EVS Delivers a Home Run for Fox Sports' 2013 World Series

Live production workflow incorporates 4K zooming, transcoding, archiving, multi-camera control of clips and playlist management

EVS has announced that its live video production systems have been deployed by FOX Sports for the 2013 World Series, including a total of 29 XT series media production servers, with one being used for 4K zooming.

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Video equipment rental company VER provided FOX Sports with an eight-channel 4K XT3 server with Epsio Zoom, two eight-channel XT3 servers, four six-channel XT3 servers – two of which are used for super slow-motion replays - and two XFile3 stations for archiving and transcoding.  Game Creek Video in Boston and NEP in St Louis have each equipped their trucks with 14 XT series servers, an XFile3 system for transcoding and archiving, and multiple LSM Connect solutions, the new tablet-based companion to the MulticamLSM controller for quick and easy indexing, browsing and selection of clips, and playlist management.

“EVS systems give us the ultra-reliable and highly efficient workflow we need for the World Series,” said Jerry Steinberg, senior vice president, technical operations, FOX Sports. “With a simple upgrade, the 4K XT3 with Epsio Zoom gives us greater clarity in replays and enables us to zoom into a shot and still get a very high-quality image.”

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The award-winning 4K XT3 server manages ingest and live replays of live 4K camera feeds. Existing XT3 customers are able to migrate to 4K with a nominal upgrade to their systems, and its identical user interface to the original XT3 requires no additional training for EVS operators. The 4K XT3 integrates with EPSIO Zoom for 4K zooming, allowing customers to scale any 16:9 region within 4K frames to HD in real time.

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“Year after year, FOX Sports pushes the technical boundaries at the World Series to deliver viewers the highest quality broadcasts possible, and continues that tradition this year with 4K zooming,” said Frederic Garroy, SVP, The Americas, EVS. “We worked closely with two of our long-standing customers, Game Creek Video and NEP, to create an identical workflow that would work for both companies.

”EVS’ XFile3 application takes care of FOX Sports’ file transfer and archive needs in the live production workflow. It enables the production team to find, restore and transcode archived content, and automatically back it up to disk during production. All file transfers can be monitored and managed from a single, connected workstation, providing complete control and visibility of content across its lifecycle.

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About EVS
EVS provides its customers with reliable and innovative technology to enable the production of live, enriched video programming, allowing them to work more efficiently and boost their revenue streams. Its industry-leading broadcast and media production systems are used by broadcasters, production companies, post-production facilities, film studios, content owners and archive libraries around the globe. It spans four key markets – Sports, Entertainment, News and Media.

Founded in 1994, its innovative Live Slow Motion system revolutionised live broadcasting. Its reliable and integrated tapeless solutions, based around its market-leading XT server range, are now widely used to deliver live productions worldwide. Today, it continues to develop practical innovations, such as its C-Cast second-screen delivery platform, to help customers maximise the value of their media content.

The company is headquartered in Belgium and has offices in Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, and North and Latin America. Approximately 475 EVS professionals from 20 offices are selling its branded products in over 100 countries, and provide customer support globally. EVS is a public company traded on Euronext Brussels: EVS, ISIN: BE0003820371.

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