Studer’s Vista 5 Conducts Swiss Football Broadcast Traffic

TV, one of the content producers for Switzerland’s television channels,
is utilizing a Studer Vista 5 digital audio console to create the pay-TV
channel content for the UEFA Champions’ League, the Swiss national football
league and Switzerland’s National Ice Hockey League A.

At its production studio in Zurich, Ringier embellishes the broadcast video
received from the sports stadia via SRG Swiss Broadcasting’s control centre,
the CNCT. Working simultaneously on numerous games from the Champions League,
Ringier engineers add before/after show trails, captions, scores and other
statistics; mid-match, there is the expert discussion, which will be mixed
along with the rest of the audio track including the live commentator from each
stadium, and a studio commentary. And, as this is

Switzerland, theoretically the
studio commentary for each match has to be made available in three languages
(German, French and Italian).

Ringier TV has used the Studer Vista 5 digital console to automate the
audio-follows-video process, and add the audio extras to the package. System
planner Daniel Berthoud explains that, “originally our idea was to use six
or eight small mixers to do this, but they could never give us the flexibility
that we needed.”

Instead broadcast consultant Martin Reich proposed the use of a
Vista 5, which was then supplied by Dr W.A.G nther Audio
Systems, Studer’s Swiss distributor.

Daniel Berthoud continues,”On most consoles, you have only one or two
master outputs, but with the
Vista 5, you can
specify as many as you want – 16 or more – depending on your DSP provision. In
theory, you can expand indefinitely.” Typically, on Champions’ League
fixtures, each game is mixed down on the
5 from ten inputs to four stereo outputs. On a busy day, eight football matches
will be handled simultaneously with ice-hockey games, and the only human
adjustment will be the mix level of the commentators’ speech! According to
Daniel Berthoud, the Studer-based audio control system could handle many more
games; in fact, the only limitation is the maximum of 16 lines that can be sent
to the carrier Teleclub.

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