ARET upgrades RAI studios and OB vans with Lawo V__pro8 video processors

01.02.2018 - 13:02

Italian public broadcaster RAI, a long-time user of Lawo products and solutions, has just taken delivery of 37 Lawo V__pro8 8 Channel Video Processing Toolkits.

The new Lawo equipment will be employed in a nationwide technical upgrade and renovation of studios and OB vans located all over Italy. System integrator and Lawo partner ARET Video and Audio Engineering, headquartered in Milan, won the tender after participating in a test procedure which scrutinized prominent brands’ ability to process video in broadcast environments.

Alessandro Asti, ARET’s VP of Sales comments: “The unique features and flexibility of V__pro8 – its ability to synchronize, convert, embed / de-embed and apply delay to both audio and video, as well as monitoring eight inputs at once – received the maximum technical marks in the tender. Thanks to the outstanding performance of the V__Pro8, it is the perfect tool for signal monitoring in RAI’s studios and OB vans.”

The RAI project is the latest in a number of successful joint projects between ARET and Lawo.  
Another notable project, from 2017, was the outfitting of Italian production company NVP’s OB4 OB Van. The heart of OB 4’s audio systems is a pair of Lawo mc²56 production consoles, a Nova router and DALLIS interfaces. The complete OB Van is controlled using Lawo’s VSM (Virtual Studio Manager) system; Lawo’s V__pro8 eight-channel video processing units give producers control of the complete broadcast production workflow using just 1 RU of rack space. Together, these Lawo systems deliver the versatility required for multiformat operation on Europe’s most challenging productions.

About V__pro8 eight-channel video processing toolkit: V__pro8 is a compact, fully digital eight-channel video processor with all of the “glue” features needed for today’s broadcast production workflows. It works as a flexible matrix system: using its 8 x 8 video matrix and 384 x 384 audio matrix, it is possible to switch any signal to any other. A modern GUI (based on HTML5) provides an intuitive interface for fast handling of day-to-day work.

V__pro8 connects differing video formats, with high quality format conversion, color correction and audio embedding / de-embedding capabilities. It also combines video and audio management, with a high-density MADI audio connection providing efficient video-to-audio bridging within the studio infrastructure. This combination of video and audio management in a single unit guarantees maximum operating efficiency by significantly reducing required space, wiring infrastructure and cost.

Picture (by ARET):

With the top management of ARET: from left to right, Umberto Asti - VP of Sales, Angelo Asti - President and CEO, Alessandro Asti - VP of Sales.

Photo taken in Amsterdam, in front of ARET OB Van at IBC.

About ARET

ARET video and audio engineering is a worldwide renowned systems integrator. Since 1976, ARET has provided turnkey integrated video and audio systems for broadcast, and is the official equipment distributor for several brands on the market.

As a globally active company, ARET is proud of its success in Europe, Africa, Middle East, and South-East Asia, with more than 450 OB Vans delivered over the last 40 years, along with successfully completed projects in production studios, robotics studios, MCRs, MAM systems and conference rooms. These projects were delivered to broadcast clients located in every corner of the world, as well as to private service companies.

ARET continues to deliver consistently high-profile turnkey projects to an international client base on a regular basis. Global markets require foresight and experience to respond to relentless demands for improvements in efficiencies.