EVS XT3 Servers Help Al-Kass at the 21st Gulf Cup of Nations

The UAE were crowned Gulf Cup champions after defeating Iraq in the Cup final on Friday 18 January

EVS, a leading provider of broadcast and media production systems, helped Qatar-based Al Dawri wal Kass (Al-Kass), one of the most popular sports channels in Arabia, broadcast the 21st edition of the biennial Gulf Cup of Nations football. The competition kicked off on Saturday 5 January 2013.

Al Kass covers domestic sports and provides extensive coverage of football, including major tournaments such as the FIFA World Cup qualifying matches and the AFC Asian Cup. For the Gulf Cup of Nations, Al Kass needed a solution to help it get the Bahrain-hosted tournament to air, so it looked to EVS to provide a suitable workflow. Al-Kass provided a fleet of OB vans for the live production and produced highlights packages from the main media centre at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Manama.

“We needed an integrated and collaborative workflow that would help us turnaround content faster and more efficiently,” said Samer Younes, consultant engineer for Al Kass. “We relied on EVS’ expertise in live sport production to give us the tools to make this happen reliably. The project was a huge success and delivered great quality live football and highlights packages.”

EVS provided an integrated workflow from ingest to playout based on its XT3 servers. Three eight-channel XT3 servers were used to ingest and playout feeds from the Bahrain National Stadium in East Riffa and Bahrain’s Khalifa International Stadium. Al-Kass used EVS' IPDirector suite of video production management applications for ingest scheduling, live logging, on-the-fly production of highlights packages, and for creating and managing playlists. Low-resolution feeds were streamed to an EVS XStoreNAS, where content was instantly available to operators to create the highlight packages.


The EVS system was fully integrated with an Avid ISIS, enabling clips from the XT3 server to be transferred to ISIS for advanced editing in high resolution. Once completed the edits were then transferred back to the XT3 servers for playout.

The UAE were crowned Gulf Cup champions after defeating Iraq in the Cup final on Friday 18 January.

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, TopVision and many others use EVS' solutions.
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