Grass Valley is aiming to bring high-end performance to the mid-range production switcher market with the launch of its Karrera mixer at this week’s IBC trade show.

The US-headquartered company has tapped into its existing product line for its latest product, which will offer previously exclusive features from its Kayenne switchers.

The 10-bit 4:2:2 video switcher has up to 96 inputs and 48 outputs and features HD/SD SDI signal support with optional up/down/ cross converters.

It also features two frame sizes - 4 RU and 8 RU - with frame configurations from 1 to 4.5 M/Es.

Grass Valley senior vice-president of live production solutions Scott Murray said the video production centre would be aimed at lower-cost productions, such as regional sports shows and programmes based in small studios.

“The Karrera has an internal image store for stills and, by combining it with Grass Valley’s K2 Summit server, vision mixers can have up to 10 hours of storage at their fingertips,” said Murray.

The control panel has been designed to accentuate the most used functions and incorporates OLED displays for source and function names.

Grass Valley will begin taking orders for the switcher at IBC, with shipping to begin in December.

It will cost $40,000-$200,000 (£24,000- £123,000) depending on the options selected.

Hall 1, stand D11