EVS moves into news production

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After dominating live and fast turnaround sports and latterly gaining ground in live/near live studio production, Belgium’s popular server systems vendorEVS has moved into the news production sector.
At IBC, EVS will unveil its new Breaking News toolset, based on its ingest and playout servers for newsroom operations. The company claims the infrastructure is “the first and only ingest and playout infrastructure on the market that can be used across production areas from news to sports, entertainment and other programs.”
The system will offer collaborative production tools for journalists and content management solutions, which is said to “easily integrate with any existing production infrastructure.”
Speaking to TVB Europe, the company’s new CEO Joop Janssen, who joins EVS from running the Vitec Group on 3 September said: “EVS is a phenomenal company with a fantastic, young team which has continued to grow the business since 1994. It has been helped this year by many sports events, but it has also had a lot of success in studio-based production, where there are still opportunities to grow.
“If you look at where EVS’ strengths are, apart from the pure technology, it is in adding a lot of value to content in a very short timeframe. In a matter of seconds in fact EVS systems can add so much more to content giving clients a lot of opportunities in production and archive.”
Also at IBC, EVS will showcase the evolution of itsXT3/XS production servers, featuring triple encoding capabilities. This means that system can simultaneously support I-frame codecs for live replays, Long GoP Sony HD XDCam 422 50Mbps codec for reduced bitrate media sharing, and Proxy media for augmented connectivity and control of the production operations. The new features will be available in early 2013.
Also likely to turn heads at IBC is the C-Cast technology, which allows viewers to use their smartphones, tablets or laptops to access extra content and view clips during a live stream. Several European broadcasters are eyeing it for second screen apps during soccer coverage.
C-Cast’s latest features will include the ability to replay clips at variable speeds as well as the ability to import third-party statistics and analysis information integrated into a timeline.
By Adrian Pennington

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