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Lawo to aid NBC Olympic coverage

13 April 2016
Lawo to aid NBC Olympic coverage

NBC Olympics has selected Lawo to aid the production of its coverage of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Lawo’s Virtual Studio Manager (VSM) and IP Commentary System will both be implemented at the Games, which take place from 5-21 August.

The solutions have been selected to enchance control flexibility at both the NBC Olympics production compound in Rio, as well as the broadcaster’s Stamford studios.

“In going through the collaborative design process with NBC Olympics, it was critical that we had the ability to customise the overall system to support the workflows they wanted, while also providing the flexibility to grow the system as technologies evolve in the future,” said Mark Whitman, Lawo vice president of sales.

“We’re pleased to have the opportunity to work with NBC Olympics from the design stage all the way through to implementation, and utilise a range of Lawo products and software to create an innovative remote production solution that addresses NBC Olympics’ objectives for these games.”

VSM will be the overall control system for NBC Olympics’ core routing and tally management, connecting to multiple third party devices on an IP backbone.

The IP Commentary System, along with multiple V_pro8 video processors, will manage NBC’s coverage from Stamford.

“Lawo’s IP-based Commentary System provides unprecedented flexibility, greatly simplifies the deployment time and provides a rich feature set for our announce systems,” said Timothy Canary, vice president of engineering, NBC Sports Group.

“The integration of Lawo’s audio and video hardware, utilising IP based audio combined with innovative software control provides NBC with a complete end to end solution.”

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