Columbia College Chicago Makes Deal With EVS Digital Production Systems

Columbia College Chicago , the largest private arts and media college in the United States, has chosen EVS technology to help develop its students on new digital production systems.

EVS’ new ingest control and review application for multi-camera recording sessions fits Columbia’s high-definition remote production truck. Columbia chose the touchscreen application Insio for their multi-camera remote production truck. A recent live comedy show titled, “Freq Out,” was recorded at the college’s new media production center using the truck and the Insio technology. Students managed the entire project from scriptwriting to post-production.

Video footage is ingested directly to the 6-channel XT[2] server (allowing eight audio tracks per video channel). Insio application is employed to create multiple video clips for each take during a shoot. Each clip is recorded on the XT series server via HD 720p Apple ProRes 422 codec. All unclipped material remains available on the server’s recording train, offering security to the production team.

Operators can transfer clips created on the XT directly to XF2 removable disks storage platforms (based on SATA storage architecture). Upon completion of the production, disks containing all footage are sent to post-production for final editing on Final Cut Pro stations. With the material being natively saved in ProRes422 codec, along with audio/video and metadata media wrapped in Apple Quicktime Ref file format, editors can immediately start their montage without transcoding as well as instantly access five different camera angles and a program cut related to the same timecode.

“EVS products once again prove their flexibility to adapt to our broadcasters’ needs” says EVS Americas General Manager Frederic Garroy. “Insio’s touchscreen interface makes clip management simple while offering numerous possibilities for Columbia College students, including the addition of production notes. We are very excited to see EVS technology used and approved by future broadcasters.”

“Using Insio in a remote setting was easy to implement in the existing infrastructure” says Dave Mason, Television Department chief engineer, Columbia College Chicago. “The system offers instant access to material and was easy for the students to learn.

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