Italian broadcaster NVP upgrades flagship van for 4K with Lawo

Italian broadcaster NVP has upgraded its main Outside Broadcast (OB) van to support a full gamut of Ultra HD formats by incorporating a range of video processing and automation units from Germany’s Lawo. Installed by local Italian partner Aret, the package enables multiformat productions in SD, HD, UHD, SDR (Standard Dynamic Range) and HDR (High Dynamic Range).

For audio, there is a pair of Lawo mc256 production consoles, a Nova router and DALLIS interfaces. The complete OB van is controlled using Lawo’s VSM (Virtual Studio Manager) system. Together, the audio consoles and VSM ensure multiformat operation in a variety of OB situations. This includes Italy’s Serie A football league matches, produced in 4K, concert and musical events. It is also used for conferences, such as the G7 summit in Taormina, Sicily in May 2017 where NVP was the host broadcasting company.

The van called OB 4 works with Grass Valley cameras (20 4K LDX86N and 8 LDX82 WorldCam, all with HDR functionality and capable of simultaneous operation, along with Dolby E, 12 replay stations, and six Producer positions. With two dedicated video and audio control rooms, all sources can be handled separated to supply any type of production, host signal and national integration onboard.

To support multiformat simulcast 4K UHD HDR, HD 1080P HDR and HD 1080i SDR productions, the company needed an enabling control system, which is one reason the VSM system was deployed. This controls all relevant equipment in OB 4, including overall labeling and tally.

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