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Massive live video IP comes of age

Between the Rio Olympics, the recent UEFA European football championships held in France, and other high-profile events, the use of technology to capture sport more economically and with more passion is a hot topic at several Hall 8 stands.

At UEFA’s Euro 2016, almost 400 Lawo V__link4 and V__remote4 video IP interfaces were in use, testing the flexibility and scalability of IP technology in a live environment with no room for failure. For enabling failure-free and high-quality production of this multi-venue sporting event, Eurovision and its partners used a solution called VandA, which provided video and audio contribution from all ten stadiums to the IBC.

To furnish the fully IP-based solution for contributing 16 uncompressed live signals (including the multilateral, unilateral and 4K feeds), EBU/Eurovision utilised Lawo’s V__remote4 and VSM control technology. The VandA installation included 73 Lawo V__remote4s at the IBC plusup to 20 V__remote4s in each stadium, resulting in a total of 264 units.