NAB 2016: EVS To Upgrade Server for HD Resources, Teams With HBS for Live-Production Training
In a deal struck at NAB 2016, Swedish broadcast-facilities company HD Resources (HDR) has ordered EVS (Booth SL3816) XT3 live-production servers in the new ChannelMAX configuration. Also, EVS and Host Broadcast Services (HBS) have announced plans to create the first Live Sports Production module for HBS’s Broadcast Academy.
With a large OB fleet, HDR works across many types of programming: live sports, studio shows, entertainment recordings. It will take delivery of the new XT3 ChannelMAX servers in time to deliver multilateral production services for a major sports event this summer. The new XT3 servers with ChannelMAX will also benefit and develop productions that HDR is currently working in Sweden: football, horse racing, speedway, entertainment, and multiple studio productions.
Upgrading its existing EVS XT servers to the new XT3 ChannelMAX configuration will allow users to double the channel density of their live-production servers. ChannelMAX-enabled systems let users continue to expand through Multicam engine software updates. This lets the server — which boasts the most native-codec and SuperMotion-camera support in the industry (from 2X to 10X SuperMotion) — grow alongside the customer’s needs. The servers include EVS Multicam LSM software and the new Dual LSM modes as well as LSM Connect. Dual LSM mode allows two operators to work on the same server simultaneously with their own personal settings, thanks to the dual multiviewer output provided by a single XT3 ChannelMAX.
HDR will also upgrade its current XFile2 to the new XFile3 archive and transfer tool, a move designed to take care of the IP file-based workflows of today’s live production. From a single workstation, XFile3 allows users to easily handle multicamera ISO streaming, find and restore archived content, and automatically back up to disc or shared storage based on LSM Connect metadata rules. The delivered system will be integrated to operate alongside HDR’s existing EVS IPDirector production-asset–management solution used in-house for advanced studio recordings. It will also be used on Swedish Football as an archive ingest solution that consists of an EVS XS3 12-channel server.
“With this investment, we will be able to develop the productions for our clients,” says Per de Navarro, technical director, HD Resources, “so the upgrades we’re announcing here at NAB will be invaluable for us and our customers.”
Says Marc Caeymaex, SVP. EMEA, EVS, “EVS equipment travels around the globe and is used at the world’s biggest sporting events. and this deal marks a continuation of that. HD Resources spends a lot of time identifying the technology that will best service their clients, and we’re delighted that EVS is part of such a significant upgrade.”
Training in Live Sports Production
Since 2007, HBS has run its Broadcast Academy as a training service to improve not just individual TV professionals’ skills but the overall global standard of broadcasting. Drawing on EVS’s industry-leading technology and 20 years’ experience in the field, the Live TV Simulator is an integrated training facility built using the latest in live-production equipment. This includes live-video servers, enabling up to 12 iso camera feeds for ingest/playout, instant-replay and slo-mo tools, and a live-video switcher that can be used by two or three trainees simultaneously.
The Broadcast Academy uses real-world sports events as training environments. The Live TV Simulator is contained and shipped to those events to teach multiple aspects of live sports broadcasting on the ground. This includes tuition for camera operation, journalism, directing for live television, and creating live highlights and replays. All the modules’ teaching is delivered by highly skilled trainers and experts in live sports broadcasting selected by HBS and EVS.
Enabling the entire production team to become autonomous and fully operational as quickly as possible, the Live TV Broadcasting module of the Broadcast Academy is made up by both theoretical courses and practical sessions. Each of the academy’s participants is given detailed feedback for the opportunity to revisit their broadcast and assess where improvements can be made.
Of the partnership, HBS CEO Francis Tellier says, “This partnership of the Broadcast Academy and EVS is the perfect combination of two of my passions: innovation and legacy. Since we first worked together at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, we’ve developed the most innovative broadcasts and have certainly left a legacy at every single event.”
Says EVS CEO Muriel De Lathouwer, “Being able to train the industry’s professionals using industry-leading equipment is an incredibly important part of improving the global standards of broadcast. That’s why we’re so please that we were able to partner with HBS in this way.”
Lise Cosimi-Bréant, director, Broadcast Academy, observes, “Whatever the number of cameras available onsite at a client’s facility, we’re able to train a full production team. With the Live TV simulator, we’re able to extract the best out of participants on a practical level. It’s a really unique live-coverage approach to teach teams to work together in a real-world live environment.”