Snell & Wilcox, Harris to demonstrate Kahuna/NewsForce solution at NAB 2008
Snell & Wilcox has integrated its Kahuna SD/HD
multiformat production switcher with the NewsForce SD/HD newsroom system from
Harris Corporation. As part of this collaboration, engineers from Harris and
Snell & Wilcox worked together over a period of several months to integrate
Kahuna with a broad range of Harris products including the Harris Platinum
router, NEXIO AMP server, ADC automation system, Inscriber G7 3D graphics
systems, and the CENTRIO multiviewer.
The two companies will demonstrate a joint Kahuna/NewsForce
solution in the Harris booth (N2502) at the upcoming NAB 2008 exhibition, which
is being held from April 14-17 in
Vegas. This presentation will highlight the power of
Kahuna for automated newsroom applications by using an AP ENPS rundown to
deliver instructions to the Harris ADC automation system, which will drive the
Kahuna — queuing, playing, and switching media elements from that list and
advancing them to air.
“The integration of Kahuna and the Harris NewsForce
system gives our joint customers a powerful solution for delivering high
quality, automated news broadcasts,” said Joe Zaller, VP of corporate
development at Snell & Wilcox. “It also broadens our commitment of
making Kahuna interoperable with as many third-party products as possible.
Through our work with Harris we have added significantly to the list of
components that can be managed seamlessly by Kahuna.”
“ADC control of the Snell & Wilcox Kahuna
production switcher adds yet another level of functionality to the NewsForce
solution, which provides broadcast operations of all sizes with a comprehensive
range of newsroom production and management capabilities,” said Tim
Thorsteinson, president of Harris Broadcast Communications. “The Harris
commitment to interoperability is providing concrete benefits to today’s broadcasters.
With the interoperable NewsForce solution, customers can gain unprecedented
capability to speed their news products to air.”