Mediacorp Powers Up Complete EVS Broadcast Centre Workflow

Mediacorp has finalised the installation of its new media campus’ technical facilities which includes a huge deployment of EVS technology. The new broadcast centre will act as its main production and editorial headquarters. An end to end technical workflow is installed throughout the centre’s two large studios, post-production facilities, newsgathering and broadcasting facilities.

“The scale of the technical facilities that have been implemented at our new Mediacorp campus is beyond anything we’ve done before,” said Norraine Yusof, SVP of Campus Technology Development at Mediacorp. “The technology we’ve installed for the newsroom, from ingest to playout – and the support and training we receive from EVS – was key to ensure our workflow operates seamlessly for our journalists and technicians.”

The EVS technical infrastructure at the campus includes technology for ingest, management, editing and output of content. There are six XS production servers ingesting content which are managed by several IPDirector live production asset management systems while ten Ingest Funnel applications allow for electronic newsgathering (ENG) crews to ingest additional content from camera cards.

The core of the infrastructure relies on 42 XTAccess transcoding and transfer engines and eight additional servers supporting the IPDirector and Xedio applications across the network. At the heart of the system is EVS’ XStore SAN storage – a 492TB system which has the capacity to store 12,000 hours of high-resolution or 20,000 hours of low-resolution content.

The solution deployed for the newsroom incorporates 280 Xedio Cutter applications which give users the ability to create a story framework for editors to pick up and edit using the IPLink for Adobe plugins which facilitates easy access to content within the network. Journalists can also edit content themselves using one of the 170 workstations installed in the newsroom with EVS’ Xedio CleanEdit.

Once content is completed, another five XS servers take care of the playout of the programmes from the news production control room. All of the workflow’s 12 XS servers – whether for ingest or playout – are interconnected with a high-bandwidth media sharing network using two XHub3 systems from EVS.

“Mediacorp didn’t want an infrastructure of disparate elements. The EVS-centric workflow that’s been delivered is a complete production chain – from start to finish,” said Olivier Heurteaux, SVP APAC at EVS. “By planning and rolling out a workflow in this way, the company’s production crews, journalists and editors have an easy to operate production workflow that outputs the highest-quality content possible.”

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