Lawo To Show New Multiviewer Module For Virtualized Broadcast Ecosystem

At the NAB Show NY, Lawo will show new features for its established Vmatrix, vmmv24-4 and vmmv16-4 virtual modules (VMs), which provide high quality multiviewer functionality to the Vmatrix ecosystem when loaded onto a c100 core processing module.

Capable of handling both IP and SDI sources, these VMs can now monitor uncompressed 4K/UHD, 3G, HD and SD video as well as both embedded and discrete audio while generating pixel perfect mosaics with ultra-low latency. The V__matrix multiviewer VMs can be controlled by Lawo’s touch-screen system configuration solution called “theWALL”, which features an HTML5-based GUI that makes mosaic configuration with borders, colors, UMDs, and tally a simple case of drag and drop.

The V__matrix is a software-defined IP core routing and processing platform based on data center principles of flexibility, fabric computing and COTS economics. Designed to provide a completely virtualized real-time production infrastructure, V__matrix leverages multiple cores connected to a high-capacity COTS switch with redundant 10GE and 40GE connections to form a distributed IP routing and processing matrix with frame-accurate, clean switching just like a legacy baseband matrix.

The vm_mv24-4 can monitor up to 24 sources or max 36 Gbps of IP or SDI video while the vm_mv16-4 is capable of up to 16 sources or a max of 24 Gbps. Both multiviewer VMs can generate up to 4 output heads (mosaics) and scale and display any source on any output head without limitation. The same source can be displayed on multiple output heads at different resolutions. The output heads can be configured as either HD, 3G or 4K and output over IP interfaces or, using the modular rear-plate I/O, as SDI.

Both VMs also optionally support SMPTE2042 VC-2 compressed video, which further increases their monitoring capabilities by allowing monitoring of more 3G and 4K/UHD signals without hitting their respective processing capacity maximums. For example, with the vm_mv24-4 and the +vc2 option up to twelve 4K/UHD signals can be monitored and displayed in one mosaic. The VC-2 option also includes the ability to compress the IP output heads, allowing for 4K/UHD mosaics to be transported over a 10Gbps IP network.

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