Broadcast Asia 2014: EVS Sports to Debut Enhanced XT3 Media Production Server
EVS, the leading provider of live video production systems, comes to Broadcast Asia with significant technology advancements across its market sectors, including sports. EVS Sports debuts the enhanced XT3 media production server with built-in proxies, 4K zooming, live multi-angle review, and enhanced tools that can transform live sporting events EVS’ LSM Connect touch-based tablet application enables comprehensive clip and playlist management, while Epsio FX allows the insertion of simple graphics and effects at the tap of a fingertip.
EVS’ new C-Cast Xplore web-browsing interface provides immediate access to live multi-camera recording feeds and clips on XT servers, giving production teams unprecedented capability to work remotely, enhance content on the fly, and reduce the number of onsite production personnel.
At the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Brazil, EVS is providing host broadcaster HBS with advanced technologies, including live multi-format production tools, central media exchange and multimedia distribution platforms. These solutions will enable HBS to make the best of the live action instantly available for production and distribution.
The sophisticated workflow will include 196 XT3 production servers across 12 different venues, providing extended live replay and other editing capabilities. Based on the implementation of C-Cast Xplore, offsite production teams will be able to to access all live feeds and clips created by onsite crews. More than 100 EVS IPDirector suites located in the International Broadcast Centre will be used to manage the ingest of live incoming feeds and provide access to the centralised FIFA Media Asset Exchange (FIFA MAX) server that will store match feeds, clips, highlights, pre-recorded content (city profiles, etc.) and other relevant data. The IPDirector suites will also be used for live event logging. Around 12 XT3 servers will handle 4,500 hours of content located on an EVS XStoreSAN. The FIFA Max centralised broadcast media server and EVS-enabled file-based media sharing systems will allow production teams at the IBC, as well as in their home-country headquarters, to access content for further editing and broadcast. MRLs will be able to browse, access and download the content made available to them using EVS’ IPBrowse and IPWeb tools.
On behalf of FIFA, HBS is also delivering expanded and enhanced content services across all multimedia platforms for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™. FIFA’s Media Rights Licensees will have access to exclusive content for delivery to smartphones and tablets via their own second screen apps.
Based on EVS’ C-Cast technology, the distribution platform will connect HBS’ live production infrastructures to a central cloud-based platform, aggregating live streams, multi-angles clips, stats, and social network feeds. This content will then be distributed to affiliate broadcasters, who in turn can make it available to their own viewers.