Omnibus Automation Controls Snell & Wilcox Kahuna

May 21, 2008
Snell and Wilcox has announced that its Kahuna production switcher can now be controlled by Omnibus Columbus automation. The combination allows broadcasters to automate delivery of news programming from a variety of formats and sources.

"The Kahuna/Columbus integration reflects our ongoing commitment to give customers access to the latest and most state-of-the-art devices that complement our automation and control functionality," said John Cunningham, executive vice president of development and services at OmniBus. "Kahuna is a powerful addition to the portfolio of devices that an operator can control on the Columbus system, and it provides unprecedented functionality for integrating SD sources into HD news productions."

Columbus automation is directed by a newsroom computer system and drives off-air events through the Kahuna switcher. The Kahuna features simultaneous SD and HD operations, allowing a seamless integration of both sources into news programming without the need for outboard conversion. The automation software allows users to access the Kahuna's 3D video effects and to enable audio and video transitions.

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