Pacers EVS System

  • October 18, 2012

One of the Pacers EVS Remote ControllersI spent yesterday and today learning how to operate the Pacers new EVS (pronounced, Elvis) system. I have been wanting to learn how to operate this system for a very long time.

For those of you that don’t know what I am talking about, EVS is a video server that allows broadcasters to record, control and playback synchronously multiple clips, or in other words, it creates the instant replays and slow-motion effects that you see on just about every sport broadcast on TV.

Pacers EVS System with 2 Remote ControllersI’ve heard it all about learning how to operate an EVS system.
It’s Hard!
It’s complicated!
It’s not easy to learn.

Well, now I know.
It’s not easy, but the basics aren’t hard to learn either.

It’s all that other stuff that goes along with it that I will have to learn in order to become a proficient operator. This controller can do an amazing amount work on any video that comes into the system.

Pacers EVS ClassSince the Pacers sent out invitations to all of their freelancers, my big worry was that the class would be so large, that nobody would be able to learn anything.

EVS is definitely a hands-on-system. OJT, as the army would say.

But the class size was manageable.

The first day was spent leaning the basics. How to start the system, some configurations, controller layout, mark ins/outs of clips and how to replay them.

The second day was more about how the overall system worked and how to run apps like the xFiles and the IPDirector.

Now all I have to do is pick up some Pacers game to use what I’ve learned.