Snell gives Kahuna IMPAKT

Snell & Wilcox has added new functionality to its SD/HD Kahuna production switcher with the help of Kahuna IMPAKT, a new suite of 3D digital video effects.

The company says Kahuna now offers up to four twin-channel 3D DVEs that users can apply in either SD, HD, or both, and which work in source-based or bus-based modes, allowing both background and fill-and-key manipulation. IMPAKT brings a number of new effects to the switcher, including spheres, slabs, zooms, warps, tiling, ripples, rolls and peels, fragmentation, lighting effects, and corner pinning. All these options are housed in the Kahuna s compact, 11-RU mainframe and require no additional connections or extra rack space.

One feature that will be of help to sports broadcaster is the option to control DVEs directly from the main Kahuna control surface or from a separate 1-M/E Kahuna control panel for productions requiring a separate DVE operator. Kahuna s DVEs can also be timelined, allowing for full key-frameable control, easy editing and pausing, and play/store recalls.

Joe Zaller, vice president of marketing at Snell & Wilcox, says IMPAKT gives technical directors complete control over the desired effects and the power to apply them in SD, HD, or both modes simultaneously. “It ensures that Kahuna operators can easily achieve the high production values that clients demand without having to utilize a dedicated outboard DVE unit, he says.

Pre-packaged options include a two-tile and four-tile model, with four or eight visible surfaces for multiple box effects. A push and squeeze model for transitions in which the top surface slides away or is squashed to the edge of the frame to reveal a new source below could also be helpful to sports broadcasters.

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