NEP ensuring smooth sports workflow with EVS deal

NEP has signed a multi-year agreement with EVS, naming the company a preferred supplier of tapeless workflow solutions and components for mobile units across all NEP global brands, as well as NEP studios and control rooms.

The new partnership will help facilitate NEP clients’ continued migration to file-based, tapeless operations and digital recording workflows through the use of cutting-edge equipment such as EVS XT[3] media servers.

Scott Rothenberg, vice-president of technology and asset management at NEP, says: “With this announcement, we are gaining further distance from our competition in terms of our depth of resources and technology innovation. By providing tapeless workflows, NEP is enabling its clients to shave significant time and costs from many production and post-production processes for sports and entertainment events. In addition to helping our clients establish the most efficient and cost-effective production workflows, a formal partnership with EVS will enable us to provide enhanced levels of support through direct access to EVS’ technical and product expertise.”

In a typical tapeless workflow onboard an NEP vehicle, the multiple EVS servers store digital video files together with their metadata. This enables the video to be easily accessed for playout as well as downstream processing, such as post-production editing, and the metadata allows for easy storage in searchable archiving systems for later repurposing.

Gregory Macchia, general manager of operations for EVS Americas, reflects: “With more than 250 EVS systems deployed globally on its vehicles, NEP is our largest mobile customer. NEP continues to be the leading mobile production company, pioneering the advancement of tapeless workflows in live production environments. EVS XT3 and XS servers built their foundation in live sports coverage, and many mobile broadcasters now use them in non-sports entertainment events such as music festivals and award shows. EVS servers deliver accelerated collaborative production, allowing content to be ingested, tagged, edited, and enriched in one closely integrated environment. This process not only cuts production costs but provides huge time savings.”

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