Europe's lottery HQ invests in three Studer Vista 8 consoles

September 15, 2006

La Française D'Images, the TV production division of La Française des Jeux, has completed the installation of two new Studer Vista 8 digital audio production consoles at its Paris studios, building on the success of its first 52-channel Vista 8 which was commissioned a year ago.

 

La Française des Jeux, a state-controlled organisation, is responsible for television game shows such as the French National Lottery draws and the European lottery, Euro Millions, now played in nine countries.  With payouts of up to £125 million in the Euro Millions game, levels of security and confidentiality are extremely high; two of the three studios at La Française D'Images are kept exclusively for the lottery draws, housing carefully calibrated equipment that is rarely moved.

 

In 2005, Studer's distributor in France, Audiopole, installed a Vista 8 in the largest of the three studios at La Française D'Images.  The 700 sq.m. studio accommodates audiences of up to 250 for the game shows, and is also available for third-party programme production.  Handling a variety of productions from a spacious audio control room, it was the best venue in which to introduce the Vista 8, which replaced a Studer 963 console.

 

Richard Perez, the Head of Sound at La Française D'Images, was so impressed with the performance of the 52-channel console that he ordered two more 32-channel Vista 8 models, enabling him to complete the refurbishment of all three audio control positions.  Critically, Audiopole was able to design and implement a facility-wide audio network, set up between the consoles, linking all three studios by optical fibre so that they can share audio using MADI connectivity.

 

"The action in any one of the three studios can be mixed on any one of the three consoles," explains Perez.  "It takes just a few minutes to switch from one to another, so we can double up on consoles if necessary."

 

The 120 sq.m Studio 2 houses a virtual reality set.  This permanent blue-screen environment was the scene of the first VR on-air lottery draw anywhere in Europe, but virtual reality brings its own challenge for audio operators.  "We have to allow time for picture processing, about 200 m/s for the cameras to adjust, so the audio has to be delayed.  The situation is further complicated by the phone-ins that we have."  Engineers are able to use the in-built delays on every channel of the Vista 8 to solve the problem.

 

In Studios 2 and 3, the smaller 32-channel Vista 8s are equipped with an additional rack under the console, providing complete redundancy for the PC.  With so many high-profile games being recorded for broadcast throughout Europe, Richard Perez and his team have installed the highest-specification audio systems to rule out any possibility of equipment failure.  In an environment that is routinely announcing prize money purses of millions of euros, 100% reliability is not just a goal, it is a necessity.

La Française D'Images, the TV production division of La Française des Jeux, has completed the installation of two new Studer Vista 8 digital audio production consoles at its Paris studios, building on the success of its first 52-channel Vista 8 which was commissioned a year ago.

 

La Française des Jeux, a state-controlled organisation, is responsible for television game shows such as the French National Lottery draws and the European lottery, Euro Millions, now played in nine countries.  With payouts of up to £125 million in the Euro Millions game, levels of security and confidentiality are extremely high; two of the three studios at La Française D'Images are kept exclusively for the lottery draws, housing carefully calibrated equipment that is rarely moved.

 

In 2005, Studer's distributor in France, Audiopole, installed a Vista 8 in the largest of the three studios at La Française D'Images.  The 700 sq.m. studio accommodates audiences of up to 250 for the game shows, and is also available for third-party programme production.  Handling a variety of productions from a spacious audio control room, it was the best venue in which to introduce the Vista 8, which replaced a Studer 963 console.

 

Richard Perez, the Head of Sound at La Française D'Images, was so impressed with the performance of the 52-channel console that he ordered two more 32-channel Vista 8 models, enabling him to complete the refurbishment of all three audio control positions.  Critically, Audiopole was able to design and implement a facility-wide audio network, set up between the consoles, linking all three studios by optical fibre so that they can share audio using MADI connectivity.

 

"The action in any one of the three studios can be mixed on any one of the three consoles," explains Perez.  "It takes just a few minutes to switch from one to another, so we can double up on consoles if necessary."

 

The 120 sq.m Studio 2 houses a virtual reality set.  This permanent blue-screen environment was the scene of the first VR on-air lottery draw anywhere in Europe, but virtual reality brings its own challenge for audio operators.  "We have to allow time for picture processing, about 200 m/s for the cameras to adjust, so the audio has to be delayed.  The situation is further complicated by the phone-ins that we have."  Engineers are able to use the in-built delays on every channel of the Vista 8 to solve the problem.

 

In Studios 2 and 3, the smaller 32-channel Vista 8s are equipped with an additional rack under the console, providing complete redundancy for the PC.  With so many high-profile games being recorded for broadcast throughout Europe, Richard Perez and his team have installed the highest-specification audio systems to rule out any possibility of equipment failure.  In an environment that is routinely announcing prize money purses of millions of euros, 100% reliability is not just a goal, it is a necessity.

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