Cobalt Digital And Lawo Integrate Multiviewer Products

Cobalt Digital has entered into a partnership with Lawo that combines Cobalt’s 9970-QS openGear-compliant multiviewer card with theWALL, Lawo’s mobile app for setting up and controlling multiviewers. The integration vastly reduces configuration and operation time when controlling the 9970 multiviewer.

Bob McAlpine, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Cobalt Digital, said that thanks to this partnership, operators can control and view their monitor walls in a studio or OB truck with one seamless solution, and both companies will be able to promote and sell an integrated system.

Cobalt’s 9970-QS 3G/HD/SD-SDI/CVBS quint-split multiviewer card for openGear frames integrates five discrete 3G/HD/SD-SDI or CVBS inputs onto a single 3G/HD/SD-SDI quint-split output, with each input image being flexibly inserted into the output image area. Users can perform custom layout changes in real time and, by cascading the devices, can expand the system to provide multiviewer layouts of up to 8 x 8 (64:1). A master output up/down/cross-converter scales HD- or 3G-SDI formats for the combined multiviewer output, which also includes an HDMI output (with audio embedding), to feed directly to a specific wall monitor.

Lawo's theWALL app lets users configure any monitor wall, route signals, change mosaic layouts, or save and load user presets.

Lawo's theWALL app lets users configure any monitor wall, route signals, change mosaic layouts, or save and load user presets.

Lawo's theWALL is a multiplatform, hardware-agnostic app that lets users configure any monitor wall, route signals, change mosaic layouts, or save and load user presets — all from a touch-enabled mobile device. Its elaborate reformatting algorithms talk directly to the multiviewer hardware and enable easy access through a comprehensive GUI with drag-and-drop functionality. Anyone working in front of a monitor wall can change its layout on the fly, including altering the design of patterns and controlling parameters such as borders, colors, and spaces.

theWALL ensures that any layout is perfectly rendered to any output format, and users can save and load presets to or from a database, swap productions from one OB truck to another, or designate preferred multiviewer setups in any control room. Changes are stored in a user-managed environment and, if required, hosted in the cloud.

Together the 9970-QS card and theWALL app provide an integrated multiviewer/control system that offers reduced setup and control time and an intuitive operation scheme.

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