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Lawo Brings Networking To NAB 2015

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Lawo is to demo its products providing audio, video and networking infrastructures at this year's NAB Show, including those natively equipped with SMPTE 2022 and RAVENNA / AES67 technology.

Lawo will show how to create hybrid baseband/IP infrastructures, as well as demoing its mc² series broadcast and production mixing consoles such as the new mc256 HD. The company will also showcase its range of radio/on-air solutions as well as the V__line and A__line video and audio processing and routing devices.

Lawo mc²56 High Density – Lawo will be showing a new version of its mc²56 audio mixing console at this year's NAB. The mc²56 HD provides twice the number of faders on the same footprint. Context-sensitive pop-up windows and touch-screen operation facilitate use, while the dual-fader layout in combination with Lawo's multi-row metering offers support for the engineer. For seamless integration with production environments the desk natively supports various control protocols, now also including RAP (Ross Audio Protocol), allowing it to be managed from Ross video production switchers. The mc256 HD is natively equipped with RAVENNA/AES67 technology and comes with the full Lawo broadcast production package including Audio-follow-Video, Automix, Up- and Downmix and Loudness Metering.

Lawo mc²36 – Lawo is also showcasing the mc²36, its RAVENNA-based all-in-one mixing desk. A DSP micro-core with internal 512x512 port audio matrix and integrated I/O make it suited for mobile applications, and since it is natively equipped with RAVENNA/AES67 technology, the mc²36 integrates seamlessly into IP infrastructures.

Lawo mc² Compact I/O – Lawo's new mc² Compact I/O is expands the connectivity of the mc² console family. Connected via CAT5 or fiber (optional), the ruggedized 5RU stagebox provides 32 Lawo-grade Mic/Line inputs, 32 Line outputs, 8 digital AES3 inputs, 8 digital AES3 outputs, 8 GPIO, 3 RAVENNA ports and a MADI (SFP) port.

Lawo V__link4 – smart IP video transport and routing – The V__link4 is a professional broadcast tool for signal contribution, distribution and remote production via qualified LAN and WAN structures. V__link4 offers Video-over-IP coding, signal processing and a video/audio delay measuring system in a 1RU frame. V__link4 provides four SDI inputs and outputs, four 1GbE ports and redundant 10GbE ports plus an internal switching fabric.

Features include full support for SMPTE-2022 and RAVENNA/AES67 for VoIP and AoIP applications including streaming of raw uncompressed 3G/HD/SD-SDI. In addition, a range of optional codecs can be used in parallel to create and receive JPEG2000, DIRACpro, Motion J-PEG and H.264 streams.

Lawo V__pro8 – ultra-compact video processing – The fully digital 8-channel video processor provides all the glue features required within the workflow of broadcast production, including a browser-based GUI and extensive audio handling capabilities for de-embedding, delay, level adjust, channel mapping, down-mix and re-embedding for SDI and MADI audio streams. Optional capabilities include quad-split monitoring, RGB and YUV color correction, AV sync measurement and format conversion.

Lawo Introduces 'Integrated Visual Radio' – Lawo will debut an integrated solution for Visual Radio, creating video and audio web streams in parallel to normal radio play out. The system allows integration of cameras and video clip servers into the radio production workflow. Touch-screen operation via Lawo's VisTool visualisation software in combination with customisable routines allows visual radio-shows to be realised without any operator intervention.

Studio participants simply speak into the microphones and the video follows. Participants can monitor their appearance during the broadcast as the camera signals and the final video mix can be displayed on monitors around the studio. Lawo's Visual Radio solution includes Video-over-IP coding engines for several standards including H.264 and MJPEG.

Seamless migration to IP – At NAB, Lawo will introduce multiple new RAVENNA/AES67 options for its audio mixer and router product lines. A new 64-channel hybrid MADI/IP extension card for sapphire and crystal radio desks and for Nova17 compact audio routers allow high-density audio connectivity over IP and MADI. The card connects existing system components via MADI with the capability to change over to operation via RAVENNA/AES67.

Lawo also introduces a new master card for DALLIS modular I/O systems with combined MADI/RAVENNA interfacing to connect to both worlds. In combination with Lawo's Nova73 audio routers, which are designed for hybrid MADI/IP installations, this results in a future-proof system with an inherent path for migration to IP. In addition to hardware-based interfacing, Lawo's JADE software can turn ordinary PCs or servers into powerful RAVENNA/AES67 compatible broadcast tools. The JADE software framework allows seamless integration of playout systems, software codec servers, loggers and VoIP systems and other software-based audio products.


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