HD/SD 1M/E Video Switcher
HVS-300HS / 300RPS

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Unrivalled Features, Unequalled Cost Performance

The HVS-300HS is the newest addition to FOR-A’s popular Hanabi series and represents one of the most powerful, compact, broadcast level switchers on the market. Although small, its 1 Rack Unit main frame is packed with features including; Frame synchronizing and re-sizing engine on every channel which allow any Standard Definition equipment to be used in full HD mode. It also has plenty of wipe patterns including 2D and 3D DVE transitions. The base unit also has keyer with chroma key, DSK, Dual picture in picture, 16-channel Multi Viewer, Still Stores and much more. It is perfectly suited for a wide-range of applications including studio production, event and sports coverage, news, live staging and corporate use.

HVS-300HS eTutorial Site

Compact Main Frame

The HVS-300HS incorporates up to 12 inputs and 8 outputs, Frame Synchronizer, Re-sizing Engine, Still Store, Keyer with Chroma Key,DSK, and a wide array of other functions in a compact EIA 1U size.

Redundant Power Model: HVS-300RPS

The HVS-300RPS model has in addition a redundant power supply installed in a 2U frame. All input, output, system features and additional I/O options are same the HVS-300HS 1U model.


4 HD/SD-SDI inputs and outputs are provided in the standard configuration. This includes 2 PGM outputs and 2 AUX outputs. With optional I/O cards we can provide up to a maximum 12 Inputs and 8 Outputs, including analog component, analog composite, DVI, and RGB.

Supported Formats;
1080/60i, 1080/59.94i, 1080/50i, 1080/24PsF, 1080/23.98PsF, 720/60p, 720/59.94p, 720/50p, 525/60 (NTSC), 625/50 (PAL)

Frame Synchronizers

Each input is fitted with its own frame synchronizer which can be turned on or off for minimum delay. This also allows any sources without genlock capability (such as consumer devices or computers) to be used. When “genlocking” everything, we provide Black Burst or Tri-level sync output. Proc Amp features are also provided for each input.

Up-converter/Re-sizing Engine

Up-converter/ re-sizing engine is provided on every input. Should you need to use Standard Definition equipment in HD mode, just plug in. This is ideal for users making the transition to HD production.


The HVS-300HS and the HVS-300RPS also supports many types of interfacing, such as RS-422, Editor, ARCNET, Ethernet, GPI and Tally.


One Keyer and one DSK are as standard features for the HVS-300HS and the HVS-300RPS. The Keyer provides an easy to use broadcast level Chroma Key. Both Keyer and DSK are equipped with a 2D DVE for positioning graphics or over the shoulder shots.


For transitions the switcher offer CUT, MIX and over 100 wipe patterns, plus 56 2D/3D-DVE Wipe patterns. It also has separate transitions for the keyers and picture in picture functions. And these effects are can be modified from standard patterns.

2 Still Stores

The switcher also comes with 2 dedicated still stores, which can upload or download images (JPEG and TARGA) via the USB port. The USB port also makes up and down-loading user settings quick and easily.

4/10/16 Split Multi Viewer

One of the most popular new features of our switcher is its built in 16-channel multi viewer, a standard feature of the HVS-300HS and the HVS-300RPS. You can freely assign any input or output (program or preview) to the multi viewer, using either its 4, 10 or 16 channel display. The multi viewer also features tally and titling functions so that users always know which signals are going to each output.

2 Picture-in-Picture

For box shots, over the shoulder shots and graphic display, there are two dedicated Picture-in-Picture channels that can display a compressed image of any input from 1% to 25%. These are in addition to the keyer DVEs. Users can also Expand, Squeeze, Crop and add Borders with the dual Picture-in-Picture mode.
These effects can be assigned to user buttons so that fade-ins, fade-outs, slide-ins and slide-outs for Picture-in-Picture transitions can be operated by single button operations.

OSD (On-screen Display)

OSD is provided for access to controls from every control panels to allow switcher settings to be displayed on a preview output so that configurations can easily be modified and status verified at a glance.

4 Control Panels

The HVS-300HS has 4 types (HVS-300RPS has 3 types) of control units. These control units are available to suit any working environment and provide a level of redundancy to support any operator or engineers production needs.

HVS-30OU:Operation Unit

The HVS-30OU control unit is a traditional type of control panel with large bus buttons, AUX buttons, a fader, and function buttons laid out to maximize ease of operation.

HVS-30GUI:Remote Control Software

The HVS-300HS and HVS-300RPS also can be controlled via the remote control software graphical user interface the HVS-30GUI.
The HVS-30GUI can be installed on any PC and will provide users with full remote switcher control over LAN.

HVS-30FP:Front Control Panel

The HVS-30FP, is a simple and compact HVS-300HS control unit to fit on the front of the main unit and can be installed into a 1U rack space.(HVS-30FP cannot be installed in HVS-300RPS.)

HVS-30RU: Remote Control Unit

The HVS-30RU remote control unit can be used for remote switching or as an AUX remote control.

HVS-30OU Front View

HVS-30FP and HVS-30RU Front View

HVS-30GUI Details

HVS-300HS Rear View (HVS-300RPS has same interfaces)


The HVS-300HS/300RPS can have up to 12 inputs and 8 outputs when optional I/O cards are installed. There are four extra slots available, 2 for inputs and 2 for outputs. These can be used with optional I/O cards for HD/SD-SDI, Analog Component, Analog Composite, DVI and Analog RGB signals.


The optional HD/SD-SDI input card provides 4 extra inputs.

HVS-30HSDO HD/SD-SDI Output Card

The optional HD/SD-SDI output card provides 2 additional outputs. The HD/SD-SDI output cards have a 3rd down-converted SD output as well.

HVS-30HSAI Analog Video Input Card

The analog input card provides 2 analog inputs. These can be set up as composite, component or one of each.

HVS-30HSAO Analog Video Output Card

The analog output card provides 2 analog outputs. These can be set up as composite, component or one of each. Of course the composite is down converted (Second channel is resizable) and the component output is resizable in HD mode.

HVS-30PCIN PC (DVI/VGA) Input Card

For computer-based applications we have an input card with one DVI-D and one VGA connector with resolutions ranging from VGA to WUXGA.

Input Resolutions

HD mode 1080i/PsF 1024 x 768 (XGA), 1280 x 1024 (SXGA), 1600 x 1200 (UXGA), 1280 x 768 (WXGA), 1680 x 1050 (WSXGA), 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA)
720p 1024 x 768 (XGA), 1280 x 1024 (SXGA), 1280 x 768 (WXGA)
SD mode 640 x 480 (VGA), 800 x 600 (SVGA), 1024 x 768 (XGA)

Not supported of HDCP

Input Card Configuration

Input Port 1 Input Port 2 Number of inputs
- - HD/SD-SDI x 4 (standard)
HVS-30HSAI - HD/SD-SDI x 4, Analog x 2
HVS-30HSAI HVS-30HSAI HD/SD-SDI x 4, Analog x 4
HVS-30HSAI HVS-30PCIN HD/SD-SDI x 4, Analog x 2, PC x 2
HVS-30PCIN - HD/SD-SDI x 4, PC x 2
HVS-30HSDI HVS-30HSAI HD/SD-SDI x 8, Analog x 2

HVS-30PCO PC (DVI/VGA) Output Card

For computer-based applications we have an output card with one DVI-Dand one VGA connector with resolutions ranging from VGA to WUXGA.

Output Resolutions

HD mode 1080i/PsF 1280 x 1024 (SXGA), 1600 x 1200 (UXGA), 1680 x 1050 (WSXGA), 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA)
720p 1280 x 1024 (SXGA), 1280 x 768 (WXGA)
SD mode 800 x 600 (SVGA)

Not supported of HDCP

Input Card Configuration

Output Port 1 Output Port 2 Number of outputs
- - HD/SD-SDI x 4 (standard)
HVS-30HSAO - HD/SD-SDI x 4, Analog x 2
HVS-30HSAO HVS-30HSAO HD/SD-SDI x 4, Analog x 4
HVS-30HSAO HVS-30PCO HD/SD-SDI x 4, Analog x 2, PC x 2
HVS-30PCO - HD/SD-SDI x 4, PC x 2
HVS-30HSDO - HD/SD-SDI x 6 (+SD-SDI x 1)
HVS-30HSDO HVS-30HSAO HD/SD-SDI x 6 (+SD-SDI x 1), Analog x 2
HVS-30HSDO HVS-30PCO HD/SD-SDI x 6 (+SD-SDI x 1), PC x 2

HVS-AUX8/AUX16 AUX Remote Panel

We have optional AUX remote panels with either 8 or 16 buttons. The 8-button panel is half a rack wide, and the 16-button panel is of a full rack width. One can daisy-chain multiple AUX remote control units via ARCNET. Furthermore, a cable extension kit is available so that the button panel can be detached from the main unit.

HVS-TALOC20/32 HVS-TALR20/32 Tally Interface Unit

    Tally Interface with power supply: There are 4 types available for both Open Collector and Relay systems with choices of 20 or 32 contacts respectively.

  • HVS-TALOC20: Open Collector system with 20 contacts
  • HVS-TALOC32: Open Collector system with 32 contacts
  • HVS-TALR20: Relay system with 20 contacts
  • HVS-TALR32: Relay system with 32 contacts

HVS-30S3D 3D Monitoring Software

A stereoscopic 3D option enables simultaneous switching of the two channels left and right. Field sequential output is also possible, making it easy to check video. While not meant for regular viewing, since switching takes place in field units, it is valuable for checking the status of stereoscopic 3D video onsite.

HVS-30TALR Tally Interface Card

Tally relay interface card (18 terminals). Up to 2 cards can be installed (the slot is shared with I/O cards).

HVS-30ED Editor Interface Software

Interface software to connect with an Editor: It is BVS-3000 and GVG-100 Protocol compliant.



Number of M/Es 1 M/E
Control Panel 3 types
HVS-30OU: 1M/E 12-button model
HVS-30RU: 1M/E 12-button model (OSD menu display) (HVS-30FP: 1 M/E 12-button panel kit)
HVS-30GUI: GUI application (PC required)
Video Formats 1080/59.94i, 1080/60i, 1080/50i, 1080/24PsF, 1080/23.98PsF, 1080/25PsF, 1080/29.97PsF, 1080/30PsF, 720/59.94p, 720/60p, 720/50p 525/60 (NTSC) , 625/50 (PAL)
Video Input HD-SDI: 1.5 Gbps or SD-SDI: 270 Mbps 75Ω BNC x 4
* Frame synchronizer on each input
Video Input (optional)
HVS-30HSDI/HSDI-A HD-SDI: 1.5 Gbps or SD-SDI: 270 Mbps 75Ω BNC x 4
HVS-30HSAI HD analog component, SD analog component, Analog composite
HVS-30PCIN DVI-D: XGA to WUXGA (1080i) (HDCP incompatible), XGA to WXGA (720p) (HDCP incompatible), VGA to XGA (SD) (HDCP incompatible) RGB: XGA to WUXGA (1080i), XGA to WXGA (720p), VGA to XGA (SD)
Number of Inputs Standard: 4 (SDI), Max.: 12 (with HSDI x 2 or HSDI-A x 2)
Video Output HD-SDI: 1.5 Gbps or SD-SDI: 270 Mbps 75Ω BNC x 4 (PGM x 2, AUX1 and 2)
Video Output (optional)
HVS-30HSDO Analog composite: 1.0Vp-p, 75Ω, BNCAnalog composite: 1.0Vp-p, 75Ω, BNC
HVS-30HSAO HD analog component, SD analog component, Analog composite
HVS-30PCO DVI-D: SXGA to WUXGA/HDTV (1080i) (HDCP incompatible), SXGA/WXGA (720p) (HDCP incompatible), SVGA (SD) (HDCP incompatible)
RGB: SXGA to WUXGA (1080i), SXGA/WXGA (720p), SVGA (SD)
YPBPR: HDTV(1080i)
Number of Outputs Standard: 4 (SDI), Max.: 8 (with 2 output cards)
AUX Outputs Standard: 2, Max.: 3 * OSD menu is available on a PREV output screen
Signal Processing 4:2:2 Digital component
Quantization HD/SD-SDI: 10-bit
Effect WIPE: 100 patterns, Border and Softness, DVE: 56 patterns or more (2D and 3D)
Transition Execution: Fader lever, AUTO or CUT button, Type: MIX or WIPE (DVE included) , Transition Preview function
Still Store 2 channels (with backup feature)
Keyer/DSK 2 channels (KEYER x 1 + DSK x 1) of Bus, Luminance or Full key, 2D DVE on each channel
KEYER: Chroma key and Edge/Shadow effect
P in P 2 channels (up to 1/4 of the full screen size) with Mix, Slide or Scaling effect
Multiviewer 4-, 10- or 16-way split views with title and tally display
Process Amp Process Amp feature on each input
Event Memory 100 events
Genlock Input BB: NTSC: 0.429 Vp-p/PAL: 0.45 Vp-p or Tri-level Sync: 0.6 Vp-p, 75Ω BNC x 1, loop-through (Terminate with 75Ω terminator, if unused.)
System Phase Adjust Horizontal: -1/2 H to +1/2 H
Genlock Output BB: NTSC: 0.429 Vp-p/PAL: 0.45 Vp-p or Tri-level Sync: 0.6 Vp-p, 75Ω BNC x 1
I/O Delay 1 H (minimum delay)
1 to 2 frames + 1 H (when FS or Up-resize engine used)
2 to 3 frames + 1 H: (when FS or Up-resize engine plus DVE used)
3 to 4 frames + 1 H: (when FS or Up-resize engine plus Output resize engine and DVE used)
Interfaces Ethernet: 10BASE-T RJ-45 x 1
* For HVS-30GUI connection
GPI IN/TALLY OUT: 15-pin D-sub (female) x 1, 6-input/6-output, TTL negative logic pulse or Make-contact
TALLY OUT (with HVS-30TALR): 37-pin D-sub (female) x 1 (with inch screws), Make-contact (18 outputs added per card, up to 2 cards available)
RS-422: 9-pin D-sub (female) x 1 (with inch screws)
* For HVS-30RU and tally unit connection
EDITOR: 9-pin D-sub (female) x 1 (with inch screws), BVS-3000 or GVG protocol
ARCNET: 75Ω BNC x 1, loop-through (Terminate with 75Ω terminator, if unused.)
* For control panel and AUX remote panel connection
Temperature / Humidity 0ºC to 40ºC / 30% to 90% (no condensation)
Power 100 V AC to 240 V AC ±10%, 50/60 Hz
Consumption HVS-300HS: 191 W (at 100-120 V AC) 211 W (at 220-240 V AC)
HVS-300RPS: 224 W (at 100-120 V AC) 221 W (at 220-240 V AC)
HVS-30OU: 23 W (at 100-120 V AC) 25 W (at 220-240 V AC)
HVS-30RU: 26 W (at 100-120 V AC) 29 W (at 220-240 V AC)
Dimensions / Weight HVS-300HS: 430 (W) x 430 (D) x 44 (H) mm / 8 kg (in Standard), 10 kg (in Full Option)
HVS-300RPS: 430 (W) x 430 (D) x 88 (H) mm / 9 kg (in Standard), 11 kg (in Full Option)
HVS-30OU: 420 (W) x 246 (D) x 87.2 (H) mm / 3 kg
HVS-30RU: 430 (W) x 42 (D) x 44 (H) mm / 1 kg
Consumables Power supply unit: Replace every 5 years
Cooling fan: Replace every 6 years
Accessories Manual, AC cord, Rack mount brackets and BNC cable (10 m)
Options HVS-30HSDO: SDI Output card
HVS-30HSAO: Analog Output card
HVS-30PCO: PC Output card
HVS-30TALR: Tally Relay Output card (18-output)
HVS-30ED: Editor Interface software
HVS-30VR: Virtual Link software
HVS-30S3D: 3D Monitoring software
HVS-AUX8/16/32: AUX Remote Control Unit
HVS-TALR20/32: Tally Relay Output unit (20/32-output)
HVS-TALOC20/32: Tally Open Collector Output unit (20/32-output)

PC Requirements for HVS-30GUI

OS Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2 or higher
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium or higher
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
CPU Intel Pentium 4 Processor 1.2 GHz or higher
Memory 512 MB or more
HDD 20 MB or more free space
Graphics 1280 x 768 pixels or higher resolution, 24-bit color, Graphics card with 64 MB or more (OpenGL 1.0 or 2.0 supported)
Interfaces Ethernet: 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX, RJ-45 x 1
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