XT-VIA – Next Generation Live Production Server
At the 2018 NAB Show we introduced our next-generation live production server – XT-VIA. Having led the live replay market for two decades, the new server represents the most significant update to EVS’ XT series yet. XT-VIA offers enhanced UHD-4K, HDR and IP operations as well as onboard connectivity with the new high-performing XNet-VIA media sharing network. The launch of our new server seemed to make an impact, as XT-VIA received TVTechnology’s Best of Show Award.
VIA – Technology Foundation Supporting Software Enabled Microservices
In Las Vegas, EVS unveiled a new technology foundation that offers modular micro-services and workflow engines. This new platform, which supports our latest products, relies on three main components: VIA Flow, VIA Mind and VIA Opengate. Via Flow allows users to monitor and manage the flow of media throughout the EVS ecosystem and to easily customize the workflows of our customers. VIA Mind allows our developers to incorporate features in EVS products that are run by artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning engines to assist operators through the automation of certain tasks. VIA Opengate allows our technology partners to integrate their systems with EVS products, but also to develop applications that tie in with our solutions.
A tangible illustration of how VIA Mind is applied to incorporate artificial intelligence (AI) in EVS products supported by the VIA platform was demonstrated with Xeebra 2.0. The multi-angle refereeing system that is used by a growing number of leagues, federations and facilities providers across the globe, allows users to automatically calibrate the field of play, so that they can swiftly overlay an offside line for VAR applications in soccer.
Our IP flow routing system SCORE MASTER was also demonstrated at the show. The EVS system has been designed for deployment within IP-based live media production workflows and provides central orchestration, flow-based monitoring, bandwidth and latency awareness as well as production control. As a result, engineers have the ability to maintain a constant overview of the sources and end points across an IP-connected network
After a successful introduction at IBC2017, our all-in-one live production system X-ONE was presented for the first time at the NAB Show. Awarded with IABM’s prestigious Peter Wayne Award for Design and Innovation, the system’s contextualized user interface allows a single operator to cut a program with up to six live camera feeds, control audio, and create replays and graphics. Consequently, content providers are given the opportunity to cover more events, including niche sports, while mainting control of production costs.
Unified Stadium Workflow
On the EVS exhibition stand, we demonstrated two different live production workflows to illustrate how our technology is used in two growing markets. The Unified Stadium workflow gives sports teams and venue operators the ability to entertain and engage fans with the production of enriched video content and its delivery to multiple screens on gameday. This experience is made possible through the integration of EVS’ industry-leading live production tools, including our DYVI switcher, with ChyronHego’s Click Effects, Ross’ XPression and the LED displays made by Trans-Lux.
Esports Production Workflow
The Esports production workflow also highlighted the use of our DYVI switcher as well as our MultiReview application, or the “meme-machine”, by ESL for the live coverage of its Intel Extreme Masters World Championship. Two gamers were present on the stand to illustrate their skills and how these can be covered in a live program.