German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF have been delivering coverage of the FIFA World Cup thanks to the deployment of their Mobile Production Unit. The MPE uses a combination of Fairlight, Avid and EVS systems to create a networked environment, designed to deliver fast workflows without time-consuming format conversions.
The Fairlight audio production system at the MPE consists of two Fairlight consoles, directly integrated into the high-turnaround HD video workflow based on content-management solutions from Avid Interplay and EVS video servers. Fairlight is compatible with all open audio, video and sync standards, meaning the system delivers 5.1 surround sound recording and allows native playback of HD formats from Avid’s Interplay.
The broadcasters first deployed the Fairlight system in 2009 for the Athletics World Championships in Berlin. Since then, the system has been regularly used at major international sport events, inclduing the Olympic Games in 2010 and 2012, the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the European Soccer Championship 2012 in Poland, the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, as well as the current World Cup in Brazil.