Australia’s NINE Network Builds New Adelaide Facility

NINE Networks has built a new production and broadcast facility in Adelaide, Australia that’s controlled by a centralized Virtual Studio Manager (VSM) system from L-S-B Broadcast Technologies, based in Wiesbaden, Germany. NINE’s new VSM system offers operational workflow optimization, including virtual signal paths, pseudo rules, facility wide label exchange, gadget control, alarm management, scheduling and storage groups.

The company said that the ability to integrate such a diverse range of products into a centralized and manufacturer-agnostic control plane speeds up operational workflows and allows for more time to be spent on content production.

L-S-B’s VSM now serves as the primary control interface used to centralize and streamline facility-wide control. It interconnects with all of the sites primary broadcast systems such as the Imagine Communications Platinum router fitted with SX Pro multiviewers, Grass Valley K-Frame Karrera production switcher, RTS ADAM-M intercom matrix, a Vizrt Mosart automation system, IHSE Draco Terra KVM, Imagine Communications X100 and 6800 series gear, Ross Video’s OpenGear UDC modular cards and six Lawo V_PRO8 digital, 8-channel video processor “toolkits“ for audio embedding and de-embedding, as well as video processing that fits seamlessly within the facility-wide workflow.

A simple example of where the synergy between all the systems comes together is in Master Control. Processing of inbound signals via the Lawo V_Pro8 processors became simplified into a single page of the VSM panel offering the parameters that NINE needed at their fingertips such as: frame syncs, format conversion, embedding/de-embedding, RGBY proc amp control, and up to 8 frames of delay and indents. VSM streamlines operations by simply routing any processing channel to black, and therefore resetting the entire proc amp for its next use. Similar workflows were achieved in the control room with delegation lines being able to disconnect hybrids and reset Intercom gains upon switching a delegation line to black.

Lawo supplied six of its Lawo V_PRO8 digital, 8-channel video processor “toolkits“ for audio embedding and de-embedding, as well as video processing.

Lawo supplied six of its Lawo V_PRO8 digital, 8-channel video processor “toolkits“ for audio embedding and de-embedding, as well as video processing.

Lawo’s V__pro8 offers high-quality format conversion and color correction. Its high-density MADI I/O provides efficient video-to-audio bridging within the NINE Networks studio infrastructure, with the interfaces operating as a flexible matrix – each V_pro8 offers an 8 x 8 video matrix and 384 x 384 audio matrix enabling switching of any signal to any other. A modern GUI based on HTML5 provides an ideal operating interface.

Through VSM’s centralised control plane, VSM offers the NINE Network a centralized control position for a Talent Operated Studio (TOS) so that the entire studio can be set up with a single button press by the talent. Building on advanced studio control principles, VSM was also configured to operate Ross openGear UDC cards as a standby vision mixer via the VSM system that switches in sync with the Grass Valley K-Frame via Mosart. The advantage of using VSM in this application was that it removed the need for expensive standby vision switchers, while still offering expanded input selection and DSK control from the Co-Pilot’s seat via either a touchscreen or a hardware panel.

The network also requested that audio devices be controlled via the new facility’s Dante over IP networks, through traditional XY style router panels. L-S-B implemented Dante IP network control to its ever-growing list of over 300 integrated protocols. The ability to integrate baseband and IP routing workflows of both video and audio, along with parameter controls, makes for a truly future-proofed control layer where the operator becomes detached from the engineering complexities in a cutting edge broadcast system.

Professional Audio & Television, L-S-B’s exclusive distribution partner, supplied, configured, and commissioned the system at NINE network.

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