NEP Goes Tapeless for Music Festival Circuit With New EVS Infrastructure

NEP has selected a tapeless workflow from EVS to support its global live music and entertainment festival production. NEP provides mobile video production for some of the world’s largest entertainment events, including Coachella, Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo music festivals in the United States, as well as large-scale events throughout Latin America. The new tapeless system, based on EVS’ XT media production server, supports multiple channels of high-definition content. The workflow is designed to support as many as 25 cameras set up at multiple stages, providing extremely high signal quality for webcasts and streaming to social media, as well as critical timeshifting and archiving capabilities.

“Large corporate sponsors are spending big dollars on webcasts and customers expect to be able to stream content to YouTube and other social media sites with very high quality,” says Peter Kimball, senior account manager, NEP. “EVS-driven workflows are critical to enabling us to deliver this quality – cost effectively and reliably – to millions of viewers. Our systems run 15 hours a day, noon to midnight, recording and playing out. We can’t afford to take chances.”

In addition to six-channel XT servers, NEP utilizes XTAccess for media interchange between the production system and third-party tools. IPDirector provides comprehensive video production management tools.

According to EVS, the tapeless workflow has streamlined production and provided higher quality video output, as well as saved NEP substantial resources – from fewer trucks to less personnel needed for onsite production.

“We have a very close relationship with NEP, who has been at the forefront of educating customers about the many of benefits of tapeless workflow for live events,” says Frederic Garroy, SVP, the Americas for EVS. “Due in large part to NEP’s trust in our solutions, we’ve become the industry standard for tapeless live entertainment production.”

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