4K, IT-based switching and more
Touch Video brings a new era to Chinese football
Touch Video Live Broadcast provides live broadcast professional services to TV stations, institutions and production companies – from equipment leasing and outside broadcast services to full-scale live production solutions. Since 2004, Touch Video has met the live production needs for thousands of major sporting events including the Asian Games, MLB baseball China and the Huabiao Film Awards, and is a trusted name in China’s sports broadcasting industry.
In late 2015, China Sports Media (CSM) signed a lucrative multi-year deal with Chinese Super League (CSL), China’s premier professional football league, for signal production and broadcasting rights through 2020. CSM then tapped Touch Video to oversee and maintain its production base as well as to develop sports programs for the CSL.
More than 130 football matches will take place as part of the CSL season, requiring a significant number of servers and the highest quality live production solutions in support to manage the demand for up-to-the-minute and premium coverage of all the action.
Multiple EVS XT3 servers in ChannelMAX mode were selected to ensure all matches of the 2016 Chinese Super League are captured and recorded. ChannelMAX combines legendary EVS speed and reliability with new ability to expand channel capacity through Multicam engine software updates.
The latest complimentary EVS tools, including two IPDirector content management systems, managed everything from ingest to playout – giving Touch Video complete control of all live video assets. DYVI IT-based systems combined enterprise-level hardware and creative software, enabling a totally new way of video switching.
Two MultiReview solutions provided synchronous views of all camera angles on one interface so producers and LSM operators can quickly and easily create highlights, and XFile3 delivered fast and efficient file transfer and archives.
“When comparing competitive replay solutions, we found that the EVS solution far outperforms anything in the market. Its dual networking makes it extremely fast and its reliability is critical to our operations.”
Chen Xuhai, Production Director, Touch Video
The latest-generation XT3 ChannelMAX server provided the expected benefits of fast, reliable, near real-time instant replay. “When comparing competitive replay solutions, we found that the EVS solution far outperforms anything in the market. Its dual networking makes it extremely fast and its reliability is critical to our operations.” Yet ChannelMAX also goes beyond the expected, offering the ability to expand capacity with Touch Video needs.
In addition to state-of-the-art servers, the other workflow components combined to provide a highly optimized system with new levels of sophistication and capability even greater than the sum of its parts. “Seamless adaptability, the highest quality and supreme reliability were all qualities we were looking for in selecting equipment for the CSL,” commented Xuhai. “The integrated workflow from EVS brought that and more to our production resources.”
Plus, EVS’ position in the region is a plus. “EVS has been in the market for 10 years now and it’s easy to find skilled LSM operators in China that meet the requirements of local and foreign production teams,” said Xuhai.