Abu Dhabi’s LIVE broadcasts live with five new Lawo V__pro8
LIVE provides OB services for Abu Dhabi Media Company, which is a multi-platform media and entertainment organization that operates and manages 25 market-leading brands across multiple platforms, including broadcast, publishing and digital. The company’s broadcast facilities include the largest fleet of high-definition OB Vans in the MENA region, an extensive collection of SNG equipment and 3,000-square-meters of fully equipped studios.
The company’s MCR feed recordings and playout services currently provide 7/24 broadcast for 14 channels, while ingest and archive services includes the management of Abu Dhabi’s largest historical film archive. Postproduction facilities include 20 AVID and FCP suites.
Already an established Lawo customer, LIVE presently uses several Lawo audio consoles and VSM control systems in its OB Vans. With addition of the V__pro8 units, it gains higher workflow flexibility through the V__pro8’s ability to combine audio and video management functions in a single tool. Key to the choice of the V__pro8s is their flexibility and workflow simplification.
Hamad Abdelrazaq, Head of Broadcast Engineering at LIVE on the use of Lawo’s V__pro8s: “As a service provider for very different applications, we have to offer our clients the most flexible but also most cost-efficient solutions. The V_pro8s are the perfect tool for this, streamlining our workflows, and giving us the flexibility to work in different production situations quickly and reliably.”
V__pro8 is the perfect Swiss Army Knife video processing tool, interconnecting signals of different video formats, as well as between audio and video. It features two channel high quality up/down/cross format conversion, eight channel color correction, frame sync, separate video and audio delay for all channels, embedding and de-embedding with sample rate converters, 8x8 video matrix, 384x384 audio matrix, time code insertion, test pattern generation, surround down mix stages, quadsplit multiviewer plus lots of additional helpers like thumbnail previews, waveform monitor, vector scope, peak metering display. High density audio connections, including MADI and RAVENNA, provide video-to-audio bridges within the studio infrastructure while a modern GUI based on HTML5 facilitates intuitive operation and monitoring. Reduction of cost, reduction of complexity, reduction of space, extremely powerful, but easy to use, it’s defining a new class of infrastructure and processing solution unmatched in the market. And the fully integrated design approach, based on a single high-end FPGA design, build into a 1RU frame, is a platform with headroom to grow.
Lawo designs and manufactures pioneering network, control, audio and video technology for broadcast and post production, as well as live performance and theatrical applications. Products include control and monitoring systems, digital audio mixing consoles, routers, video processing tools as well as solutions for IP-based A/V infrastructures and routing systems. All products are developed in Germany and manufactured according to highest quality standards at the company’s headquarters in the Rhine valley town of Rastatt, Germany.