Trailblazing the broadcast world for 50 years
Widely used in sport and entertainment broadcasting, theatres, houses of worship, institutions and increasingly also in the corporate world, Lawo brings cutting-edge engineering to IP infrastructures, video processing and routing, A/V-over-IP interfacing and audio mixing and routing. Lawo’s VSM and SMART offer first-in-class studio and workflow management and real-time monitoring/telemetry. The ST2110 standard features throughout Lawo’s product range, easing the industry’s transition to IP-based working. A founding member of the Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS), Lawo remains a champion of interoperability and open standards.
Awards and Accolades
Lawo’s accolades include an Emmy Engineering Plaque, the Broadcast/Media Project of the Year IABM Award for the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg opera house’s IP-based installation, and countless industry magazine awards. In 2019, the European Parliament and Lawo won the Public Sector Project of the Year AV Awards. And when Coldplay streamed their live ‘Sunrise’ and ‘Sunset’ sets from Jordan’s Amman Citadel on YouTube for the release of their Everyday Life album, it was mixed on a Lawo console.
Broadcast Control, Multiviewer Solutions and Monitoring
Lawo’s Virtual Studio Manager (VSM) brings IP-based control and workflow solutions to OB, studio and MCR applications in TV and radio. Device-agnostic, VSM controls all major video/audio routers and mixers, intercoms, UMDs and multiviewers, glue and other third-party devices, whether baseband or IP.
SMART System Monitoring and Realtime Telemetry software for broadcast networks provides transparency across all-IP, all-SDI and hybrid WAN/LAN broadcast infrastructures for both network and data health.
For signal monitoring, the V__matrix based vm_dmv distributed IP multiviewer app provides high-quality functionality for 4k/3G/HD/SD. For OTT/playout, Lawo’s LiveView Decoding Engine enables the V__matrix vm_dmv multiviewer to show both production (ST2110/ST2022-6) and transmission (MPEG/OTT) formats on a single screen. The LiveView Decoding Engine integrates full frame rate MPEG-2/H.264/HEVC for any Lawo LiveView enabled product.
Video Solutions for
Lawo’s award-winning V__matrix software-defined IP platform uses multiple cores and a high-capacity COTS switch with redundant 10GbE/40GbE connectivity as a distributed IP routing and processing matrix for frame-accurate switching. Generic C100 processing blades provide physical signal connectivity, and with VSM as control layer, virtual module apps allow for remapping of entire workflows in minutes. Continent-wide and inter-continent IP remote productions from NEP Australia’s Andrews Hubs in Sydney and Melbourne use the V__matrix infrastructure.
Virtual modules handle streaming, video processing and multiviewing with the latest V__matrix vm_udx app providing format conversion between SD, HD and 4K formats with HDR capability.
V__remote4 is a bidirectional multichannel video/audio-to-IP-interface for WAN-based remote production, while the V__pro8 is the Swiss Army knife of video processing, bridging diverse video and audio formats. Dolby E encoding/decoding is also available.
IP Audio Production Solutions
This is a network-based, software-defined audio DSP engine with unparalleled processing density for mc² 56/96 consoles, with 1,024 fully-featured DSP channels available to a single mc² console or shared between up to four.
Audio-to-IP interfaces provide
WAN-capable transport of analogue and digital audio for broadcast, live and installations. Based on RAVENNA technology, all devices are compatible with ST2110-30/-31/AES67 audio-over-IP.
Supporting future-proof IP infrastructures, the mc² mixer line-up includes the mc²96 Grand Production Console with native support for SMPTE 2110, AES67, RAVENNA and DANTE for video production in broadcast, live and theatre and a new Xtra Fader Version increasing the Central Control Section fader count, the mc²56 Third Generation with key features from the mc²96 for broadcast trucks, studios, live performance and recording, and the mc²36 all-in-one mixer for broadcast, theatre, houses of worship, live and install at an incredible price point.
Lawo’s ruby radio desk brings mixing and routing into the multi-touch onscreen environment used by other studio tools, operating as stand-alone systems or within a network. Lawo’s radio consoles are native RAVENNA/AES67 and designed to operate stand-alone or within a networked environment. For self-ops, crystal consoles provide easy handling with full functionality for programme production.
VisTool supports custom status displays, tablet and touchscreen-based button panels, and mixing controllers.
RLAY Virtual Radio
RLAY VRX mixing software is a ‘virtual radio environment’ with apps that replace hardware peripherals for remote kits, mobile ENG, webcasting and permanent personal studios.
Lawo’s Nova is a benchmark audio routing system with modular construction, Dual Star topology, scalable routing and plug-and-play operation.
Installations in the Middle East
Al Jazeera, Al Kass, beIN Media Group, Qatar TV/Radio, Abu Dhabi Media Company, Sky News Arabia, Oman TV, Radio Jeddah/Radio Riyadh, ERTU, SABC, Multichoice and many others.