IMG Sports Media Upgrades its EVS Tapless Technology for HD Studio Facilities
Much of the work, including a complete upgrade from SD to HD, is related to provision of a 24-hour content service to International Licensees of the Premier League. Twelve XT+ HD servers and sixteen IPDirector suites from EVS are used in the production of 380 live Premier League games per season, „The Football League Show‟ for the BBC, and Scottish Premier League as well as Premier League games for ESPN UK. The EVS servers ingest A/V content from multiple feeds, whereas the software suites are used to control the servers, log and browse media content, generate highlights and transfer files to and from post-production.
EVS technology has been integrated with Avid Media Composer editing stations, Vizrt Ardome archive systems and Pebble Beach transmission equipment. According to IMG Media‟s Global Director of Engineering and Technology, David Shield, software integration is the biggest challenge for the project: “With few HD VTRs at our disposal, we are entirely reliant upon servers to perform faultlessly. For us, EVS technology was the natural choice”.
Mike Snell, Head of Sales, EVS UK, adds: “We are very pleased that IMG trusts EVS and has chosen the new XT+ servers along with EVS‟ IPDirector software suites for content production management. This EVS solution provides IMG‟s 24-hour facilities with the fastest and most reliable server system possible”.
The Premier League content service went live worldwide on 13th August.
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