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New Mexico PBS Taps Snell Kahuna for HD Video Production

Station picked Snell switcher because of its reliability, ease of use and image quality

New Mexico PBS, located at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, is using a Snell Kahuna standard definition/high definition multi-format production switcher in its new HD production control room and studio.
The Kahuna provides the reliability, ease of use and image quality that New Mexico PBS required for its video production facilities, in addition to improving the efficiency of the overall workflow, according to Snell.
“We produce both public affairs programs and documentaries with live studio content, so video production is a very important part of what we do,” said Jim Gale, New Mexico PBS’ director of engineering and operations. The station evaluated its option before settling on the Snell switcher because “at a facility like ours, it is important to invest in both a product and company that will be around for the next 15 years,” Gale said.
Snell says an internal resizing engine enables the Kahuna to handle any format or aspect ratio on the fly, and Snell’s FormatFusion technology enables simultaneous SD and HD operations in the same mainframe and on the same control panel.