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NHK’s subsidiaries install XT-VIA servers in new 4K/UHD OB truck

 The new 4K-OB1 mobile production truck will be deployed to produce multiple sports and entertainment programmes in 4K/Ultra HD (UHD)

NHK Media Technology (MT) and NHK Global Media Services (GMS), subsidiaries of Japanese public broadcaster NHK, have integrated EVS’ XT-VIA live production servers within the 4K-OB1 mobile production truck for live 4K/Ultra HD (UHD) productions.

Koji Mochizuki, manager at MT, explained: “As we prepare to launch our new higher resolution content, we need a mobile production facility that features the latest, state-of-the-art technology. This truck enables us to create the highest-quality content as efficiently as we can.”

The XT-VIA has been labelled by EVS as “the most significant update” to its XT range of servers yet. The live production switcher is packed with six channels of 4K/UHD I/O and 12 channels of HD. Furthermore, it supports live high dynamic range (HDR) operations, and can be employed in 12G SDI and IP environments.

The servers have been integrated alongside three XFile3 archive and transfer engines as the truck is deployed to produce multiple sports and entertainment programming in 4K/UHD resolution. This project is assigned to Photron, a media technology provider and a local sales partner of EVS.

Speaking about the deal, Goh Miyazawa, general manager of Photron, said: “EVS’ latest live production technology is built with multiple resolutions and operating environments in mind. When MT approached us about integrating this new truck, we knew EVS’ XT-VIA servers would be the perfect solution to sit at the heart of its production workflow.”

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