Mediapro upgrades with EVS ahead of F1 channel launch

Mediapro Group owns exclusive rights to F1 in Latin America (excluding Brazil) and recently upgraded its production workflows ahead of the launch of its new 24/7 F1 channel, F1 LATIN AMÉRICA. The channel launched on 1 March and will cover all F1, GP2 and GP3 races, as well as exclusive interviews, analysis and reports on each championship.

Ahead of F1 LATIN AMÉRICA’s launch, Mediapro has implemented additional solutions from EVS. To provide 24 hours of content 11 EVS XT series production servers receive up to seven feeds directly from Formula One Management (FOM), including the principal transmission, redundant and personalised signals, on-board camera feeds, and information about the circuit. Files are ingested directly into an EVS XStore shared storage of 200TB – after being logged and enriched with metadata. The addition of XTAccess and Xedio CleanEdit have readied the workflow for the launch of the new channel.

The EVS-equipped studios and the new integration of Xedio CleanEdit in the production workflow means editors are able to instantly work on content as soon as it’s transferred to the SAN shared storage. The Xedio CleanEdit software enables edits with multiple resolutions (SD/HD) and varying aspect ratios in the same timeline while offering a seamless integration with the EVS XT series servers that are in place.

The workflow enhancement is completed with new XTAccess units, which are dedicated to transferring files from the central SAN storage to the Snell play out channel-in-a-box server. XTAccess simplifies this exchange, guaranteeing the maximum levels of integration with third-party systems.

The new installation also enables Mediapro to deliver F1 content to viewers via its second screen app, which features live camera feeds, content highlights and social media integration.

Xavier Verd, CTO at Unitecnic – the technical services company of the Mediapro Group – and project director for F1 LATIN AMÉRICA, commented: “The flexibility and scalability of the EVS platform has enabled us to easily integrate with a new automated channel playout system. We’re able to increase the production efficiency in a very quick and timely fashion and as a result, successfully launched the channel on time.”

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