Denmark public broadcaster, TV2 Fyn, has purchased a Snell Kahuna switcher with two of the new Maverik configurable control panels to help drive its move into HD news production. Snell’s unique Kahuna Make M/E technology enables a single mainframe to support two independent studio operations, with both studios benefiting from full 2M/E production power, including super-keyers, eKeys and 3D DVEs, via Maverik control. The system also integrates a Sirius 800 router with built-in Advanced Hybrid Processing on every input and output, eliminating the need for external signal processing devices. The systems were supplied through AVIT-Systems, Snell’s partner in Denmark.
The Kahuna is fully integrated with TV2 Fyn’s Viz Mosart news automation system. Kahuna Watch provides automated loading of graphics to the on-board Clipstore to ease production workflows. Snell FormatFusion3 technology ensures that the system can handle SD, HD, 1080p and 4K simultaneously. The Kahuna also controls TV2’s on-air servers, providing instant access to multiple content streams via the Maverik panels.
“Switching and routing are the backbone of our news operations and we needed a system that would enable us to transition smoothly to HD,” said Michael Jensen (pictured), head of production at TV2 Fyn. “The Sirius router gives us the flexibility we need in a compact package, and the power of the Kahuna meant that we could provide full live HD and SD production capability to both news studios from a single mainframe, saving valuable rack space and cost; Snell was the only company that offered us this key benefit. The Maverik panels add flexibility, giving us exactly the control layout we need and enabling us to almost instantly reconfigure studio control if required to meet the needs of different productions.”
“Our Kahuna range delivers massive production power and a range of extra capabilities that make it a really comprehensive and effective switching platform,” said Robert Rowe, Snell managing director, live TV. “Add to this the versatility that the configurable Maverik panel offers, and the flexibility of the Sirius router, and it all adds up to a compelling proposition for broadcasters such as TV2 who require uncompromised production values in a highly cost-effective package.”