how you want it to sound and all that fun stuff.

Another cool one is that on three, I have this one programmed for like this one's an applause. There's also like a melody. So, if you want to like an intro to like your show, you could do that. So, here I have some clapping sounds. Another fun one that you could do is reverb.

So, for more of entertainers, singing, we're going to have that more concert hall kind of sound. Other features within the audio realm. You're also going to have your headphone levels. Your headphones will plug into the side here. You'll also have a Line output of the switcher so then you can feed it to a set of monitor speakers.

There's also the Main, so you can adjust your Main levels that's being mixed. You can turn those up or down. And then lastly, we have a USB Stream. So, then from here, this is going to be the master volume that goes out of the USB into your computer. So, what really sets this switcher apart from quite a bit of the other switchers that are out there is that this switcher actually has an automatic switching mode.

Now, normally some of them, you can program them so that they switch inputs every 5 seconds or 10 seconds, whatever you set it to. But what makes this one very unique is that this one will actually detect audio and then it'll automatically cut to that video source.

So, for example, if we had audio coming in on our HDMI 1, someone just started speaking, this will automatically cut over to that voice for that camera and then say someone on camera two started talking, the switcher will automatically detect that there's audio coming through on the HDMI 2, and it'll switch over to that source and then, you know, vice versa with that.

So, not a lot of switchers do that at this time. And normally, it's just video and then audio follows video. But for this one's kind of a rare breed where you can have that feature where you know, say you're in a conference room, in a Skype meeting and say presenter two starts talking, then it'll actually just switch to that source and then presenter one starts talking, it'll switch to camera 1 for you.

So, pretty cool features on that. All right. And so, then lastly here we have an On Air button. When it's currently lit red, it means that it's on-air and what it's doing is it's sending out the video signal through the USB out to the computer for you. So, when you're done with your show, you just press the On Air button again and then it'll do a nice, good fade out to black for you.

Well, that wraps it up for today on the Roland VR-1HD Video Switcher. If you have any questions or you'd like to know more, feel free to email me at Yeah. Stay tuned for our next episodes. Thank you.

3rd Jun 2019 Joel Wallis

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