Canal+ upgrades its media IP infrastructure with EVS Cerebrum
EVS, provider of live video technology for broadcast and new media productions, has announced that Canal+ has selected its recently acquired Cerebrum control and monitoring solution for a major overhaul of its in-house MCR and TX playout management workflows. The Vivendi-owned French premium television channel and Entertainment streaming services becomes one of the first customers to implement an EVS media infrastructure solution since EVS acquired Axon early May.
Canal+ is deploying Cerebrum, an advanced broadcast control and monitoring system, to centralize and streamline its broadcast operations. In what is one of the largest Cerebrum projects to date, the new system will enable Canal+ to upgrade its legacy technology and “improve its production workflows”, according to the press release.
Previously, Canal+ integrated manual operations for incoming broadcast feeds and playout management, enabling it to operate multiple channels simultaneously through various processes and control systems. The new solution will “automate and simplify” its workflows. With Cerebrum, Canal+ now can control both legacy SDI products and IP equipment. The EVS media infrastructure enables Canal+ to create a new workflow for optimizing the management of the incoming feeds, their processing and routing. For this project, EVS also developed a new license option for Cerebrum called CRBM Scheduler, which provides Canal+ with a bespoke timeline for its scheduled events.
“We needed a comprehensive media infrastructure solution that would give us the control and flexibility needed, during this exceptional transformation period, to provide the high-quality content our viewers expect in the most efficient way possible, and we have found that with EVS,” said Ralph Atlan, CTO at Canal+. “By transforming our legacy workflows we’ve put ourselves in the best position to capitalize on next-generation technologies and continue to evolve our business to stay ahead of the competition.”
Ian Hollamby, Cerebrum product manager at EVS added: “Canal+ was one of EVS’ first ever customers and has been a long-time valued partner, so we are perfectly positioned to help deliver this next-generation unified broadcast control system to help Canal+ centralize as well as unify its operations. With added capability to switch to IP in the near future, we’re on hand to support Canal+ achieve its long-term ambitions and vision for success.”