Athletes aren’t the only ones who spent a great deal of time preparing for the 2012 Olympic Games. Slated to be the largest broadcasting event in history, content producers and technical staffs spent years getting ready for this year’s Games.
Lawo, the German company that manufactures digital consoles and routing systems, was tapped by the Finnish broadcast network Yleisradio Oy (YLE) to help transmit imported content from the Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) and tailored for the home audience.
YLE incorporated Lawo equipment into its coverage of the last few Summer and Winter Olympics. This year, it obtained a Lawo mc²66 MkII console and three sapphire units to assist in its radio feed. In addition to its on-site facility, YLE outfitted a second facility, housed about three miles offsite, which featured a networked audio system that included a remote-controlled zirkon frame that acted as a clever audio interface to both the main mc²66 production audio system and YLE Radio system.
The efficient integration of its digital console and routing components is a key reason why YLE works with Lawo, according to Senior Technical Advisor Matti Helkamaa.
“All the consoles work in the same routing environment, and all audio embedding/de-embedding can take place within the system," Helkamaa said. "As a bonus, we have each and every SDI-audio track selectable on the faders of any of our audio consoles without requiring heavy AES cabling between audio and video systems.
Any console can use any audio source, which enables the same commentator to work on radio and TV, and the routing and scheduling capability means that the commentator can be in Helsinki or in London, regardless of where the feed is produced.”
More information on Lawo can be found at the company website, http://www.lawo.de/en/home.html.