Snell & Wilcox Introduces Compact Kahuna

Snell & Wilcox has added to its Kahuna line with the release of its compact new Kahuna 1 M/E HD, an SD/HD multiformat production switcher.

Designed for live, fast-paced production environments, the Kahuna 1 M/E offers the performance and features of the Snell’s flagship Kahuna production switcher, but at an entry-level size and price, according to the company.

The 3 RU unit enables seamless, real-time mixing of SD and HD video, with a familiar user interface, in any format, without loss of quality, for live mobile, studio, and news productions. It also has four full effects keyers (each with chroma keyer) and resize capabilities.

“The Kahuna 1 M/E HD brings the full power of Kahuna to smaller applications and those that are space-constrained, with all of the flexibility of a multiformat production environment for enabling a gradual, controlled transition to HDTV,” said Joe Zaller, vice president, corporate development at Snell & Wilcox. “It is the ideal system for broadcasting operations that need a complete and self-contained solution for mixing in content from a variety of sources to deliver high-quality HD programs.”