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E! Employs Abekas Mira Production Servers On-Set and On-Air

April 24, 2014

E! News and other live shows at E! Network relies on a multi-channel Mira Production for on-set displays and VKA transitions.

E! News and other live shows at E! Network relies on a multi-channel Mira Production for on-set displays and VKA transitions.

E! Entertainment Television, a network of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, has
installed 20 channel of Mira Production video server at their headquarters in Los Angeles, California. Comprising two eight-channel and one four-channel Mira Server, this comprehensive configuration delivers on-set display video loops and animated transitions to E! programs like E! News, Fashion Police, Live from E! and other live shows and events.

One of the key selection criteria, according to Brian Quacquarini, Director of Studio & Live Event Operations at E!, was the interface to their GVG Kayenne switcher. After testing the interface, using AMP protocol over Ethernet, they discovered that events on Mira could be triggered and replayed in under 10 frames, the fastest response time they had experienced.
“We were looking for a product that could do everything our existing system could do but at a much lower cost,” explains Quacquarini, “Mira is just an amazing product at its price point. The support we received from Abekas to optimize the switcher interface was outstanding. We could not be happier. I recommend Mira to anyone who will listen!”

Mira offers a very flexible and comprehensive file import utility which accepts any QuickTime file with a published codec.  Mira’s ability to handle key/fill graphics as a single asset, combined with the file import utility, makes it a very powerful multi-channel video server for live production applications.

“The number of channels of Mira and the daily use of the system is a testament to the faith that E! has in Mira,” says Junaid Sheikh, CEO of Abekas. “It’s gratifying to hear praise from our customers for our product and technical support and the knowledge that our products perform so flawlessly.”