Lawo Unveils Remote Sports Production Setup at BVE

Lawo, German developer of IP network, control, audio and video technology for live broadcast, studio and performing arts, has elected to stage a major product launch at the 2019 BVE show in London.

The launch includes products on both the remote contribution and broadcast production side. On the remote front the firm is unveiling the Power Core Remote Audio Mixing Engine, the WAN-capable A__line AoIP interfaces, and the V__remote4 video-over-IP contribution package. On the broadcast production side, Lawo is demonstrating the V__matrix software-defined IP-Routing, Processing and Multi-Viewing Platform, the SMART System Monitoring and Realtime Telemetry for Broadcast Networks and the mc²56 production console. The latter includes the A__UHD Core high-density network-based, software-defined audio DSP engine. The setup also includes KICK, an automated mixing control for close-ball mixing approved by the Bundesliga, German’s premier soccer football league.

The V__matrix ecosystem incorporates high capacity FPGA-based processing blades loaded with software-defined Virtual Modules (VM) that tailor the system to the desired functionality. The range of VMs include the vm_dmv64-4, which Lawo claims is the world’s first IP multiviewer capable of expansion to effectively any desired scale, as well as the vm__UDX – 4K format converter. Multiple cores are connected through redundant 40GE (or 4x10GE) Ethernet interfaces to an IP network, forming a distributed IP routing and processing matrix that provides frame-accurate, clean switching similar to a legacy baseband matrix.

Lawo’s SMART range includes the smartDASH System Monitoring and Realtime Telemetry, vendor-agnostic enterprise software for network and media visibility across an all-IP, all-SDI or hybrid WAN/LAN broadcast infrastructure. It also includes the smartSCOPE Deep Packet Inspection & Network Analyzer, a media-agnostic, high-density 24/7 analysis platform for IP flows in live production and delivery.

The new mc²56 is optimized for contemporary IP-video production environments, featuring Lawo’s LiveView thumbnail previews of video streams in the fader strip. It is designed for networking in complex production infrastructures, with full native support for SMPTE 2110, AES67 / RAVENNA, DANTE and MADI audio streams.

Then a__UHD Core is a network-based, software-defined audio DSP engine, with high processing density incorporating over 1,000 mc² DSP Channels that can either be utilized by a single mc² console or shared among up to four consoles. Eight independent 10/1GbE network interfaces with SFPs (small form-factor pluggable) enable the use of redundant networks via ST2022-7 seamless protection switching (SPS). A__UHD Core‘s total network I/O capacity equals 40,000 48kHz/24bit audio channels. For management the unit provides two redundant RJ45 1GbE management ports.

The Power Core is a native IP Audio I/O & DSP remote production node with on-board WAN-capability, providing low-latency on-site audio processing for monitoring and IFB mixing. The 1RU device features 48 processing channels and allows remote control of relevant channel parameters (Gain, Fader, Mute, EQ, Dynamics, Aux Send Level, etc.) from mc² consoles.

Finally, KICK is the ball tracking technology for close-ball audio pickup for sports such as soccer, rugby and American football. The system provides transparent sound and good ‘kick-to-noise’ ratio, according to Lawo. It also ensures a consistent audio level without noticeable fades, delivering a mix that is supposed to be fully repeatable from match to match, retaining high accuracy even after 90 minutes of play.

Responsible for producing all Bundesliga football matches, DFL (German Football League Association) subsidiary Sportcast has been using KICK in sports production since the 2017/2018 season for live tracking of the players, where it optimizes sound captured by the microphones then mixes it match-like a way as possible for TV viewers.

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