WOW TV News Center has a new home with Lawo IP
After years of preparation to relocate its broadcast center, South Korea’s WOW TV, a subsidiary of the business newspaper Korea Economic Daily, recently took a major step in transitioning to a fully 12G-based UHD broadcast organization: installation of Lawo AoIP equipment, including two mc²56 MkIII production consoles, an A__UHD central platform and A__line audio over IP nodes. The equipment was provided by Lawo’s partner Dongyang Digital (DYD).
Jin Woo Lee, Technical Director of WOW TV, states that “The WOW TV channel broadcasts live for more than 16 hours a day, providing various economic, stock market and business information. For this reason, the reliability and redundancy of all systems weighed heavily in our decision. We also did a comparative review with products from various manufacturers, and Lawo’s mc²56 mixing console received high marks for great features such as LiveView, Automix, and its intuitive control surface layout. We chose Lawo products based on all these factors.
Control rooms A and B at 11 of the buildingand and 12and the floors are each equipped with 32-fader mc²56 MkIII audio production consoles, which natively support SMPTE 2110, AES67/RAVENNA and MADI audio streams. In addition to multi-user, AutoMix, upmix, downmix operation, these consoles include audio-follows-video functionality, built-in 3D/immersive mixing tools, and parallel compression. The HOME and MCX servers required for installation are housed in the technical room at 11and stage.
Lawo’s IP Easy feature, based on the HOME management platform for IP broadcast infrastructures, makes IP configuration as easy as analog with features like auto-discovery and quarantine routines. In addition to the processing features provided by the console’s processing engine, Waves SuperRack SoundGrid integration gives operators access to Waves’ extensive selection of plug-ins for real-time signal processing – no screens or additional control device is not required.
“IP-based media operations are the future,” says DYD’s Jea Gyu Park. “Networking all broadcast devices and solutions, locally and over a wide area network, gives our broadcast customers the flexibility to stay on the cutting edge. Lawo has the infrastructure to make it happen. We have been a Lawo partner for 5 years and their products and solutions have always met customers’ needs for flexible and efficient workflows. They just offer more quality for less! And it’s always a pleasure to work with the knowledgeable engineers at Lawo.