Production engineers prepare for emerging workflow challenges in 2021

EVS is training over a thousand production engineers to be able to cope with workflow challenges emerging in 2021

EVS has announced that over 1,200 industry professionals have signed up to the EVS Cerebrum Go online training course which was made available at the start of lockdown earlier this year.

This announcement comes alongside an EVS survey that shows the core issues facing production crews in 2021 and beyond.

EVS surveyed customers across North America and Europe to identify key trends and challenges that are likely to emerge in 2021. According to the feedback, the top three issues expected to challenge production crews going forward are: managing increasingly complex workflows, delivering value with less spend on equipment, and improving productivity.

These insights highlight the need to adapt workflows to meet internal and external expectations. The forced cancellation of live sports and other events in 2020 has led to a new reality for broadcasters as they attempt to deliver programming for viewers and remain competitive in a rapidly changing market. Production engineers now find themselves under additional pressure to adapt their workflows and processes and rethink the way they deliver live events.

The absence of physical trade shows like IBC and NAB this year forced many to look for training and virtual events to help them refine their skills. In support of this, EVS has provided a range of programmes designed to support production engineers, with close to 1,200 industry professionals already signed up to the EVS Cerebrum Go online training course.

Consisting of 18 video tutorials, and finishing with an official certification, the course teaches operators how to prepare and run complex workflows with absolute ease using the EVS Cerebrum broadcast control and monitoring system. Optionally, those who complete the course will also be added to a centralised database of certified EVS Cerebrum engineers.

“Producing live events safely and reliably has never been so challenging,” said Nestor Amaya, vice president solutions architect, US, at EVS. “As we navigate this pandemic, production engineers need a simple way of working remotely, without sacrificing their ability to easily control and monitor all of their devices from different vendors. Many have had to perform heroics throughout 2020, and as we look ahead to next year, it’s vital that they are supported with a control system that enables them to perform without the need for acrobatics in this new normal.”

Ian Hollamby, head of research and development, UK, EVS, added: “With technology evolving so quickly and opportunities to meet with industry peers being few and far between, regular training has become essential.

“This is the ideal time for production engineers to further develop their skills and expertise, which is why we are temporarily waiving the course fee for EVS Cerebrum Go. And with our database of certified EVS Cerebrum engineers, broadcasters can be confident that they have the right person in place to prepare and run complex workflows with ease.”

SVG Europe Women will be hosting a virtual event in partnership with EVS titled, The Art of Replay: EVS live sports production workshop, on 2 December 2020 at 2pm (UK time), which is open to anyone within the SVG community interested in learning the basic operational skills required to use the EVS LSM remote replay solution. You can find out more information here.

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