The One Show Depends on EVS

EVS’ live production technology forms backbone of BBC’s purpose-built London studio for entertainment programme The One Show

Flagship BBC daily television programme, The One Show, broadcast live on BBC One and BBC One HD, is using EVS’ live video production solutions to drive its live entertainment production workflow. The EVS kit sits at the heart of BBC’s purpose-built studio at BBC’s Broadcasting House headquarters in London. Dega Broadcast Systems was the systems integrator for the studio and technology build.

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A live magazine programme, The One Show boasts a daily average audience of four million people who tune in to watch big celebrity names discuss topical stories. As the live programme airs daily, there are heavy demands placed on the BBC production team to turn around the content quickly and efficiently.

“The EVS workflow is particularly well suited to quick turnaround live entertainment productions such as ours,” said Dave Rutter, engineering manager at The One Show. “We need to be able to trust that our systems won’t let us down. Having a tried and tested solution from EVS driving our workflow gives us confidence as it’s something that our production operators are extremely comfortable with.”

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The integrated EVS live entertainment solution - with a XT3 live production server at its core, three LSM remote control panels, and an IPDirector live production asset management suite - delivers ultra-reliable recording, file transfer, playout facilities and fast turnaround of live content. Importantly, it also integrates seamlessly with the BBC’s existing digital archive system Jupiter and Isilon storage solutions.

Pierre Mestrez, market solution manager entertainment at EVS, added: “The proven workflow gives The One Show’s production teams the peace of mind that is so vital for the demands of a live daily entertainment production. It also frees them up to work on more creative tasks so they can focus on enriching the quality of the programme content.”

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Technical workflow
The end-to-end solution includes an eight-channel XT3 live production server configured to record up to four feeds simultaneously and output to four channels. Three LSM remote control panels, which sit alongside the XT3, are used to produce on-the-fly edits, including live slow motion effects, and playout content stored on the XT3. The IPDirector live production asset management suite controls ingest, manages content stored on the XT3 and plays out video from background screens on stage.

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In addition, the open architecture of IPDirector enables the rapid exchange of media files between the XT3 and the BBC’s digital archive system Jupiter and Isilon nearline storage solutions, which are connected to its Avid and Apple Final Cut Pro craft editing stations. As a result, archive content can be sent directly in the right format from the XT3 to Jupiter and back for playout if necessary. If content needs advanced editing it is sent to the Isilon storage, and then once the edits are complete, pushed back to the XT3 for playout.

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.

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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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