V__remote 4

Lawo’s V__remote 4 is designed to provide a one-box solution for all the requirements of video and audio signal transport and processing in WAN-based remote productions. It includes everything from Video-over-IP coding to various monitoring and processing tools. All designed for one purpose: to provide a tool that increases the flexibility of any broadcast application, while saving valuable rack-space, set-up time and production costs. With its virtual cabling capability, V__remote 4 leverages IP infrastructure advantages and cost savings to provide an unparalleled degree of flexibility and scalability.

In remote live production, IP is becoming a fundamental requirement, and getting reliable, low latency and high-quality video from venues back to studios at reasonable cost is an absolute necessity. The Lawo V__remote 4 achieves this by combining a bi-directional, four-channel Video-over-IP interface, four local SDI inputs and outputs, and all the processing tools usually needed when contributing video and audio via WAN or LAN to a broadcast production, into a compact 1RU devices.

V__remote 4 provides four 3G / HD/ SD SDI inputs and four 3G / HD / SD SDI outputs for interfacing to external video equipment, and converts these signals into IP streams (and vice-versa). These streams can be transported via standard Layer 3 IP LANs or WANs. V__remote 4 provides parallel encoding in multiple streaming formats, making the same signal available to different applications – e.g. RAW for local production, JPEG2000 for remote sites, MJPEG and H.264 for monitoring applications, and H.264 for internet distribution. The IP-based approach allows easy signal routing via Lawo’s VSM control and monitoring system or other external master control systems. No rewiring is needed as long as all devices are connected to the network. Since the device is based on real network technology with multicast capability, it allows easy transmission of signals to multiple outputs within the network.

The V__remote4’s coding engines are designed to meet the highest demands for video quality and signal transport reliability. The extremely robust J2K codec (with a special protection algorithm for signal transport even on unreliable WAN connections) and ST2022-7 port redundancy ensure signal availability and quality. Lawo’s EPS technology for enhanced protection switching goes even further, enabling system designs with true hardware and network redundancy. Format and quality of the IP video streams can be configured individually to provide the optimum balance of picture quality, latency and bandwidth. Its 6 Ethernet ports are connected to an internal switch allowing “tunneling” of IP traffic such as camera control, RAVENNA streams or even office and Internet IP, through the 10GBit interface.

Product Specs

Video Interfaces
  • Video Signal Input/Output: 4x 3G/HD/SD-SDI inputs, 4x 3G/HD/SD-SDI outputs, 1x 3G/1080i MV/QS output, DisplayPort
  • Video Reference Signal Input/Output: BB/Tri-Level, Loop thru, BB/Tri-Level output via BNC connector, IP
  • Video Standards:
    2.97Gbps Video Standards (1080p):
    1080p 60Hz SMPTE-424M, 425M Level A & Level B
    1080p 59.94Hz SMPTE-424M, 425M Level A & Level B
    1080p 50Hz SMPTE-424M, 425M Level A & Level B
    1.485Gbps Video Standards (HD):
    1080i 60Hz SMPTE-274M(4),-292M(D)
    1080i 59.94Hz SMPTE-274M(5),-292M(E)
    1080i 50Hz SMPTE-274M(6),-292M(F)
    1080p 30/29.97/25/24/23.976sf
    1080p 30Hz SMPTE-274M(7)-292M(G)
    1080p 29.97Hz SMPTE-274M(8)-292M(H)
    1080p 25Hz SMPTE-274M(9)-292M(I)
    1080p 24Hz SMPTE-274M(10)-292M(J)
    1080p 23.976Hz SMPTE-274M(11)-292M(K)
    720p 60Hz SMPTE-296M(1),-292M(L)
    720p 59.94Hz SMPTE-296M(2),-292M(M)
    720p 50Hz SMPTE-296M(2),-292M(M)
    270Mbps Video Standards (SD):
    576i 16:9 and 4:3 SMPTE-259M(C)
    480i 16:9 and 4:3 SMPTE-259M(C)
Audio Interfaces
  • Audio Signal Input/Output: 2x MADI/AES10 optical in/out (redundant mode selectable); SDI embedded Audio, Ethernet
  • Audio Reference Signal Input/Output: BB/Tri-Level, WordCLK input, WordCLK output
  • Audio Standards: SMPTE 299/48, MADI/AES10, RAVENNA/AES67
Processing
  • Video Encapsulation (10 Bit 4:2:2): RAW (uncompressed) encoding and decoding (SMPTE2022-6 vs. RV) or VC-2 (DiracPro-LL) compressed encoding and decoding; JPEG2000 encoding and decoding (VSF-TR01* vs. RV)
  • Seamless Protection Switching (Hitless Merge, compliant with SMPTE2022-7)
  • RAW encoding & decoding: 4x video encoding bitrates 2.5Gbps, 1.25Gbps; latency < 1 line
  • JPEG2000 encoding & decoding: 4x encoding/4x decoding with HD/SD-SDI, 2x encoding/2x decoding with 3G-SDI; video only encoding bitrates up to 250Mbps; latency 1-2 frames at encoding, 0.5-1 frame at decoding
  • H264 encoding (8 bit 4:2:0): 1x video encoding with stereo audio; encoding bitrate fixed at 8Mbps
  • Thumbnailing & PPM: Input/output JPEG thumbnails and PPM data
  • Audio encapsulation: AES67 and RAVENNA (encoding AM824, decoding L16, L24, AM824); Encoding bitrates stream dependent; Latency synchronous operation <2msec
  • Latency: Video processing max. 100 pixels; QuadSplit monitoring: 1 frame; audio (SRC disabled): <2ms
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