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V__matrix – Software-defined IP-Routing & Processing Platform

V__matrix is the first of its kind. Free from the restrictions of legacy hardware platforms it offers a completely virtualized real-time routing and processing infrastructure. Instead of connecting single purpose modular products in elaborate production chains the V__matrix is based on data center principles of flexibility, fabric computing and COTS economics and makes these available to any live production broadcast environment. Whether an OB truck, a TV studio or a broadcast operation center, V__matrix creates a fully virtualized core infrasturcture. The V__matrix ecosystem is based on generic high capacity FPGA based core processing modules upon which Virtual Modules (VM) are loaded to create the functionality required. Multiple cores are connected through redundant 10GE and 40GE connections to an IP network to form a distributed IP routing and processing matrix that provides frame-accurate, clean switching just like a legacy baseband matrix.

The V__matrix ecosystem scales linearly from tens to thousands of I/O and processing functions which make it ideal for any size live broadcast facility, small or large. Capabilities easily scale as well. An entire production workflow can be remapped in minutes when requirements change from production to production. The functionality of any core processing module can be exchanged, enabling system capabilities to easily be modified or upgraded to address your constantly changing business requirements. The V__matrix pool of generic core processing modules provides ultimate flexibility; with software-defined functionality they can be configured and called upon to handle the peaks and troughs of seasonal production demands.

With Lawo’s innovative licensing model, Virtual Modules can be assigned to a particular core processing module or be stored in an on-site license server allowing for unprecedented flexibility.

Virtual Multiviewer Modules for V__matrix

The V__matrix vm_mv24-4 and vm_mv16-4 virtual modules (VMs) provide high quality multiviewer functionality to the V__matrix ecosystem when loaded onto a c100 core processing module. Capable of handling both IP and SDI sources the V__matrix multiviewer virtual modules can monitor uncompressed 4K/UHD, 3G, HD and SD video as well as both embedded and discrete audio while generating pixel perfect mosaics with ultra-low latency.

The vm_mv24-4 can monitor up to 24 sources or max 36 Gbps of IP or SDI video while the vm_mv16-4 is capable of up to 16 sources or a max of 24 Gbps. Both multiviewer VMs can generate up to 4 output heads (mosaics) and scale and display any source on any output head without limitation. The same source can be displayed on multiple output heads at different resolutions. The output heads can be configured as either HD, 3G or 4K and output over IP interfaces or, using the modular rear-plate I/O, as SDI.

Both VMs also optionally support SMPTE2042 VC-2 compressed video which further increases their monitoring capabilities by allowing monitoring of more 3G and 4K/UHD signals without hitting their respective processing capacity maximums. For example, with the vm_mv24-4 and the +vc2 option up to 12 4K/UHD signals can be monitored and displayed in one mosaic. The VC-2 option also includes the ability to compress the IP output heads which allows for 4K/UHD mosaics to be transported over a 10Gbps IP network. The V__matrix multiviewer VMs were designed to be controlled by Lawo’s groundbreaking touch operated configuration system “theWALL”. This unique HTML5 based GUI makes mosaic configuration with borders, colors, UMDs, tally etc a simple case of drag and drop.