Snell launched Kahuna Maverick today, a control surface for the company’s Kahuna 360 production switcher, that aims to give news operators and producers quick and flexible access via a control interface for television programming in an effort to save space, reduce setup time and mirror a studio’s operation.
With Kahuna Maverik, operators can put together the modules that make sense for their production and create quick access to multiple key functions, says John Carter, a senior product manager at Snell.
“Maverik throws away the rule book for how a switcher control panel should be configured by splitting the key elements into smaller modules,” Carter said in a statement.
Maverik departs from the traditional switcher control surface that typically combines multiple M/Es together with a setup and effects area in a fixed configuration, with a fixed set of buttons for each. Maverik modules can be assembled in a variety of configurations, and without expending desk space.
In a studio setting, Maverik offers flexibility to design the control surface in the manner in which the studio is laid out — aiming to make live production more efficient and intuitive. For example, a studio with video monitors on the left and right sides of the console requires a separate M/E to drive each monitor. With Maverik, the operator can deploy a module on each side in a horizontal configuration for each monitor.
Maverik will be on display at this year’s IBC Show in Amsterdam.