EVS Debuts LSM-VIA For Distributed Production Workflows

EVS has unveiled its next-generation replay controller, the LSM-VIA, that functions as a module of the EVS VIA platform and includes full IP connectivity for working remotely from the server. The new live slow-motion control panel offers better flexibility and improved speed of operation than its predecessor LSM system.

The new IP-based replay and highlights solution gives production facilities and service providers the tools they need to tell the live stories they want with increased functionality and fewer keystrokes. And because it’s IP based, the controller can be used literally anywhere that you have a secure IP connection.

This means replay operators can set up the controller and a multiviewer in their home, connect to an EVS server on a network and begin working immediately, as if they were on site in the production truck. There can be up to 29 EVS servers on a network and the operators can quickly connect to any one of them.

“We’re seeing a trend where there is a bigger focus to have operators working from home or a central location,” said Laurent Petit, senior vice president of Products & Solutions at EVS. “To address this, we have removed the RS 4:2:2 serial link that existed between the remote controller and the server and replaced it with ST2110 IP connectivity. This gives us more flexibility in how it is deployed and more scalability towards the future.”

By decoupling the operation of the LSM-VIA from the server managing multiple channels, many different flexible deployment models can be supported, including remote and even multi-site simultaneous production.

By decoupling the operation of the LSM-VIA from the server managing multiple channels, many different flexible deployment models can be supported, including remote and even multi-site simultaneous production.

With the remote’s familiar layout, LSM-VIA has been designed with a series of programmable buttons, shortcuts and simple tactile control that provides faster access to more functionalities, while a built-in touchscreen offers fully contextual menus to give operators what they need, when they need it. Users can also easily organize network records, running order clips and playlists, with direct access at the touch of a button.

“It has the same familiar layout [as the existing LSM system] in terms of buttons, but it has some new additions to improve the speed of operation,” Petit said. “There are a certain number of programmable buttons that we can use to assign to repetitive functions to streamline the workflow of the operator. Things that would typically require several key strokes to access a menu and take an action, can now be assigned to a single button push.”

The new replay controller works with the XT-VIA server and leverages EVS’ VIA microservices ecosystem. This enables the LSM-VIA to interact seamlessly with all VIA-based products, opening up new workflows while providing faster and more direct access to all the content on the live production network. And with native IP connectivity and software-defined technology, LSM-VIA is based on the latest technologies to ensure users are ready to address all future live production demands.

By decoupling the operation of the LSM-VIA from the server managing multiple channels, many different flexible deployment models can be supported, including remote and even multi-site simultaneous production. This dynamic assignment of the channels on geo-distributed XT-VIAs to geo-distributed operators offers a more optimized way of managing their time and talents, while allowing them to work from anywhere, at any time.

Serge Van Herck, CEO at EVS, said that the goal for the product was to reinvent the operation, workflows and deployment of live production replays to enable more creativity while optimizing operators’ resources and talents.

“LSM-VIA doesn’t just offer a new level of control; it completely redesigns the operator experience,” he said. “From the contemporary interface to the entire VIA production environment, to distributed asset management linked to enhanced metadata, EVS’ new IP-based replay and highlights solution provides operators with a more productive, flexible and efficient environment to work in.”

Petit said when combined with other elements of the VIA platform, LSM-VIA supports new workflows to automate some of the cumbersome tasks operators have traditionally had to deal with, instead letting them focus on creativity. It offers experienced LSM operators a consistent experience so that they can be productive from day one, while providing new generations of operators with disruptive modes for producing new formats of creative replays.

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