Austria’s ORF uses Lawo in first all-IP OB

The FÜ1 to be used for sports and cultural event production
The ORF will cover Alpine winter sports, football broadcasts, entertainment shows and concerts using its new OB system.
The ORF will cover Alpine winter sports, football broadcasts, entertainment shows and concerts using its new OB system.

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The new, fully IP-based Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) FÜ1

The ORF will cover Alpine winter sports, football broadcasts, entertainment shows and concerts using its new OB system. Central to this are two Lawo mc²96 Grand Production Console systems and five V_matrix frames loaded with 37 C100 processing blades for multiviewing and IP streaming.

The Lawo installation is a key part of the AV infrastructure of the Vienna-based OB van, which was constructed by system house BFE.

The new truck replaces ORF’s FÜ22 TV OB – which had been in operation since 2005 – bringing the latest technological capabilities to the company’s OB facilities.

FÜ1 was put into action with production of World Cup events in the Hochfilzen Biathlon, the Nordic Combined in Ramsau, as well as the Four Hills Tournament, the racing week in Kitzbühel at the end of January, followed by the coverage of the Vienna Opera Ball on 14 February 2020 after its commissioning.

"The FÜ1 is ORF’s first IP project and is designed to be used extensively for television production of sports, entertainment and cultural events," said Andreas Fraundorfer, group manager, video technology in the Broadcast Technology Planning Department at ORF.

The 38-ton trailer – 16.5m long, 2.5m wide and 2.5m high when travelling – has two extendable walls.

With the monitor wall moving by 0.6m, the opposite rear wall of the audio and video work areas moving by 1.6m, FÜ1 offers around 77m² of floor space for 24 workstations.

Networking of the mobile SMPTE2110 production unit (which has SMPTE 2022-7 redundancy) uses two Arista network switches for audio and video data, and another 14 switches for the control network and other tasks.

In the two video control rooms, five Lawo V__matrix units host a total of 37 C100 processing blades – 13 perform multiviewer tasks as vm__dmv units and 24 perform the conversion between SDI and IP as vm__streaming blades.

Using Lawo theWALL software, up to 52 individual screens can be configured here for multiviewing.

Lawo mc²96 production consoles are installed in both audio control rooms.

In addition to the FÜ1 OB truck, a 30-ton material truck was also put into operation, which, in addition to a multifunctional room, offers storage space to house material for 17-camera productions.

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