One of the biggest hurdles for live-streaming in smaller churches is the high cost of video equipment. Video switchers are not cheap, especially ones that work in HD resolutions. Roland has introduced a new switcher, the V-1HD that looks promising for smaller churches. It has four HDMI inputs, and it is under $1000.  It’s their first product that offers true HD at this price point. Watch these videos to learn more about it.

 

The closest competitor to this is the Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio, but it requires a computer or control deck to handle the switching control. It also requires that all input signals have the exact same resolution and refresh rate, which is difficult when mixing computers and cameras.

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  1. Jack Biemba
    January 4, 2017 at 10:33 am — Reply

    Hi mike, I am Jack. Very impressive. I love this kind of technology, and I want to jump start into church video shooting, editing, and production for our ministry in Zambia. I am looking for affordable basic equipment to start with. I have 3 reasonable laptops, and a good Sony video camera. I am looking forward to getting a video mixer, a projector, and two large screens for our overflow. Please advise me on the best equipment and the other needed accessories. I don’t think I can afford the V-1HD

    • January 6, 2017 at 12:06 pm — Reply

      Jack, thanks for stopping by the blog. That’s a pretty broad question. I would recommend checking out used equipment if you need to save money. This switcher is one of the cheaper ones on the market, so it will be tough to find anything cheaper. There are a lot of good websites to learn from. https://prochurchtools.com has several good posts and podcasts that might help you in this area. It would be helpful for you to find someone local that could help guide you, since there are so many things to work through in a new setup. Thanks again.

  2. August 20, 2018 at 3:22 pm — Reply

    Glad I stumbled onto this website. I am looking for an affordable video mixer forthe Salvation Army Communications Network (SACNET) of The Salvation Army Eastern India Territory. Though the price may be a little high, I think this would be quite suitable for our use which is mostly confined to shooting church activities such as choir competitions, quiz programs etc. With a skeleton staff of technicians/operators, a lot of time is consumed in editing these programs as they are to be broadcast later through cable TV channels. Now, what I need to know is how to record the videos coming through the video switcher. Can it be connected to a PC or laptop? Would be glad if you can help.

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