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EVS announced the release of the latest version of its video refereeing system Xeebra 2.0. This new version, that was presented at the 2018 NAB Show, provides users with new features including AI-driven field calibration, audio support for exports and IFAB protocol support for VAR usage.

Xeebra 2.0 relies on a new technology platform that EVS will introduce at the 2018 NAB Show. This new modular platform is built on a suite of microservices that will sit at the core of all EVS products, and which will offer new AI engines based on machine learning.

The machine learning technology implemented into Xeebra 2.0 automatically calibrates the field of play – something that’s time-consuming and subject to error if not done carefully. The AI-driven calibration in Xeebra 2.0 doesn’t require any pre-game setup or the deployment of additional sensors or cameras. It uses only the images from the live broadcast camera feeds. As a result, operators don’t need to hassle with the calibration process and can feel confident that the graphics that they overlay on the field is done with the highest level of precision.

Additionally, Xeebra 2.0 offers ingest and export of game audio as well as customizable buttons on its dedicated BEPlay controller. Built on EVS’ industry-leading replay technology, Xeebra allow sports officials, and on-air analysts to replay any number of live camera angles for review.

Users can swiftly select preferred angles that remain entirely in-sync on the system’s intuitive touchscreen and zoom into the images with a simple touch-and-pinch gesture. Xeebra’s client/server architecture also implies that it can be deployed wherever it needs to be, whether on the sidelines, in a venue production control room or a remote officiating facility.

EVS is accredited as an official technical partner of FIBA, the international governing body for basketball. Xeebra is also widely deployed by leagues, federations and facilities providers all over the world. MEDIAPRO uses Xeebra as a VAR system for top soccer leagues on both sides of the Atlantic, including the Primeira Liga in Portugal and the Liga MX in Mexico (for more information about VAR deployment, read our white paper). Xeebra is also used by the British Horseracing Association and just recently by NEP Ireland for the NatWest 6 Nations’ rugby championship.

Vizrt brings a new tool to the broadcast studio with Viz Libero AR. Just in time for the World Cup, Viz Libero AR combines the analysis power of Viz Libero with augmented reality (AR) graphics, creating a new way for sports presenters to tell the story of the action on the field and engage sports fans.

As the judges of the IABM BaM awards noted, Viz Libero AR is “Adding real excitement to studio coverage and tapping into the trend for AR to allow fans and presenters to analyse the plays and get closer to the action. This will add the wow factor to sports coverage. Great looking graphics and integration. Opens up new possibilities for production and storytelling styles; impact is directly visible to the audience.”

“Viz Libero AR brings the pitch into the studio, giving the fans the experience of analyzing the most important plays with the experts,” says Remo Ziegler, Vizrt’s VP Product Management Sports. “The seamless transition between Viz Libero AR and Viz Libero analysis clips lets the viewers sit in the first row at all times, be it in the studio or on the pitch.”

Viz Libero combines realistic 3D replays and virtual graphics from any sport to provide deeper, multi-angle analysis of key plays and moments within the game. A photorealistic 3D view based on the original game footage enriched with analysis graphics are placed as AR elements in front of the sports presenter in the studio. Studio cameras control the angle of the field tying together the studio and the analysis. The sports presenter can interactively control the action using an iPad or touchscreen.

Remo Ziegler added, “Vizrt’s focus is to expand broadcasters’ sports storytelling capabilities with tools that inform and engage audiences. Viz Libero AR adds a new “wow” effect that viewers will remember from the Football World Cup or any other sports event beyond.”

EVS is partnering with technology providers has introduced the Unified Stadium offering which it demonstrated at the 2018 NAB Show. Unified Stadium gives sports teams and venue operators the ability to produce enriched video content and control its delivery to multiple screens on gameday. When done so in a straight-forward and effective way, venues can create the most engaging in-venue experiences for fans.

Unified Stadium is comprised of multiple integrations between EVS’ industry-leading live production tools and several technology providers, including ChyronHego and Trans-Lux. Alongside integrations with EVS’ renowned replay and content management solutions such as its XT servers, LSM remote controls and IPDirector PAM, Unified Stadium’s centrepiece is the DYVI switcher, which is used by multiple sports venues across the United States, including at AT&T Park for the San Francisco Giants MLB team and at Prudential Center for the New Jersey Devils NHL team who both cite the switcher’s flexibility as one of its most important benefits.

“Delivering an entertaining experience inside sports venues has never been more important. The onus is on teams and leagues to engage audiences to maintain live attendance at a time when the quality of at-home broadcast experiences is so high,” said Benoit Quirynen, Chief Market Officer at EVS. “By deploying the latest live production technology, venues can create experiences that capitalise on the use of enriched video content to add to the atmosphere of live sports or cultural events.”

With a new integration of Panasonic cameras, TVU Networks, the global technology and innovation leader in live IP video solutions, and Panasonic further their technology collaboration with the introduction of two new video solutions. With these new product integrations, TVU welcomes Panasonic to the TVU ecosystem and TVU Grid featuring IP video switching, routing and distribution.

“Panasonic has always been a leader in video acquisition, and we’re thrilled to showcase its P2 cameras working seamlessly with our IP-based management and distribution technology at NAB this year,” said Paul Shen, CEO, TVU Networks.

“It’s a prime example of creating an easier workflow for our customers, and we’re eager for them to see how easy and powerful the Panasonic/TVU combination is for them. No matter their location, they can acquire and transmit live, low-latency, HD video over IP, and distribute the video with TVU Grid to multiple outlets. In addition, the integration provides an entry into the TVU Grid ecosystem and a part of the largest global video distribution network with over 2500 broadcast stations.”

The Panasonic AJ-PX270 is a handheld HD camcorder that combines the high quality and efficiency of low bit rate AVC-ULTRA recording and the flexibility of a 3G/4G/LTE wireless mobility. The integration between Panasonic AJ-PX270 P2 cameras and TVU Transceivers enables streaming from a P2 camera directly to a TVU Transceiver via cellular, WiFi or ethernet connection.

“We’re excited to expand our collaboration with TVU Networks to further accelerate remote production workflows and increase quality and efficiency,” explained Delix Joseph T. Alex, product manager, of PTZ Camera & IP Networking Systems at Panasonic. “The new integrations allow for centralization of AVC-ULTRA P2 cameras along-side AW Series PTZ cameras for a very elegant and scalable network video production system, all configurable from anywhere in the world connected to the internet.”

Each Panasonic camera has a unique network ID that communicates to the TVU Transceiver or TVU Command Center, a cloud-based management and control system.

The camera provides an IP video stream, thumbnail and status to the Transceiver or Command Center. In addition, a live stream from the Panasonic P2 camera can be triggered, monitored and managed on the TVU Transceiver or TVU Command Center interface. Received P2 streams can then be distributed to other locations via TVU Grid. Grid is a scalable IP-based video switching, routing and distribution solution that enables broadcasters to acquire live video from different sources for distribution to other Grid-enabled locations. It is also possible to utilize P2 camera sources with the suite of functions available on the TVU Transceiver or the TVU Cloud service including IP streaming output (direct to Facebook Live, Periscope and other social media services), TVU Producer Pro, TVU Booking Service and more.

In a separate integration between the two companies, Panasonic’s pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) cameras such as the AW-HE130 can also be paired with TVU Vista, a routing device which provides for the streaming, management and control of IP-based PTZ cameras from remote locations. Ideal for fixed camera deployment such as traffic cameras and beauty shot cameras, Vista aggregates multiple IP connections simultaneously for high bandwidth such as cellular, WiFi, Ethernet, satellite and other IP connections. It also uses TVU’s patented Inverse Statmux + (IS+) technology for stable and resilient transmission over the public Internet.

TVU Vista allows the Panasonic PTZ camera to stream directly from the field back to the studio for decoding and processing using a TVU Transceiver. Once received at the TVU Transceiver, the PTZ camera stream can be distributed via TVU Grid to other locations or streamed to the web using the camera’s IP streaming output or used as a source for Cloud production or Social Media using TVU Producer Pro. Remote camera control for pan, tilt and zoom can easily be done back in the studio using the camera’s own control interface.