EVS Broadcast Equipment has announced that its XT production server has become the first server on the market to fully and natively support Avid's DNxHD codec.
This follows the recent news from Avid that the DNxHD codec, is the first to be compliant with SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) VC-3 standards.
The codec was approved by the SMPTE organisation as the framework for the VC-3 family of standards that enable content creators to facilitate efficient encoding and exchange of HD media, and are the first SMPTE standards for intra-frame, 720/1080 raster, 8/10 bit and 4:2:2 HD post production. This VC-3 standard will enable unprecedented interoperability between any licensed users of the codec, including Avid and EVS.
"Our clients consistently rely on us for flexible HD workflow options," said Pierre L'Hoest, CEO of EVS. "By supporting the DNxHD codec on our XT server, we can now provide our mutual clients with the solution they need to design even more realistic, speedy, reliable workflows for their HD productions, and give them more options for third-party interoperability and future upgrades."
Due to the XT server's native support of the DNxHD codec, no transcoding process is required between the XT and Avid's post production tools. Native media quality is also preserved throughout any transfer processes.
"We have been partners with Avid for a long time," said Fred Garroy, general manager of EVS Americas. "We are proud to say that our interoperability is increasing with this latest development, and we look forward to our continued success together."