Panasonic Debuts AV-HS410 Multi-Format Live Switcher

Panasonic Solutions Company introduced of the AV-HS410, a new HD/SD “smart” switcher.

Building on the success of its predecessor, the AV-HS400A, the HS410 incorporates a host of new features, including a built-in high-resolution screen, video clip stores with timeline editing, effects memory preview, and for the first time in any Panasonic professional video product, an Application Program Interface (API) and SDK (Software Development Kit) for the creation of custom plug-in applications. The HS410 works well for use in applications ranging from broadcast and mobile production to house-of-worship and education, as well as rental and staging, government, and corporate video production.

The HS410 is a compact, 19-inch rack width 1+ ME live switcher that provides, as standard, nine signal inputs (eight HD-SDI, one scalable HD DVI-D), and is expandable with option boards to a maximum of 13 HD/SD switchable signal inputs. Five HD-SDI and one DVI-D outputs are standard equipment, with option boards enabling expansion to a maximum of 10 outputs. The built-in seven-inch color LCD panel can display selected video inputs or outputs (including MultiViewer out), menus and settings in an easy-to-read format, as well as the built-in waveform monitor and vectorscope.

Four Aux busses are provided to enable versatile production workflow, with mix transitions available on AUX1. Dual PinP (with transition memories), one DSK, and an upstream keyer with 3D flying key and Primatte Chroma key capabilities are also provided. Numerous high-quality 3D and 2D effects are available for transitions for both background and key. All input channels feature a built-in frame synchronizer, while upconverters are available for four channels and color correction for the eight HD-SD/SDI inputs. The HS410’s system frequency is switchable among 60Hz, 50Hz, and 24Hz, enabling international operation and digital cinema control. All input channels feature a built-in frame synchronizer; upconverters are available for four channels and video processing circuits for eight channels.

In addition to the flexibility provided by the HS410’s event, shot, and effects memories, the switcher’s clip store functions allow recording or playback of video and still images with related key signals, and the HS410’s memory preview enables pre-checking of video effects during live operation.

MultiViewer configurations include assignable screen divisions into 4, 5, 6, 9, 10 or 16 sections and support the display of time, audio level meters and 4:3 markers. The switcher’s simple panel layout features dedicated buttons for many common functions, as well as A bus and B bus rows with 12 crosspoint buttons (22 using the shift function), allowing easy access to a variety of internal and external sources.

The AV-HS410 will be available in December at a suggested list price of $12,990.

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