Lawo Supports First Twenty20 in 5.1

Broadcast Solutions provided numerous Lawo mixing consoles for the International Cricket Council World Twenty20 competition in early April, which was broadcast in 5.1 surround for the first time.
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Rastatt, Germany (April 16, 2014)—Broadcast Solutions provided numerous Lawo mixing consoles for the International Cricket Council World Twenty20 competition in early April, which was broadcast in 5.1 surround for the first time.

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This year, Broadcast Solutions provided all broadcast facilities—including cameras, EVS, comms systems, audio systems, video engineering equipment, vision mixers and the engineering crew—for the three venues in the UAE and the eight venues in India used in the tournament. The company, which operates from centers in Singapore, the UAE, India and the UK, supplied seven mc256 consoles and one mc290.

Explaining the choice of Lawo mc256/HD Core systems, Alex Prüstel, Broadcast Solutions deputy COO (Singapore), noted the flyaway nature of their operation: “We need a solution that gives us a surface that is not big, but allows access to all functionality of the system along with a router system that allows remote access via external controller, and at the same time, full access to the router from the surface. We also need to produce 5.1-surround audio without any additional effort and/or equipment.”

He add, “In addition, we must be able to take productions from one system to another, even when the hardware configuration is not the same, and we require operational functionality that is almost self-explanatory, so we can use cricket specialists who might be not familiar with such complex systems. Using the system as router and mixing system gives us high-quality surround capabilities. It’s a good experience.”

Broadcast Solutions purchased six Lawo mc256 16-16C-0 consoles with HD Cores and DALLIS system I/O before the competition. The Lawo mc290 console was provided by a rental company in Abu Dhabi in an OB truck. “This truck is a former TV-Unit truck, which is still the only one in Western Hemisphere with such a big Lawo system,” says Prüstel.

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