Kula 1M/E Switcher

Kula 1M/E Switcher

£14,995.00 ex. Vat
£17,994.00 inc. Vat

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Kula 1M/E Switcher Description


The Kula production switcher is the latest product of SAMâ€â??s world leading Kahuna family. Its revolutionary design is the big game changer in the live production market.

Available as 1, 2 & 3 M/Es and 1 M/E 4K versions, Kula offers market leading features and functions. The 2M/E version can be switched to 1M/E 4K mode bringing you a new path forward to higher production values.

Whatever the application - broadcast production, Sports, House of Worship, Entertainment and Conference/Events â€" Kula meets  all your  production needs.

The new Kula production switcher range offers a powerful feature set in a small compact system for easy installation and powerful operations. With a wide range of control panels including the new 24 crosspoint panel available makes operations easy, giving operators access to up to 42 inputs and enabling a larger pool of sources to take to air instantly.

Kula 1M/E Switcher Specification

1 M/E Kula Switcher - 16. HD/SD & 1080p Production Switcher. 2U Rackframe Mainframe 18 inputs x 12 Outputs and 1 M/E Control Panel with 16 Direct Access Crosspoints. Customer provides GUI Monitor.


Kula is available as four product options:

  1. 3M/E SD/HD switchable to 1M/E UHD capability
  2. 2M/E SD/HD switchable to 1M/E UHD capability
  3. 1M/E SD/HD
  4. 1M/E UHD

Main features

Kula has been designed for the likes of Houses of Worship, regional news, sports, events, conferences and education. It is the perfect solution for each environment offering a huge range of features. Kula maybe a compact production switcher but it packs a huge punch.

Powerful M/E

Kula offers the most powerful M/E in the market. Each M/E has four keyers with resize engines including split dual tile mode offering 8 key layers, plus a dedicated animated clip transition called a MAV Trans and an A/B background.

Additional sub M/E functionality

Kula offers additional M/Es to the standard M/E functionality. With 2 keys that can be assigned to a 2.5D DVE resize engine offering an extra 3 key layers plus an A/B background for creative productions without burning M/E resources.

Assignable downstream keyers

Four floating DSKs are available within Kula. They can be independently assigned to any output or used downstream of any M/E. They too have resize engines so could essentially make eight key layers.

Capability of delivering multiple outputs

Kula can output multiple standards simultaneously using Kahuna technology FormatFusion 3, opening up more functionality and delivery of HD, SD, 1080p and 4K.

Multiviewer matching Kahunaâ€â??s high performance

Kulaâ€â??s internal mulitviewer offers flexibility with eight heads and 28 tiles to build preview windows to prepare for professional live productions.

Largest Clipstore

The Kula production switcher has the largest internal clipstore in its class. Kula provides ten clipstore outputs with 16GB of RAM which gives up to two minutes of uncompressed HD video and audio.

Large input and output

Considering Kula is a 2RU mainframe it still offers huge amount of input/outputs. With up to 36 inputs and 12 assignable outputs makes Kula a very practical production switcher. For extra flexibility Kula has an extra six bi-directional ports assignable to any input or output.

Supports mixed SD/HD environments

If legacy material is SD and your production is HD, 1 & 2 M/E Kula deals with both standards easily and effectively. Using FormatFusion 3, an award winning internal conversion technology, Kula converts the standard automatically freeing up precious time for your operator to focus on their creative production.

Will deliver UHD and HD in parallel

Up to 3Gbps all functions are supported without any compromises. UHD uses quad link and 2SI and is available on a 2 M/E and 3 M/E Kula at the 1 M/E UHD specification offering dedicated UHD keys, UHD transitions and UHD clipstores.

Control surface that supports direct control and Macro allocation

Kula has a range of panels. It offers up to 16 or 24 crosspoint buttons, separate key control and transition operations and assignable macro buttons with OLED displays for crystal clear identification. For total flexibility Kula can connect to up to eight extra modules to the panel from the Kahuna Maverik modular panel range.


SAM is a company with a unique mix of experience and technology. We have the vision to deliver business-transforming solutions across the media production ecosystem. Our future-ready systems enable broadcasters, content owners and service providers to evolve their business models to succeed in the consumer-driven era. We understand that it’s not only about the future – to get there, today’s needs are also paramount. Our smart, agile technology maximizes efficiency and productivity in today’s rapidly changing media landscape. We deliver smart, agile technology across News and Sports Production, Color & Finishing, Playout & Delivery, Modular Infrastructure & Image Processing, all running under enterprise-wide Management & Workflow automation.

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