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EVS introduces Next Generation Live Production Server XT-VIA

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EVS introduces Next Generation Live Production Server XT-VIA

At the 2018 NAB Show EVS introduced the next-generation live production server XT-VIA. Having led the live replay market for two decades, the new server represents the most significant update to EVS’ XT series yet. XT-VIA offers enhanced UHD-4K, HDR and IP operations as well as onboard connectivity with the new high-performing XNet-VIA media sharing network.

The new live production server offering increased UHD-4K and HD/1080p flexibility, native IP support for SMPTE 2110, and powered by EVS’ new VIA technology platform to deliver evolutive services and capabilities for greater content access and future LSM operations.

As EVS stressed, the new EVS XT-VIA is a production server offering the most reliable and fastest UHD-4K replay. With up to six channels of flexible in/out combinations, the XT-VIA drives complete UHD-4K media control from ingest to playout.
The added flexibility of the XT-VIA lets you bridge your investment to execute HD and Full-HD productions from the same server.

In addition to EVS Loop Recording technology, on-board XNet SDTI support and XNet-VIA IP networking, XT-VIA provides support of SuperMotion cameras and native XAVC-4K Intra encoding and decoding for live editing, slowmotion replays and multi-channel playback with server-to-server transfer options.

In Las Vegas, EVS unveiled a new technology foundation that offers modular micro-services and workflow engines. This new platform, which supports the latest EVS products, relies on three main components: VIA Flow, VIA Mind and VIA Opengate.

Via Flow allows users to monitor and manage the flow of media throughout the EVS ecosystem and to easily customize the workflows of our customers. VIA Mind allows our developers to incorporate features in EVS products that are run by artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning engines to assist operators through the automation of certain tasks. VIA Opengate allows our technology partners to integrate their systems with EVS products, but also to develop applications that tie in with our solutions.

A tangible illustration of how VIA Mind is applied to incorporate artificial intelligence (AI) in EVS products supported by the VIA platform was demonstrated with Xeebra 2.0. The multi-angle refereeing system that is used by a growing number of leagues, federations and facilities providers across the globe, allows users to automatically calibrate the field of play, so that they can swiftly overlay an offside line for VAR applications in soccer.

The EVS IP flow routing system SCORE MASTER was also demonstrated at the show. The EVS system has been designed for deployment within IP-based live media production workflows and provides central orchestration, flow-based monitoring, bandwidth and latency awareness as well as production control. As a result, engineers have the ability to maintain a constant overview of the sources and end points across an IP-connected network.

After the introduction at IBC 2017, the all-in-one live production system X-ONE from EVS was presented for the first time at the NAB Show. The system’s contextualized user interface allows a single operator to cut a program with up to six live camera feeds, control audio, and create replays and graphics. Consequently, content providers are given the opportunity to cover more events, including niche sports, while mainting control of production costs.

On the EVS exhibition stand, the Belgium company demonstrated two different live production workflows to illustrate how their technology is used in two growing markets. The Unified Stadium workflow gives sports teams and venue operators the ability to entertain and engage fans with the production of enriched video content and its delivery to multiple screens on gameday. This experience is made possible through the integration of EVS live production tools, including our DYVI switcher, with ChyronHego’s Click Effects, Ross’ XPression and the LED displays made by Trans-Lux.

The Esports production workflow also highlighted the use of the DYVI switcher from EVS as well as our MultiReview application, or the “meme-machine”, by ESL for the live coverage of its Intel Extreme Masters World Championship. Two gamers were present on the stand to illustrate their skills and how these can be covered in a live program. (4/17)

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