Euronews has contracted live video production systems provider EVS to enable its live and studio-based news productions. As the news broadcaster moves to HD, EVS XS media servers and IPDirector live production asset management suite will sit at the heart of the new Euronews Live workflow.
Bernard Fournier, head of AV support at Euronews, said: “In a breaking news environment where things change literally by the minute, it is essential that we have fast, flexible and ultra-reliable technology that can be configured for both studio and live productions. EVS is widely recognised as the industry standard for this type of fast-paced workflow. Having the ability to edit on-the-fly while recording was also crucial in our decision for our production team.”
The innovative EVS news solutions will sit alongside Euronews’ existing Harmonic storage and playout systems. The XS servers will be used to enable either live or studio-based news productions – ingesting multiple feeds and playing out live coverage or playing out content on the screens behind the presenters in its studios. It will also allow Euronews to manage 16 audio channels from ingest to playout, which fits with their need to report news in 13 different languages. The IPDirector system will be used to control the ingest and playout commands, as well as manage content.
The XS servers importantly provide Euronews with the last-minute flexibility essential for today’s news broadcasters. The servers can be configured differently for each function, with up to six reversible HD channels per server. The servers are connected via EVS’ high bandwidth sharing network XNet2, giving operators immediate access to ingested content on any server from any IPDirector workstation.
“TV production does not get any more pressurised than news so we’re delighted that Europe’s leading news channel has put its trust in EVS to enable its live news workflow,” said Henry Alexander, svp entertainment and news at EVS. “The XS servers and IPDirector systems seamlessly integrate with Euronews’ existing third-party systems to enable a fast and flexible news production workflow.”