Grass Valley launches Kula AV, a powerful all-in-one production switcher for smaller operations

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At IBC2019, Grass Valley unveiled Kula AV, a powerful, multiformat all-in-one system that mixes video and digital or analog audio, includes full clip-store integration to graphics creation and editing, and provides built-in multiviewer capability. Designed to support the needs of smaller operations, this compact system allows a single operator to have everything they need at their fingertips for compelling corporate, house of worship, venue and smaller broadcast productions.

Supports mixed SD/HD environments
Kula AV packs a punch with a wide range of flexible features, in a 2RU mainframe. In addition to Grass Valley’s FormatFusion3 technology, which auto-senses and seamlessly converts any combination of SD, HD and 1080p to the required output for unrestricted mixing of video signal types across all inputs and output, the system’s integrated audio mixing capabilities include embed/de-embedding, clean and quiet audio switching, and audio-follow-video mode for simplified control.

RT Software Swift (tOG 2D) graphics
This feature rich solution also provides configurable multiviewer heads and offers a large internal ClipStore, supported by a 1TB hard disk. Integrated Swift broadcast graphics, from GV Technology Alliance member RT Software, gives Kula AV users the flexibility to support even the most demanding productions. Once created, graphics are automatically loaded into the system’s ClipStore, ready for immediate use.

Supports audio mixer functionality
Kula AV includes the audio-follow-video function where each video input can have a group of one or several audio sources linked to it. When Kula AV performs a transition on the video switcher, the audio mixer will follow with a cross-fade between the two audio inputs.

Kula AV also supports audio substitution allowing the audio from your video source to be replaced with a selected audio source.

Compact power and control
From only a 2RU mainframe, the compact Kula AV delivers the largest IO count in its switcher class, with 40 video and 80 audio inputs. Kula AV’s 19” control panel offers 16 crosspoint buttons, separate key control and transition operations and assignable macro buttons with OLED displays for crystal clear identification. For complete control of the audio mixer channels Kula AV is supplied with a Mav Audio Fader module as standard.

Kula AV’s internal multiviewer offers flexibility with four configurable heads and 12 tiles to build preview windows to prepare for professional live productions.
The entire system can be easily loaded into a flypack for transportation to rental or ENG locations. This unique solution is designed to reduce the complexity during setup and empowers a single operator to create a high-end production.

“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, VP, Live Production, 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,” he added.

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