“ The V-4 is a 4-channel Video Mixer made for portable or fixed installation use. It is ideal for use in nightclubs, places of worship, theatres, and other live performances. The compact design of the V-4 gives you the freedom to make your video sources come alive. For cutting-edge Multimedia artists, the V-4 offers V-LINK, an exciting new feature from Edirol and Roland that provides for realtime performance control over digital video, for the ultimate in creative expression. V-LINK allows the user to trigger clips, perform video effects and transitions in real-time when connected with the Edirol PR-80 (sold separately). The V-4 video mixer also has MIDI in/out/through, for real-time or sequenced control of video sources with effects and transitions. „
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Edirol V-4 is a good video mixer for some low budget TV stations or VJ performances. What does it offer?
It offers superb Video mixing capabilities, as long as you can go with 2 channels of output. It has 4 inputs, but can mix only 2 of them and send them to output. Also a bit distracting thing is that it offers only one preview with 5 buttons for selecting which input/output will be seen on a preview monitor. Has over 150 built-in transition effects placable on one of 9 programmable memory positions. Each memory position includes 1 standard crossfade and two alternate transitions which gives total of 19 transition effects on 2 touches of finger. It also includes chroma/luma key effects, still/freeze, and many other things I personally have found no use for, so I will not write about them. Also included there is black/whiteout button. Many settings have been transfered to the software meny thus saving on space.
What it has not is the reason why it has only three star rating. It processes NO SOUND. and it also can work with only two channels at the same time. What does it mean? Well, if you need TV logo in corner of TV, you lock one of channels, and lose any point in using this mixer for TV station. But, it can be fixed with device called logo inserter. And sound can be processed with any 4-channel sound mixer, and make top quality stuff.