Lawo Shoots for Biathlon Gold

This year's Biathlon World Cup in Ruhpolding, Germany was broadcast with the aid of several Lawo consoles.
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Toronto, ON, Canada (March 12, 2012)—This year's Biathlon World Cup in Ruhpolding, Germany was broadcast with the aid of several Lawo consoles.

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Host broadcaster ZDF assigned two OB vans, MP4 and MP5, to cover the event, while BR—responsible for the national signal of ARD and ZDF, co-producers of the event—deployed its own vehicle.

ZDF was responsible for the creation of international signals through its two OB vans. The distribution of the signal and the servicing of unilateral broadcast centers and rights holders was also part of ZDF's job. To fulfill all these tasks, a new master control room (MCR) was created and equipped with components of ARD's and ZDF's mobile production unit (MPE). A Lawo Nova73 HD served as the central router in this setup.

The international signal was created in the control room of MP4. MP4 alone is equipped with two Lawo mc266 consoles, one larger model with 56 faders and 288 DSP channels, the other smaller, featuring 32 faders and 240 DSP channels. MP5 was added in order to control the 39 camera signals and the corresponding sound.

BR's vehicle, outfitted with a Lawo mc266 console, was responsible for the national signal. "Large-scale sports events require a large number of input channels since multiple events have to be processed at the same time," explained Jurgen Becker, audio production engineer for outside broadcasts with BR. "For example, we might have to record an interview while running a broadcast. This, among others, is the reason why the mc266 in the vehicle is pre-configured to be operated by two sound engineers."

MP4, with the international audio and video control room, was connected with MP5, which featured a second control room for a submix, audio technology for camera control, as well as additional EVS workstations, the MCR and BR's vehicle. Signal exchange was via MADI, using fiber optic cables.

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