NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers Expand EVS Live Production Capacity to 30 Channels

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The Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association (NBA) have expanded its EVS live video production workflow with an XT3 media server, bringing their live-channel capacity for game broadcasts and other programming to 30, it was announced today. An EVS XStore NAS dedicated media storage system has also been added to the already extensive EVS-driven workflow.

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“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.

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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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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 500 EVS professionals from 20 offices are selling its branded products in over 100 countries, and provide customer support globally.

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