PyeongChang, South Korea (February 12, 2018)—NBC Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group, selected Lawo to provide VSM (Virtual Studio Manager) Broadcast Control and Monitoring solutions as well as IP Commentary systems, for its production of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games, currently taking place in PyeongChang, South Korea, through February 25.
The VSM system used at NBC Olympics’ production facility at the International Broadcast Center (IBC) in South Korea is the overall control system for NBC Olympics’ core routing and tally management, connecting to multiple third-party devices on an IP backbone.
NBC significantly increased the number of GUI-based VSM Panels which are accessed from various monitors and tablets provided throughout NBC Olympics’ various production facilities. VSM also provides remote Tally information between the IBC in South Korea and NBC Sports Group’s headquarters in Stamford, CT.
NBC Olympics is also deploying an enhanced Lawo audio-over-IP Commentary System along with several Lawo V__pro8 video processors to manage coverage from Stamford. Lawo worked with NBC to develop an enhanced version of the LCU (Lawo Commentary Unit) to meet NBC’s production goals. The V__pro8s receives video feeds from South Korea, de-embeds the audio and then inserts into RAVENNA and MADI Streams that ultimately feed the Lawo LCU commentary system.
New for this year’s production is NBC’s use of the Commentary System at the IBC and remotely at the ski jump and curling venues, forming a commentary workflow. Additionally, several Games venues in South Korea are connected to the NBC Olympics compound within the IBC, through Lawo’s V__remote4 units, which provide connectivity and processing for network audio and video signals delivered via IP-connections from the remote sites.
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