EVS unveils new production server

January 25, 2010

Liege, Belgium-based EVS will ship its latest video production server from the XT series in March, with an upgrade package available for existing XT[2] server customers.

Available in two-, four- or six-channel configurations, the new XT[2]+ server is based on the XT[2] architecture that has been on the market for over five years, and offers broadcasters speed, reliability, increased storage capacity, as well as improved media flow performances for intense live productions —including ingest and playout.

The XT[2]+ comes with a full range of software and remote controllers, such as MulticamLSM, IPDirector and Insio. It also offers expanded support of formats and codecs for a better control of and a smoother integration with third-party systems.

Compared with the existing XT series, the XT[2]+ offers: SAS disk controllers; increased internal storage of up to 12 disks with compact 2.5in form factor; increased storage with external array (hot-swappable disks) with a total capacity of up to 20TB per server; fully scalable capacity based on system clustering allowing to add multiple systems on the same network; 30 percent more bandwidth and a clear upgrade path to AVC-Intra and 1080p support; expanded codec support (including IMX, MJPEG, MPEG-2 for SD, MPEG-2 for HD, Avid DNxHD, Apple ProRes 422 and ProRes 422 HQ, DVCPRO 50 and DVCPRO HD); and improved monitoring capabilities with multiviewer modes (2x2 screens, 3+3 screens, 4+2 screens) and improved SNMP communications.

The new server is available in SD/HD ready or full HD/SD mode with dual networking capabilities, including the XNet[2] (high-bandwidth media sharing network) dedicated to live production media access and exchange, and the standard Gigabit Ethernet network allowing transparent media exchange with NLE and third-party systems.

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