Zhejiang TV Moves Towards Integrated Broadcast Production With Lawo
Serving Hangzhou City/Zhejiang Province in Eastern China, Zhejiang TV ranks high among China’s leading broadcasters and innovators. The network is refurbishing its Concert Hall into a multi-function theatre and HDTV television studio using a Lawo mc²66 digital audio console.
The broadcaster’s most recent developments have centered on a facility renovation that will give it new 2,500-sqm and 1,200-sqm studios, with extensive use of audio and video technology from Lawo. The new studios will serve the annual production and broadcast of ‘Voice of China’, as well as all other popular shows, including ‘Hurry Up, Brother’.
Zhejiang Television (ZJTV) is operated by the Zhejiang Radio & Television Group (China’s fourth biggest television network) and currently broadcasts in Mandarin. ZJTV has been using Lawo equipment for six years, having previously invested in a number of digital mixing systems. Now, the broadcaster has committed to adding Lawo video units to its technical infrastructure.
“We have been using Lawo audio products since 2009, including mc²66 and mc²56 mixing consoles in our most major studios,’ a ZJTV spokesperson confirmed. ‘We are very satisfied with their performance and reliability, and we believe that the IP-based Lawo video products will give us the same quality of technology as well as Lawo’s after-sales service.”
The existing Lawo mixing consoles are installed in ZJTV’s main Concert Hall, and two studios in Hangzhou City. Experience with these consoles has given Zhejiang TV confidence in Lawo’s SDI embedding and de-embedding products because of their use of RAVENNA technology, developed for audio and video transport based on IP Layer 3, and which will help simplify the integration of broadcasters’ audio and video systems in the future.
When complete, the new studios will incorporate a total of six Lawo V__pro8 digital video processors. These 8-channel 1U rack-mount units provide all of the ‘glue’ needed in broadcast production workflow, combining both video and audio management.
Lawo’s Crystal MKII Solution Serves Macquarie University Radio Department
When it comes to education, Macquarie University in Sydney has long been known as one of the leading teaching facilities in Australia. The institution recently selected Lawo technology when refitting the Faculty of Arts’ Radio Studios.
The newly refitted studios include an On Air studio with a Lawo 12 fader crystal broadcast console, an on air production control room, production booth and digital outside broadcast facility to allow for location broadcasts. Live broadcasts are made possible via a broadcast link to community radio station 2-SER FM, who also have studios in the Y3A building at the University. This allows for close collaboration between the University and 2-SER. Radio is becoming increasingly multi-platform and so the facilities tie closely to the Media Futures Lab and creative media platforms for integration across broadcast and online contexts.
In close cooperation with Macquarie’s Radio Facilities Manager Peter Ring, Professional Audio Television (PAT), Lawo’s partner in Australia, recently supplied the Lawo crystal MKII console with a crystal frame to replace the ageing infrastructure. After a lengthy evaluation process, the University settled on the Lawo crystal system paired with VisTool control and visualization software. Due to the flexible and intuitive customization possibilities Lawo offers with the VisTools software, Mr Ring took it upon himself to do most of the custom configuration. PAT’s Engineering Manager Adam Langham commented: “Macquarie Uni certainly made the right decision in providing students with a technology platform they will encounter in the real broadcast industry. It was a pleasure to work so closely with Mr Ring to deliver a state of the art cutting edge studio for one of the leading educational facilities in Australia.”