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Snell's New Kahuna CF+ Multiformat Switcher Targets News, Mobile, and Regional Studio Applications
Posted on Friday, September 11, 2009


Newest Kahuna Model Offers Uncompromising Performance When Space Is at a Premium


READING, U.K. — Sept. 11, 2009 — Snell today introduced the Kahuna CF+ in response to customer requests for a compact, cost-effective, compromise-free SD/HD multiformat production switcher. Housed in a single 6RU compact frame, the Kahuna CF+ is the most powerful and cost-effective 2.5-M/E production switcher on the market. This newest member of the Kahuna family serves as a stand-alone solution for sophisticated switching and offers more choice in space-constrained environments.


The Kahuna CF+ shares the same specifications of larger Kahuna systems, as well as a compact full-function control surface and the intuitive interface that makes Kahuna switchers a familiar favorite among technical directors and other users across the industry. The Kahuna CF+ supports external device control without the need for additional boxes, ensuring smooth integration into studios while reducing the cost, complexity, and power consumption of the installation. 


"The Kahuna CF+ is unique in offering tremendous power within a design that accommodates small production spaces while at the same time providing an extensive array of options that meets the most advanced production demands," said John Carter, product manager at Snell. "With the Kahuna CF+, we offer the proven switching capabilities of the established Kahuna series in a compact form factor that is easy to set up and is at an extremely attractive price point."


The power provided by the Kahuna CF+ is the result of 2.5 M/E banks, twenty FormatFusion engines, a 24-crosspoint control surface, 40 multiformat inputs and 32 outputs, four channels of 3-D DVE, an eight-channel clipstore, 10 resize engines, 10 full effects keyers including chroma key, enhanced effects memories, and timeline and macro control. 


About Kahuna:
Kahuna from Snell is the world's first and only true multiformat SD/HD production switcher. Thanks to a Snell technology called FormatFusion, Kahuna enables simultaneous SD and HD operations in the same mainframe and on the same control panel. This vastly simplifies the HDTV transition for broadcasters by eliminating the need for external HDTV up/down/crossconverters in the live production environment, as well as the cost and the signal path delay associated with these products. Kahuna has the smallest size mainframe, lowest weight, and lowest power consumption when compared with other large switchers, and it has been integrated with dozens of third-party products including routers, servers, automation systems, and controllers.