Roland has been entering Pro AV space for some time. The AeroCaster VRC-01 Its latest hardware offer in this space with a focus on streamers and creators. The mini video-switching console works almost entirely wirelessly and allows a multi-source video setup using only phones and laptops via WiFi or cellular.
You need to connect AeroCaster to an iPad to run the main mixing software, but all other video input Roland’s own AeroCaster camera mobile app allows wireless or laptop users to share remote screens via Chrome. In short, if you ever want to make a multi-cam podcast or music video, but don’t want the hassle of several dedicated cameras, AeroCaster lets you do it with the phones you have.
There are several strong credentials in this space for Roland’s V-Series Pro AV Video Switcher And mixer. With a focus on Twitchers and YouTubers (although you can stream on Facebook Live or any RTMP channel), VRC-01 seems to be a more consumer-friendly option. From the console you can switch cameras and mix audio in real time. For Pro-grade microphones some common audio effects such as two combo XLR inputs or TRS / phone inputs such as reverse and lip sync delay.
Many of the above functionality was already possible with some of Roland’s high-performance gear and its AeroCaster switcher app, but the VRC-01 and the new companion iPad app seem to be more accessible and accessible. In many ways, it feels like a video-friendly sibling GO: Mixer Pro X. Both offer “Prozumer” features in a smaller, more affordable package.
The VRC-O1 will be available in March and is priced at 295.
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