Lawo V__pro8 performs high-precision AV sync measurement

Lawo has taken its V__pro8 video processing tool to the next level, announcing the release of a new AV-sync measurement feature in the V__pro8 for fast and easy lip-syncing. This new functionality provides accuracy better than +/- 2 audio samples.

LawoLogoThe V__pro8 now provides the well-known EBU test pattern, plus a unique Lawo-developed V__line test pattern that can be generated from any of the V__pro8 video outputs or as an mp4 file, making it ideally suited for particularly precise measurements with high-quality audiovisual representation of offsets.

V__pro8 offers a unique set of capabilities that operators can use to check and correct signals throughout a production workflow within a studio, OB truck, or MCR. At the same time the V__pro8 allows for any necessary video or audio delay adjustments to be made from any location using an intuitive browser-based GUI or by using the unit’s optional front panel controls.

Operators can automatically measure all 16 embedded audio channels of up to eight SDI signals. The video processor allows graphical and numerical presentation of measurement results with definable colored regions (green, yellow, red) for “early” and “late” signals. A zoom function and time stamping of the measurements makes it easy to detect and correct signals as needed.

Lawo introduced the V_pro8 in April of 2012 to provide a full suite of video processing and audio-for-video signal flow management tools in production environments that require high density channel count in a minimum amount of rack space. The innovative product design fits in a single 1RU space and provides a flexible 8 x 8 3G/HD/SD-SDI video matrix and 384 x 384 MADI audio matrix with the ability to switch any signal to any other signal. Other features include frame syncs, gain control and metering, an embedder with downmix and channel shuffling and several optional software modules.

The new, advanced AV sync functionality compliments the V_pro8’s suite of other options including modules for high quality up/down/cross conversion, color correction (YUV and RGB) and a quad split monitor output with UMD, tally, audio metering, vectorscope and waveform display.

V__pro8 is a perfect video-to-audio bridge within any studio infrastructure and is finding rapid acceptance as a must-have tool for flypacks and OBs as well. An attractive GUI based on HTML5 enables multiple points of access and control for operators, with easy handling of a number of different tasks in one tool, thus guaranteeing maximum efficiency at significantly reduced cost-per-channel.

Lawo Appoints Radio Broadcast Professional Mike Dosch
Lawo announced the appointment of Mike Dosch as ‘Director of Virtual Radio Projects’, adding further expertise to Lawo’s radio business domain. With Dosch, the German audio console and video processor manufacturer welcomes a former competitor and renowned radio broadcast professional with many years of experience to fill that newly-created position.

Before joining Lawo, Dosch was the founder and president of Axia, a division of Telos. With its Livewire protocol, Axia pioneered the idea of IP-Audio networking technology using standard Ethernet infrastructure. This idea led to the transformation of radio studio engineering and became the foundation for more advanced networking protocols such as RAVENNA.

In his new post, Dosch will bring in his knowledge, experience and visions for driving new concepts and technologies for Lawo’s radio broadcast customers.

“While I was CEO of the Telos Alliance, I approached Lawo to discuss collaborating on IP audio,” states Dosch. “We agreed to have a ‘coopetition’, merging our IP audio efforts for the benefit of the industry. During this collaboration, I became quite impressed with Philipp Lawo and his company. I am delighted to be part of this innovative company that has proved to be a trigger of innovations in the broadcast sector.”

“We are very excited to have Mike join our team,” agrees Philipp Lawo, CEO of Lawo AG. “His broad knowledge of the industry and his ability to develop unconventional and promising visions and ideas to the benefit of broadcast customers make him a strong asset for us at Lawo.”

ISE 2014: Lawo to Show Latest Product Offerings
At this year’s Integrated Systems Europe in Amsterdam, Lawo presents in hall 7 on booth T220 their current product highlights.

In the field of video, Lawo presents the Lawo V__link 4 in its current version. This device is the professional broadcast tool for signal contribution, distribution and remote production via qualified LAN and WAN structures. V__link4 provides video-over-IP coding, signal processing and a video/audio lip sync measuring system – all in a compact tool. This gives more space in the rack, increases flexibility and saves setup-time and production costs. Also on show is the Lawo V__pro8, the compact, fully digital 8-channel video processor with all glue features that are required within broadcast production workflows.

Visitors can get hands-on experience at the Lawo mc²56 mixing console. This compact, flexible and versatile mixer has a lot of power and is already tuned for the future with RAVENNA Audio-over-IP integration.

Lawo equipment supports RAVENNA networking technology for the realtime distribution of media content in IP-based network environments. RAVENNA comprises already all central requirements of the new industry standard AES67.