Behind the scenes of the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2021, held from 8-21 February in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, Infront Productions, the broadcast partner of the Championships, relied on a Lawo IP broadcast infrastructure for IBC/MCR operations and feed distribution. 


Lawo: A V_Matrix system with 48 C100 processing blades was used in Italy

This included V__matrix, Lawo’s software defined IP core routing, processing and multi-viewing platform, and the V__matrix vm_dmv distributed 4K IP multiviewer. For overall broadcast control, Infront deployed Lawo’s Virtual Studio Manager (VSM) as IP broadcast control and workflow solution.

This V_Matrix system is identical to the one deployed by Infront Productions for the FIS Nordic World Ski Championship 2021 in Oberstdorf, Germany, which took place from 23 February 23 to 7 March 7.

Each of the Lawo V__matrix setups used for the two championships comprised 41 C100 processing blades used for streaming plus seven C100 configured with vm_dmv multi-viewing functionality. The VSM studio control system not only provides simple routing management but, with its configuration, it enables full flexibility and modularity so that it does not require reconfiguration for each event.

“The operators can create their own individual profiles on the software panel which can be used across all software panels which are available in the system,” explained Filip Vojsovic, system engineer at Lawo. “Thus, signal allocations on any of the panel positions can be adapted to the users’ best needs, with all profiles saved and recalled by the push of a button. In contrast to operator views, the administrator management setting opens many different sections that allows for a more detailed technical configuration.”

This workflow-optimised panel configuration is the result of a long-term, close co-operation between Infront and Lawo.