A Video Switcher (aka. Vision Mixer, Production Switcher) is an essential tool for multi-camera live video production setups. Traditional hardware-based video switchers would contain a program bus and preview bus (or A/B bus) with button selectors, a transition bar or T-Bar, and a key bus for background keying over the program, all of which form the basic mixer section. Larger or more sophisticated switchers would have a Mix/Effects (M/E) section allowing further effects and enhancements to be added to the program output.

Modern Video Switchers could be either hardware or software based, or a mixture of both. In live production setups, a hardware based control panel (aka. control surface) would generally be more intuitive for the operator instead of mouse clicking on screen to run preview/program switching. Advanced switching software would contain a wide array of keying options, including virtual sets and effects along with other features like audio mixing and live streaming capabilities.

Media Architects is an authorized dealer for Newtek, Broadcast Pix, Cerevo and Panasonic video switchers, offering various models for in-studio or field use.



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