CCTV Sports Head 14th FINA World
Championships Production with EVS Technology
HONG-KONG - August
19th, 2011 - CCTV Sports largely rely on EVS servers and content
management technology for their host broadcasting operations of the 14th FINA
World Championship in Shanghai. EVS systems are used for live OB (Outside
Broadcasting) productions, IBC's (International Broadcast Centre) fast
turnaround highlights and media exchange operations.
CCTV Sports is the host broadcaster for the 14th FINA World Championships
in Shanghai, an international aquatic sports competition. As the principal
sports broadcaster in China, CCTV Sports has the widest audience
demographic range and 80% plus market share. In its new role as host
broadcaster of the FINA 2011 Championships, CCTV Sports is engaged in
delivering technologically superior and distinguishing coverage of all
competitive events. To achieve this, the high definition standard is
adopted in an ambitious production plan.
Having taken part in earlier productions of international feeds for the
Olympics, the Asian Games and a number of prominent National Games, CCTV
Sports consists of experienced production and technical teams who guarantee
a complete and smooth coverage of the entire event.
CCTV opted for EVS technologies as the main system for OB and IBC
operations during its host broadcasting operation activities.
In total, 15 XT2 servers are equipped in four OB vans for slo-mo
replays, live edits, clips and highlights creations of swimming,
synchronized swimming, diving, water polo and open water swimming. Three
OBs are located just outside three venues in the Oriental Sports Centre
which includes the Indoor Stadium, Outdoor Diving Pool and Natatorium. One
OB van is located on the Jinshan City Beach.
For IBC infrastructures, EVS is providing CCTV with two HD XT2+ (6-channel) production servers with extended
external storage offering a capacity of 15TB for the ingest of five
incoming feeds and 300 hours HD content of uninterrupted recording. IBC
content management is ensured by nine IPDirector workstations offering advanced media ingest,
logging, browsing, exchange and playout control. The integrated solution is
used for ingesting content, media storage and exchange with media rights
licensees, as well as CCTV fast turnaround production of highlight
packages. The setup allows CCTV production teams to transfer clips and
rough edits with Apple FCP editors for the production of daily summaries.
Once completed, the 52-minute summary is immediately shared with the entire
production team on the EVS central media server accessible via EVS' GigE
media sharing network.
Olivier Heurteaux, EVS General Sales Manager Asia & Pacific comments
that EVS is "proud to meet the expectations of CCTV which was looking
for a reliable way to improve production turnaround, while guaranteeing the
utmost level of quality." He continues that "media sharing and
content management is EVS' top priority. It offers a new generation of
tools combining the best of IT & broadcasting to meet these challenges."
"China is a key market for EVS. CCTV has achieved the top level of
production in terms of infrastructure and operations and we are keen to be
the part of their development" concludes Heurteaux.
Guo Yang, Vice Section Chief OB Office of CCTV comments: "Support from
a facility supplier plays an important role in the success of this
project." "In this case," he continues, "EVS machines
have made things much easier as well as stable. We are currently very
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