L-S-B’s Virtual Studio Manager (VSM) has been implemented as the overall control system in South African sports broadcaster SuperSport’s new HD-capable OB Van. The truck, OB 1, can accomodate up to 24 cameras, five Q-Ball cameras and two sprint cameras.
VSM works as the main routing and tally system with additional control over Axon cards and embedded output cards of the Snell Sirius router (576×576). Working on two redundant servers, VSM makes use of 25 VSM hardware panels, providing a virtualisation of signals to make the operators’ job as simple as possible. The goal of the implementation of VSM is to reduce setup time and to make production workflows more flexible. VSM’s capability to save and load workflow configurations as snapshots and simple labeling for devices are huge benefits for operators and EICs. VSM allows the user to directly combine the control parameters of the broadcast system into custom and workflow optimised user interfaces thus bringing simplicity and speed to operators.