3D Soccer Debuts in Australia Courtesy of Foxtel, EVS

On May 24, Foxtel brought the first-ever live 3D sport broadcast event to Australian homes during an international friendly soccer match between Australia and New Zealand.  The live production was managed by Fox Sports, and included replay actions, slow motion, and highlights made with EVS technology.

Outside broadcast infrastructures were provided by Global Television, a leading outside broadcast service provider, which had recently upgraded its fleet of more than 30 EVS XT[2] servers for live 3D productions.

A total of four XT[2] servers were configured to manage the recording of fully synchronized side-by-side camera feeds managed by the system to offer a dual link signal that creates the 3D visual effect. LSM operators working for Fox Sports managed all live replays and slow motion actions as well as highlights editing. In addition, a fifth server controlled by EVS IPDirector software was operated for graphic key and fill operations.

“Once more, EVS proved its ability to meet new market requirements combining technological innovations with a high level of support,” says Todd Procter, Manager at Fox Sports Outside Broadcast Projects. “Our LSM operators were controlling the servers for live slow motion and highlights editing with same ease as for a 2D live event.”

Later this year EVS will present a new server capable of managing four effective channels in 3D per system. The launch of this new server will be subsequent to the introduction of a new dualrec video codec board into the XT[2]+ hardware.

“At EVS we continuously work to maximize our servers, offering customers reinforced capabilities,” says Luc Doneux, GM and Head of Major Sporting Events at EVS. “Live 3D production is a challenge for many of our customers, and EVS is ready to support them.”