EVS has been signed up to supply a wide range of equipment for live and near-live production for the London Olympics, including camera and multiple feed recording, live replays, slow-mo and on-the-fly editing, central media archive, advanced content management and media sharing workflow systems, writes David Fox.
No value has been given, but it is similar to the Beijing Games, so certainly a multi-million Euro deal. As part of the contract, EVS will deploy more than 300 multichannel-XT series servers across all the venues, under the control of its LSM remote system for all slow motion, super-slow and ultra-slow motion replays over the two weeks.
Additionally, based on the EVS servers hybrid networking operation, all live recorded content will be fully controlled using IPDirector suites for quick highlight editing, first level logging, and fast turnaround media exchange with OBS production teams at the international broadcast centre.
Its media servers, an online archive and media sharing systems will be installed at the IBC, to enable OBS and broadcast right holders to access all broadcast feeds and complementary camera feeds coming from different venues, as well as dedicated highlight packages and clips.
The media server will be composed of 12 XT3 servers dedicated to recording live feeds, and a live-centric, near-line storage server based on EVS XStoreSAN technology offering a capacity of more than 360TB and enabling users to browse and exchange over 5,600 hours of HD content.
To optimize media handling operations from any remote location, OBS will introduce EVS' new web-browsing interface, IP Web-browser (due for launch around the time of the Games). This will use auto generated proxy files to allow users to review and select media hosted on the central server via the web.