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Lawo supports NBC Olympics' production of Winter Olympics.

NBC Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group, has selected Lawo's Virtual Studio Manager (VSM) broadcast control and monitoring solutions, as well as IP Commentary systems, for production of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games, which took place from February 9-25 in PyeongChang, South Korea.

The VSM system used at NBC Olympics' production facility at the International Broadcast Center (IBC) in South Korea provided NBC with more flexibility and operation enhancements during its production of the Winter Games. VSM was the overall control system for NBC Olympics' core routing and tally management, connecting to multiple third-party devices on an IP backbone.

NBC significantly increased the number of graphical user interface (GUI)-based VSM panels, which were accessed from various monitors and tablets provided throughout NBC Olympics' various production facilities. VSM also provided remote Tally information between the IBC in South Korea and NBC Sports Group's headquarters in Stamford, CT, USA.

NBC Olympics also deployed an enhanced Lawo audio-over-IP Commentary System along with several Lawo V_pro8 video processors to manage their coverage from Stamford. Lawo worked with NBC to develop an enhanced version of the Lawo Commentary Unit (LCU) to meet NBC's production goals.

The V_pro8s received video feeds from South Korea, de-embedded the audio and then inserted into Ravenna and MADI streams that ultimately fed the Lawo LCU commentary system. New for this year's production was NBC's use of the Commentary System at the IBC and remotely at the Ski Jump and Curling venues, forming a fully cohesive commentary workflow.

Additionally, several Games venues in South Korea were connected to the NBC Olympics compound within the IBC through Lawo's V_remote4 units, which provided connectivity and processing for network audio and video signals delivered via IP connections from the remote sites.

Timothy Canary, vice-president of engineering, NBC Sports Group, said: "Lawo has worked closely with NBC Olympics to add new features and additional operational flexibly to the system, for our HD and 4K/Ultra HD (UHD) high dynamic range (HDR) programming.

"The seamless integration of Lawo's audio and video hardware was easily integrated into our existing systems, and provides NBC Sports with a complete end-to-end solution."

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Title Annotation:MANAGEMENT
Publication:APB Magazine
Geographic Code:9SOUT
Date:Mar 1, 2018
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