EVS Epsio 4K Zooming Technology a Winner
TV producers are focussing in on big plays and key moments in live sports event coverage thanks to the added resolution and capabilities of 4K zooming technology and video production equipment.
Video operators can create dynamic replays at high frame rates, they can freeze key moments on screen with no blur or jitter, and they can zoom into critical plays with an incredibly high level of detail and deliver it all to the viewer as it happens.
Epsio Zoom works with all formats and content types, and creates high detail zooms from UHD-4K cameras or existing HD SuperMotion content.
(We have all seen the technique used in a live sportscast – the picture “zooms in” or “enlarges” a defined area of the overall picture: the tiny gap under a goalie’s skate looms large as the puck slides through; a receiver’s outstretched hand dominates the screen as he snares a tossed football at the goal-line; the split-second between when a runner’s foot touches first base and when the first baseman gets his toe on the bag is turned into a definitive freeze frame.)
The technique is clearly a winner on-screen, and soon it will be a winner on stage, too, with word that one of the leading manufacturers of live video technology for broadcast and digital media productions has earned an Emmy for its 4K zooming platform.
EVS will receive its Emmy Award for Technology and Engineering from The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) during a ceremony at the Consumers Electronics Show in January. The award recognizes EVS’ terrific work in 4K replay technology and its Epsio Zoom solution.
Epsio Zoom lets TV production crew members zoom into a particular section of a picture from one of multiple cameras at a live event, and to prepare and deliver amazing clips for playback during live events. That’s whether the cameras are delivering full UHD-4K or existing HD SuperMotion content.
Epsio 4K zooming technology platform controls include integrated virtual camera zoom and keyframing, accessed through touchscreen interface. Replay operator can specify and define the high-resolution image to be reframed, using standard LSM controls to cue the clip and play back with its integrated zooms. The newly created HD window and all associated movement are saved as metadata with the clip for later recall.
“We’re living in a time of realism and intensity,” said Laurent Petit, VP, Product at EVS. “Tools like Epsio Zoom are critical to making the viewing experience—whether from a stadium seat or living room sofa— as exciting as possible. We’re extremely proud that we’ve been honored with an Emmy Award for this innovation.”
Epsio 4K zooming technology systems are used by sportscasters covering National Football League’s new venues in the U.S., for example, and FOX Sports used the solution for its 4K coverage of several key holes of the U.S. Open golf championship. The system was also in use during this year’s Super Bowl TV coverage produced by CBS.
Epsio Zoom is part of a suite of production tools from EVS that are used to add effects, telestration and graphical overlays to video in its XT3 production server platform.
Recipients of the 68th Annual Technology and Engineering Awards will be honored on January 7, 2017, at a ceremony held at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES).