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Qvest Media equips ARD and ZDF for the Winter Games in South Korea

Qvest Media supplemented the technical resources for German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF for transmissions from the Winter Games in South Korea.

As previously with similar major international sporting events, Qvest Media has 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.

The Winter Games in Pyeongchang began for the global public on 9 February 2018. By this date, the technical departments of ARD, ZDF and Qvest Media had already worked together to create the technological base for live coverage of the Winter Games. Qvest Media accordingly supplied the broadcasters with the latest AV, IT and media technology from its rental pool in order to set up a networked, live production platform in the International Broadcast Center (IBC) in Pyeongchang and in the National Broadcast Center (NBC) in Leipzig.

QM-Henning-Miehew“A special challenge with these Winter Games was the extremely short planning and lead time,” explains Henning Miehe, Key Account Manager Rental Solutions & Services at Qvest Media. “Following the award of the project, we had less than four weeks in which to agree with the teams from ARD and ZDF on the technical details, plan deployment and make the logistical arrangements for the delivery of the system components.”

ARD and ZDF used the equipment supplied by Qvest Media 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. In essence, Qvest Media 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, Qvest Media itself invested in four new XT4K-generation EVS systems, further extending its pool of live production servers of this vendor.

In the run-up to the Winter Games, Qvest Media supplied ZDF with a comprehensive Avid Interplay system for permanent integration with the Mainz-based broadcaster’s mobile production unit (MPU). File ingest into the Avid environment is effected via XT Access from the EVS network. This enables the production teams to import and provide video material using Avid Interplay. The material can be accessed and edited from the eight non-linear editing workplaces equipped with Media Composer workstations, before being transferred to the EVS playout server via Interplay Transfer Engines. In addition, Qvest Media temporarily extended the MPU to include AVID NEXIS E4 engines with total storage of 360 TB.

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.

Besides equipment for image production, monitoring and controlling and a Riedel Artist digital matrix intercom platform, Qvest Media’s rental portfolio also includes high-end systems for graphics processing. The tools Viz Artist and Trio from Vizrt are used to build real-time graphics elements as part of the reporting process. To achieve this, they access a fully redundant graphics hub. Video signals are distributed using the latest generation of 3067VIPX multiviewer systems. Qvest also provided high-speed Alchemist and Kudos format converters from SAM owing to the 60Hz production environment in South Korea.

Following the Winter Games, the equipment will remain another month in Pyeongchang, where it will be used for the Paralympics beginning on 9 March 2018.

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