Panasonic Announces 12G-SDI Compatible Compact 4K Live Switcher

Panasonic has developed a new 12G-SDI compatible compact 4K Live Switcher, the AV-UHS500, which is planned for release in February 2020.

In addition to 4K/3G/HD multi format support, the same number of inputs and outputs as HD can be maintained even when operating in 4K. It also has nearly all the basic functions of high-end large models and is capable of 4K video production with the same operability as HD.

Five optional units have also been developed in order to expand various functions. Additional optional units can be installed to increase the number of inputs to as many as 16 SDI or 8 HDMI, ensuring smooth operation at big events with a large number of cameras.

The unit is also equipped with 5 keyers, including 2ch of chroma-key and 2ch of PinP, to enable a variety of production effects. The switcher is also equipped with an up/down conversion function, HDR/SDR conversion function and ITU-R BT.2020/BT.709 conversion function. These enable the flexibility to select video output as needed in environments where there are a variety of formats being used.

The 4K Live Switcher is suitable for use in a variety of applications, such as event staging, broadcast at stations and OB vans, lectures at universities, conference halls and so on, demonstrating outstanding performance in live video production on the field.

Compatible formats include: 3840×2160/59.94p, 50p, 29.97p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p, 1080/59.94p, 50p, 29.97Psf, 25Psf, 24Psf, 23.98Psf, 59.94i, 50i, 720/59.94p, and 50p.

Optional units include SDI inputs and outputs, HDMI inputs and outputs, and a 4K DVE unit.