10 Best Production Switchers

Roland V-1HD

Roland V-1HD

For how small it is, the Roland V-1HD is surprisingly powerful, with 8-bit video processing and a built-in 12-channel audio mixer. It is limited to HDMI for its inputs, though, which may be a deal breaker for those who prefer SDI.

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Sony MCX-500 4-Input Global

Sony MCX-500 4-Input Global

The Sony MCX-500 4-Input Global supports integration with just about any Mac, PC, or tablet you prefer to use, so you don’t have to make any big adjustments to your current workflow other than adding this versatile piece of hardware to the mix.

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Blackmagic Design ATEM 2 M/E Broadcast

Blackmagic Design ATEM 2 M/E Broadcast

The Blackmagic Design ATEM 2 M/E Broadcast has 20 12G SDI inputs, making it one of the few professional-quality products capable of handling large-scale productions in a simple double rack space. It can store up to 32 graphics for rapid live deployment.

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SlingStudio Hub HD

SlingStudio Hub HD

The SlingStudio Hub HD is a totally wireless solution that’s ideal for productions where camera operators need as much freedom and flexibility as possible. You will need to invest in several of the company’s CameraLinks to complete the setup, though.

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Convergent Design Apollo Multi-Stream

Convergent Design Apollo Multi-Stream

If you need to keep your workstation as small as possible, the Convergent Design Apollo Multi-Stream will allow you to record from up to four inputs at once, with an additional recorded stream of your live video mix, all on a device the size of a reference monitor.

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Roland VR-4HD All-in-one HD AV Mixer

Roland VR-4HD All-in-one HD AV Mixer

In addition to the kinds of hardware you might expect to see on such a control panel, the Roland VR-4HD All-in-one HD AV Mixer features a display with a touchscreen interface to make a variety of tasks easier and more intuitive.

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Blackmagic Design ATEM 1 M/E Studio 4K

Blackmagic Design ATEM 1 M/E Studio 4K

If you’re handling video feeds whose resolutions exceed 1080p, you’ll want to invest in the Blackmagic Design ATEM 1 M/E Studio 4K . It boasts a total of 10 SDI inputs, as well, which makes it ideal for particularly large productions.

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Roland V-60HD Video

Roland V-60HD Video

Among the many features gracing the Roland V-60HD Video , one of the most useful it its dedicated transition time knob, which can smooth out your switches from one input to the next with incredibly specific timing, giving you more control over the pacing of your content.

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Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio HD Live

Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio HD Live

The Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio HD Live is a rack-mountable option that takes up about 2/3 of a standard slot, and that you can use with its built-in display or run out to another monitor and even pair with a more comprehensive control panel.

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Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio Pro HD

Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio Pro HD

An all-in-one solution for content producers, the Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio Pro HD works with both broadcast and consumer cameras, in addition to offering a slew of quick controls to access your most commonly used effects.

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