Portland Trail Blazers Expand EVS Workflow

The NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers have expanded their EVS live video production workflow with an XT3 media server, bringing their live-channel capacity for game broadcasts and other programming to 30. An EVS XStore NAS dedicated media storage system has also been added to the already extensive EVS-driven workflow. 

“When we built the control room for Trail Blazers Broadcasting six years ago, a single XT server was enough for our needs,” said Mike Janes, Director of Engineering at the Trail Blazers and their 20,000-seat home arena Moda Center. “The studio capability has evolved as we’ve added more camera angles; increased our speed; innovated through high-definition production; and automated even further. Now we’re able to provide complete pre- and post-show content to our broadcast partners as well as for big screens and monitors inside the arena.”

With built-in proxies, live multi-angle review and industry-first 12 live recording channel support, the new XT3 server gives the organization more power and capacity. XStore functions as flexible nearline storage, allowing craft editors to put clips into shared storage and make them immediately available in any format.

The new solutions join existing XT servers, multiple IPDirector media asset management suites, XT Access gateway software, XFile3 for transfer and archiving needs, and MPlay for intuitive remote control system for clips and graphics playout.

“The Trail Blazers are committed to using the latest technology to bring the very best quality content to fans,” said James Stellpflug, VP, sports products at EVS. “They’re really functioning as a state-of-the-art media organization and we’re happy to help provide them the most compelling content across multiple platforms.”

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