Stortinget, the broadcasting arm of the Norwegian Parliament has chosen a Snell Kahuna 360 Compact multi-format production switcher and a Snell Sirius 830 large-scale router with Advanced Hybrid Processing (AHP) for the final phase of its migration to HD operations. Supplied and integrated by Video 4 AS and Megahertz Broadcast Systems, the Kahuna 360 Compact and Sirius 830 enable live 1080p coverage of all Parliament sessions.
Stortinget streams all live sessions from parliamentary chambers and hearing rooms to its website, which also offers a video library of pre-recorded sessions for viewing on demand. In a 6U mainframe, the Kahuna 360 Compact acts as a shared switcher to re-distribute resources across Stortinget’s four control rooms. Using Snell’s Make M/E technology, operators are able to custom-build an M/E feature set to match the production requirements of each control room, with a 2 M/E Compact Kahuna control panel and three Kahuna micropanels providing the control surfaces.
“The production switcher and router are the workhorses in any high-output broadcast facility, and we knew we’d need to choose these systems carefully for the design of our new HD studio,” said Thomas Andresen, advisor, Stortinget. “With the Snell Kahuna 360 Compact and Sirius 830, we chose wisely indeed. In addition to uncompromised broadcast quality and high reliability, both systems provide the ease of use that Snell is known for. This was especially important since we needed to enable freelancers from NRK to come in and use the systems without any significant training.”
Snell’s Sirius 830 router gives Stortinget up to 288×288 inputs and outputs in a 16U frame size, with an additional 144 independently controllable outputs for connection to multiviewer solutions. It provides embedding and de-embedding and applies its AHP functionality on every input and output. Integrating multiple channels of processing modules into a single chassis minimises for external glue.