FOR-A introduced HVS-5000 switcher series at NAB 2008

FOR-A Corporation of America, introduced the
HVS-5000 switcher series at NAB 2008 held in Las Vegas last week, from April 14-17, 2008.

This powerful line of switchers expands on FOR-A’s
flagship HANABI series of switchers and offers three new model choices, the
HVS-5200 with 2 M/E, the HVS-5300 with 3 M/E, and the HVS-5400 with 4 M/E. All
switchers in the series are designed for both live and post production. And all
models come standard with a touch panel controller. Users can operate all
switcher functions through this feature, including editing the still store and
sequence timeline and making color correction settings.

The HVS-5000 series offers switching between HD and SD and
between varieties of HD formats. An optional up-/down-/converter card also
supports mixed input from HD and SD signals. Supported HD formats include:
1080/60i, 1080/59.94i, 1080/50i, 1080/24p, 1080/24PsF, 1080/23.98p,
1080/23.98PsF, 720/60p, 720/59.94p and 720/50p. The HVS-5000 series also
supports SD formats such as 525/60 and 625/50.

The HVS-5000 series also supports the 3Gbps signal
standard, enabling broadcasters to easily and affordably migrate to the
emerging 1080p high-definition format. In addition to HD and SD signals, this
switcher series supports: 1080/60p, 1080/59.94p, and 1080/50p.

The switchers can be tailored to meet a variety of
applications and can scale to fit an array of existing configurations. The
HVS-5400 switcher for example accepts a maximum of 96 inputs and can supply to
a total 48 outputs. The HVS-5300 accepts a maximum of 96 inputs and 44 outputs.
The HVS-5200 can accept up to 32 inputs and 24 outputs.

The HVS-5000 multi-function switcher brings together a
vast array of functions. Users could conceivably operate the four M/E’s on the
HVS-5400 separately through the independent control feature, in essence
transforming one switcher into four. Each switcher comes standard with
four-channel keyers for each M/E. In addition, two common DSK are freely
assignable any function, which can be upgraded to four channels.

A 2D DVE and chroma key come as standard features. A
high-quality chroma keyer can be added as an option to each M/E. In addition to
the standard keyer DVE, a 3D DVE can be added. The HVS-5200 can be equipped
with up to four channels, and the HVS-5300 and HVS-5400 can have up to eight
channels added.

Setting up effects such as picture-in-picture is
simplified through an addition of a DVE effect to each M/E bus. This ability to
customize features also allows transition of images with either a wipe effect
or a mix effect. The HVS-5000 series can be equipped with an optional color
corrector. That allows process control, color adjustment and clipping of color
information.

The HVS-5000 series can be equipped with a multi-viewer as
an option. The multi-viewer, which can split the screen into 16 units, can have
up to two channels. This allows for operation using large monitors and in a
reduction in the number of monitors used.

The new switcher series from FOR-A will be available this
fall.