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Euro Media takes mc²56-equipped C42 on Le Tour

Jon Chapple 7 July 2015
Lawo mc²56, Euro Media Group, Tour de France 2015

The live radio and TV coverage of this year’s Tour de France, produced by Bry-sur-Marne-based Euro Media Group, will make use of a new Lawo-equipped OB truck, C42.

The 102nd edition of the world’s biggest bicycle race will take 22 teams of nine riders – a field of up to 198 starters – over 2,087mi of road through 21 stages in the Netherlands, Belgium and France. After starting in Utrecht on 4 July, the race will finish on 26 July on the Champs-Élysées in Paris.

C42 supports 10 to 12 cameras. On the Tour de France, it will coordinate all RF audio feeds before forwarding them to the truck responsible for the international broadcast feed. It is also able to provide an emergency backup in the case of any failure.

The OB truck will accompany the riders at every stage of the race, with its Lawo V__pro8 video processor unit used for colour correction of the video signals received from the motorcycle camera teams. The sound mix will be performed on a 48-fader Lawo mc²56 audio mixing console with a space-saving 7U compact core providing 144 DSP channels and a capacity of 5120 x 5120 crosspoints in redundant operation (pictured). Three DALLIS frames – two for use as stageboxes outside the vehicle – will provide the necessary I/O. Overall control of the devices will be assigned to an L-S-B Virtual Studio Manager (VSM) system, managing communication and switching of units from different manufacturers serving a range of functions.

The V__pro8 is a compact high-performance video processor that allows eight video channels to be used freely with 384 audio channels. It offers cross-format conversion, colour correction and embedding and de-embedding using protocols including 3G-SDI, MADI and RAVENNA.

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