Turner Sports Central's Asset Management System Shortlisted


Turner Sports Central’s new asset management system has been shortlisted in the content creation category of the IBC2012 Innovation Awards. EVS, a leading provider of broadcast and media production systems for sports, news and TV entertainment, provided a centralized ingest and playout workflow for the system, which was developed in-house to track, log and retrieve 27,000 live recording hours of content from more than 6,000 individual events each year.

Turner Sports Central selected EVS XS and XT3 video production servers as the server backbone of the system to enable constant recording and a fail-safe workflow for live sports and webcast events. The system feeds content to Turner’s many new media partners as well as for live studio production. It also provides Turner with a historical record for search and retrieval of all archived content.

Turner Sports Central seamlessly broadcasts live sports for multiple TV channels such as TNT and TBS, including coverage for the National Basketball Association (NBA), Major League Baseball (MLB) and National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR), while creating and contributing content for new media partners such as PGA.com, NBA.com and NASCAR.COM.


The dedicated ingest and playout network comprises seven EVS XS ingest servers with 28 inputs, four XT3 playout servers with 16 inputs, 16 XTAccess servers and 10 IPDirector suites. At the same time as recording content locally, HD content is streamed close to real time through XTAccess servers to create multiple high-resolution copies on redundant SAN systems, as well as proxies for logging. With EVS’ live network, Turner can get their content to air even in the event of a catastrophic failure in the SAN network or third-party equipment.

EVS worked closely with several third-party manufacturers - including Dalet, CineSys, Active Storage, Stainless Code, Quantum, NetApp and Apple – to create a customized and seamless workflow solution to meet Turner’s needs. EVS XS servers are tightly integrated with Dalet’s media asset management system, which initiates recording and streaming to the SAN. After editing in Final Cut Pro, a Dalet plug-in restores the finished content from the SAN back to EVS servers for playout.


“We congratulate Turner Sports Central on their well-deserved nomination for the IBC2012 Innovation Awards,” said Gregory Macchia, general manager of operations, EVS. “The integral role that EVS servers play in Turner’s new asset management system is a testament to their unmatched speed, reliability and performance.”

The IBC2012 Awards Ceremony takes place on Sunday September 9.

About EVS
EVS designs leading broadcast and media production systems for sports, news and TV entertainment. Its innovative Live Slow Motion system revolutionised live broadcasting and its reliable and integrative tapeless solutions are now widely used for non-linear editing and 3D HD productions across the globe.
The company's dedicated systems offer a complete production platform: live slow motion (LSM), super and ultra slow motion, clips creation, fast turnaround editing, production and archive asset management, time delay, multi-camera and multi-feed recording, logging, live graphic analysis, digital transmission, multi-format ingest and play-back, second screen delivery. Main software applications like the IPDirector® or MulticamLSM® are designed to control the industry's most robust and flexible production platform, the XT series server. The world's leading broadcasters, such as NBC, BSkyB, FOX, RTBF, RTL, NHK, CANAL+, ABC, ESPN, TF1, CCTV, PBS, CBS, BBC, ZDF, Channel One, Channel7, RAI, TVE, NEP, MEDIAPRO, EUROMEDIA, BEXEL, ALFACAM and many others use EVS' solutions.
The company is headquartered in Belgium and has offices in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America. Approximately 400 EVS professionals from 20 offices are selling its branded products in over 100 countries, and provide customer support globally.