Manchester's 3sixtymedia, the ITV Productions/BBC Resources joint venture, has purchased a second Kahuna SD/HD multiformat production switcher to support general studio production. The new Kahuna is installed in Studio 8, where it will allow the company to meet current production demands while preparing for future growth.
"Since our installation of the first Kahuna in Studio 12 a year ago, we've heard nothing but positive feedback from vision mixers and production," said Paul Bennett, director of Northern Resources for ITV Productions. "We were originally attracted to the system because of its ability to switch to multiformat SD/HD operation without the need to purchase additional hardware and because the system introduces a maximum delay of only one frame. The open architecture of the desk gives us huge flexibility, and the auxiliary panel for a second operator has proved ideal for handling complex shows."
Kahuna's versatility allows for macro-based remapping of every button on the control surface and panels, allowing buttons to be programmed to perform tasks such as mixing two sources, selecting sources for a particular M/E bank, running a DVE move, controlling a disk recorder, or any number of other time-saving actions.