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EVS Live Replays for First 3D Ryder Cup

Ten EVS XT[2] servers were used for live and near-live 3D operations

British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB), the largest pay-TV broadcaster in the UK and Ireland, and leading outside broadcast facilities provider Telegenic recently teamed up for 4 days of live 3D coverage of the most eagerly awaited golf event of the year, the 2010 Ryder Cup. All live replays and fast turnaround editing operations were managed with the newly upgraded 3D XT[2] production servers from EVS.

For this prestigious golfing event, Telegenic provided two 3D-HD OB vans, T18 and T19, along with the facilities to accommodate the equipment and personnel. Ten EVS XT[2] servers were used for live and near-live 3D operations, including live replays, highlights and closers. The 3D sources around the golf course were managed with 3D camera rigs from 3ality and Element Technica (side by side and mirror rigs), and recorded with seven 3D XT[2] servers in dual-link (2x1.5Gbps), which allowed each server to ingest the feeds of 2 separate stereoscopic camera rigs. The remaining XT[2] servers recorded content from selected HD cameras of the host broadcaster, European Tour Productions (ETP), which was up converted to 3D when needed. All EVS servers were linked to each other via the XNet2 high bandwidth media sharing network, allowing all recorded 3D content to be instantly available to the production team of Sky and ETP.

“The live 3D coverage of the Ryder Cup was a phenomenal experience, but also of great consequence,” explains Robin Broomfield, 3D Development Manager at Sky Sports. “EVS always provides dependable systems with excellent networking capabilities that we have come to rely on over the years, and which help us to make these types of ground breaking productions happen today”.

Peter Bates, Managing Director of Telegenic says: “the operation teams are very familiar and confident with EVS’ live productions systems, which has made the 3D transition very easy for us to produce excellent productions with our new 3D trucks”.


Enhanced 3D Capabilities

EVS currently offers full 3D-HD loop recordings, playbacks, slow motion replays, instant editing and live clipping functions. And with the recent integration of the new DualPower technology, EVS 6-channel XT[2]+ servers can now be instantly configured to offer four effective 3D in/out channels. As a result 3D recording and playout can be managed in single link mode, based on 3Gbps connection, or in dual link mode as 2 synchronized 1.5Gbps connections. In addition, the XT[2]+ platform provides Live 3D SuperMotion control for high-end live 3D replay operations.

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 products in over 70 countries and is capable of providing services in any region. EVS is headquartered in Belgium and has offices in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America.