Panasonic Launches Compact HD Switcher

Panasonic Broadcast recently released the latest addition to its high-definition product line, the AV-HS300G switcher, a compact multiformat unit designed for smaller live event productions such as training seminars, conferences, church services and local cable origination, as well as for television stations transitioning from standard definition broadcasts to high definition.

The switcher accommodates both 720 and 1080 line HD signals and both NTSC (480 line) and PAL (576 line) standard definition video. It operates on 12 V DC and is small enough to easily fit into compact production vans and remote trucks.

The AV-HS300G is equipped with six inputs (five for either SD or HD SDI video and one for DVI/RGB). Three SD/HD SDI outputs and an HD analog component output are provided, as well as an Ethernet port for computer image importation and storage purposes. The switcher also provides tally outputs and has an internal six-channel frame synchronizer that automatically adjusts timing of incoming signals. External genlock synchronization is also available.

Panasonic Broadcast will offer a five input analog component option for the switcher.