EVS IPEdit.3D Is Aimed at Making 3D Easy
The latest to embrace 3D workflows, EVS has introduced IPEdit.3D, a live-editing solution that operates exactly like the SD and HD versions of IPEdit and is also compatible with EVS XT and XS servers. More important, when it’s coupled with next-generation EVS XT3 servers and the XT3 “DualPower technology,” users won’t have to worry about cutting their channel capacity in half.
“The current XT line will have to decrease the number of channels by two, but XT+ and XT3 will not,” says Product Manager Pierre Mestrez. The core XT server system was enhanced to support 3D two years ago, but new hardware in the XT3 line supports double-channel input via one port.
IPEdit.3D also gives broadcasters full flexibility to switch from 2D to 3D, in either dual-link or 3G SDI input/output configuration. EVS considers IPEdit.3D the perfect solution for “on-the-fly” creation of 3D highlights and closer, as well as for quick program assembly with intuitive timeline editing functions like drag-and-drop and keyboard shortcuts for easy 3D video and audio transition effects. Also “edit-during-playout” mode gives extensive flexibility to 3D broadcasters working in a fast-turnaround production environment.
IPEdit.3D can also be used for rough-cut editing with simple mark IN/mark OUT on multiple live 3D feeds to facilitate further postproduction processes using third-party editing tools.
As for XT3, the new server will be available in July in two versions: a 6RU chassis supporting up to eight HD/SD channels (including 6in/2out) or six channels in 3D/1080p mode, or a 4RU chassis supporting up to seven HD/SD channels or four channels in 3D/1080p mode. It supports up to 96 audio tracks (16 audio tracks per video channel) and can be configured in an extensive range of natively supported video codecs (including the new Panasonic AVC-Intra) without requiring hardware change. For 3D or 1080p operations, the XT3 offers the flexibility to select between dual-link HD SDI or single-link 3G SDI connectivity with a simple software setting.
The EVS 3D systems will be part of a larger story at the upcoming NAB Show as equipment manufacturers continue to roll out more-cost-effective and easier-to-use 3D production systems. For example, the IPEdit.3D system allows a production team to easily switch between 2D and 3D productions during the course of a week.
The question for all, however, is how long will the 3D production market be sustainable without a serious revenue stream? That is one question that will not have an answer on the NAB show floor.