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Snell Reveals NATEXPO Line Up

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Snell has revealed its portfolio of products for this year's NATEXPO show.
The range includes the new ICE-LE channel-in-a-box system; the Kahuna Flare production switcher (pictured), which offers up to four M/Es; Snell's flexible-port, fiber/coax Vega and the Sirius 830 advanced hybrid routers; plus the latest from the IQ Modular range.
Kahuna Flare is the first midrange switcher to offer single-link 1080p support alongside SD and HD formats at no extra cost.
With versions ranging from two M/E to four M/E, Kahuna Flare offers four keyers per M/E and up to four channels of 3D DVE, all in a single 6RU frame.
The system comes standard with 48 inputs and 24 outputs, expandable to 60 inputs and 32 outputs. Snell's FormatFusion3 enables users to mix SD, HD, and 1080p inputs and outputs simultaneously as required.
Snell has added new configurations to its industry-leading ICE channel-in-a-box family, which will be shown at this year's show.
ICE LE is a new 1RU version of ICE that provides the functionality of the latest version 4.0 software in a smaller format with a streamlined feature set.
The core ICE product is now available as a standard 2RU system, requiring a third less space than the previous hardware platform.
The new box has twice the 2D/3D graphics capability as was previously available, according to Snell.
The Vega 2RU 96-port and 4RU 192-port routers provide video and audio solutions with choice of copper and/or fiber interfacing.
With its new I/O card, Vega can now route AES digital signals, with support for data rates up to 96KHz, full-channel routing capability, and rate conversion on all ports. Each rate converter can be independently enabled or bypassed. In addition, Vega can now be configured as an all-audio router or as a mixture of SDI video and AES audio.
The Sirius 800 family of enterprise-class routing switchers now features frame synchronisation on the units' Advanced Hybrid Processing (AHP) input and output modules.
The resulting router architecture enables synchronisation, clean switching and independent routing and processing of audio and video signals with no restrictions on signal formats, timing, or number of audio channels
A line synchronisation mode allows retiming and clean switching with minimal delay. Audio phasing control ensures constant delay and co-timing of multi-channel audio for all 'same format' signals across the whole router. In addition, a single reference for switching all formats simplifies system design.
Numerous control updates include full dial-up support for audio track routing and control from a wide range of BPX, XY, dial-up, and LCD button panels.
Snell is introducing a new range of IQ Modular format converters. The range of 14 video format converter modules enables conversion of common SD, HD, and 3Gbps formats along with various video, audio, and metadata functions, with flexible input and output options to suit most applications.
Snell is also showcasing its range of 3Gbps-capable intelligent monitoring and lip-sync detection solutions.
Suitable for both local and remote site applications, Hyperion is a signal-monitoring technology that helps operators monitor content. Snell is now adding to this technology with the IQSAM Signal Assurance Monitor, an automated system for detecting audio/video timing errors in a live environment.
Snell has introduced an EBU-R128-compliant loudness meter and monitoring GUI into its RollCall control and monitoring system. Able to display the live loudness values graphically, it also includes a history log that allows the user to scroll back and analyse the loudness levels from the start of a recording via start, stop, and reset controls. When RollCall is partnered with the Snell RollMap network management software, users can also generate loudness logging reports.
"As the largest event of its kind across Russia and CIS, NATEXPO is an ideal opportunity for us to show our long-standing partners how our world-class solutions can meet their stringent operational and budget requirements, while also providing a smooth upgrade path in today's rapidly evolving broadcast landscape," said Andrey Velichko, Head of Sales, CIS and Baltic region, Snell.
"Snell is committed to delivering acclaimed top quality, flexibility, and performance at remarkably low prices, and we look forward to showcasing their value to NATEXPO attendees."

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