Vans loaded to the brim, engineers packed and ready, and Origin is off to Glastonbury 2022!
With our Senior Solutions Architect James Fishwick returning for his 4th year and one of our newest, but experienced engineers Chris Frankland joining him, they headed off to Worthy Farm for the post-covid return of this highly anticipated Festival.
Working directly with our friends at the BBC, our role was to deliver the whole Avid and EVS ecosystem for the BBC’s multiple hours of live coverage, highlights packages and iPlayer content as well as provide extensive onsite support, expertise and ingest management.
Consisting of multiple Avid Symphony systems and ingest stations, we supplied the editorial team with the latest HP Z8 workstations making them more than capable of ingesting/transcoding, cutting and exporting the various flavours of footage, and for the team working in the field (quite literally… a field) they were delighted.
With the edits setup, these were connected back to our server van via 10GbE Fibre, where we hosted 120TB of the latest Avid NEXIS storage alongside our Avid Interplay servers - configured for frame chase editing capabilities. An Avid Transfer Manager was also included to allow background transfers of completed sequences back to the TX OB trucks EVS system, so the editors could quickly continue.
In addition, we supplied, configured, and supported a sizable number of EVS XT-VIAs and EVS XHUB3 for the OB Trucks. Our EVS server rack hosted multiple XTAccess servers and one of our EVS PMZ virtual host servers, running 3x IPDirectors virtually in an environmentally friendly reduced footprint of just 1RU.
With a main feeds and an Isolated camera for each stage, we managed the capture and archive of all the acts onto our 8bay Synology NAS stations as backup and integrating into the on-site logging feeds with the API running on one of our virtual IPDirectors, we were supplied with live time-of-day logging from each stage. Allowing us to know which stages were starting late, or running over their allotted time.
With the buzz of the BBC’s trial of UHD on the Pyramid Stage we were on-site and on-hand to supply our knowledge and expertise in its capture and ingest.
With everything going to plan and a great team in place, James and Chris even found time to enjoy the 70’s psychedelic rock vibes of Khruangbin on The Park stage and Wolf Alice’s Friday set! With a quick turnaround on the de-rig both were back at base on Monday morning ready for some well-earned rest.
A big thank you to the BBC and all involved.