OB-Team powers its OB fleet with EVS’ XT3 servers


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OB-Team powers its OB fleet with EVS’ XT3 servers

Liège, 27 March 2012 – OB-Team, one of Scandinavia’s largest providers of outside broadcast services and TV2 Norway’s production company, has equipped its next-generation OB fleet, including the latest 3D-capable HD3, with EVS’ XT3 high-speed production servers.

In preparation for this summer’s major sporting events and for the rise in various TV entertainment productions, OB-Team decided to expand its OB fleet. And in anticipation of increasing demand for 3D production, the new fleet needed to be future-proof and ready for any production challenges that OB-Team would be faced with—both in 2D and 3D.

“With advances in second screen applications and connected TV, it’s essential to offer the best environment for our customers. To do so, we’ve expanded the number of EVS servers we use and have implemented a new file-based workflow,” explained Bjørnar Nordahl, managing director of OB-Team. “We can now provide a full experience for the fans, get to air quickly and efficiently, and with full 3D too.”

XT3 ServerThe XT3 servers from EVS are being used by OB-Team to ingest and playback multi-camera feeds. They can be configured to support up to eight channels in HD or six DualLink or 3G channels in multiple IN/OUT modes for live 3D or 1080p productions. MulticamLSM is used to control the servers, allowing LSM operators to produce instant replays, including Super Slow Motion action replays in 3D, and to create highlight packages. The servers are interconnected via EVS’ high-bandwidth media sharing network XNet2, which allows LSM operators to gain instant access to all A/V content recorded on any connected XT3 server.

As part of the solution, OB-Team is also using EVS’ IPDirector suite, which provides a single interface of all recorded material on the connected XT3 servers. The suite acts as a central media management system allowing the transfer of material directly to post-production. And in an effort to speed up media interchange between the EVS servers and third-party systems, OB-Team relies on XTAccess, a GigE gateway tool, and XF2 removable hard disk drives. As a result, OB-Team provides a seamless file-based workflow from ingest to post-production that optimises its client’s craft editing on Avid as well as on Final Cut Pro.

“We’d been using EVS’ XT2 servers for some time and were confident that upgrading to XT3 would deliver an even more powerful platform,” said Espen Frøysa, OB-Team’s technical director. “The XT3’s eight-channel configuration provides us with even greater flexibility, meaning that for some productions we are able to produce with fewer servers and less operators compared to the past.”


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EVS designs leading broadcast and media production systems for sports, news and TV entertainment. Its innovative Live Slow Motion system revolutionised 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's dedicated systems offer a complete production platform: live slow motion (LSM), super and ultra slow motion, clips creation, fast turnaround editing, production and archive asset management, time delay, multi-camera and multi-feed recording, logging, live graphic analysis, digital transmission, multi-format ingest and play-back, second screen delivery. Main software applications like the IPDirector® or MulticamLSM® are designed to control the industry's most robust and flexible production platform, the XT series server. The world's leading broadcasters, such as NBC, BSkyB, FOX, RTBF, RTL, NHK, CANAL+, ABC, ESPN, TF1, CCTV, PBS, CBS, BBC, ZDF, Channel One, Channel7, RAI, TVE, NEP, MEDIAPRO, EUROMEDIA, BEXEL, ALFACAM and many others use EVS' solutions.

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