Snell & Wilcox’s Kahuna switcher covers 2006 FIFA World Cup for BBC

The BBC is using the Snell & Wilcox Kahuna SD/HD multiformat production switcher to enable SD and HD coverage of the 2006 FIFA World Cup from studios and facilities in both Munich and Berlin. Kahuna systems installed at both sites allow production staff to work with both SD and HD sources in the same mainframe, integrate them seamlessly into production and supply transmission feeds simultaneously in both formats.

A 4-M/E (mix/effects banks) Kahuna system in Berlin and 2-M/E system in Munich, both provided and installed by GearHouse Broadcast, allow the BBC production team and switcher operators to choose from a wide variety of sources — SD and HD cameras, VTRs and graphics systems — regardless of their format. Kahuna’s FormatFusion technology enables the integration of SD sources into HD productions without the need for outboard upconversion. The switcher offers simultaneous SD and HD operations in the same mainframe with the same control panel, enabling operators to allocate M/Es to either SD or HD sources, or to mix the two together on a single M/E.

Snell & Wilcox has provided support in the design of the system and in the training of freelance operators prior to the opening match. Support will also be available during the tournament, with on-site support at each broadcast venue and from Snell & Wilcox’s German offices.

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