EVS to Provide 4K Zooming and Key Live Production Capabilities

EVS connects stadium and remote locations for FOX Sports’ weeklong festivities

EVS, the leading provider of live video production systems, is being utilized by FOX Sports for live production equipment, including 4K replay systems with integrated zooming capability, for its broadcast of NFL Super Bowl XLVIII and associated pre- and post-game activities.

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The EVS workflow provided for this year’s game connects MetLife Stadium in New Jersey via a high-speed, 10GbE network connection to remote operations in Manhattan where FOX is broadcasting live as part of “Super Bowl Boulevard,” a series of football-themed experiences in Times Square taking place the week before the big game. The workflow also enables production personnel at FOX Sports’ Los Angeles studio to easily browse content and instantly select from key game highlights in real time.

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“EVS solutions are especially critical to this year’s Super Bowl broadcast due to our expanded coverage at multiple locations and 4K, which is critical to replay clarity and to the enhanced viewing experience we’re providing for our audience,” said Jerry Steinberg, sr. vice president, technical operations, FOX Sports.

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For Super Bowl XLVIII, multiple 4K XT3 servers are being deployed for FOX Sports’ game-day coverage, as well as pre- and post-game programming. Xsquare and XTAccess solutions will manage file delivery and transcoding, while the LSM Connect tablet solution for advanced clips and playlist management will be used in conjunction with the the industry-standard LSM Controller. Approximately 30 EVS IPDirector production management suites will be used across the multi-site network for ingest control, metadata management, on-the-fly editing and playout scheduling. This year, Ultra-HD will figure prominently as EVS’ Epsio Zoom for 4K zooming extraction provides clearer close ups of content such as controversial calls and key replays and brings viewers even closer to the action.

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“EVS has worked with FOX Sports for many of their high-profile sports broadcasts, including Major League Baseball, NASCAR, and prior Super Bowls,” said Frederic Garroy, SVP, The Americas, EVS. “FOX is committed to providing the highest quality coverage, and we’re thrilled to be part of the more immersive experience provided by 4K for this year’s Super Bowl.”

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.

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