The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) just awarded its Technology and Innovation Award 2020 to RTBF for their Control Room 42 (CR42) project. On-Hertz' Artisto virtual broadcast engine powers all the audio side of CR42.
The project, investigating the future of RTBF's new workflows and facilities, aimed at virtualising the main control room used for TV news.
The challenge consisted of virtualising a traditional hardware-based facility into a suite of software with a unified user interface that eventually empowers a crew of only 4 to produce TV news.
The final solution integrates Artisto, for the audio side, TouchDesigner, for the video and UI side and Smode, for graphics. The 3 softwares communicate through simple APIs. The user interface has been fully designed and customised in-house by RTBF to meet the need of their production and editorial team. CR42 runs off simple off-the-shelves servers, opening a new paradigm for future infrastructure investments.
In-depth insights on the CR42 project will follow, so stay tuned on On-Hertz & RTBF's social networks.
Read the EBU's press release: https://tech.ebu.ch/news/2020/10/technology--innovation-award-goes-to-france-televisions-ai-tool-for-news-and-rtbfs-control-room-42