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CTV Outside Broadcast employs tapeless HD workflow

European remote production company CTV Outside Broadcast has opted for a completely tapeless HD workflow, equipped through collaboration between GearBox and EVS.

CTV OB needed a solution that would encompass tapeless field editing and archiving and be compatible with Apple Final Cut Pro. GearBox suggested the EVS XT[2] server for ingest and playout, the IPDirector suite for logging and associating metadata to clips, and the XF[2] for portable archiving and transfer capabilities.

The XT[2] is used to record HD 1080 50i material on-site and is then logged on the IPDirector. Selected clips are then transferred to the Final Cut Pro G-Speed XL 6TB fiber array using the XT[2]'s GigE connection or the XF[2]. The XT[2] natively supports the Apple ProRes422 HD codec, which makes all clips recorded on the XT[2] immediately available to the Final Cut Pro stations for editing.

When editing is complete, an editor exports the sequence to QuickTime, and it is automatically transferred to a selected XT[2] server for playback, even before the copy is complete.

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