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  • SKU: VR50HD

Roland VR-50HD Multi-Format AV Mixer - DISCONTINUED

  • Vendor: The Streaming Guys

Replaced by the Roland VR50HD MKII

A complete portable HD studio in a single unit. Single-person operation of sound and picture using faders, buttons and touch screen. The Roland VR-50HD all-in-one AV mixer beautifully integrates an audio mixer, video switcher, multi-viewer touch screen and USB video/audio streaming into a stand-alone device.

Key Features

  • 12 input, 4-Channel Video plus still channel Multi-Format Switcher
  • Supports 3G/HD/SD SDI, HDMI, RGB/Component, and Composite Video Inputs Up to 1080p (3G SDI)
  • Embedding of audio with delay settings
  • 12-Channel Digital Audio Mixer with XLR, TRS, and RCA jacks along with audio from SDI and HDMI inputs
  • 4 Layer, Compositing of PinP, PinP/KEY, and STILL
  • Built-In Preview Touch Monitor (7 inch Graphic color LCD 800 x 480 dots)
  • External Multi-View Output through HDMI
  • HDCP Support
  • USB3.0 Video/Audio Output for web streaming and recording up to 1080p (uncompressed)

The VR-50HD is an all-in-one device

You can connect cameras, computers, Blu-ray players, DVD players, microphones, iPads, and more for use as input devices, without having to worry about whether the equipment is analog or digital or what formats they output. In addition to HD-SDI and HDMI output for HD recording equipment, the unit also provides USB 3.0 and 2.0 output. This enables the ability to connect a computer and perform live streaming and recording. All digital video output connectors include embedded audio as well.

Application Example: Presentations and Live Events

The notebook computers that presenters bring can have a variety of connectors from VGA to DVI, HDMI, and others. Resolutions are also diverse, and quick accommodation is not always possible. Use of commercially available Blu-ray discs and DVDs can also run into the problem of playback being restricted by HDCP.

The VR-50HD resolves such issues without the need for any additional equipment.

Even when input devices use different resolutions, internal scalers perform automatic conversion to the optimal resolution. The built-in scalers also let you expand and reduce video and still images however you like for perfect framing. The VR-50HD features an HDCP mode that lets you input and switch commercial digital video from sources such as Blu-ray discs or game consoles encoded using HDCP digital copyright management technology.

*In HDCP mode, only HDMI output can be used. Use of SDI, RGB/Component, Composite, analog audio output is not possible. *Commercial use of content requires the permission of the copyright-holder.

12 input, 4-Channel Multi-format Video Switcher

At total of 12 HDMI, 3G/HD/SD-SDI/SDI, RGB/COMPONENT, and composite inputs are provided. In addition to professional HD cameras, you can connect equipment that ranges from computers and Blu-ray and DVD players to video cameras using composite output. The unit features multi-format specifications that allows you to never have to worry about differences in resolution among input devices. *6 channel switching is possible when not using compositing features such as PinP and Key.

Built-In Preview Touch Monitor

The VR-50HD is equipped with a large 7-inch touch-panel LCD screen that enables truly intuitive operation. Using the seven-way multi-viewer to display four input pictures, composited material, and program out simultaneously eliminates the need for external monitors. You can also switch to quad multi-view. 

Four Layer Composition

The composition feature supports a total of four layers. This lets you place keyed video on picture-in-picture, then also superimpose a still picture imported into the unit's internal memory over that. PinP and key compositing use independent scalers, so you can adjust the positions and sizes however you like. You can switch the effects on and off at any time using the dedicated composition buttons. You can set the order of succession for PinP, PinP/KEY, and STILL to your preference. *The VR-50HD can store up to 4 still images in the internal memory. *STILL position and size compositing can not be adjusted.

12-Channel Digital Audio Mixer

The VR-50HD features a 12-channel digital audio mixer that mixes audio from cameras in addition to sound from four microphones, computers, and DVD players. Capturing and mixing 3G/HD/SD-SDI/HDMI audio in the audio mixer is also possible. 

USB3.0 Video/Audio Output

The USB 2.0/3.0 output enables web streaming with ease by simply connecting to a computer running a live streaming service. Recording is equally simple by using QuickTime or the dedicated Windows/Mac capture software, the Video Capture for VR. The video format is up to 1080/59.94p through USB3.0 and up to 720/29.97p through USB2.0.  See the current VR-50HD Streaming Software Compatibility list for more information on streaming software compatibility.

* Note: Certified USB3.0 cables are required when output is set to 720p or higher.

For more information on the Roland VR-50HD Multi-Format AV Mixer, check out the Roland website.

Processing 4:4:4 (RGB), 10-bit
4:2:2 (Y/Pb/Pr), 10-bit
Input Connectors 3G/HD/SD-SDI: BNC type x 4 (INPUT 1--4)
* Conforms to SMPTE 424M (SMPTE 425M-AB), 292M, 259M-C.,HDMI(DVI-D): Type A(19pin) x 4 (INPUT 1--4
* HDCP Supported.
Analog RGB/HD-Component: Mini D-sub 15-pin type x 2 (INPUT 1--2)
Analog Video (SD): Composite (BNC type) x 2 (INPUT 1--2)
* INPUT 1-2: Select SDI, HDMI or Analog RGB, Composite using menu.
* INPUT 3-4: Select SDI, HDMI using menu.
Output Connectors 3G/HD/SD-SDI: BNC type x 2 (PGM OUT, AUX OUT
* Conforms to SMPTE 424M (SMPTE 425M-AB), 292M, 259M-C,HDMI(DVI-D): Type A(19pin) x 3 (PGM OUT, AUX OUT, MULTI VIEW
* HDCP Supported,Analog RGB/HD-Component: Mini D-sub 15-pin type x 2 (PGM OUT, AUX OUT)
Input/Output Level and Impedance Composite: 1.0 Vp-p 75 ohms
Analog RGB: 0.7 Vp-p 75 ohms (H, V: 5 VTTL)
Analog HD: 1.0 Vp-p 75 ohms (Sync-Signal: Bi-Level/Tri-Level)
Supported Video Formats
SDI 480/59.94i, 576/50i, 720/59.94p, 720/50p, 1080/59.94i, 1080/50i, 1080/59.94p, 1080/50p
* Conforms to SMPTE 274M, SMPTE 296M, ITU-R BT.601-5.
HDMI:(*2) 480/59.94i, 576/50i, 480/59.94p, 576/50p, 720/59.94p, 720/50p, 1080/59.94i, 1080/50i,,1080/59.94p, 1080/50p,1024×768/60Hz(*1), 1280×720/60Hz(*1), 1280×800/60Hz(*1), 1280×1024/60Hz(*1),,1400×1050/60Hz, 1920x1080/60Hz
HDMI(MULTI-VIEW Output):(*2) 1080/59.94p
Component 480/59.94i, 576/50i, 480/59.94p, 576/50p, 720/59.94p, 720/50p, 1080/59.94i, 1080/50i,,1080/59.94p, 1080/50p
RGB:(*2) 1024×768/60Hz(*1), 1280×720/60Hz(*1), 1280×800/60Hz(*1), 1280×1024/60Hz(*1), 1400×1050/60Hz, 1920x1080/60Hz
Composite NTSC, PAL
*Note *1 Output refresh rate is 75 Hz when frame rate is set to 50 Hz.
*2 Conforms to CEA-861-E or VESA DMT Version 1.0 Revision 11.
* The video signal frame rate must match the unit's frame rate setting.
* The output format of HDMI and RGB/Component is always the same.
When a Video format is selected, component signal is output from the RGB/COMPONENT connector.
When a RGB format is selected, RGB signal is output from the RGB/COMPONENT connector.
USB-VIDEO 480/29.97p, 576/25p, 480/59.94p, 576/50p, 720/29.97p, 720/25p, 720/59.94p, 720/50p,,1080/29.97p, 1080/25p, 1080/59.94p, 1080/50p
Still Image Windows(R) Bitmap File (.bmp)
* Maximum 1920 x 1080 pixels, 24-bit per pixel, uncompressed.
Effects Transition: Mix, Cut, Wipe (9 patterns)
Composition: PinP, Chrominance Key, Luminance Key
Others: Output Fade, Output Freeze, User Logo
Audio Processing Sampling Rate: 24-bit/48 kHz
Input Connectors AUDIO IN (1 to 4) jacks (XLR/TRS combo type)
* XLR type: 1 GND, 2 HOT, 3 COLD
* Phantom Power: DC 48 V (unloaded maximum), 5 mA (maximum load),(Current value per channel).
AUDIO IN (5 to 8) jacks (RCA phono type)
AUDIO IN (9 to 12) jacks (TRS type)
Output Connectors AUDIO OUT L,R jacks (XLR-3-32 type)
* XLR type: 1 GND, 2 HOT, 3 COLD
AUDIO OUT L,R jacks (RCA phono type)
PHONES jack (Stereo 1/4-inch phone type) (headphones)
PHONES jack (Stereo miniature type) (headphones)
Input Level and Impedance XLR/TRS: -68 to +4 dBu (Maximum: +22 dBu, 4 k ohms)
RCA phono: -10 dBu (Maximum: +8 dBu, 11 k ohms)
TRS: +4 dBu (Maximum: +22 dBu, 98 k ohms)
Output Level and Impedance XLR: +22 dBu (Maximum: +22 dBu, 600 ohms)
RCA phono: -10 dBu (Maximum: +8 dBu, 1 k ohms)
Headphones: 25 mW + 25 mW, 20 ohms
Audio Formats SDI: Linear PCM, 24bit, 48kHz, 2ch
* SMPTE 299M, SMPTE 272M-C
HDMI: Linear PCM, 24bit, 48kHz, 2ch
USB-AUDIO: Linear PCM, 16bit, 48kHz, 2ch
Audio Effects Channel Effects: Compressor, Noise Gate, 3-Band EQ, Delay
Master Effects: Mastering, 3-Band EQ, Reverb
Remote Remote MIDI: 5 pin DIN type (IN, OUT/THRU)
RS-232C: D-sub 9 pin type x 1
USB Interface USB2.0 port(host): Hi-Speed USB: Type A (for USB memory)
USB3.0 port(device): Type B for USB-VIDEO (Super-Speed/Hi-Speed), USB-AUDIO (Full-Speed)
- Uncompressed Video,4:2:2 (Y/Pb/Pr), 8-bit
- Bit-rate: max 2Gbit/s (1080/59.94p only active pixels)
- UVC (USB Video Class) supported uncompressed Video
- Certified USB3.0 cable is required when running at super-speed (anything at 720p or higher)
Display 7 inch Graphic color LCD 800 x 480 dots (touch screen)
Power Supply AC Adaptor DC 24V Secondary AC Adaptor DC 9 V to 16 V (XLR-4-32 type)
Current Draw 2.5 A (DC 24V)
Operation Temperature +0 to +40 degrees Celsius +32 to +104 degrees Fahrenheit
Accessories AC Adaptor, Power Cord, Owner's Manual
System Recommendations For Recording (VR Capture) or Streaming HD Material
Windows 8.0 or higher
Mac OS X 10.7 and higher
Common Ivy Bridge Core i7 and higher
8GB Memory or more
USB 3.0 (supported USB3.0 Intel Chipset e.g. 7Series)
Note: USB Controller Chip by Renesas (formerly NEC) is not suitable
Size and Weight
Width 434 mm
17-1/8 inches
Depth 306 mm
12-1/16 inches
Height 149 mm
5-7/8 inches
Weight 5.3 kg
11 lbs. 11 oz
Notes * 0dBu=0.775 Vrms
* This product is a Class A digital device under FCC part 15.
* In the interest of product improvement, the specifications and/or appearance of this unit are subject to change without prior notice.
* This product is intended for use in the following Electromagnetic environments:,E1:residential, E2:commercial and light industrial, E3:urban outdoors, E4:controlled EMC environment, ex. recording studio (broadcasting studio) which are specified in EN55103-1 and EN55103-2.

*Specifications correct at time of publication