HDR upgrade: Game Creek Video relies on EVS solutions

Game Creek Video, a provider of mobile production units for large-scale live events, has recently completed the upgrade of one of its flagship HD production units to full HDR capabilities based on EVS’ LiveCeption and MediaCeption solutions. The upgrade of PeacockOne, a 53’ expanding mobile production unit, is the first of many in the company’s fleet and has been fast-tracked to support NBC Sports’ delivery of upcoming events in 1080p and UHD-4K.

Source: EVS

Driven by increased demand for higher resolution live productions from major U.S. sports broadcasters such as FOX Sports, ESPN and CBS, Game Creek Video is forging ahead with continued investment in EVS solutions across its entire fleet of high-end mobile television production units. The intensive upgrade programme to LiveCeption Signature is due for completion by 2023, and will see 40 new XT-VIA® live production servers deployed to enable crews to replay, edit and produce content of game-day action in the highest quality. As part of this powerful integrated solution, these new servers will be teamed up with LSM-VIA®, EVS’ all new IP-based replay and highlights system, to create super slow-motion in-game replays.

Designed to meet the most demanding live broadcast requirements, LiveCeption Signature combines the latest EVS technologies to provide the power, scale and versatility needed to achieve full HD 1080p or UHD-4K production in either HDR or SDR with the most accurate, fast-turnaround and high-quality replays on the market. It leverages the XT-VIA production server to support all new formats and protocols from HD to 8K, SDR to HDR, and SDI to IP in a single versatile solution. XT-VIA guarantees an unmatched level of speed, control and precision and offers a boosted capacity of up to six channels of UHD and 16+ channels of HD.

Working together with the XT-VIA server, LSM-VIA replay and highlights system sits at the heart of LiveCeption Signature. LSM-VIA provides fast and direct access to all the content on the network and effortless control for live operations. With full IP connectivity and software-defined technology onboard, the system enables full production resources to be made available anywhere at speed, opening up flexible highly-collaborative workflows that adapt to each production and scale as needed.

LSM-VIA guarantees replay operators working from remote locations a truly seamless Multiview user experience – even in UHD-4K. Leveraging the Secure Reliable Transport (SRT) network protocol through certified integration with Haivision’s Maktio X series of real-time video encoders and decoders, the system delivers very low latency and high enough quality over any managed network or public internet connection to let them create replays and highlight packages without compromise. This remote workflow has been successfully deployed for the GCV Anywhere platform that was used this summer to cover CONCACAF Gold Cup.

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