EVS Solutions power live production at Asia's largest multi-sport event
As the largest multi-sport event in Asia, the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) showcases the athletic prowess of over 6000 top athletes from more than 62 nations competing in 21 sporting disciplines.
The 2017 tournament took place in Ashgabat – the capital of Turkmenistan – where it was hosted in the recently-built Ashgabat Olympic Complex (AOC), which is comprised of two sports arenas and an indoor velodrome and is served by state-of-the-art broadcast production facilities. The modern Olympic complex – including its live production infrastructure and multimedia systems – was designed and built by Istanbul-based Polimeks. For the 2017 tournament, Medialuso, a long-time partner of EVS and part of the MEDIAPRO Group, was appointed as the host broadcaster of the games.
In these duties, Medialuso was tasked with delivering live program feeds and daily highlights of the tournament’s 21 sports, set against the beautiful and cultural backdrop of the host city.
The games presented the challenge of managing vast amounts of live content from multiple events which often took place simultaneously from different areas of the 1.3 million m2 Ashgabat Olympic Complex (AOC). Medialuso needed highly stable workflows across the AOC to facilitate live production from three studios, an on-site International Broadcast Centre (IBC), and seven OB vans. The system also needed to allow easy central storage access and browsing from various locations.
The tournament’s sophisticated live production architecture took advantage of the range of integrated EVS solutions at the AOC. Multiple EVS XT3 and XS servers were used to provide reliable, high-speed ingest and playback of all of the tournament’s live content. To operate alongside these, Medialuso added two XT4K servers to the live production workflow for the event. These were used to cover select events during the games in UHD-4K, including the opening and closing ceremony.
Production teams used multiple IPDirector live PAM systems for content production and asset management. These provided users with comprehensive creative capabilities including advanced metadata management, integrated logging, on-the-fly editing and playout scheduling. Five Avid Media Composer suites were integrated with the EVS system and all recorded content was saved on removable drives as copies for access when needed. Xedio Dispatcher was also deployed by Medialuso to gather ENG material and the Xedio CleanEdit advanced NLE system was utilized for production editing with voice-over recordings.
At the IBC, all footage was archived on EVS’ XStore SAN, which provided scalable central storage with metadata. All of the EVS-driven production facilities at the Ashgabat Olympic Complex were connected to this central storage unit, allowing multiple operators around the venue to efficiently browse and access stored low-res media files.
The comprehensive EVS workflow used for the tournament delivered the speed, quality, and most importantly, the reliability that is so critical for any host broadcasting services. The high-profile nature of the event and its broad audience meant that a stable, integrated system was important for the long-time EVS customer. Medialuso knew that it could count on the technology to deliver this level of reliability and service when operating in either HD or UHD-4K.
“The XT4K servers let us deploy a higher-resolution workflow that we could count on,” said José Serrano, technical director at Medialuso. “When producing 4K programming, we have to be certain that our operators can work without any interuptions from needing to address technical issues. This is what we get from EVS and why we’ve been such long-time users of its technology.”
The AOC’s live infrastructure – installed by Polimeks – was designed to support the fast and efficient production of large-scale live events within the facility. “With its technology used to power sport’s biggest events we knew that EVS would be a great partner to work with during the live infrastructure installation of the AOC,” said Mehmet Yilmaz, broadcast group manager at Polimeks. “Then deploying this technology during the 2017 AIMAG meant Medialuso was able create and output the highest-quality live programming possible.”
At the tournament this infrastructure allowed for a significant amount of content to be produced. In total, 35 servers and 33 IPDirectors were used for all 21 disciplines, with just short of 30,000 logs and more than 6000 clips recorded. All of this was enabled by EVS technology.