EVS Integrates Avid DNxHD

The XT[2] production server from EVS Broadcast Equipment is the first server on the market to fully and natively support Avid's DNxHD codec, EVS announced.

DNxHD, in turn, a low bit-rate HD production codec, is the first to comply with SMPTE VC-3 standards. The Avid DNxHD codec was approved by SMPTE as the framework for the VC-3 family of standards, which enable content creators to facilitate efficient encoding and exchange of HD media, and are the first SMPTE standards for intra-frame, 720/1080 raster, 8/10 bit and 4:2:2 HD post production.

This VC-3 standard will enable unprecedented interoperability between any licensed users of the codec, EVS said.

"Our clients consistently rely on us for flexible HD workflow options," said Pierre L'Hoest, CEO of EVS. "By supporting the Avid DNxHD codec on our XT[2] server, we can now provide our mutual clients with the solution they need to design even more realistic, speedy, reliable workflows for their HD productions, and give them more options for third-party interoperability and future upgrades."

The multichannel XT[2] production server is a versatile and reliable system used for the ingest, organization, and play-out of premium quality video for studio, outside broadcasting, stadium and other live or near-live productions. Due to the XT[2] server's native support of the DNxHD codec, no transcoding process is required between the XT[2] and Avid's post production tools. Native media quality is also preserved throughout any transfer processes.