Echolab‘s switchers become more interesting all the time as elements of broadcast and presentation continue to merge and overlap. With a long history serving broadcast, Echolab has always charted its own course in serving the presentation market. One of the first companies to really understand the importance of IT and how it did–and did not–translate to video, the company has never been afraid to work a little ahead of the curve towards a time when the expertise and technology of the two markets would edge ever closer.
Echolab had a big NAB show this year with virtually all new products and a big booth. One of the marquee products was the Overture 2 switcher–and the focus at NAB was on the many features it brought to broadcast. Here at NAB there is one new key feature that now speaks to the presentation audience: the SuperBox module that allows up to four sources to display through a single source point, and not tie up keyers. This brings layering capability of 12/14 layers between all the keys and the SuperBox module. Note this is across the SD line only, so far. And, as in typical Echolab fashion, the feature is simultaneously displaying at Broadcast Asia, where broadcasters love their boxes just as much as end users do.