News Production & Post

Sky Sport News HD under control with Mosart and Lawo

3 October 2012
Sky Sport News HD under control with Mosart and Lawo

For setting up the first round-the-clock sports news station in Germany, Sky Germany required an individual live studio with video and audio control room. The order was placed in September 2011, when the conjoint planning also started together with the system integrator Wellen+Nöthen. Construction of the control rooms began in October, and on 1 December, 2011, the studio and the control rooms went operational. The central audio mixing console is a second-generation Lawo mc²66 with a 24+8 frame, equipped with 32 faders, three DSP boards supplying 144 DSP channels. After a software update, the number of DSP channels was increased to 288. Like the router card connected with four DALLIS frames, the power supply unit and the master MADI boards are also implemented in a fully redundant design. “Being on-air in a 24/7 routine, the reliability of the complete system infrastructure plays a crucial role: all components are under continuous operation and, at the same time, have to deliver full performance around the clock. The Lawo mc²66 mixing console offers the required operational reliability. It excels by its high performance and thus allows the smooth 24-hours operation”, said Holger Lentge, the responsible audio engineer at Wellen+Nöthen. Stephan Schmid, the project manager responsible for Sky Sport News HD: “All system components we have chosen for this installation – like the video mixer, cameras or the matrix – are amongst the best the market can supply. This was also the reason we chose the Lawo mixing console. The best technology for an ambitious project – a complete success”. In this news control room, the Lawo mc²66 console is integrated into a Mosart control concept, so that only two operators can operate the SCR. No operator needs to necessarily sit down to work at the console, as this can be controlled by automation. For reaching this goal, the setting up of templates is required. Activating these templates – similar to using macros – camera tracking shots or panning, are triggered and controlled, video sources are switched via the Kahuna mixer, graphic charts are faded in or out as well as microphones and faders are opened and closed accordingly. “The Lawo Remote Protocol is supported by the Mosart control – that’s why the communication between the two systems works extremely well. Thus, not only static matrix states, but also dynamic parameters, like fader movements, can be remote-controlled,” continued

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