Canal+ puts I-MOVIX X10 and EVS Epsio Zoom to the test on UHD 4K sport production


EVS Epsio Zoom operator at HD extraction from 4Kp50, coming from X10 UHD shooting at 300FPS

In recent weeks Canal+ France has tested the I-MOVIX X10 UHD, combined with an EVS XT3 server and the EVS Epsio Zoom solution, in order to identify the new creativity opportunities provided by 4K ultra motion in both high-speed and continuous modes. The broadcaster has looked at the capabilities of the I-MOVIX solution in differing production setups (indoor, outdoor, in daylight or night conditions), and has explored the creative potential of this new tool for various kinds of sports.

“We had the opportunity to use the X10 UHD ultra slow motion camera in 4K and in HD in continuous mode, during several sports events covered by Canal+, ranging from football to rugby and basketball. This allowed us to vary both the setup and production conditions, and we realised the high operational flexibility of this ultra slow motion system,” said François-Charles Bideaux, directeur de la Production des Sports du Groupe Canal+ France.

The combination of the X10 UHD and the Epsio Zoom solution from EVS provides beautiful and detailed downscaled HD pictures. It can also be used for zooming in without losing HD image quality.

Combining the core X10 ultra-motion technology with Vision Research’s Phantom Flex4K camera, the I-MOVIX X10 UHD supports operation in a range of modes to meet differing production requirements, and can be instantly re-configured for new 4K or HD shooting scenarios.

For very high-frame rate ultra-slow motion in 4K sports coverage, the system operates in USM mode to deliver instant replays of up to 1,000fps. For continuous non-stop recording, SSM mode delivers up to 120fps at 2160p60. When operating in HD resolutions (1080p or 1080i) X10 UHD offers up to 600fps in continuous SSM mode, and up to 2,000fps in USM mode. The system can also complement these specialised applications by performing in a conventional live camera role.

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