Thursday, May 23, 2024

EVS Powers Video Referee for Gravity Media Down Under

EVS, the provider of live video technology for broadcast and new media productions, has announced that OB production company, Gravity Media, has adopted its Xeebra multi-camera review system as the core technology for the company’s new integrated video adjudication and communications solution. Its new Gravity Review System (GRS) harnesses Xeebra to provide clients with precision live video judicial replay and integrated communications as a full-service OB package. The Australian market will be the first region to benefit from this new service.

According to EVS, Xeebra is fast becoming the industry’s standard in video officiation, Television Match Official (TMO) and Video Assistant Referee (VAR) for live sports as it provides officials with everything they need to simply review evidence in real-time and make the right call – quickly and efficiently.

Xeebra is easily integrated into any live production workflow or environment, making it suitable for a broad range of sports and events. Fully networked and scalable, it can be deployed on-board an OB unit or set-up onsite with fibre connection in a convenient compact flight-case configuration. Supporting Full HD 1080p and super slow-motion, the system allows Gravity Media to be highly responsive to clients’ production requirements.

Xeebra provides a simple interface with “pinch and zoom” capabilities that enable users to review and share multiple synchronised camera feeds with each other. They can easily zoom in from many camera angles and dynamically search for incidents or rule infringements. The Xeebra system records the action continuously so nothing is missed. This means that even if multiple incidents occur simultaneously, they are recorded and cued, ready for review and speedy penalty decisions.

“The job of referees and sports officials is a difficult one and their performance is often under as much scrutiny as the players on the field,” said Ben Madgwick – Director Media Services & Facilites, Gravity Media. “Using our GRS, there’s less scope for error and debate over crucial decisions which has a huge impact on the flow of a game and the quality of the production.”

The Xeebra-based GRS made its debut earlier this year at a major motor racing fixture in New South Wales, giving officials real-time coverage of the race from all angles to resolve controversial incidents and ensure drivers adhered to strict driving behaviour. The platform has continued to successfully earn its stripes in other fields of play, providing efficient TMO and Head Injury Assessment (HIA) for Australian Rugby Union’s Super Rugby, Trans Tasman, and international fixtures.

Madgwick concludes: “With Xeebra at the heart of our GRS offering, we’re empowering officials to make the right call, keep sports safe and ultimately deliver a premium audience experience for our broadcast clients. As with all EVS solutions, it’s reliable, easy to deploy – just set and forget it – and vitally it’s operator-friendly. That’s why EVS continues to be our go-to technology partner for the fast-paced demands of live production.”

“We’re delighted to support Gravity Media as it extends its offering to the thriving Australian live sports market,” says Dylan Cameron, Operations Manager Australia at EVS.” The power of the Xeebra platform is its adaptability to deliver in any live sports production and this makes it an ideal fit for Gravity Media as it grows its client base in this region and beyond.”


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