PESA, Snell & Wilcox link routing and production switchers

New interface enables direct access to all Cheetah router sources from the Kahuna SD/HD production switcher control surface.

PESA and Snell & Wilcox have announced a new interface linking the PESA 3500PRO router control system and the Snell & Wilcox Kahuna SD/HD production switcher.

The interface allows the technical director in the production control room to access any input of PESA's Cheetah multirate video router directly from the Kahuna control surface.

The interface between the Kahuna production switcher and the PESA 3500PRO control software, which in turn is connected to the PESA Cheetah router, gives the Kahuna operator direct control over Cheetah inputs. Router source names are transferred to the production switcher control panel, and a physical connection between the Kahuna processing unit and the Cheetah router allows for the passage of video in either SDI or HD-SDI format.

The Cheetah, PESA's router system, is a digital routing switcher that handles SDI, HDTV and non-standard digital signals. The Cheetah is available in 64x64, 128x128, 256x256, and 512x512 frame sizes and can handle bit rates from 3Mb/s to 1.5Gb/s. It has input and output modules available in both copper and fiber.

Pesa’s 3500PRO series system controller provides a Windows-based user interface to the company's routing switcher control products. The system provides the quick-change capabilities required for rapid configuration of multiformat signal distribution and master control switching in production environments.

The Snell & Wilcox Kahuna switcher offers simultaneous SD and HD operation in the same mainframe with the same control panel. It is also enables the integration of SD sources into HD productions without outboard upconversion. Kahuna's flexibility enables users to work initially in SD or HD-only mode, and then upgrade to multiformat SD/HD operation. In multiformat SD/HD mode, Kahuna users can mix existing SD camera feeds, graphics, handheld shots, and archive footage directly into an HD production.

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