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Columbia College Picks EVS for Tapeless Workflow Education

Due the extreme versatility of the EVS systems, the equipment can be set up for different configurations including Live OB

Recognized as the largest school of Media Arts in the United States, Columbia College Chicago (CCC) recently purchased six advanced EVS systems and associated controllers. The new infrastructure will commence operation in the Summer of 2011; thus allowing CCC Media Arts to offer advanced production courses in line with modern TV entertainment and news production techniques.

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With the goal of having the new system in place by next summer, Columbia College began its transition from a VTR environment to a tapeless workflow setting. Columbia College’s state of the art training rooms will be equipped with four ‘six-channel’ XT[2] servers, two ‘four-channel’ XS servers integrated with IPDirector, Insio and LSM (system controllers and content management). The new system will be used for integrated studio production operations; such as multi-feed ingest, clip creation, media network management, live editing, media transfer to post production, as well as playout control in a full tapeless mode.

Each control room will include one XT[2], one XS studio server, an XF[2] removable storage, an Insio and two IPDirectors to manage all aspects of modern TV studio production. This set-up will facilitate student production of news, talk shows, soaps, etc. The production workflow design is optimized for media streaming and file exchange with post-production systems; such as Final Cut pro, Avid, and graphics systems to teach students fast-turnaround production operations.

Additional EVS systems that will be installed at Columbia College include: an LSM training Lab with four HD/SD XT servers, four LSM remotes as well as individual video and audio monitoring. These systems will allow students to learn and practice the basics of traditional sports broadcasts. Live, replay and editing operations will be used in class and in the Columbia College HD Mobile unit.

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“Due the extreme versatility of the EVS systems, the equipment can be set up for different configurations including Live OB, recorded studio, live entertainment, etc.” says Columbia College Chairperson Michael Niederman. Niederman adds that “this new range of systems completes the existing series of XT server and LSM controllers that we have already used for years for the live slow-mo and OB production training courses.”

In response, EVS Americas General Manager Frederic Garroy says “Columbia College has always been aiming to step-up and provide its students with the best knowledge.” Garroy continues to say that “it offers students a unique opportunity to work on equipment extensively used in the broadcast industry.” He concludes that EVS is “delighted that its long lasting relationship with Columbia will bring students the knowledge that will attract their future employers.”

About EVS

EVS Broadcast Equipment is a leader in the design of hardware and software for the production and playout of sport, news and TV programs in both live and near live environments. Its innovative Live Slow Motion system revolutionized live broadcasting, and its instant tapeless technology is now widely used in nonlinear editing and High Definition Television the world over. The company sells its branded productsand integrated tapeless solutions in over 90 countries and is able to provide services in any region. EVS is headquartered in Belgium and has offices in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America.

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