Gravity Media relies on EVS Xeebra for Gravity Review System
Gravity Media has adopted EVS’ Xeebra multi-camera review system as the core technology for the company’s new integrated Television Match Official (TMO) and communications solution to provide precision video adjudication for a wide range of live televised sports.
The Gravity Review System (GRS) harnesses Xeebra to provide clients with precision live video judicial replay and integrated communications as a full-service OB package. The Australian market will be the first region to benefit from this new service.
Fully networked and scalable, Xeebra can be deployed on-board an OB unit or set-up onsite with fibre connection in a compact flight-case configuration. It supports Full HD 1080p and super slow-motion.
Xeebra provides a simple interface with ‘pinch and zoom’ capabilities that enable users to review and share multiple synchronised camera feeds with each other. They can easily zoom in from many camera angles and dynamically search for incidents or rule infringements. The system records action continuously so nothing is missed. This means that even if multiple incidents occur simultaneously, they are recorded and cued, ready for review and speedy penalty decisions.
“The job of referees and sports officials is a difficult one and their performance is often under as much scrutiny as the players on the field,” said Ben Madgwick, director media services & facilities, Gravity Media. “Using our GRS, there’s less scope for error and debate over crucial decisions, which has a huge impact on the flow of a game and the quality of the production.”
The Xeebra-based GRS made its debut earlier this year at a major motor racing fixture in New South Wales, giving officials real-time coverage of the race from all angles to resolve controversial incidents and ensure drivers adhered to strict driving behaviour. The platform has continued to earn its stripes in other fields of play, providing efficient TMO and Head Injury Assessment (HIA) for Australian Rugby Union’s Super Rugby, Trans Tasman and international fixtures.
Madgwick concluded: “With Xeebra at the heart of our GRS offering, we’re empowering officials to make the right call, keep sports safe and ultimately deliver a premium audience experience for our broadcast clients. As with all EVS solutions, it’s reliable, easy to deploy and it’s operator-friendly. That’s why EVS continues to be our go-to technology partner for the fast-paced demands of live production.”
“We’re delighted to support Gravity Media as it extends its offering to the thriving Australian live sports market,” said Dylan Cameron, operations manager Australia at EVS. “The power of the Xeebra platform is its adaptability to deliver in any live sports production and this makes it an ideal fit for Gravity Media as it grows its client base in this region and beyond.”