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Snell Launches Kahuna 360 Compact, the Smaller Switcher That’s Packed With Power for Live Production
Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Cost-Effective New Switcher Offers 1080p Switching and Complete Multi-format Functionality of Larger Kahuna 360 in a Compact 6-RU Frame Size
READING, U.K. — March 29, 2012 —At the 2012 NAB Show, Snell will introduce the Kahuna 360 Compact, a smaller-frame version of the company's Kahuna 360 video switcher, and one that is ideal for live production environments. Offering true 1080p switching in a 6-RU chassis, the new Kahuna 360 Compact enables a smooth and cost-effective migration from SD to HD to 1080p, making Snell's award-winning production switcher technology accessible to an even wider audience.
Easy to deploy and equipped with the familiar Kahuna interface, the Kahuna 360 Compact is ideal for OB trucks, studio-based productions, houses of worship, and other live production applications. The new switcher delivers all of the functionality of the full-sized Kahuna 360, with up to three full mix/effects (M/E) and seven keyers per M/E, as well as Snell's exclusive Make M/E™ technology, which enables multiple independent sublevel switchers. The groundbreaking FormatFusion3 technology provides the ability to mix HD, SD, and even single-link 1080p sources into a single production, and has multiple outputs of SD, HD, and 1080p — making the Kahuna 360 Compact ideal for transitioning operations from HD to 1080p. Like the larger Kahuna 360, the Kahuna 360 Compact breaks the tradition of fixed M/Es, fixed resources, and fixed formats, and supports many simultaneous productions that would otherwise require multiple switchers. 
"Today's newsroom, studios, and OB trucks operate at a faster pace than ever before while simultaneously supporting a variety of production and format demands such as SD, HD, 1080p, and 3D. The Kahuna 360 Compact offers more firepower and greater flexibility than ever seen before in a switcher of this frame size, with a completely scalable path to the functionality and format support required by any sized production," said John Carter, senior product manager at Snell. "At the 2012 NAB Show, we're looking forward to showing how the Kahuna 360 Compact can bring Kahuna's revolutionary technology, massive power, and unmatched flexibility to an even broader range of live production applications."