EVS, the leading provider of live video production systems, and FIFA’s dedicated host broadcaster, HBS, extended their long-standing collaboration to work on the 2014 FIFA Wold Cup™ in Brazil. HBS deployed and integrated EVS’ advanced technologies, including live multi-format production tools, central media exchange and multimedia distribution platforms. This enabled HBS to make the best of the live action instantly available for production and distribution.
HBS designed and ran the entire host broadcast operation for FIFA, including production and integration of services. It provided the broadcast feed from all 12 event venues, covering 64 matches. The broadcast infrastructure was made up of three key workflows: live production at the different venues across Brazil; a centralised broadcast media server and file-based media sharing systems; and a new multimedia distribution platform.
Francis Tellier, CEO at HBS, commented:
Our partnership with EVS is a good example of the cross-fertilisation that can take place between two key companies in the sports broadcasting space. We both strive to improve the quality of major sporting events and work together to offer the best technical solutions so that broadcasters and right holders can guarantee the optimal coverage and service offerings to their audiences.
The live production workflow at the 2014 FIFA World Cup centred on EVS’ new XT3 live production server, as it offers multi-format capability. For each venue, around 16 XT3 servers were used for replays, highlight edits, graphic insertion, clip creation and content management. EVS’ IPDirector production asset management suite drove all the ‘EMOTION’ highlights packages, an add-on to the multi-feed concept launched by HBS in 2002. The compilation of all the best clips was handled by the new MultiReview solution. These clips were then used to create highlights packages that were made available to FIFA’s Media Rights Licensees (MRLs).
More than 100 EVS IPDirector suites located in the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) were used to manage the ingest of live incoming feeds, as well as access to the centralised FIFA Media Asset Exchange (FIFA MAX) server. It stored match feeds, clips, highlights, pre-recorded content (city profiles, etc.) and other relevant data. The IPDirector suites were also used for the live logging of events. Around 12 XT3 servers handled 4,500 hours of content located on an EVS XStore SAN.
36 Adobe Premiere stations, along with EVS’ IPLink plugin panel, were used to create final edits of updates, promos, behind the scenes footage and multimedia packages. The EPSIO FX system was deployed for on-air graphic insertion.
The FIFA Max centralised broadcast media server and EVS-enabled file-based media sharing systems allowed the production teams at the IBC, as well as in their home-country headquarters, to access content for further editing and broadcast. MRLs were able to browse, access and download the content made available to them using EVS’ IPBowse and IPWeb tools.
On behalf of FIFA, HBS also delivered expanded and enhanced content services across all multimedia platforms for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™. FIFA’s Media Rights Licensees had access to exclusive content for delivery to smartphones and tablets via their own second screen apps.
Based on EVS’ C-Cast technology, the distribution platform connected HBS’ live production infrastructures to a central cloud-based platform, aggregating live streams, multi-angles clips, stats, and social network feeds. This content was then distributed to affiliate broadcasters, who in turn made it available to their own viewers.
Joop Janssen, CEO, EVS, said:
During large global events, like the FIFA World Cup, we work hand in hand with key players like HBS to continuously develop the future of live broadcast. These types of big events are a fantastic opportunity to implement innovative solutions that meet the requirements and challenges of tomorrow’s media industry. Our own expertise in live sports relies heavily on key partners like HBS. They help us put our technology through its paces in very high pressure, mission critical projects. Working with them also ensures we can anticipate changes in the way live events are covered and then adapt these innovations for every day applications.