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NEP Europe Deploys EVS 4K Live Production Technology for Outside Broadcast

NEP Europe has selected 4K live production technology from EVS for two new UHD-4K supertrucks in Switzerland. The resulting OB (Outside Broadcast) facilities will be used to cover the country’s Raiffeisen Super League football and allow pay TV operator Teleclub to deliver a more immersive Ultra HD viewing experience.

NEP’s UHD-41 and UHD-42 supertrucks will both run four XT4K live production servers to support Teleclub live 4K replay and highlight content. The servers will allow instant media sharing between the two trucks, using EVS’ XHub3 high-bandwidth media sharing network with 10 Gigabit connectivity. They will also run EVS’ XFile3, a 2U chassis hardware and software system that has been optimized for UHD-4K workflows to meet file-based requirements. This acts as an integrated file-based media gateway and back-up solution enabling live UHD-4K growing files. These are recorded on removable drives or network storage, and also allow file-based media to be imported in to the XT4K servers with UHD up-conversion if needed.

The two new NEP OB trucks will also include the EPSIO Paint telestration effects system implemented in a UHD-4K configuration for the first time. The trucks’ EVS technology allows operators to create replays as well as enrich sports broadcasts by adding telestration, that is freehand graphics or drawings, in a higher resolution. Effects such as player highlights, spotlights, lines, arrows, magnifiers, zones and free-hand drawings can be added to games using the same LSM Remote.

Launched at IBC 2016, the XT4K is EVS’ first dedicated 4K production and replay server and offers four configurable I/O 4K channels with the firm’s loop recording technology. The XT4K provides both 12G SDI for single wire UHD-4K or Quad-SDI with support of 2 Sample Interleaved (2SI) and Square Division. This delivers a live production backbone that offers 4K viewing, with the capacity to record over 30 hours of UHD content.

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