Lawo V__matrix: Core of NEP Belgium’s New S8L HD/UHD Truck

25.Juni 2018 - 11:11

NEP Belgium has begun utilizing its first OB truck from the Broadcast Solutions-developed Streamline OB van family. New to the S8L and the Streamline OB vans in general is the implementation of a Lawo V__matrix software-defined IP routing, processing and multi-viewing core.

NEP Belgium has begun utilizing its first OB truck from the Broadcast Solutions-developed Streamline OB van family. Unit 18, the newly added production vehicle, is an S8L and represents a new, IP-enabled variation for the Streamline family of OB vehicles. It is capable of working in both HD and UHD format and can handle up to 8 UHD or HD cameras. With new room concepts and additional interconnectivity technology, the S8L offers more flexibility during productions and adapts to future IP-based workflows.

New to the S8L and the Streamline OB vans in general is the implementation of a Lawo V__matrix software-defined IP routing, processing and multi-viewing core which handles processing, de-/embedding and RGB color correction of the signals. The S8L comes with two video stageboxes, each equipped with a Lawo V__link4 for IP video, audio and sync transport and A__mic8 units for additional network-based audio IO. The IP stageboxes provide four 3G/HD/SD SDI inputs and outputs in addition to its audio capabilities. Each stagebox is connected via a 2x10GbEthernet fiber to the V__matrix IP-Core. The system supports ST2110, ST2022-6/7 and Ravenna/AES67 streaming formats.

Providing overarching control is a VSM IP broadcast control system, which handles the IP stream management and oversees the complete installation including the Sony XVS6000 vision mixer, the Ihse KVM, the Lawo audio console and the Riedel intercom.

A Lawo mc²36 40-fader console with its compact size, its integrated router, in-built DSP and I/O meet all the requirements for 5.1 surround productions and workflows. For flexible audio connectivity one audio stagebox with Lawo’s mc² Compact I/O has been chosen to expand the mc²36’s connectivity. Connected via fiber, the ruggedized 5RU stagebox provides additional 32 Mic/Line inputs, 32 Line inputs, 8 AES I/Os and GPIOs in a AES67/RAVENNA transport mode. In addition, a DirectOut Montone 42 MADI to Audio-over-IP (RAVENNA) bridge provides seamless integration of network audio with the existing infrastructure.

“It was awesome to work with Lawo and Broadcast Solutions during the design of this truck. The level we achieved working with all the different engineering departments helped us to design the model-solutions of the future. Thanks to Lawo’s support and vision, we can start today producing over IP-networks”, says Geert Thoelen, Transition Manager, NEP Belgium.


The NEP Belgium S8L truck is already out on the road, doing regular productions for Jupiler and Proximus League (1st and 2nd division football). Last weekend the truck produced the live transmission of the Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium, featuring acts like Guns’n’Roses, Marilyn Manson, Iron Maiden, Ozzy Osbourne and more.