Roland Switchers: How to Setup Clean HDMI Output on your Camera

Out of the box, some Camcorders and DSLR cameras may not output a usable signal with your Roland switcher. This can easily be corrected with your cameras settings, but note that not all DSLR cameras are capable of a clean HDMI output at a compatible resolution, especially older models.

 

This is a camera issue and not a Roland switcher issue. If you connect a DSLR to your switcher and see the camera's settings overlay, unplug it from the Roland switcher and connect directly to a TV, and you will see the same settings overlay.

 

There are so many camera models out there, but this guide will try to help you navigate camera setup. It will start with some general guidelines, followed by a list of cameras and their recommended settings.

  • Listed cameras may not be tested by Roland; listings based on customer inquiries and feedback.
  • This list does not guarantee camera compatibility with all Roland switcher models.
  • Listed camera settings and camera documentation subject to change.

If you have success with a particular model and want to share that information, please e-mail support and we'll be happy to review it.

 

 

How to Setup Clean HDMI Output

First, connect your camera's HDMI output to an input on your Roland switcher. If the resolution is compatible, it should display an image.

There are two types of inputs on Roland switchers, Standard and Scaling:

  • Standard inputs will cross-convert, but will not up or down convert the resolution.
    • This allows 1080i input and 1080p output, but not 720p input and 1080p output.

  • Scaling inputs will take multiple compatible resolutions and convert to the output resolution.
    • For an example, check out the V-8HD's Specifications Page, and under "Supported Video Input Formats", note how many more resolutions inputs 7 and 8 support.

 

Depending on your workflow and other equipment in your video system, you likely have the Roland switcher outputting a 1080P resolution at either 50 Hz or 59.94 Hz, depending on your country's standard.

  • The U.S. uses 59.94.

 

 

List of Cameras and Recommended Settings

Below is a list of cameras that are capable of clean HDMI output at 1080P 59.94, and their relevant settings.

  • Page numbers referenced are subject to change if the manufacturer updates the manual.

 

 

List of Manufacturers:

 

 

Canon

EOS M6 MK II [PDF Manual]

  • 1080P 59.94 HDMI Output:
    • Menu > Wrench Icon > Page 3 > HDMI Resolution > 1080p (p.511)
  • Clean HDMI Output:
    • Menu > Camera Icon > Page 5 > HDMI Info Disp > Clean FHD Output (p.280)

 

EOS M50 [PDF Manual]

  • 1080P 59.94 HDMI Output:
    • Menu > Wrench Icon > Page 3 > Video System > NTSC (p.290)
    • Menu > Wrench Icon > Page 3 > HDMI Resolution > FHD 1080 59.94P (p.290)
  • Clean HDMI Output:
    • Press the Info button on the back of the camera

 

Rebel T2i [PDF Manual]

Warning: This model will not output clean HD video, even with MagicLantern firmware. 

 

Rebel T3i [PDF Manual]

Warning: This model will not output clean HD video, even with MagicLantern firmware.

 

VIXIA HF G60 [PDF Manual]

  • 1080P 59.94 HDMI Output: 
    • Menu > Recording Setup > MP4 Resolution > 1920x1080 (p.40)
    • Menu > Recording Setup > MP4 Frame Rate > 59.94P (p.40)
    • Menu > Display Setup > HDMI Scan Mode > P (p.95)
    • Menu > Display Setup > HDMI Max Resolution > 1080P (p.95)
  • Clean HDMI Output:
    • Menu > Display Output > Output Onscreen Displays > Off (p.106)

 

XA10 [PDF Manual]

  • 1080P 59.94 HDMI Output: 
    • Menu > System Setup > HDMI 1080P Output > On (p.152)
  • Clean HDMI Output:
    • Menu > System Setup > Output Onscreen Displays > Off (p.150)

 

XA11 & XA15 [PDF Manual]

  • Coming Soon

 

XA40 & XA45 [PDF Manual]

  • Coming Soon

 

 

Nikon

Coolpix B500 [PDF Manual]

Warning: This model may not output live video, the HDMI appears to be for still/movie playback only (p.92)

  • 1080P 59.94 HDMI Output:
    • (Shooting Mode) Menu > Camera Icon > Movie Options > 1080/60i (p.122)
  • Clean HDMI Output:
    • Press the DISP button on the back of the camera (p.4)

 

D3200 [PDF Manual]

Coming Soon

  • 1080P 59.94 HDMI Output:
  • Clean HDMI Output:

 

 

Panasonic

AG-UX90 [PDF Manual]

  • 1080P 59.94 HDMI Output:
    • Menu > Output Setup > Resolution > 1080P (p.120)
  • Clean HDMI Output:
    • Menu > Disp Setup> Video Out OSD > Off (p.119)

 

 

Sony

a3000 [PDF Manual]

  • 1080i 59.94 HDMI Output:
    • Menu > Image Size > Record Setting > 60i 24M(FX) (p.49)
    • Note: 1080i only
  • Clean HDMI Output:
    • Menu > Camera > LCD Display (DISP) > No Disp. Info (p.51)

 

 

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