Rastatt, Germany (September 22, 2016)—Public broadcaster Czech TV’s new broadcast facility on the outskirts of Brno in the Czech Republic is ready to go into service with a Lawo infrastructure.
All audio in the studio is produced, transmitted and controlled using Lawo’s network, audio, video and workflow control technologies. Overall control within the complex is handled using Lawo’s VSM Broadcast Control and Monitoring System, which deals with all audio and video signals plus additional functionalities.
Two Lawo mc266 MKII consoles and an mc256 MKII, with HD Cores, have been installed within the Brno facility’s three studios and three control rooms. For audio embedding/de-embedding, four Lawo V__pro8 video processing units have been installed and connected to the cores via redundant MADI lines. The VSM system is using software panels for configuration and management of a number of Lawo V_pro8 8-channel video processors. All audio signals are routed via a Lawo Nova73 HD audio router, including those from some legacy equipment.
Since the VSM Control and Monitoring System is hardware independent and works on an IP-backbone, it integrates with all kinds of equipment, and has access to many different parameters. Within the new facility, the VSM system controls the switching of the audio and video router, using both hardware and software panels running on standard PCs.
The control system allows the definition, storage and recall of at least 20 different configurations of the tally system. The same applies to the video and audio router, where the VSM system allows the definition, storage and recall of at least 20 different configurations. Additionally, the control system defines the audio-follow-video function.
All equipment in the facility is addressed and controlled by the VSM system using Ethernet, RS422 or GPIOs, or proprietary protocols.