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TAKING AIMS FOR A BETTER IP FUTURE
While the march to IP is steadily advancing, not all agree on the best way to get there. EVS is proud to be a member of AIMS - the Alliance for IP Media Solutions. A nonprofit trade organization founded by the industry’s leading companies, its goal is to foster the adoption of industry standards for the broadcast and media industry as it transitions from SDI to IP.
The Super Bowl is one of the most-watched and most anticipated sporting events of the year. This year was no exception as 111.9 million viewers watched Super Bowl 50 live as the Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers to the title. As in years’ past, EVS was an important player to the game’s broadcast and integral to providing the up-close action on the field. Super Bowl 50 marked CBS’ 19th Super Bowl broadcast overall, the most of any network, and CBS made every effort to make its broadcast unforgettable. The game, which was broadcast in 1080i, featured coverage from an unprecedented 70 cameras—a 75% increase from 2015— that were located around the stadium, including 11 Sony 4300 cameras operating in 8x super slow motion. EVS products formed the live production backbone at the CBS onsite broadcast facility and in the remote trucks, including more than 50 XT3 servers and 40+
“XEEBRA’S FUNCTIONALITY IS SUPERB. I CAN GO FRAMEBY-FRAME OR SLOW MOTION, BACKWARD OR FORWARD. IT HAS ALL THE MANIPULATIONS I COULD EVER NEED.” MIKE CAREY OFFICIATING EXPERT IPDirectors. CBS called on EVS partner Bexel to design and execute a sophisticated new broadcast facility, which served as ‘command central’ outside the stadium. The facility housed 11 12-channel EVS XT3 systems and 40 IPDirectors, along with seven XTAccess systems. In addition to the CBS facility, NEP brought in a fleet of remote trucks to support the broadcast. NEP bumped its XT3 servers up to a total of 36, including 13 12-channel systems and three 4K-enabled units with Epsio Zoom.
An additional 9 XT3 units were used for the pre-game and halftime shows. The nucleus of the production was configured much the same as it had been all season for CBS’ weekly Thursday Night Football broadcasts. With the exception of changed ISO assignments as some cameras were changed to 8X SSMs or 4K devices. Every operator was assigned an XT3 and responsible for a minimum of 2,3,4,6 or as many as 17 ISOs, depending on the configuration and job. There were 30 LSM operators just for game coverage alone, not counting pre/post game and halftime operators. The server configuration enabled isolation of 91 sources during the show, including recording eight pylon cameras in each end zone, as well as countless other POV cameras in and around the stadium. CBS officiating expert Mike Carey is a 13-year former NFL official once voted “best
referee” by NFL head coaches and served as referee for Super Bowl XLII. He used Xeebra at Super Bowl 50 inside the broadcast control room alongside CBS commentators Jim Nance and Phil Simms. Using the tool to review plays during the game for expert analysis added to the live commentary. Now leagues looking to bring instant multicamera video review to their sports, service providers that want to support this new demand and broadcasters seeking a simple, isolated review system, can have it - with one, easy tool.
AIMS members – including IT and media and entertainment leaders like Cisco Systems, Arista Networks, Imagine Communications, Lawo, Grass Valley, Panasonic, SnellAdvanced Media, and others – are aligned behind a roadmap of open, standards-based IP solutions. Alliance members believe that customers should be able to purchase solutions with freedom of choice, knowing that IP products and systems interoperate through standards like AES 67 for audio, and SMPTE 20022-6 video. It’s also aiming to help promote VSF TR-03 and TR-04 in becoming standards themselves inside SMPTE. EVS showcased its support of the adoption, standardization and development of open protocols through a series of interoperable live workflow demonstrations presented with other members on the NAB show floor. Watch the EVS and AIMS Standards Approach to IP Transition webinar: https:// event.webcasts.com/starthere. jsp?ei=1094457 Download the EVS whitepaper ‘IP’s benefits to Live Production’: https://evs.com/en/reference/ smart-transition-ip
SOONERVISION EXPANDS PRODUCTION WORKFLOWS
College sports are big in the Midwest of the US, perhaps nowhere bigger than at the University of Oklahoma (OU), home to nearly 31,000 students. SoonerVision produces all content for Sooner Sports TV, University of Oklahoma (OU)’s multiplatform media network, which provides programming for a range of FOX Sports and cable outlets, including original programming and studio shows, live webcasts and on-demand video content such as highlights, features, interviews, classic videos and more.
TWO HUGE XT3 CHANNELMAX DEALS AGREED AT NAB The 2016 NAB Show proved extremely successful for EVS from a sales perspective, where two major deals were signed to provide XT3 live production servers in the new ChannelMAX configuration. First up was Swedish broadcast facilities company, HD Resources (HDR), which has invested in the servers as part of its preparation to deliver multilateral production services for a major sporting event this summer. The new XT3s will be used for productions across Sweden including football, horse racing and speedway, we well as entertainment and various studio productions. The deal includes upgrades of HD Resources’ XT servers to the new ChannelMAX configuration, which allows users to double the channel density of their live production servers. HD Resources will also upgrade its current XFile2 to the new XFile3 ar-
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chive and transfer tool, designed to handle the IP filebased workflows of today’s live production requirements.
“WE VIEW EVS AS A LEADER FOR OUR INDUSTRY WHOSE INNOVATIONS WILL HELP TO ENHANCE OUR CUSTOMERS’ LIVE PRODUCTIONS,” KEVIN MOORHOUSE, GRAVITY MEDIA GROUP Commenting on the deal, HD Resources technical director Per de Navarro said, “With this investment we will be able to develop the productions for our clients, so the upgrades announced at NAB will be invaluable for us and our customers.” Marc Caeymaex, svp EMEA at EVS added, “EVS equipment travels around the globe and is used at the world’s biggest sporting events and this deal marks a continuation of that.
HD Resources spends a lot of time identifying the technology that will best service its clients and we’re delighted that EVS is part of such a significant upgrade.” Shortly after this sale was announced at NAB, longterm customer Gravity Media Group (owner of Gearhouse Broadcast and Hyperactive Broadcast) agreed a similar multimillion pound deal to buy multiple EVS XT3 ChannelMAX servers. The majority of Gravity Media Group’s new units will go to subsidiary Hyperactive, a leading provider of EVSbased integrated workflows for both live broadcast and feature film post production that was acquired by GMG in December 2015. The remainder will go to sister company Gearhouse, a specialist broadcast services provider. Some of the new EVS servers will be sent straight to Rio de Janeiro for use this summer.
“Both Hyperactive and Gearhouse are renowned for being early adopters of new technologies and we view EVS as a leader for our industry whose innovations will help to enhance our customers’ live productions,” said Kevin Moorhouse, Gravity Media Group’s coo. “This investment has been made ahead of several upcoming high profile projects that we’ll be involved with.” EVS’ VP Sales & Operations UK, Ireland & Israel, Brett Stoneham said “Gravity Media is one of our biggest customers, and it’s testament to our innovation that they continue to invest in our latest technology. The XT3 ChannelMAX servers let our users utilise as many channels as they need and easily upgrade to more as functionality is extended. This will let both Hyperactive and Gearhouse benefit from the most flexible live production servers available.”
With EVS’ help, SoonerVision has expanded its studio workflows with three new XT3 ChannelMAX live production servers, benefitting from the new optional ChannelMAX mode of the XT3, which doubles the channel density of their live production server and continue expanding as needed through Multicam engine software updates. SoonerVision’s new system has a total of 36 channels with IPDirector content management and LSM Connect touchscreen for clips, playlist, searching and metadata management, making it one of the most advanced live production systems in college sports today. According to assistant A.D./ broadcast operations Brandon Meier, the new system provides a more streamlined production workflow and dramatically improves SoonerVision’s production quality. “This system supports our new high frame rate SuperMotion cameras and makes the push/pull from our non-linear editing and archive system work much more efficiently,” said Meier. “These critical new capabilities give us a whole new range of higher quality, faster and more efficient content production, and ultimately enables even better viewing experiences.” In addition to serving fans inside the OU’s stadium, SoonerVision also produces and operates the video and scoreboard displays that appear across its sports venues.
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The EVS Live on Tour mobile demonstration truck is traveling to North America’s biggest sporting events. Officially launched at NAB, the new EVS Live on Tour mobile demonstration truck has hit the road to bring together EVS users and partners across the country at some of the biggest sporting events. Presented in partnership with Cisco, the truck gives
EVS customers and users across the US a chance to get their hands on the latest live solutions from EVS and discover new innovations for faster, better storytelling and future-proof infrastructures. “The tour is the perfect chance for operators and customers to get training and learn about our newest technologies,” said Quentin Grutman, senior vice president at EVS. “As a bonus, we can entertain and network
with fellow EVS users in a fun environment. This is a big undertaking for our EVS Live on Tour team but we’re so excited to be on the road.” For more details on the truck’s events, what solutions are demonstrated and to register for any of our stops, head to www.evs.com/LiveTour
XEEBRA WINS BIG: NAB 2016 EVS AWARDS EVS’ new multicamera live replay system for referees and officials was the talk of NAB following its launch. Presented at the show in partnership with FIBA (International Basketball Federation) and now the official referee system of the federation, Xeebra earned a Best of Show Award from NewBay Media’s Video Edge Magazine and a Game Changer Award from the IABM (International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers). Designed for use by officials or experienced operators, Xeebra is fast, flexible and easy to use. An intuitive touchscreen enables multiple screen views of continually synchronized content from up to 16 HD cameras for instant action recalls. Users can
narrow views from all 16 to four, two or full-screen views through simple touches to make immediate decisions. A dedicated controller provides extended operations for direct access to actions, tactile jog dial, and the ability to manage marked reviews at any time. Xeebra was also endorsed by officiating expert Mike Carey at NAB. Carey, NFL referee-turned CBS rules analyst ,was present at the show to help demonstrate the tool after its first use at Super Bowl 50. He said Xeebra let him go from the “stone age to making decisions supersonic.” He added: “Xeebra’s functionality is superb. I can go frame-by-frame or slow motion, backward or forward. It has all the manipulations I could ever need.”
The IABM’s Game Changer awards are open to vendors who devote significant time and resources to bring their best new developments to the show floor. The awards honor this effort and the forwardlooking solutions it yields. NewBay Media’s Best of Show Awards are intended to honor outstanding new products exhibited at the NAB Show. “Our R&D teams spend a lot of time developing dedicated tools to meet the exact needs of teams and sporting organizations in environments where time is critical and making the right decisions are essential.” Laurent Petit, vp of product at EVS.
Earlier this year, Torontobased Dome Productions brought live 4K sports to Canada for Rogers Sportsnet, expanding their live production workflow to deliver NBA and NHL games live in 4K-UHD.Rogers Sportsnet is also producing all 81 Toronto Blue Jays MLB home games in 2016 in 4K with HDR. Ten Sony HDC-4300 cameras (fitted with Canon UHD lenses), which can output both HD and 4K concurrently, make this side-by-side workflow possible. In addition, HD robos, net cams, and overhead cameras will be upconverted to 4K. To meet these lofty aspirations, Dome Productions outfitted a side-by-side HD/4K mobile production unit to serve both companies’ immediate production needs and launched single-trailer HD/4K hybrid trucks. EVS XT3 servers played a large role in the set up – more
units and more operators are required to accommodate the greater number of replay channels required by 4K-UHD. In fact, 20 4K-enabled, 12-channel XT3 servers as well as the XFile3 file transfer and archive tool, have been added to the workflow.
IN OTHER CANADIAN LIVE SPORTS NEWS Rogers Centre, home to the Toronto Blue Jays, ordered a complete turnkey archive system to augment the existing IPDirector platform in place at the stadium.The system includes several EVS systems, including a 6-channel 6U XS production server and an XStore shared storage solution. The system is also integrated tightly with their NLE and they use IPD as their main asset management system for the control room. From the IPDirector interface, users can immediately back up and restore media in SGL’s deep archive platform.
INTRODUCING OUR NALA SALES MANAGEMENT An EVS all-star packed his bags earlier this year. But only for a change of locale to sunny California. EVS veteran Stephane Jauroyou is now overseeing sales activity for the Americas out of EVS’ Burbank, California office. Previously Stephane had been instrumental in guiding growth in Asia Pacific. Now his strong understanding of television operations and the sports and entertainment markets in particular is proving valuable to our customer base in the Americas and for
growth in both the U.S. and Latin America. In addition, Alfredo Cabrera joined EVS earlier this year, bringing a wealth of experience in the broadcast industry. “Alfredo is a great addition to the team in Latin America,” commented Stephane. “We look forward to what his valuable background can bring to the region and to what we offer the broadcast industry. His expertise will be critical in helping to guide our clients through the industry’s changing landscape.”
MEDIAPRO’S FIRST EVER UHD EL CLÁSICO ENABLED BY EVS
NEW PRODUCTS SHOWCASED AT NAB NO GRAY DECISIONS
With Xeebra, referees can review plays with the utmost clarity and confidence. With its intuitive touchscreen, every angle can be viewed in detail on one or two screens in a fast, synchronized and efficient way from a variety of locations – giving everything referees need to make the call.
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The first El Clasico of the 2015/2016 La Liga season was played in Madrid in November. Leading provider of technical production and distribution services, the MEDIAPRO Group, was in charge of producing the host broadcast feed for the game between Spanish giants Real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona that attracted over 400 million viewers. To mark the importance of this clash, MEDIAPRO wanted to undertake a UHD production of the match so it deployed two separate OB facilities – one for the 4K and one for the HD production. The UHD signal was produced by MEDIAPRO’s OB39 outside broadcast vehicle, which was fitted with a technical infrastructure that would perform reliably at a higher resolution while allowing the editorial team to remain as creative as possible. It featured EVS’ XT3 live production servers in 4K mode which
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together ingested ten UHD camera feeds and were connected to LSM remote control panels. With this in place, MEDIAPRO’s operators were given the most reactive live editing solution to allow the production of UHD slow motion replays. To produce the HD signal, MEDIAPRO used its HD23 OB facility which utilized a number of live production tools from EVS that allowed users to create better storytelling at one of the most watched games of the year. 24 camera feeds were ingested by XT3 servers and operators used Epsio Live and Epsio Zoom to add enriched graphics and zoom into the replay at the highest quality. EVS’ MultiReview tool was also installed so directors could view up to 12 camera angles from a single display. Having this overview of content created a more efficient workflow and let directors make fast, on-thefly editorial decisions.
“Using EVS’ XT3 servers lets us replay multiple UHD feeds just as we would in a HD production,” explained Daniel Lozano Rosales, director of MEDIAPRO’s 4K production. “We felt confident that we could successfully broadcast in UHD with these systems in place and without a doubt the technology came through for us.” Oscar Lago Dominguez, director of MEDIAPRO’s HD production added, “using EVS’ live tools allows us to tell the story of the match differently. They let me make editorial decisions faster and with greater confidence. With these tools in place, I know I’ve chosen the right angle or clip that best reflects what’s happening on the pitch.” A video on this project between EVS and MEDIAPRO can be viewed at www.evs.com
Fast, easy to use and flexible, the Xeebra multicamera review system enables officials to review angles simultaneously in perfect synchronization. A flexible client interface - set up wherever it and the referee are needed - offers multiple screen views of up to 16 HD cameras through simple touches, allowing officials to zoom in on every detail and export reviewed plays for future reference. XS3—GROW AS YOU GO In today’s live environment, speed, reliability and flexibility to expand are critical. Now there’s a media production server that gives you all three for worry-free ingest and playback. The XS3 media production server offers the fastest access to and distribution of multicamera recorded content in the industry. Supporting a wide range of format and codec configurations, as well as fill & key operations, XS3 helps you simplify ingest workflows while remaining flexible for your needs. XT3 CHANNELMAX— EVER-EXPANDING CHANNEL CAPACITY The new modular ChannelMAX mode of the iconic XT3 server combines legendary EVS speed and reliability with new ability to expand channel capacity from two to 12 through Multicam engine software upgrades. This scalability also
makes the XT3 the ideal choice for today’s live productions using high frame rate cameras. Serving as the backbone of production workflows - from ingest to playout - ChannelMAX offers the highest number of native codecs, works seamlessly with every available SuperMotion camera on the market and features an open architecture for third-party control. C-NEXT—CONTRIBUTE AND COLLABORATE…FROM ANYWHERE Now live production crews can seamlessly contribute and collaborate with studio production teams through the new C-Next live content contribution platform. Completely integrated into existing EVS live production solutions, C-Next gives production teams everything they need to access, create, manage and exchange content in unison and is ideal for users who produce live events across multiple sites. FANCAST —CONNECTING FANS TO MORE FanCast all-in-one recording, production and multi-screen box enables the production and delivery of live and near-live custom content to stadium screens and mobile devices. This more connected, vibrant live experience extends fan engagement, builds loyalty, and enables greater com mercial opportunities, so everyone wins.
EVS AND HBS PARTNER FOR FIRST LIVE SPORTS PRODUCTION TRAINING PROGRAM
EVS and HBS (Host Broadcast Services) announced a collaboration to create the first ever Live Sports Production module that will become a part of HBS’ renowned Broadcast Academy. In this new role alongside HBS, EVS will offer its industryleading technology and 20 years of experience in the field to the Live TV Simulator. This unique, itinerant live broadcast training tool teaches broadcast professionals on the ground at the world’s biggest sporting events. The Live TV Simulator will become an integrated training facility built using the latest live production equipment. This includes live video servers - enabling up to 12 ISO camera feeds for ingest/playout, instant replay and slow-mo tools and a live video switcher that can be used by two to three trainees simultaneously. Of the partnership, Francis Tellier, CEO of HBS said “this partnership of the Broadcast Academy and EVS is the
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perfect combination of two of my passions – innovation and legacy. Since we first worked together at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, we’ve developed the most innovative broadcasts and have certainly left a legacy at every single event.” Muriel De Lathouwer, CEO of EVS said “being able to train the industry’s professionals using industry-leading equipment is an incredibly important part of improving the global standards of broadcast. That’s why we’re so pleased that we were able to partner with HBS in this way.” Since 2007, the worldrenowned Host Broadcaster, HBS, has run its Broadcast Academy as a training service to improve not just individual TV professionals’ skills but the overall global standard of broadcasting. It uses realworld sporting events as training environments and includes tuition for camera operation, journalism, directing for live television and creating live highlights and replays.
At NAB, EVS introduced its new EVS Live Connected Campus solutions, dedicated to the unique needs of the university/college live broadcasting environment. Leveraging the existing live production server with cloud and IP architecture, this system offers the most robust, future-proof and lightningfast method to record, edit and deliver stories, representing countless hours of content for campus-wide news and sports productions. The new solution perfectly matches the new require-
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ments of modern universities and colleges, offering centralized media production and broadcast for fully collaborative workflows and instant media availability anytime, anywhere. Using extensive IP and fiber infrastructures already available on today’s campuses, any asset captured at live venues can be enriched by production teams, or made available in your media library for instant sharing between production teams or by stakeholders for enriched content creation and delivery to audiences across multiple channels.
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EVS’ unique, proven live production technology is used worldwide to enhance, manage and distribute live content. Our scalable architecture makes it ideal for workflow optimization and shared resources operations. Live Connected Campus combines EVS’ best operational production tools with the latest IP and cloud-based infrastructures for advanced collaborative production and enhanced multimedia distribution direct to consumers. Read more here. (link to brochure)
The new XS3 media production server from EVS lets you start small and expand your channel needs at any time, while providing the most native codec and format support available for HD to UHD-4K operations. It’s the flexible media server that will serve as the backbone of your entire production and provide legendary EVS reliability.
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CONTENT PRODUCTION As part of an upgrade to HD, the Dutch broadcaster Evangelische Omroep was looking for a new switcher which was flexible and could easily evolve with ever-changing production requirements. After careful consideration, it opted for DYVI, EVS’ IT-based switcher that would fit perfectly in its new HD production infrastructure. With a powerful combination of enterprise-level IT hardware, creative software and a highly intuitive user interface, DYVI has the ability to quickly transform the way EO produces video. It offers this functionality, all in a cost effective, tailored and highly reliable package. Installed at the end of 2015, DYVI was used by EO for the first time on the Blauw Bloed program which features content about the Dutch royal family and more recently on a live show, De Tafel van Thijs. Evangelische Omroep’s head of production, Gerard den Hertog
said “DYVI is just what we were looking for in a new switcher - we needed something that would suit the flexible nature of what we do as a content producer. In the world of production switchers, DYVI is the next step. It’s the way everyone will go and we’re very excited that we’re one of the first to have it here at EO.” EO has a long relationship with EVS having installed an XS media server in 2011. At the same time it implemented an IPDirector content management system – both of which were also upgraded to HD and remain as key parts of the production workflow. One of nine member-based broadcasting associations contributing to the Netherlands’ Public Broadcasting system, Evangelische Omroep (EO) provides broadcast, radio and online content to audiences throughout the country.
Anyone who knows EVS knows that IP has been part of our workflows for many years. The fundamental shift we’re seeing now is to IP infrastructure for the heart of live production. We’re expanding from systems that use IP – like the C-Cast connected content platform and MultiReview live content tool – to the live production core itself, including content acquisition, recording and servers in the live environment is making quick inroads. MAKING A SMART TRANSITION As we make this shift alongside partners like Cisco, we need to intelligently manage hybrid SDI/IP workflows, integrate with off-the-shelf networking equipment, and develop solutions that bring IP’s inherent benefits to live production. Most importantly, IP4Live, our strategic approach to the IP transition, brings the benefits of IP-based workflows to live production
while preserving customers investments. IP-BASED PRODUCT INNOVATIONS EVS’ product portfolio reflects this commitment, and includes interoperable, IP-based solutions such as the XiP media gateway, which expands the IP capabilities of the XT3 and XS3 media production servers. On March 1st 2016, VRT demonstrated a second live multi-camera IP production. This time, a 60-minute multi-camera debate was produced entirely using IP technology and livecast over Internet. It featured Mrs. Brigitta Nickelsen, Director of Business Development at Radio Bremen, Mr. Mick De Valck, Director of Technology and Operations of VRT, Mr. Charlie Cope, Technical Executive at BBC Sport, and Dr. Hans Hoffmann, Senior Manager at EBU Technology and Innovation. At the event
hosted by Mr. Ben Roelants, the group shared their perspectives on the transition to live IP production in front of a live audience of event participants. These are the kind of innovations that define new workflow operations like remote and emerging production designs and will yield tremendous benefits for customers and providers alike. Open, standards-based solutions for interoperability are critical to any IP systems or solutions. That’s why EVS, alongside other industry leaders, is part of the AIMS Alliance, which is working to develop and promote industry-wide IP standards. We invite you to learn more about IP4Live. Ask about our IP4Live white paper. Watch the webinar at tvtechnology.com/ content/webinars/19
IN CONCERT The C-Next contribution platform gives your teams in the trucks and at the broadcast center everything they need to access, create, manage and exchange content – in seamless unison.
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SECOND ANNUAL C-CAST APPLIED CHALLENGE WINNING APPS DEMONSTRATED AT EVS BOOTH
The EVS C-Cast APPlied Challenge annually awards the most innovative application uses of its multimedia distribution platform, C-Cast. This year four winners were named, each recognized for developing a multimedia experience that uses the platform to change the way fans experience and consume live content. “Broadcasters, content owners, sports leagues, and federations - everyone is racing to up their game and generate revenues by creating and offering compelling multimedia experiences,” said Cedric Tombeur, vp of corporate development and strategic alliances for EVS. “Enabling great apps that surprise and delight viewers is a huge part of our vision at EVS, and we’re very pleased to recognize these four outstanding app developers for their achievements.” The four C-Cast APPlied Challenge winners demonstrated their winning technologies at EVS’ NAB booth. ATOS – DELIVERING A 360˚ PICTURE FOR A MORE IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE SMART is the innovative Atos player which allows rights-holding broadcasters and their audiences to interact and enjoy sports coverage in a more immersive and collaborative way. It synchronizes video with data and audio to offer a personalized viewing and sharing experience from the comfort of the fans’ homes as well as inside the stadium. FANTHREESIXTY – ENGAGE WITH EVERY FAN. EVERY DAY. FanThreeSixty offers a comprehensive solution for sports properties to understand and influence their fans through data capture and content distribution. The platform aggregates fan data from various sources into a centralized location and creates enriched profiles of fans, advanced segmentation opportunities and the ability to engage with fans directly through a suite of business tools.
CISCO – ENHANCED DIGITAL FAN EXPERIENCES. NEW BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES. The Cisco Enterprise Mobility Services Platform (EMSP) is a mobile-application platform that enables the rapid delivery of context-aware mobile experiences. It includes a cloud-
based application server that combines Cisco network infrastructure capabilities with enterprise and open-cloud systems. The C-Cast EMSP module uses C-Cast to make multi-camera features available as a drag-and-drop widget within EMSP.
INTELLICORE – UNLOCKING THE POTENTIALS OF DATA IN SPORTS Intellicore, winners of the C-Cast APPlied Challenge for a second year, developed a white-label Apple TV solution that combines the EVS C-Cast platform with its sports man-
agement back end. Fans anywhere in the world can access enriched, live video content that includes EVS multi-camera clips as well as data-driven information - whenever they want it.
EVS AND FIBA BRING #EVSLAMDUNK EXPERIENCE TO NAB SHOW FLOOR To celebrate the partnership between EVS and FIBA, the International Basketball Federation, EVS’ NAB booth was transformed into the #EVSlamDunk Experience. The live immersive basketball challenge highlighted the latest EVS control room solutions, and featured EVS’ new officiating tool, Xeebra, which made its first public appearance at NAB. On a purpose-built basketball court featuring a Daktronics scoreboard and referee’s table, visitors to the EVS booth could either shoot a free throw or try for a slam dunk in front of eight cameras. Feeds from the cameras were sent to EVS servers at the courtside control room, where an LSM operator created instant replay clips with integrated data, such as shot
clock information. Once the replay was created and enriched with data, a FIBA guest referee was on hand to review the multi-camera clips using Xeebra. Other EVS solutions demonstrated in this live experience included the latest Live Slow Motion (LSM) tools for adding more efficiency to the on-air presentation. EPSIO FX enabled high impact graphics while its Reveal Mode inserted data from scoreboard and shot clock details to the live and slow motion replays. FanCast, the all-in-one recording, production and multi-screen distribution solution for enhanced fan engagement and EVS’ IT-based production switcher, DYVI, were also part of the demonstration.
4K’S THE PLAY AT AUGUSTA NATIONAL The age of sports live in 4K in the U.S. scored an ace in April when CBS and DirecTV combined to produce and deliver live 4K coverage of The Masters tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. CBS Sports produced the 4K coverage for the event, one of golf’s most prestigious, downconverted for the HD “Amen Corner” (nicknamed for the 11th, 12th and 13th holes at Augusta National) feed available on Masters.com and DirecTV Masters Mix. Teeing off with XT3 ChannelMax CBS used the 39 Flex double-expando 4K mobile truck from Mobile TV Group
(MTVG), operators of one of the country’s largest fleets of mobile production trucks. Designed specifically for 4K (and 4K HDR) production, 39 Flex features the necessary infrastructure to support more than a dozen 4K cameras and replay devices. The latest XT3 ChannelMAX server system provides the unique ability to support production of UHD-4K for 2X Super Motion. According to MTVG co-owner and GM Philip Garvin, “As we expand our fleet of Flex 4K mobile units, we’re focusing on delivering the very highest quality, since that’s the add-
ed value for the fan watching at home. Ultra-high definition and high dynamic range are re-writing the rulebook for pro sports events. At the same time, we recognize that 4K is an emerging standard for broadcasters, so we’re designing our units with components and workflows that also work economically for HD and Super Slowmo production.” The live 4K/UHD coverage of all four rounds from Amen Corner served as the inaugural live event of CBS Sports’ new DirecTV 4K Channel, which launched in April.
MORE CHANNELS & BEYOND The new Channel Max option allows you to configure more than 12 channels with your new or existing XT3 — as well as add more key features including 1080p and UltraHD-4K standards support — further expanding the power of the most flexible and reliable production server in the industry.
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