Olympic Winter Games 2018 in Pyeongchang

With new 12-Channel EVS XT4K servers and lots of BNC power, our next Olympic goal this year was PyeongChang in South Korea. Our technology and our employees were deployed at ARD and ZDF as well as at Eurosport and ORF.

We were commissioned by ORF Vienna – as it was the case with the 2016 Summer Games in Rio – to implement the entire ingest and NLE infrastructure. This included the streaming of up to 30 ingest channels with subsequent editing on 4 Adobe Premiere editing suites. The central server for all Adobe Editing Clients was a NAS storage system from the manufacturer ELEMENTS.

We have invested in future-proof technology – also with regard to the upcoming major TV events – in order to offer our customers modern, smooth and efficient workflows. These include – in addition to the already mentioned 12-channel EVS XT4K servers and high-performance storage solutions from ELEMENTS – tools and systems that enable the best possible and fast processing of various send content.

In addition to the provision and on-site support of the editing suites, we were also able to successfully integrate a new system into live reporting on ORF: the EpsioFX from the manufacturer EVS. Using high-quality, graphical analysis tools and an intuitive and extremely fast operation, the viewer was offered an immediately available, detailed and comprehensible analysis.

Another highlight of the Olympic Winter was the configuration and implementation of the EVS / Avid post production setup at the National Broadcast Center in Leipzig.
Due to the limited space in the IBC Pyeongchang, as well as delays in the rights negotiations, it was decided to build a large part of the postproduction workflow of the Olympic Winter Games 2018 in Leipzig on the grounds of MDR. There, 9 EVS XT3, 6 EVS IPDirector, and 6 EVS XSquare / XTAccess operated to provide a smooth recording of up to 20 venue feeds and their distribution to the AVID ISIS / Interplay system for use on 8 networked media composers.
In addition, current edits were continuously generated at 4 fully equipped EVS highlight editing suites. These were either played-out directly in the live broadcast or sent to by file transfer to a Fairlight DAW.
The system was set up by us and administered in 3-shift operation to provide ARD and ZDF a smooth and efficient workflow.

We were also represented at MTI in Unterföhring near Munich with central production technology. There was the technical backbone of the German coverage of the broadcaster Eurosport, which for the first time reported in full on the Olympic Games, and thereby resorted to our know-how regarding high-quality means of production. The equipment provided by BNC included i.a. networked XT3 servers, IPDirector systems with redundant DB connection, a powerful XSQ / XTA render farm and a connection to the ONE shared storage system from ELEMENTS.
On-site, the system was integrated into an Avid Nexis / Interplay environment to enable a fast exchange via ingest feed streaming with post production.

In addition to the numerous, rather technical-administrative and planning tasks in Korea and Germany, our operators have also made their contribution to the Olympic Games as they were working as EVS highlight and playout operators for ARD and ZDF in the International and National Broadcast Center. Here, the daily updated summaries and highlights were produced, which found their way to the audience in the course of the 16-hour broadcasting day.

After these successful weeks and the great teamwork of our employees, we look forward to the year 2020 with joy: Let the games begin!