EVS Eyes College/Mid-Level Market With XTnano Server
By: Ken Kerschbaumer, Editorial Director
Thursday, March 25, 2010 - 9:04 am

Next month, EVS will introduce XTnano, a cost-effective SD/HD replay server, marking a new opportunity for venue video and live remote production facilities, including college and university video departments, that have long admired the EVS system but have faced budgetary constraints.

The four-channel replay server will be available in two configurations: SD and HD/SD, the latter priced at $105,000, according to Marketing and Communications Director Nicolas Bourdon. Channels can be configured as three in/one out or two in/two out in the 4RU chassis. “Most productions will use it in the two-in/two-out configuration,” he says.

In terms of codec support, DVCPRO is the flavor of choice. “Right now,” he says, “it’s limited to DVCPRO HD and DVCPRO 50 because those are very open codecs and the quality is more than acceptable for the market XTnano is designed for.”

The new server offers advanced security features, such as RAID technology and redundant power supplies to guarantee no operational failures. One compromise versus the higher-end EVS server is a lack of Serial Data Transport Interface (SDTI) for file transfer. Instead, the system relies on Gigabit Ethernet.

“Without SDTI, you can’t have a fully scalable approach,” says Bourdon. XTnano servers will be able to be networked with other EVS and third-party servers via Gigabit Ethernet connections. They will also be able to simultaneously play and transfer content to other EVS servers, including the XT[2]+ and XS production servers.

That capability could also see the XTnano finding a role in larger production facilities that need additional replay capabilities but don’t want to add more XT[2]+ and XS production servers. With its dual gigabit Ethernet networking capabilities and the new EVS XTract application, the XTnano replay system allows faster than real time file transfers to removable media and the most popular post-production tools. It is also possible to simultaneously play and transfer content to other EVS servers,  including the XT[2]+, XS as well as Xtnano production servers. Other features include built-in multiviewer (quad split) and super motion mode for compatibility with super-motion cameras (up to three-times frame rates). Also expect audio/video dissolve transition effects.

Along with the new server comes a new replay controller. The Nano Remote is a compact and robust control panel with a jog knob that provides unmatched frame accuracy, a T-bar, and an LCD display with RS422 connection to the mainframe.

“It’s not the LSM controller,” says Bourdon, “but it has the same basic functionality with the jog wheel and T-bar for managing clips and metadata.”

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