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EVS Takes Center Stage at Super Bowl XL

IP Director video production management software and LSM-XT production and playout servers capture the game (February 09, 2006)

Operating with no less than 28 high-definition EVS XT servers, the 40th anniversary of America's largest sports-entertainment event utilized EVS Broadcast Equipment at the core of the ABC Sports compound.

The Super Bowl, America's premier high definition broadcast sporting event, expanded its use of EVS' new suite of IP Director video production management software in addition to the networked LSM-XT production and playout servers capturing the game. The IP Director workstations, along with 22 LSM operators, enabled various members of the production staff, including an Avid editor, Final Cut Pro editors, and the pre-game/halftime producers, to browse content captured to the primary XNet network.

As the 4th Super Bowl utilizing XNet, EVS' high speed, high bandwidth network (540Mbps/1,5 Gbps) to connect multiple XT servers, numerous aspects of the production workflow were enhanced including extensive timecode searches across all servers in the compound, live playback of material in the record buffers of distant machines, and complete archive/offline storage of the game to two XFile removable media solutions.

"The Super Bowl broadcast embraced EVS technology back in 1995 and annually captures this world-class event, now completely in HD, to our XT platform", states Greg Macchia, GM of Operations for EVS Americas. "The tapeless workflow enabled by our technology allows unprecedented flexibility as content stored on the XT network was made available throughout the compound."

The large scale production of this year's Super Bowl featured the Game Truck with 5 LSM-XT servers plus a SpotBox XT server controlled directly from the production switcher via RS422 protocol. ABC's Tape Release truck incorporated an additional SpotBox XT to manage all replay switching to the main game truck. Five other locations across the compound housed networked XT servers for building game rollout packages, browsing clips on the network for editing in the NLE editors, and ABC's SS-21 truck, which housed the network of six high definition XT super-slow motion video servers for all the slow-mo highlights throughout the evening's game.

As with so many world-class events requiring mission critical reliability, instant reactivity, and high-definition video quality, Super Bowl XL represented yet another example of EVS' accomplishments in the networks' shift to all digital tapeless technology.

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About EVS
EVS Broadcast Equipment is a leader in the design of media servers, for the international television and motion picture markets. With offices in Belgium, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong and the United States, the company is capable of providing service to any region in the world and the company's branded products are being sold actively in more than 60 countries. Their innovative Live Slow Motion system revolutionized live broadcasting. Although EVS has its roots in sports television, their technology is ideally suited to nonlinear editing and High Definition Television for the entire television broadcast market.

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