CTV-Montreal engineer Francois Marier (seated) and Martin Cute.
Montreal, Quebec, Canada (September 17, 2013)—CTV-Montreal has added a 48-fader Lawo mc256 production console along with an additional 16-fader remote bay located in the video control room.
As properties of Canada’s Bell Media (a division of BCE), TV station CTV-Montreal, the local CTV affiliate, and sports TV broadcaster RDS (Le Reseau des Sports) reside in the same production facility. Using L-S-B Broadcast Technologies’ VSM (Virtual Studio Manager) software and the Ross Overdrive automated production control system, CTV-Montreal’s new production capabilities are integrated with the five mc256 consoles of RDS via Lawo’s Nova 73HD router core, thus facilitating the sharing of resources between the combined six studios.
“The idea was to be able to use any of the studios, feeds, cameras, etc. with any control room and Lawo surface,” says Martin Cute, manager of engineering projects for Bell Media at CTV Montreal and RDS, who was tasked with the planning, purchasing and deployment of equipment at the two stations. “To accomplish this, we needed to bring all of our sources into a central router. We used VSM to manage all of this. The system provides users with an intuitive GUI exposing only the tools they require for any given project. We recently added this sixth mc256 console at CTV-Montreal with the same mindset—having the ability to share resources with the rest of the infrastructure.”
CTV-Montreal produces daily local news while RDS is a French language sports-oriented specialty TV operation. With the resource management integration of the six Lawo-equipped control rooms, the system provides structural redundancy and offers flexibility for special projects such as big sports events, elections and the like. There is one redundant VSM system that services all of RDS and CTV-Montreal for XY control, Ross interfacing, studio delegation, camera tally delegation and handling.