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EVS drives World Rally Championship

5 February 2014
EVS drives World Rally Championship

FilmWorks has selected EVS to power its workflow for the second consecutive year for the coverage of the World Rally Championship (WRC) which kicked off in Monte Carlo in January. FilmWorks, the Finnish technical solutions and production services provider responsible for coverage and distribution of WRC content, will deliver a range of coverage, including two highlights shows.

A key requirement for FilmWorks was getting content out as fast as possible to stakeholders and to produce the daily 26-minute highlight show, and 52-minute roundup show for the WRC website. It was important therefore to have a system that could meet the challenge quickly and efficiently, keeping up with the intensity the company required.

Content recorded on ENG cameras and from on-board cameras in the rally cars is ingested with ENGSoft, logged, and made available to Final Cut Pro craft editors using the IPDirector PAM suite. Laptops equipped with IPBrowse allow stakeholders to search, view and export media for content contribution or analysis. Xsquare enables the production team to control media transcoding and transfers, so that the content selected by the stakeholders is delivered in the required format. Finally, an XS media server is used for playout and SDI contribution.

“The EVS-powered system allows us to ingest and log a significant amount of media files in a very short time span,” explained Jari Vuorenmaa, technical operations manager at FilmWorks. “This means editors can easily identify, view and retrieve relevant content and begin compiling clips for highlights packages immediately ­ as content’s being ingested. We can then distribute finished edits to our multiple stakeholders. Fast turnaround production and quick time-to-air both get big ticks.”

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