ORF uses Lawo in first all-IP OB FÜ1 for sports and cultural event production

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The new, fully IP-based Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) FÜ1 is optimally equipped for ambitious production of sports and cultural events. Central to its ability to cover Alpine winter sports, football broadcasts, entertainment shows and concerts with equal ease 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 A/V 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 had its baptism 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. “Two image and sound control rooms – designated ‘A’ and ‘B’ – provide the international and national video and sound signals respectively. The initial concept used IP switches and converters with an optional monitoring IP solution but, due to technological change, this concept was efficiently adapted so that now, apart from the existing cameras and the connection to the outside world, everything is IP.

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