Avid & EVS power Kanal 75’s new workflow

Kanal 75, the prolific Swedish producer of live, produced and archive horse racing content, is replacing its entire production infrastructure with a new HD workflow based on EVS and Avid technology. The new system, which includes XS and XT3 production servers and the IPDirector content production management suite, will also be the first installation to fully integrate an EVS system with Avid Interplay Media Asset Manager (MAM).

Kanal 75 is wholly owned by ATG, the Swedish horse racing betting organisation. Covering around 1300 Swedish and international horse racing events per year, Kanal 75 produces thousands of hours of live racing video content for its own satellite TV service, which is broadcast to off-track betting centres in Sweden, USA, Australia and ten other countries. It also produces TV content for the Swedish public broadcaster TV4 as well as maintaining a large archive of horse racing video content.

As Kanal 75 made the decision to move to full tapeless HD production for both broadcast television and the web, fast and reliable ingest and delivery were paramount requirements for its end-to-end workflow. Kanal 75 issued an RFP split into two contracts – one for logging, ingest and control room functions and a second for archive and MAM. EVS had worked with Kanal 75 previously when the company installed equipment for its highlights shows, so EVS was able to submit a detailed workflow analysis and design based on its knowledge of Kanal 75’s working methods and requirements. EVS was then able to integrate with the proposed Avid solution for the archive and MAM contract.

The new Kanal 75 solution, which will be integrated by Danmon Systems and is scheduled to go live in December 2011, will use XS and XT3 production servers for ingest, production and control room playout both for live and recorded studio programmes. The IPDirector suite will be used for ingest scheduling, clipping, streaming, production content management and playout control. IPDirector will also handle the logging of races and delivery to Kanal 75’s web distribution platform, which will be linked to ATG’s betting data feed. In addition, efficient file transfer with metadata from the production system to Kanal75’s existing Avid Interplay/ISIS editing platform will be achieved thanks to the EVS/Avid Web Services integration, providing edit-while-capture capabilities. The Avid system will also be able to send finished pieces directly to the EVS servers via Avid Transfer Manager.

The EVS system will integrate fully with Avid Interplay MAM for the first time. Content recorded and logged on the EVS production system will be transferred together with metadata to a shared storage and checked in to Avid Interplay MAM for archiving. The production teams can then easily search for, browse through and retrieve material for their programmes and magazines.

Robert Svensson, Systems Technical Director, Kanal 75, said: “EVS has been our partner for a long time and we knew its professional services team would work hard to design and create the perfect infrastructure for the way we want to work. The new XS and XT3 servers and the IPDirector platform, combined with seamless Avid integration, is the ideal choice for us to create a smooth, efficient and reliable production workflow”.

Svensson continues: “We record thousands of races each year—both local and international—and needed a reliable, productive, and open media asset management system. Avid Interplay MAM fits perfectly with our requirements and enables us to manage and monetise our media and metadata in ways that we simply couldn’t achieve before. We’re very excited about the possibilities that Interplay MAM brings to the table.”

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