Switchers and Routers at the 2013 NAB Show
It dominated the headlines and nabbed
prime spots right in front of seemingly
every other booth on the show floor.
All across product lines, this seemed to be
the year of 4K and nowhere more dramatically
than in production, where dozens
of manufacturers announced 4K options
within their production switcher lineups.
But the stalwart workhorse of HD held
steady, with many companies also offering
new hybrid models.
Blackmagic Design launched a 4K version
of its ATEM switcher, the ATEM Production
Studio 4K. It allows users to connect up to
eight SD, HD or Ultra HD 4K video cameras,
disk recorders and computers for live
production, and features chromakey, transitions,
media pool, downstream keyers,
audio mixer, multiview and 6G-SDI and
HDMI 4K video connections.
|Chuck Williamson (C) explains some of the features of the Broadcast Pix GraniteX 2000 live production system to Ray Lines (L) and Kevin Anthony from BYU Office of Information Technology.
BHV Broadcast introduced Callisto Micro, a
three-input SDI switcher designed for the
smallest of spaces. The 270 Mbps Callisto
can handle asynchronous SDI inputs and
offers remote control and broadside bus
Broadcast Pix introduced
Flint, the company’s first integrated
for the streaming market.
Flint delivers up to seven
simultaneous outputs, including
live TV shows,
streaming with Adobe Flash
at HD resolution, and internal
video recording. The
company also added three
new Granite X Series of live
video production systems,
each supporting 22 cameras and seven
channels of files.
Evertz showed off the new 3025EMC, a 3G
and HD/SD master control switcher and
For-A introduced two new switchers in its
HVS Series. The HVS-XT100 comes with
a separate main unit and control panel,
while the HVS-XT110 features a compact,
|Patrick Pfeiffer (L) from AV2P in France gets hands-on time with the For-A HVS-3920U switcher, under the guidance of Yudan Liu of For-A.
Grass Valley launched its GV Director
Integrated Nonlinear Live Production Center
targeting PEG and live production markets. The software-based Director features
a unique touchscreen interface and runs
on mostly common hardware components
forming a scalable CPU and GPU platform
with robust Grass Valley designed I/O
technology, providing for virtually unlimited
M/E buses, keyers, 2D/3D graphics,
localized clip storage and the ability to
handle baseband and file-based sources.
The company also showcased the latest
versions of its Kayenne and Karrera video
NewTek has added seven new companies
to its NewTek Developer Program, which
promotes an extended set of products
compatible with the company’s Tricaster
production system. The new partners include
AJA, Compix, Freeplay Music, Graphics
Outfitters, Haivision, Ustream and Utah
The BrandMaster family of branding
switchers was a highlight for Pixel Power,
which doubles as a master control switcher
and broadcast graphics channel-branding
Roland Systems Group showcased the V-
40HD multiformat live video switcher,
with 12 inputs on four channels plus one
background and two outputs buses with
|David Sabine (R) of Grass Valley leads a presentation on the Grass Valley Director Production System.
A busy NAB Show was had by Ross Video
which launched the Carbonite eXtreme,
a new take on the company’s production
system solution in that the device combines
production switching with signal
routing and distribution in the same chassis.
The company also introduced new
1080p 3G processing capabilities within
its Vision Octane series of production
switchers, as well as new features for the
MC1 compact switcher.
Rushworks introduced a three-tiered
VDESK touchscreen product line that records both Program mix and “iso” feeds
from integrated PTZ cameras, with “live”
program streaming. The company also
debuted REMO 22, a ruggedized portable
configuration that hosts the same Integrated
PTZ Production System software as
With its eye on the growing 4K market,
Snell showcased the Kahuna 360 multiformat
switcher, which now supports a mix
of SD, HD, 1080p and 4K formats. The company
also announced that it will now offer
4K functionality at no additional charge to
its product line.
Snell also introduced the Kahuna
Flare, a midrange multiformat production
switcher, with 1080p support.
Sony rebooted its Anycast streaming production
system with a new touchscreen
version. The Anycast Touch portable live
production system features a tilt-screen
touchscreen interface that includes video
switcher, audio mixer, special effects
generator and image still store, among
other features. Sony also introduced three
new multiformat switchers: the
MVS3000 PAC, a one M/E HD/SD
switcher; MVS620 PAC, a 2 M/E
version; and the 3 M/E MVS630
ROUTING & CONTROL
AJA Video Systems brought out
the AJA KUMO 3232, a compact
2RU SDI router with 32 inputs and
32 outputs. Features in the standalone
device include 3G SDI.
|David Bingham (L) of Snell shows the finer points of the company’s Kahuna 360 switcher with 4K IP capability to Paul Remo of Atomic Television.
The latest slate of RS-422 routing
and switching solutions from DNF
include the one-input,
eight-output SW1X8 as well as
VTR/DDR control options like the
Ensemble Designs introduced the
BrightEye NXT 430 Compact Router,
with 11 BNC connectors that can be
configured as either inputs or outputs. In
addition, there are two SFP modules slots
(small format pluggables), that may be
populated for additional inputs or outputs,
fiber optic or electrical.
Routing options from Evertz include enterprise
video routers like the EMR Video, a
high-density modular video router capable
of handling 3G, HD/SD and ASI. The company
also showed off mid-size and small
routers including the EQT family of SD/
Gefen showcased new routing matrix gear
including the 32 x 32 Modular Matrix,
which can route 32 mixed sources to 32
outputs at resolutions up to 1920 x 1200.
Harris showed off the Platinum IP3 integrated
router, a mixed-format video and
audio router with multiviewer functionality,
mux/demux, and advanced I/O options.
IHSE USA expanded the Draco tera compact
family of switchers with an 80-port
Miranda introduced new Nvision router
options for its Nvision NV8500 hybrid
router series, including a frame sync input
card that can take wild feeds or interfacility
signals of various video formats
and sync them to a house standard. The
NV8500 router now features the option of
a new DEM/EMB output card, a hybrid disembedding
and embedding card.
The company also announced that
Chuck Meyer, former president and CEO
of Nvision, which Miranda bought in 2008,
is returning to Miranda as CTO of its Core
Nverzion announced it has teamed with Ross
Video and 360 Systems to offer a fully integrated
automation, master control/routing,
video server and graphics package.
|Jay Warner (L) of ensemble designs discusses the company’s BrightEye NXT compact router with Bob Pectelidis of Lockwood Broadcasting.
PESA provided a technology
showing how its
latest Cheetah 4K 16
x 16 fiber-optic routing
data transport up
to 600m over multimode
Group introduced the
V-4EX video mixer
to the U.S. market,
which includes the
V-4 and V-8 lineup
of live performance
Ross showcased its
family of NK Series of
video, audio and machine
solutions, which provide 3G capabilities
and range from 16 x 4 to 144 x 144.
Sierra Video showed a number of options
from its routing lineup, including the Aspen
line of HD/SDI routing switchers,
Shasta HD routers, the Lassen family of
mixed format routers and Ponderosa routing
The 4K revolution continued in the Snell
booth, where the company showcased 4K
functionality within its Sirius 800 routing
switcher. The company also introduced the
Luna series of 1RU router control panels.
With its eye also on the 4K market,
Thinklogical demonstrated routing solutions
including the VX and HDX series of
routers, which offer up to 6.25 Gbps of
bandwidth and can operate over multimode
or single mode fiber-optic cable.
Thomson Video Networks showed its Amethyst
III high-density redundancy switch,
now with IP inputs and outputs in addition
to ASI interfaces.
TV One was at the show with the C3-340
CORIO matrix switcher, a modular video
matrix router, as well as the C2-8000 universal
Utah Scientific introduced the UTAH-100/
UDS routing switcher, with 4K signal capabilities.
Routers in this new series range
from 32 x 32 to 144 x 144 and offer the
same control options as the UDS routers.
Also new this year is the UTAH-400 Series
2 routing switcher in a 72 x 72 frame;
and the UCP-LC3 control panel for the
UTAH-400 series of routing switchers.