Imagine Moves into Video Over IP Live with EVS

Pressing home what it sees as its leading position in the industry’s transition to IP, Imagine has partnered with EVS to forge “a market-ready” package for IP live production.

“With EVS we are aggressively going after the live news and sports market,” declared Charlie Vogt, Imagine Communications CEO. “We are taking their best of breed solutions in slo-motion and instant replay and marrying that with our playout automation.”

One solution has Imagine’s signal processor Selenio MCP and Magellan SDN Orchestrator software managing multichannel HD video over SDI and IP linked to EVS’ XT3 server and the EVS XiP gateway.

Charlie Vogt, ​Imagine Communications CEO.

“The key is that we are using SMPTE-2022 standard and our JPEG-2000-based compression to allow broadcasters to work with video over SDI and IP at the same time,” said Vogt.

By putting its weight behind SMPTE and the J2K scheme Imagine expects others to follow. “The evolution of standards will accelerate around successful technologies being deployed by the largest global companies. DirecTV, Disney ABC, Fox Networks are all adopting SMPTE-2022 and J2K so you will see smaller companies begin to adopt those.”

EVS CEO Muriel De Lathouwer said: “When we met in April we realised we had the same vision regarding the transition to IP. We both promote interoperability, opens standards and a hybrid approach. Broadcasters can be confident 2022 really works.”

Vogt added that IBC2015 was a validation of the vision Imagine laid out two years ago. “We were the one company that said companies needed to move to software defined networks and the cloud. It's exciting that now IP is the single biggest theme at the show,” he said. “We have gone from zero trials in IP to over 90 evaluations today.

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