ALFACAM Selects EVS HD servers for Major Sport Events Broadcasts

EVS
instant tapeless technology has been chosen by ALFACAM, the Belgian
TV-facilities and services provider, for HD production at various major events
such as Beijing Olympics 2008 and the A1 GP car races.

Based in

Belgium,
ALFACAM provides TV-facilities and services to broadcasters and production
houses. ALFACAM’s multi-camera

OB trucks are
being deployed all over the world to make, amongst others, HD recordings of
large events in diverse areas: sports, drama and shows, festivals, concerts,
and political and cultural happenings.

With this
acquisition of more than 30 XT[2] HD servers and dedicated applications,
ALFACAM leads the High Definition deployment of outside production in

Europe and some major international events. The systems
shall be used during the A1 GP car races and the upcoming Beijing Olympics in
2008 where ALFACAM will be a major contributor for outside production.
Moreover, ALFACAM has embraced the full EVS tapeless production suite by adding
IP Director, XFile[2], and MediaXchange. The deal represents an investment of
more than 5.5 millions Euro for ALFACAM. Half of the systems shall be delivered
in 2007 and the remaining half by summer 2008.

“Thanks to
our new full EVS setup based on XT[2] HD servers, we’re able to cope with
significant growth of the market demand for HD sport production,” says Gabriel
Fehervari, CEO of Alfacam. “EVS is the obvious choice when it comes to reliable
and efficient technology for live and near-live production of events. This
system allows us to gain on productivity and consequently improve the quality
of our programmes.”

Running on
EVS 6-channel XT[2] servers, live feeds and multiple cameras angles are made
accessible instantly to the EVS Multicam LSM application to enable ultra fast
editing and highlight production, including Live Slow Motion and Super
Motion. Additionally, the EVS IP Director Production Management Software
is used to ingest, log, manage, search, track, and edit content and create
clips and highlights, or browse, and ultimately play to air any video or audio
content instantly. Finally, the XFile[2] storage platform combined with XFile
software allows for fast and seamless integration with Avid post production
based on the Avid DNxHD codec.

“We are
proud that ALFACAM has chosen EVS instant tapeless technology,” says Henry
Alexander, General Manager EMEA of EVS. “The technology they are using has been
proven time and time again for the production of some of the world’s most
high-profile sports and non-sports events. EVS technology will allow ALFACAM to
produce high quality HD broadcasts using state-of–the-art material ultimately
for viewer pleasure and experience.”