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Lawo is the right choice for Multichoice’s Studio 6 rebuild

Lawo is the right choice for Multichoice’s Studio 6 rebuild

Lawo is the right choice for Multichoice’s Studio 6 rebuild

South Africa:

Africa’s largest satellite television channel service provider, Multichoice, has completed an infrastructure rebuild of Studio 6 located in Randburg, Johannesburg. The studio is mostly used by Multichoice’s content brand SuperSport, which specialises in live sports production across 40 linear channels. Lawo partner Inala Broadcast integrated a vm_dmv-based Lawo V__matrix multiviewer solution and a mc²36 audio console combined with an A__stage64 stagebox and a Nova73 router as part of the project.

In addition to the studio production audio workflows, the system interfaces into IP-based commentary booths to enable adding multiple languages into the IP audio backend. SuperSport’s overall infrastructure is controlled by an all-encompassing VSM virtual studio manager system which also controls 16 galleries used for turn-around operations of smaller events, adding the right logos in the right places.

“The migration of broadcast signal reticulation from traditional baseband to IP brings us new options in the way things are done, which required us to re-define the way we all – Multichoice Technical Team, Inala Broadcast, SuperSport Operations and Lawo – install, configure and commission an audio system of this size and nature,” explained an engineer from the Multichoice technical team.

Anthony Teunen, Lawo’s system engineer, who configured the new Studio 6 setup and supervised the handover starting on October 12, called Studio 6’s new audio infrastructure “an innovative small console, large router scenario.” Studio 6’s newly configured infrastructure is mainly used for incoming sports feeds, like soccer, rugby and cricket, with all footage being transmitted to the presenters in charge of producing pre-match, half-time and post-match analyses.

The configuration for the Multichoice studio in Randburg was configured remotely from Theunen’s office in Belgium. For health and safety reasons during the covid-19 pandemic, hardly anybody was allowed on-site for some time, and even remote configuration operations were temporarily put on hold, because no-one would have been available locally to reboot devices after an update or in the event of a programming issue.

“We are very grateful to our South African systems integration partner, Inala Broadcast, for their hard work and innovative solutions,” commented Ralf Schimmel, Lawo sales director Africa and radio partners. “This partnership has resulted in a cutting-edge infrastructure that provides SuperSport’s unrivaled operations with even more flexibility.”

SuperSport’s large Studio 1 was also equipped with a Lawo-centric solution recently, while its international control room (ICR) migrated to Lawo V__matrix-based vm_dmv multiviewers in Spring 2020.

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