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September 11, 2015

Ullevaal Media Center Covers Euro Qualifying Action with Mira Instant Replay Servers

September 11, 2015 Menlo Park, CA and IBC, Amsterdam—Stand 9.B06 Ullevaal Media Center announced today they have installed Abekas Mira Instant Replay servers to feed Ullevaal Media Center’s national broadcast partner, YouTube, the national football team’s Topfotball  website, and a 10m (33 foot) wide video screen in the studio.

The nature of simulcast games means the broadcast infrastructure needs flexibility. This is one of the primary reasons Ullevaal Media Center chose Abekas Mira Instant Replay servers—ultimately installing two separate eight-channel Mira servers, each with two Mira Control Surface panels which allows each server to be operated in dual-user mode. Each Mira server is configured with native AVC-Intra recording, and each Mira server stores up to 180 hours of recorded media content.

According to veteran EVS operator Mathias Kristiansen, who now operates the Mira servers and teaches other freelance operators how to run the system: “We needed a video server system that allows us to rapidly create highlights. We evaluated a number of replay servers before we settled on Mira—and chose it for its overall speed of operation, intuitive interface and expansive configuration flexibility.”

One of the key attractions to Mira was how easy it is to interface to other systems in the Ullevaal Media broadcast operations center. On-air presenters use a combination of Reality Check Systems RCS LaunchPad and Ericsson Piero during live highlight shows, in order to present game analysis.

Seamless integration between the Mira video servers and both the RCS LaunchPad and the Ericsson Piero is achieved with the Mira server native Ethernet control API. This tightly integrated control interface allows presenters to quickly and easily review earlier plays by triggering “clip load”, “clip play” and “clip stop” commands in the Mira servers from the on-set touch-screen interface during live productions.

“We are very happy to see Ullevaal Media putting Mira Instant Replay through its paces for these key live events and in-studio productions,” said Junaid Sheikh, CEO, Abekas. “It’s great to see such an experienced EVS operator expound the virtues of Mira and to become operationally proficient so quickly—it’s a testament to the intuitive operation that Mira Instant Replay delivers.”