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EVS Enhancements to XT3 Server, IPDirector among NAB Highlighs

April 13th, 2015 Posted in Headlines By Ken Kerschbaumer

EVS is debuting a number of new features for sports and live TV production professionals hungry to enhance their productions via improved replay operations and more at the NAB show this week. 

Topping the list is the introduction of the newest Multicam software engine for EVS’ iconic XT3 servers. Customers can expect expanded flexibility with increased SuperMotion camera configurations of up to two SuperMotion six-times camera recording with two additional recording and playout channels available. Other new features include ingest and playout options with the XS server for studios and audio channel/MADI support. Added to these capabilities is the XT3’s current format support for 4K/UHD, 1080p and proxy; 10 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity; up to 12 HD/SD live rec/play channels; and built-in technical support.

At NAB, the “LSM Cockpit” will showcase how operators can pilot best-in-class tools within a unified LSM environment, including flexible multi-angle content access and control for quick highlight creation; new touch-based clip and playlist control; on-the-fly virtual effects for augmenting the live replay; fast media archive/restore; and time-saving configurations.

The EVS “Stadium Control Room” will demonstrate IPDirector content tools for maximizing game-day content production and delivery – featuring HD and 4K advancements including enhanced replays through zoom and integrated delivery to post-production editing tools.

Also look for new capabilities for the IPDirector live production software suite offers a wealth of new capabilities for unified linear and file ingest, management, exchange and contribution based on advanced BPM and SOA foundations. These include Web-based tools for collaboration and content exchange between venues and studio, automated clip management, metadata integration and archive management.

For multi-camera studio productions, IPDirector brings recording sessions to the post production stage efficiently, offering best-in-class integration with Adobe Premiere, Avid Media Composer, and Apple FCP-X, as well as single file exchange for 4K editing.  It also integrates with the EVS line of XStore shared storage solutions for intelligently managing assets with optimal speed and guaranteed storage capacity. The Director’s Cut module is the ultimate time saver for “as live” shows, by collapsing the time from record to edit completion.

Also new is improved integration with Adobe Anywhere, Adobe’s collaborative video workflow platform.

“We are bringing the editing domain into the live fold of production,” says James Stellpflug, VP, sports products, Americas.

Through EVS’ IPLink plug-in extension panel for Adobe Premiere Pro CC, EVS provides editors with high-speed access to live content while content is still being ingested, and allows easy delivery for fast playout. Editors can search through logging and clip metadata; locate content from live bins; preview content and make decisions without committing to final content; and bring the fast-paced multi-camera content into their edits.

“Adobe Anywhere enables teams of talent to collaborate and create productions from virtually any location where there is network connectivity. These customers need the fastest turnaround workflows possible,” says Simon Williams, senior director of business development at Adobe. “EVS servers and live content management tools are critical aspects of these demanding workflows for broadcasters and editors working with live content. Faster, integrated access to EVS live systems only improves the output and efficiency of editors using Adobe solutions, including Adobe Anywhere.”

The added value of Adobe Anywhere brings the next degree of power to environments that need to collaborate and define best team-based editing solutions for fast-action productions. The collaboration hub gives editors access to centralized production files from any workstation; allows production versioning and conflict resolution; and provides views to activity feeds. Data remains secure in the event of a hardware or software issue.

“By extending our offering with Adobe Anywhere, we’re providing editors with vital collaborative capabilities and immediate editing visibility to much larger teams,” said Henry Alexander, SVP Market and Product, EVS. “This important step in our partnership with Adobe brings our editing workflows, integrated live content management and storage solutions to the next level.”

NAB is also the next stop for the EVS and Cisco Return on Emotion tour.  At the “FanZone,” located at the EVS booth, experts will be showcasing real-world applications that are changing the fan experience.  Built on the EVS C-Cast multimedia distribution platform, the EVS FanCast solution works with Cisco’s stadium portfolio to deliver exclusive content to fans and video displays throughout the stadium – bringing higher return on emotion and boosting greater return on investment.