sono Studiotechnik Places Harris at Heart of New Mobile Production Facility

Austrian Broadcaster ORF Uses Facility as IBC at 2013 FIS Alpine Ski World Championships

Leading German broadcast systems integrator and international rental company, Munich-based sono Studiotechnik, has put Harris Broadcast routing, core signal processing and media convergence technology at the heart of a new fly-away production facility it has created to provide broadcast services at major sporting and cultural events.  Within weeks of its completion, the facility was used to provide Austrian public broadcaster ORF with the international broadcast centre (IBC) facility at the FIS 2013 Alpine Ski World Championships in Schladming.

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At Schladming, sono Studiotechnik facilitated all IBC operations for the Championships including a production gallery capable of controlling daily live transmissions from the tournament and also coverage of the daily press conference which was broadcast by multiple international TV stations.

The mobile production facility, which has been designed and constructed by a team of sono Studiotechnik engineers working closely with Harris Broadcast product and technology specialists, integrates numerous Harris production components. At the heart of the system is a Harris Broadcast Platinum™ router with 11 integrated HView SX Pro™ multiviewers, which are used extensively across displays within the facility. Harris Broadcast signal processing and interfacing equipment include the Selenio™ media convergence platform and 6800+™ modular core processing devices.

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A critical consideration for sono Studiotechnik in the design stages was how to design the most sophisticated production facility within the most compact unit. In this regard, Harris Broadcast’s ability to provide an integrated workflow solution was important – for example the ability to combine advanced multiviewers within the Platinum router. This was important since it allows sono Studiotechnik to build compact containers and flyaway units for live production with routing and monitoring in one single frame instead of multiple frames requiring significant external wiring, more space and power.

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“Schladming is the first time we have used this new fly-away facility and we are delighted with its performance: our client, ORF, is very happy so we are very happy,” commented Franz Olbert, chief finance officer at sono Studiotechnik. “Through the high level of integration and the flexibility of the Harris Broadcast routing system combined with the high density of the Harris Broadcast processing platforms, we have altogether created an extremely powerful solution for live production environments where space considerations are critical.”

Harris Broadcast sees this project as an endorsement of the company’s product lineup and its ability to address the challenging needs of the outside broadcast (OB) and mobile production environments. “This important project illustrates how our team of broadcast technology specialists can help companies like sono Studiotechnik offer advanced mobile production solutions to their customers with increased profitability,” said Mathias Eckert, vice president, sales and services, Europe & Africa for Harris Broadcast. “sono Studiotechnik is a pioneer in this field and already we see great potential for further extending our relationship with additional systems and bigger international sports events.”

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About Harris Broadcast    
Harris Broadcast develops uniquely integrated digital media solutions that streamline the entire content workflow from live production to transmission.  The company’s tools and technologies fit seamlessly into any media operation, enabling customers to easily and profitably create compelling content for delivery over multiple distribution platforms.  With a presence in key locations around the world, Harris Broadcast supports media customers in more than 130 countries.

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