Cologne, Germany (July 17, 2009)–S¸dwestdeutscher Rundfunk’s new HD-enabled OB truck, F‹2HD, incorporates RTW’s flagship SurroundControl 31900SD surround sound monitoring controller.
The German public broadcaster’s F‹2HD truck, which is primarily used for sports broadcasts and has covered events like the 2008 European Football Championships, accommodates 12 cameras as standard and can handle an additional four cameras if needed. Featuring an internal usable width of four meters, the van is equipped with an Avid Unity MediaNetwork, three EVS systems providing a total of 12 video channels, a Lawo mc≤66 digital console, and a Pro Tools system including a D-Command controller. With 270 IP addresses in use, the truck’s 17 workstations have access to 24 CPUs via CATCenter units.
The SurroundControl 31900SD combines analysis functions with monitoring control, routing tasks, and a host of analog and digital audio interfaces. The SurroundControl 31900SD serves various applications in the SWR installation. For example, it serves as a key component of a backup system, which provides an alternative signal flow in case the mixing desk or router fails.
SWR’s F‹2HD also features a backup system covering the complete signal flow from source to destination. Users can create a complete backup mix with up to 48 source channels using the Pro Tools system and the D-Command controller, thus bypassing the audio and the main console. It is also possible to use backup channels for monitoring and metering all critical signals to ensure that those key functions will still be available in case of a router or mixing desk failure. This scenario makes use of the RTW SurroundControl 31900SD’s analog, AES, and SDI I/O capabilities as well as of its preset-controlled routing options. By pressing an emergency switch, the 31900SD control unit, located next to the D-Command, immediately takes over the audio-monitoring control from the Lawo console. Furthermore, SWR is able to control the complete metering and monitoring setup of the RTW system via GPIs and even the background color of the 31900SD’s GUI changes to reflect the backup scenario being activated.