Belgium Renews Commitment to EVS for HD News & Entertainment Production
Liège, 31 August
2011 – RTL Belgium, the leading entertainment network for the
French-speaking community in Belgium and part of the RTL Group, has renewed
its commitment to EVS with the implementation of a fully integrated
tapeless HD infrastructure for its news and TV entertainment operations.
As of 12 July RTL is running a new
fully integrated HD production infrastructure that is supported by Xedio,
the modular application suite from EVS. The benefits of the new
infrastructure include sharper images and further enhanced production
workflows between RTL’s news and in-house programmes.
Thierry Piette, Technical & IT
Director at RTL Belgium, comments: “RTL’s migration to HD began on 30
August 2010, when its programmes were broadcast for the first time in
HD. To complete the migration and offer our viewers the full benefits of
HDTV, we implemented a new production infrastructure based on EVS’
Xedio system that would enable us to produce content in HD for all 3
I/O systems allow RTL’s news production team to ingest live feeds
from various press agencies in MPEG-2 Long GOP. ENG material captured on
the field with new Sony SxS camcorders based on XDCAM HD422 codec and media
files from local bureaux are imported to a central online storage in
Brussels using Xedio Importer. All files are simultaneously generated in
high and low resolution, either by the Sony cameras or by the Xedio system,
and are instantly available for journalists in Brussels and the local
bureaux to begin editing.
For up-to-the-minute news reporting
field journalists at RTL use the new edit-in-place feature of EVS’ timeline
CleanEdit. Based on its full virtual editing architecture journalists
can start timeline editing operations immediately after shooting, and
without the hassle of importing high resolution media. A simple linkup
between a Xedio CleanEdit laptop and a Sony solid-state camcorder, allows
field journalists to instantly review, select and cut recorded content on a
timeline without media duplication. Once completed, a consolidated file can
be wire transferred or physically imported to the central storage. And due
to the Xedio CleanEdit embedded transcoding, media conforming operations
are managed on the fly during transfer.
At the heart of the setup is the Xedio
central storage XStoreSAN
system, which stores up to 50 TB of high resolution media content and 36 TB
in low resolution. The storage system integrates with an
internally-developed search module based on a custom thesaurus and advanced
text indexing, which allows journalists to browse and select content
quickly and efficiently. The references of the selected material can then
be pushed without any delay to a Xedio CleanEdit workstation for
timeline news editing. The edits are done in low resolution, which remain
perpetually online, and do not require time-consuming file restores.
Journalists at RTL use Xedio CleanEdit to improve rough-cut edits by adding
text and graphics; prepare news bulletins and reports; and produce
voice-over recordings. Finished edits from Xedio CleanEdit can be used for
playout without any rendering delay or pushed to Avid or Apple Final Cut
Pro craft editors for more advanced editing.
Playout operations are managed with
Xedio I/O players, and due to the Xedio system’s unique architecture file
rendering prior to playout is not required (as they are playing EDLs and
not rendered files). News content can also be played out directly from the
XStoreSAN storage via Xedio CleanEdit.
In order to remain productive
throughout the entire production chain and improve the quality of all
programmes broadcast on its 3 separate channels, RTL needed to upgrade its
studio and live production systems as well. As a result all in-house
programmes, including newsmagazines, live sports shows and the weather are
recorded in High Definition using EVS XT2+ live production servers.
The EVS servers ingest all camera
feeds, which can be immediately browsed and transferred to central storage
or post-production via IPDirector,
EVS’ content production management suite. During live shows, LSM remote
controls are used to create clips and highlight packages.
Ultimately all media content, whether
it is produced for RTL’s news or other programmes, is immediately available
to all operators at any stage of the production. Thierry Piette adds: “The
interconnectedness between RTL’s news and studio operations has been our
goal from the start, and is the result of a long-term collaboration with
EVS that began in 2004 and produced a fully integrated system that
maximises media interchange”.
RTL implemented a tapeless production
workflow based on EVS technology for its news operations in 2004. And 3
years later the Belgian broadcaster decided to expand its use of EVS
technology for its new studios, which lead to a fully integrated production
system and a prestigious IBC Innovation award.
EVS will be presenting its
range of news and broadcast production solutions at the upcoming IBC show
(Hall 8 stand 8B90).
About EVS (www.evs.tv)
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entertainment. Its innovative Live Slow Motion system revolutionized live
broadcasting, and its reliable and integrative tapeless solutions are now
widely used for non-linear editing and 3D HD productions across the globe.
The company is headquartered in Belgium and has offices in Europe, the
Middle East, Asia and North America. It sells its branded products in over
90 countries, and provides customer support globally.
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