A major part of Network Ten’s Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics coverage was supported by a cutting edge high-speed media workflow designed and installed by Videocraft.
Videocraft Sales Director James Taylor explained, “Videocraft built a complete end to end workflow for Network Ten that enabled them to record, log, edit and playout every frame of the Winter Olympics. Our engineering team, led by Nick MacLean, designed, built and tested the system back in our Melbourne HQ before it was deployed at Ten and then provided full onsite support throughout the entire games. We also added additional facilities to Ten’s Melbourne studios that included building a master control room and supplying additional cameras.”
The master control room ensured all incoming feeds from Sochi were correctly managed and had fully redundant signal paths. Part of the overall media solution also involved a large scale EVS solution.
Taylor continued, “We installed a very large EVS network to record thousands of hours of footage and also create low res proxies of all the frames. This enabled anyone from Ten to view, log and send the footage across to our Avid Media Composer system. The Media Composer was in turn linked to an Isis 7500 and Interplay Media Asset Management system allowing all the feeds from Russia to be seamlessly turned around for broadcast from Ten’s Melbourne studios.”
Videocraft’s end-to-end media solution also included EVS IP Director and IP Browse stations throughout the network enabling all of Ten’s Olympic team the opportunity to view and manage any footage from their desktop PCs.
Taylor added, “Ten came to us for a solution as they needed a system that would be powerful, flexible, reliable and efficient. Due to our long-standing relationship with the network we understood their requirements and high standards and hence suggested the EVS IP Director IP Browse solution. Critically we also included Australia’s first deployment of EVS’ new 10 gigabit capability that ensured no data bottlenecks and incredibly fast data transfers.”
The large scale EVS IP Browse solution was key to the efficiency of Videocraft’s system design according to Taylor who concluded, “It was a very intelligent system. The large scale deployment of IP Browse was unique in Australia and not only allowed anyone at Ten to view the footage, but also make edits and shot lists then send to the on-air guys for immediate broadcast. In effect we created a window into Ten’s Sochi media network. If an event happened at Sochi it would always be recorded and could be used in a variety of ways. Nothing ever needed to be deleted and with the massive storage capacity at hand and a totally tapeless environment, the system was just about as efficient as it could be.”