Live production platform for ARD and ZDF Qvest Media supplies Winter Games 2018 in South Korea

For transmissions from the Winter Games in South Korea we supplemented the technical resources for German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF. As previously with similar major international sporting events, we have supplied systems components for a temporary period based on the latest AV, IT and media technology that enable a seamless production workflow for both broadcasters between Pyeongchang in South Korea and Leipzig in Germany.

ARD and ZDF used the equipment we supplied to set up a live production platform specially designed for the requirements of live sports production and collaborative work using a robust systems architecture, fast and intuitive production workflows and high levels of data redundancy and availability.

The production platform in detail

In essence, we contributed completing components for a live ingest and playout installation, a post-production environment with non-linear craft editing workplaces for audio and video processing, a central storage system as well as multiviewer systems for production control and transcoder engines for format conversion. Furthermore, ARD and ZDF were able to access a turnkey system from Qvest Media for real-time graphics.

Central ingest, highlight editing and playout were performed with an EVS installation comprising EVS IP Director, XT Access Ultra High Performance systems as well as 25 EVS XT production servers with Multicam Software. In order to increase the production performance of the installation, we invested in four new XT4K-generation EVS systems, further extending our pool of live production servers of this vendor.

Already in the run-up to the Winter Games, we supplied ZDF with a comprehensive Avid Interplay system for permanent integration with their mobile production unit (MPU). File ingest into the Avid environment is effected via XT Access from the EVS network. 

In order to further optimise the file-based workflow between audio and video editing, ZDF opted for an integrated Avid solution here as well. So, it was for the first time that Qvest Media equipped the broadcaster for the Winter Games with Pro Tools HD and an Avid S6 console for language synchronisation and film audio editing.

Following the Winter Games 2018, the equipment remained another month in Pyeongchang, where it was used for the Paralympics. 

Technical Informations

Pyeongchang, Südkorea
12/2017 - 03/2018
Integrated Solutions (Extract) Manufacturer / Supplier
IP Director EVS
XT4K-Produktionsserver EVS
XT Access Ultra High Perfomance Systeme EVS
Interplay-System AVID
S6-Konsole AVID
Pro Tools HD AVID
Artist Digital Matrix Intercom-Plattform Riedel
Viz Artist & Trio Vizrt
Multiviewer-System 3067VIPX Evertz
Highspeed Formatkonverter Alchemist & Kudos SAM

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