Grass Valley Launches Kula AV Switcher

The mixer includes full clip-store integration to graphics creation and editing, and provides built-in multiviewer capability. Designed to support the needs of smaller operations.

From only a 2RU mainframe, the compact Kula AV delivers the largest IO count in its switcher class, according to Grass Valley, with 40 video and 80 audio inputs. Controlled with a 19” Kula panel and Mav audio module, the system can be loaded into a flypack for transportation to rental or ENG locations. This solution is designed to reduce the complexity during setup and empowers a single operator to create a high-end production.

In addition to Grass Valley’s FormatFusion3 technology, which auto-senses and converts combinations of SD, HD and 1080p to the required output, the Kula AV’s integrated audio mixing capabilities include embed/de-embedding, clean and quiet audio switching, and audio-follow-video mode for simplified control.

“Producing first-class content is increasingly important to customers outside the traditional broadcast space – from corporate events to sports and live entertainment venues as well as houses of worship. We are a clear market leader in providing highly responsive, proven solutions for venue media production and Kula AV puts all of our expertise into an easy to deploy package, at an entry-level price,” said Mark Hilton, vice president of live production at Grass Valley. “By bringing the power and capability of multiple systems into a compact form factor that will fit in even the most confined spaces, we allow smaller production operations to meet the demand for compelling, high quality content.”

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