imgRastatt, Germany (January 31, 2014)—Broadcast services provider Bexel will deploy Lawo’s audio- and video-over-IP networking technology at various international sports events in Russia and Brazil this year.

Last year, Bexel, Lawo’s North America team and Lawo’s rental company ABS (Audio Broadcast Services) designed and approved a flexible fly pack solution for sports production. Bexel’s new systems have been utilized at the US Open, where the company was tasked with supporting CBS international broadcast feeds, followed less than one month later by the PGA Grand Slam of Golf for TNT originating in Bermuda.

“Bexel’s Lawo-equipped fly packs are designed specifically for events where the infrastructure does not allow for large OB vans or to provide optimized production facilities,” states Johnny Pastor, Bexel project manager. “The smooth transition between New York and Bermuda venues was made possible due to Lawo's ability to intertie multiple audio sources and formats, including both baseband as well as audio- and video-over-IP, across a common network platform utilizing both MADI and RAVENNA solutions for multi-channel interconnectivity.

The solutions for both the US Open and the PGA Grand Slam included a pair of 48-fader Lawo mc256 MKII consoles and a number of DALLIS (Digital, Analog, Line Level Interface System) frames, with the analog I/O linked to the console's HD Core using RAVENNA over a single CAT5 cable. Additionally, two V__pro8 units, Lawo's newest video product, were utilized for the embedding the SDI audio streams into the broadcast feeds.