SOFT expands HD handling

French production company SOFT is expanding the HD handling and output capacity in its new 14-camera outside broadcast unit.

SOFT is using the Kahuna SD/HD multiformat production switcher from Snell & Wilcox to accomplish this. The Kahuna provides SOFT with a cost-effective means of working with any type of signal received during production.

Kahuna enables simultaneous SD and HD operations on the same control surface and in the same mainframe. Snell & Wilcox's FormatFusion technology allows operators to integrate any SD video into HD productions seamlessly or to output HD material as an SD feed, both without the need for upconversion or downconversion. The conversion of material, such as camera feeds and graphics, is invisible to the operator and managed internally, allowing SOFT to spend less on external gear, to conserve space inside the truck and to reduce the amount of heat created by its production systems.

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