Bexel Extends Commitment to Live-Event Production with EVS Purchase
Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group’s Services Division and a worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, announced its recent acquisition of eight EVS XT3 six-channel production servers with 900GB drives, three EVS XS six-channel production servers, and a host of IPDirector suites, 24x900GB SAS Expansion chassis, XStoreSE 20TB storage, and support equipment. The new equipment purchase is part of Bexel’s million-dollar server upgrade, designed to meet industry demand.
“At Bexel, we are continuing our commitment to EVS and our leadership in the live event production space,” says Tom Dickinson, chief technology officer, Bexel. “With several major events up ahead this year, we are taking the opportunity to do a major upgrade of our systems for use in our flypacks and larger system projects. The XT3 is the latest, fastest platform available today and we look forward to offering these servers and other EVS solutions to our clients.”
With its flexible eight-channel SD/HD architecture and six-channel 3D/1080p configuration, the new generation of XT servers combines the EVS series’ speed and reliability with capability and performance. XT3 integrates today’s top IT and broadcast technologies, offering broadcasters and producers motion control and adaptability. All of the EVS XT3 and XS servers will have 900GB SAS disk drives for increased storage capacity.
Based on its unique loop recording technology and powerful networking capabilities, XT3 offers operators complete media control from ingest to playout, including live editing, slow-motion replays, multi-channel playback, and transfer to third-party systems such as craft editors, automation, archiving, or storage. The XT3 is the first server to natively support such a wide range of codecs without requiring hardware changes, allowing production teams to select among different compression schemes they want to use throughout the entire edit process. Designed to boost broadcasters’ live and near-live production capabilities, XT3 provides operators with a high level of bandwidth, flexibility and control.
“We’re pleased to be involved in a long-lasting partnership with Bexel,” said Frederic Garroy, EVS Americas general manager. “Bexel remains committed to EVS’ technology as we provide versatile solutions to capture a wide range of productions from live remote events to studio productions in sports, news, and entertainment. The XT3 server is a must-have solution for customers like Bexel. In today’s broadcasting world, speed, reliability, capability and performance are essential when it comes to providing top-notch programming. ”