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EditShare on track for Nascar

12 October 2012
EditShare on track for Nascar

Sprint Vision, the company that produces the video content on the big screens at Nascar Sprint Cup races, has implemented a tapeless workflow built on EditShare technology. The system includes EditShare Flow for ingest, logging and asset management, a 32 terabyte server, and a backup and archive system. It is installed at Sprint Vision’s headquarters in North Carolina, the home of Nascar. “We were shifting from tape to file-based production and needed a better way to organise and optimise our assets,” said Brook Horn, programme manager for Sprint Vision. “Even though we started with EditShare mid-season, we have already benefitted from a lot of efficiencies. “Now we ingest our footage only once – no more passing tapes around – and content is available for everyone who may want to use it,” he added. “With Flow, our content can be logged, tagged and indexed very easily. Everyone can search the database, from an edit suite or even from a laptop, to find what they need. Before it was very hard to locate specific content as we had to refer to limited information scattered on different spreadsheets or text documents, or even resort to scanning tapes. More often than not, a producer had to rely on memory to locate a specific incident. It was clumsy and time-consuming.” Sprint Vision covers 35 races each season. The video presentations at the track span hours of coverage each weekend, with practice sessions, qualifying and races, as well as live coverage of pre-race ceremonies, packaged team and driver stories, highlights from earlier in the season and other content. Material comes from AJA Ki Pro recorders, EVS server files, P2 cameras and other sources, all ingested directly into the EditShare server. Desktop tools allow for simple edits and clip selection, and the system is fully integrated with Avid editors and Pro Tools audio.

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