EVS prioritises portability with XFly 07 April 2011
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XFly – to be unveiled at the NAB Show in Las Vegas – is a new
high-capacity EVS portable storage solution dedicated to XT operators
looking for easy and cost-efficient ways to back up entire production
materials which can also be carried out to post operations.
for extended live production operations, XFly features a storage case
with eight removable standard SAS or SATA hard disk drives (2.5 inches),
offering up to 8TB storage with a maximum capacity of 140 hours of HD
at 100Mbps. XFly is designed with advanced security features, including
RAID5 technology for maximum reliability in any live production
When live shooting is completed, the operator can
simply transport the entire production – including programme feed,
multi-camera angles, best shots and highlights – in a single storage
case of 13cmH (approx. 5 in.) x 20cmW (approx. 8 in.) x 33cm L (approx.
13 in.). When arriving at the booth from the shooting area, XFly is
simply plugged into Avid or FCP allowing editors to immediately begin
their creative tasks.
Clips and feeds are imported automatically
or manually from XT to XFly through a built-in XTaccess module, an EVS
GigE gateway solution that manages on-the-fly MXF or QuickTime file
wrapping for immediate media availability for editing operations without
requiring export from storage to the editing station. XFly can also be
configured to automatically generate proxy-files while simultaneously
streaming operations of multiple live feeds. This mode allows users to
manage Hi/Lo-resolution workflow for smoother media handling during
XFly enables streaming of up to 10
simultaneous live HD feeds at 100 Mbps, enabling the storage of
synchronised camera angles. The storage case can also be configured to
stream and back up 3D live feeds.
EVS also offers the possibility
to convert two XFly storage case units into one single 3RU storage
platform offering up to 16 TB storage capacity.
EVS’ general product manager, commented: “XFly is a smart solution for
live production storage. Many live operators were looking for an easy
method to transport their production back-up from the shooting area to
post-production. We are proud to introduce XFly as it perfectly meets
these requirements offering a storage capacity of 140 hours of HD and
the ability to stream 10 HD feeds in real time. All this in a
transportable storage case, easy to carry from the production area to