FOR-A's Hanabi switcher onboard ABC's mobile truck

The ABC network's new high-definition mobile production truck has been outfitted with a Hanabi HVS-1000HS multiformat HD digital switcher from FOR-A. The one mix/effect digital switcher was first used in May for a “Good Morning America” broadcast and has subsequently been employed the morning program's remote coverage. This includes ABC's summer concert series, which runs through the end of August.

The compact (2RU high) Hanabi HVS-1000HS supports 1080i, 24p, 720p, and all standard definition formats. It is a one mix/effect version of FOR-A's two M/E Hanabi HVS-3000H/S digital HD/SD switcher.

One DVE card comes pre-installed on the HVS-1000HS, but an optional DVE card can be installed for increased flexibility on both the SD and HD version. On the SD switchers, this increases the capacity to two channels of DVE from each card. On the HD switchers, an optional DVE card provides one DVE channel.

The switcher comes standard with eight inputs and can be configured for up to 16 inputs. Four still pictures can be stored in frame memory and the HVS-1000HS features five standard outputs (PGM x 2, PVW x 1, AUX x 1, Input Preview x 1). It is optionally expandable to seven outputs. One channel of key is also standard. Up to three independent key layers and key edge/shadow generators are available. The two optional keys can be used for chroma key operations.

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