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Live from the Tokyo Olympics: Russia’s Channel One Embraces EVS-IPD-VIA

  • August 02, 2021

Channel One Russia is delivering 12 hours of live sports content to viewers back home and their production philosophy is unique this year: a production gallery that is integrating commercials and other elements here in Tokyo and then sending a complete show back home. It is also the first Olympic broadcaster to use EVS IPD-VIA

Olivier Dwelshauvers is overseeing EVS operations for Russia’s Channel One, including the Olympic debut of the EVS IPD-VIA.

EVS IPD-VIA is an asset management system that uses web-based HTML-5 applications and virtualized machines to allow the Channel One team to collaborate and produce from any device anywhere.

“They have four NLE stations, three off-tube studios, graphics, and then ingest, contribution, and playout,” says Olivier Dwelshauvers, EVS Channel One senior project manager. “IP Director is being used for playout while IPD-VIA controls ingest.”

Two EVS PAM suites are in use with IPD-VIA, providing the applications needed for live media content browsing, control, edit and playout.

“The editors edit in low resolution and then an EVS plug in renders in high resolution and gives the team here access or they can send it to Moscow for contribution to news or sports.”

It also gives them access to the OBS Content+ and Dwelshauvers says they have 20 record channels for recording the live paths, but they can also dive into Content+ for action they might have missed.

“They can send what they want to their own system,” says Dwelshauvers.

While many broadcasters in Tokyo pivoted their plans from last year Channel One remained steady. The EVS IPD-VIA would have been part of their plans if the Games were held in 2020 and having the production control room on site allows for the team at home to remain focused on news and sports occurring back in Russia.

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