FINA Artistic Swimming World Series makes a splash thanks to EVS' X-One
Liège, Belgium, April 18, 2019
Looking to create the most compelling live coverage from the inaugural FINA Artistic Swimming World Series, hosts Fédération Française de Natation and partner Phoenix Event Productions required a smart, live production solution that was ideally suited to deliver mid-sized events. They turned to French broadcast facilities and services company Boite à Outils Broadcast (BOB) who deployed EVS' X-One unified live production system.
This all-in-one system that brings together the capabilities of a control room is specifically designed for use at smaller events, where budgetary constraints may have previously curbed the scope and creative ambition of a live production. X-One allows a single operator to create replays, control audio, cut together a live feed with a built-in video switcher and even add graphics to further enrich live programming from an intuitive user interface without the need of additional solutions.
With X-One no compromise was needed between editorial requirements and technical reliability or efficiency. Phoenix Event Production's team, which consisted of a director, assistant and camera operator, was able to successfully deliver the three-camera live production, which was output in the highest broadcast-standard quality.
Cécilia Chédeville, Phoenix Event Productions' President & Director of Productions, said: "In order to reach a new, wider audience, it was vital that we presented the sport and event in the best way possible. With events of this size, budgets can impact hugely on what can be delivered, so EVS' X-One is a real game-changer as it opens up new business opportunities for us going forward. With X-One, we have greater editorial freedom and don't need to allocate budget to bring in other equipment to get a job done."
Cyril Mazouer, BOB's General Manager who supplied the system, added: "EVS is the industry-leader when it comes to live production tools, and has a reputation for deploying new and innovative technology. We have had very positive experiences when working together previously on jobs such as the recent Clique TV channel launch for Canal+. X-One is a very exciting new development that should interest any rights owner putting on medium-sized productions that wants to achieve a more professional look with its live programming."
The FINA Artistic Swimming World Series is an annual circuit created in order to raise the profile of the re-branded sport of artistic swimming around the world while creating a more structured competition calendar for national teams. The first leg was held at the Aquatic Center Maurice Thorez of Montreuil in Paris from March 1-3.