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MTV3 selects EVS for new HD workflow

21 April 2011

The Finnish commercial TV broadcaster has specified EVS integrated systems – including 44 HD server-channels and advanced content management tools – for the implementation of a central ingest and production infrastructure that will be used to process a variety of sporting content.

Live coverage of Formula 1, the World Rally Championship, the English Premier League and many other events will be channelled through a newly-integrated production and playout workflow with a backbone of EVS hardware and software systems.

The new set-up sees sports content recorded in HD on a cluster of XS and XT2+ production servers.
The entire production workflow is controlled by IPDirector – EVS’s content production management tool – which is used for feeds, ingest scheduling, metadata management and media browsing, as well as exchange with Final Cut editors and transfer to a 60 TB SAN. All Apple editors are equipped with an EVS FCP export plug-in interface, allowing them to instantly export their edit to any selected EVS server for playout. Material transferred by the editors is immediately made available for playout control by IPDirector operators and the automation system, even while the export operation is still running.

Based on the open architecture of the EVS systems supporting all standard protocols, some of the XS channels are configured for playout under Harris automation. Playout can be also managed from the IPDirector stations in the control rooms for studio programmes. Meanwhile, EVS’s XNet2 high bandwidth media sharing network allows all feeds in record or existing content to be easily and instantly traced and made available for playout throughout the entire network.

The systems integration was managed by TV Tools, which is currently helping the Finnish production company Blue Media to implement a similar HD workflow based on EVS XS/XT2+ servers and IPDirector content management systems. Given that MTV3 outsources certain productions to Blue Media, the set-up will be combined with MTV3’s equipment to form a collaborative production system.

During live studio coverage, MTV3 production can also use its EVS MulticamLSM systems to control the XT2+ servers for live-slow-motion, live editing operations, highlights creation and studio analysis.

Markku Ryöti, head of TV technical planning & operations at MTV3, commented: “Within the past year, we have acquired many new rights for MTV3, MTV3 MAX, but also Canal+. Consequently, we needed a flexible system that helps us to manage material during simultaneous recordings. We conducted tests with our former XT2 server and noticed that the file management and sharing of material between the EVS system, Final Cut edit stations and Harris automation worked efficiently.”

Ilkka Tommila, technical producer at MTV3, added: “EVS provided us with a complete solution, from ingest to playout, which integrates impeccably with existing systems and facilitates the move to a tapeless HD production. The architecture of the technology is also very flexible, which allows us to easily adapt to various and constantly evolving production needs.”

Julien Fraipont, sales manager Scandinavia for EVS, remarked: “We are very pleased that MTV3 has selected EVS for its new central ingest and production platform. I am confident that our integrated solutions will allow MTV3 to streamline its day-to-day operations and be more efficient in providing top quality live and near-live coverage to its viewers.”

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The Finnish commercial TV broadcaster has specified EVS integrated systems – including 44 HD server-channels and advanced content management tools – for the implementation of a central ingest and production infrastructure that will be used to process a variety of sporting content.

Live coverage of Formula 1, the World Rally Championship, the English Premier League and many other events will be channelled through a newly-integrated production and playout workflow with a backbone of EVS hardware and software systems.

The new set-up sees sports content recorded in HD on a cluster of XS and XT2+ production servers.
The entire production workflow is controlled by IPDirector – EVS’s content production management tool – which is used for feeds, ingest scheduling, metadata management and media browsing, as well as exchange with Final Cut editors and transfer to a 60 TB SAN. All Apple editors are equipped with an EVS FCP export plug-in interface, allowing them to instantly export their edit to any selected EVS server for playout. Material transferred by the editors is immediately made available for playout control by IPDirector operators and the automation system, even while the export operation is still running.

Based on the open architecture of the EVS systems supporting all standard protocols, some of the XS channels are configured for playout under Harris automation. Playout can be also managed from the IPDirector stations in the control rooms for studio programmes. Meanwhile, EVS’s XNet2 high bandwidth media sharing network allows all feeds in record or existing content to be easily and instantly traced and made available for playout throughout the entire network.

The systems integration was managed by TV Tools, which is currently helping the Finnish production company Blue Media to implement a similar HD workflow based on EVS XS/XT2+ servers and IPDirector content management systems. Given that MTV3 outsources certain productions to Blue Media, the set-up will be combined with MTV3’s equipment to form a collaborative production system.

During live studio coverage, MTV3 production can also use its EVS MulticamLSM systems to control the XT2+ servers for live-slow-motion, live editing operations, highlights creation and studio analysis.

Markku Ryöti, head of TV technical planning & operations at MTV3, commented: “Within the past year, we have acquired many new rights for MTV3, MTV3 MAX, but also Canal+. Consequently, we needed a flexible system that helps us to manage material during simultaneous recordings. We conducted tests with our former XT2 server and noticed that the file management and sharing of material between the EVS system, Final Cut edit stations and Harris automation worked efficiently.”

Ilkka Tommila, technical producer at MTV3, added: “EVS provided us with a complete solution, from ingest to playout, which integrates impeccably with existing systems and facilitates the move to a tapeless HD production. The architecture of the technology is also very flexible, which allows us to easily adapt to various and constantly evolving production needs.”

Julien Fraipont, sales manager Scandinavia for EVS, remarked: “We are very pleased that MTV3 has selected EVS for its new central ingest and production platform. I am confident that our integrated solutions will allow MTV3 to streamline its day-to-day operations and be more efficient in providing top quality live and near-live coverage to its viewers.”

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