Royal Caribbean International has announced details of its first ‘new-generation’ vessel, Quantum of the Seas. The vessel is being built at Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany. L-S-B’s Virtual Studio Manager (VSM) is to be the overall onboard broadcast control system and has been installed by the Finnish company TV Tools Oy.
On-board media systems feature HD technology in both video and audio signalling. The heart of the system is the Riedel MediorNet signal routing system with a 30-node specification. Having an on-board broadcast centre means that all of the vessel’s broadcast systems can be controlled from one place, allowing operators to work on two different productions simultaneously. The VSM system by the German broadcast technology company, L-S-B, controls the different systems, including all Riedel hardware, the video router, multiviewers and signal processing equipment by Evertz, and the AJA KiPro Rack recorders.
The VSM can also be used to control projectors and screens throughout the vessel. The programmes produced by the VSM are transmitted to the on-stage projectors and screens. This is then recorded or transferred to encoders for transmission to one of the 36 IPTV channels aboard the ship.
The vessel will house a variety of different venues, including a 1,200 capacity theatre, a music hall for rock and jazz concerts and a venue named Two70° where flying dancers will perform. All of these venues will have their audio and sound managed by VSM.
When Quantum of the Seas is completed, its maiden voyage will be to the Caribbean where the vessel will be stationed.