Rental Express Video selects FOR-A’s HANABI switcher for HD Flypack

Rental
Express Video, a video production rental house in San Francisco,
recently purchased FOR-A’s HVS-3800HS HANABI switcher to build the city’s first
HD flypack as part of the company’s expansion to HD production. Rental
Express’ system is the only turnkey 2 M/E HD multi-cam system based in Northern California and one of just a handful nationwide.

“When we
set out to create our new flagship system, we wanted to offer the best value to
our customers,” said Rental Express Video Vice President and General Manager
Steve Barger. “We selected the HVS-3800HS because we needed a switcher that was
simple to operate, yet rich in features when compared against higher priced
competitive models.”
Barger
said his company decided to make the HD equipment upgrades in response to a
shift in film and television productions: “Our clients are increasingly seeking
stunning high-definition video, either in single-camera EFP or in multi-camera
live location HD production. The FOR-A switcher offered excellent multi-format
capability, compact frame and high-quality production value for this purpose.”
The
HVS-3800HS is designed for both “live-to-air” events and “line-cut” television
production applications. The switcher operates in multiple formats, including
1080i, 720P, 525/60, 625/50 and variations of 1080/24P. Barger says that was an
extremely important feature as production requirements vary depending on
individual customer needs.
Barger
added, “We wanted a switcher that ran its own software and firmware, and was
not reliant on a PC’s OS. FOR-A has distinguished itself among the competition
as being flexible and reliable – ideal for those times when we need our
equipment to work well in demanding conditions.”