Panasonic Unveils AV-HS410 ‘Smart’ Switcher

Features a high-resolution screen, video clip stores with timeline editing, effects memory preview, an application program interface and software development kit.
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Panasonic Solutions Company introduces its AV-HS410, a new HD/SD “smart” switcher that incorporates a host of new features over its predecessor, the AV-HS400A.

Those features include a high-resolution screen, video clip stores with timeline editing, effects memory preview, and, for the first time in any Panasonic professional video product, an application program interface (API) and software development kit (SDK) for the creation of custom plug-in applications.

Applications for the HS410 range from broadcast and mobile production, to house-of-worship and education, as well as rental and staging, government and corporate video production.

The HS410 is a compact, 19-inch rack width 1+ ME live switcher that provides, as standard, nine signal inputs (eight HD-SDI, one scalable HD DVI-D), and is expandable with option boards to a maximum of 13 HD/SD switchable signal inputs, Panasonic says. Five HD-SDI and one DVI-D outputs are standard equipment, with option boards enabling expansion to a maximum of 10 outputs.

The built-in seven-inch color LCD panel can display selected video inputs or outputs (including MultiViewer out), menus and settings in an easy-to-read format, as well as the built-in waveform monitor and vectorscope, the company says.

Four Aux busses are provided to enable versatile production workflow, with mix transitions available on AUX1, Panasonic says. Dual PinP (with transition memories), one DSK, and an upstream keyer with 3D flying key and Primattetm Chroma key capabilities are also provided, the firm says, according to the company. Numerous high-quality 3D and 2D effects are available for transitions for both background and key, the firm says. All input channels feature a built-in frame synchronizer, while upconverters are available for four channels and color correction for the eight HD-SD/SDI inputs. The HS410’s system frequency is switchable among 60Hz, 50Hz, and 24Hz, enabling international operation and digital cinema control. All input channels feature a built-in frame synchronizer; upconverters are available for four channels and video processing circuits for eight channels.

In addition to the flexibility provided by the HS410’s event, shot, and effects memories, the switcher’s clip store functions allow recording or playback of video and still images with related key signals, and the HS410’s memory preview enables pre-checking of video effects during live operation, Panasonic says.

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