Polish broadcaster upgrades studios for smooth HD transition

Poland's TVN24 has upgraded its news studio video switcher systems with the installation of two Snell Kahuna 360 multiformat SD/HD production switchers.

The switchers, which replace existing systems, are providing the broadcaster with greater flexibility in handling SD and HD content. With the ability to work with HD and SD sources, TVN24 is positioned to make a smooth transition to HD.

"With our Kahuna 360 systems, we enjoy endless freedom in multiformat operations, and this is particularly important in our current migration from SD to HD," said Jarosław Kielmel, technical director at TVN24. "Switching the channel to HD is as simple as changing the Kahuna output format. The only criterion we must apply is that of signal quality, which the Kahuna's high-quality upconversion capability addresses easily."

The broadcaster's news production operations receive both HD and SD inputs, and the Kahuna systems accept either format, thereby eliminating the need to reconfigure inputs and outputs to accommodate different formats. The switcher automatically detects the format of the input signal and uses its FormatFusion3 technology, which supports a mix of SD, HD, 1080p and now 4K, to provide the output required by TVN24.

Kahuna 360 also offers Make M/E technology, which makes it easy for the operator to leverage available switcher power and create a tailor-made mix effect (M/E), delivering unmatched flexibility when sharing mainframe resources with multiple consoles. Kahuna 360 offers up to six full M/Es, seven keyers per M/E, 120 HD/SD inputs, 64 HD/SD outputs and a clip-store with 40 minutes SD or 8 minutes HD. The switcher also supports up to 16 simultaneous broadcast productions from a single mainframe.

Systems integrator Studiotech Poland supplied the Snell systems.