The video servers of the Liège company EVS play in the Major League in the United States – Companies

A stone’s throw from New York, the Walloon Minister for Foreign Trade Willy Borsus visited on Tuesday, as part of the economic mission to the United States, the studios of MLB Network, in the State of New Jersey, in the company of the management of the Liège company EVS.

The Belgian specialist and world leader in live video production technologies provides the American private channel with the technical equipment needed to capture and reproduce the smallest details of American baseball and hockey matches.

Every day – and especially on Friday nights when baseball is busy – EVS servers, recording and replay systems are used to produce images distributed across the United States from the studios of the MLB center. To ensure the show on the miniature baseball field or a multifunction set with flashy screens, technicians from the chain work behind the scenes. They are up to a dozen to scan their screens on big nights.

With the current system, a single person can do what mobilized an entire team 25 years ago“, from the time of VHS tapes, enthuses one of them. Jumping from one image to another, he reconstructs “a story” by capturing here the pout of a disappointed trainer, there the enthusiasm of a stadium thanks to slow motion, zooms and wide angles. “Very few competitors in live production match our level of speed and image accuracy”boasts Quentin Grutman, customer manager at EVS.

Founded in 1994 in Liège, where it has its head office, the small business grew fast and strong. In 1998, it took a double hit and went public while opening its first office in the United States., after taking his first steps in the land of Uncle Sam during the Atlanta Olympics two years earlier. Today, the server specialist for recording sports images employs 34 people across the Atlantic (out of more than 600 worldwide) in its offices in Fairfield on the east coast and Burbank in California.

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In addition to MLB Network, EVS counts Fox Sports, NBC and the American football channel NFL Network among its more than 450 American customers.

What do they like? The tool, which handles its own operating system, is “reliable, solid”replies Steven Rittenberg, engineering manager at MLB Network. “In almost 10 years of career, I have never seen him crash”, adds an American technician. “It’s simple, it works,” concludes Mr. Rittenberg.

And rather well, given the turnover of 137.6 million euros generated last yearafter a year 2020 gloomy at 88.1 million euros due to the coronavirus.

The Belgian specialist and world leader in live video production technologies provides the American private channel with the technical equipment necessary to capture and reproduce the smallest details of American baseball and hockey matches. baseball -, EVS’ servers, recording and replay systems are used to produce images distributed across the United States from studios in the MLB Center. To ensure the show on the miniature baseball field or a multifunction set with flashy screens, technicians from the chain work behind the scenes. They are up to a dozen to scan their screens on big nights. “With the current system, a single person can do what mobilized a whole team 25 years ago”, at the time of VHS tapes, enthuses one of them. Jumping from one image to another, he reconstructs “a story” by capturing here the pout of a disappointed coach, there the enthusiasm of a stadium thanks to slow motion, zooms and wide angles. “Very few competitors in live production match our level of speed and image accuracy,” boasts Quentin Grutman, Client Manager at EVS. Founded in 1994 in Liège, where it has its head office, the small company has grown fast and strong. In 1998, it took a double hit and went public while opening its first office in the United States, after taking its first steps in the country of Uncle Sam during the Atlanta Olympic Games two years earlier. Today, the server specialist for recording sports images employs 34 people across the Atlantic (out of more than 600 worldwide) in its offices in Fairfield on the east coast and Burbank in California. Besides MLB Network , EVS counts Fox Sports, NBC and the American football channel NFL Network among its more than 450 American customers. What do they like? The tool, which handles its own operating system, is “reliable, solid”, replies Steven Rittenberg, engineering manager at MLB Network. “In almost 10 years of career, I have never seen it crash,” adds an American technician. “It’s simple, it works,” concludes Mr. Rittenberg. And rather well, given the turnover of 137.6 million euros generated last year, after a gloomy 2020 year at 88.1 million euros due to the coronavirus.

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