I am moving to a new facility and would like to purchase a video/audio switcher to connect to my FCP/AJA Io system. I plan to use three to five different VTR's to connect to the router. The formats that I am going to be using are: BetacamSP, DVCAM, HDCAM, DVD, and an open spot for temporary connections. I will be upgrading my AJA Io to a KONA in the near future to allow me to use HD native signals. Could someone point me in the right direction (websites, brands, features etc.)
The cost of a routing switcher with all of these options would be very high.
I suggest an economical alternative is the use of PATCH-PANELS.
You can then have inputs and outputs for Composite, Component, & SDI, all available in one space on 75-ohm "Video" patch-panels, and Audio and Timecode all available in one space on "Audio" patch-panels.
They likely also make a patch-panel strip for 6-pin FireWire as well.
You would then just patch-in cables between the selected outputs and inputs of the units you needed at any given time.