From the Business Representative

In Perspective

At contract negotiations conducted March 14, 2012, at the offices of the AMPTP, the Local 695 Bargaining Committee presented the following as further substantiation of our members’ technical expertise and historically established contribution to the ongoing evolution of the audio and video electronic recording chain.


EVS systems incorporate file-based production tools for script-based production, live studio production, content control and delay, fast turnaround production, soap operas, talk shows, news production, sports production and more.

The EVS hardware and software controllers improve production speed and efficiency and reduce production cost. The primary functionality for multicamera recording of scripted production is to provide ingest and server-based recording operation and immediate transfer to post-production facilities, both on-site and off-site. In live and live-to-tape production,

EVS systems are used to give producers instant access to the timeline for editorial decision and multichannel playback.

The EVS system’s tapeless production technology incorporates an integrated suite of video management tools for a wide variety of production applications. Replacing four or more HD-SDI tape machines, the eight-channel SD/HD and six-channel 3D/1080p intelligent production servers are used to manage multiple audio and video sources for immediate assemble preview and playback or for delivery to post-production or media archives over high-speed server networks. It allows ingest control, metadata management, on-the-fly editing and playout scheduling managed from a single interface.

The responsibilities of the EVS operator include:

>>> Set up and monitor all local and remote server operations.

>>> Assign routing and maintain video and audio feeds in and out of the server.

>>> Enable continuous loop recording, which captures audio and video from all sources virtually all the time without interruption.

>>> Assign and configure video codecs and compression schemes for distribution to required output destinations.

>>> Monitor and control record and playback functions on the server.

>>> Replay, clip management, playlist management, locating, previewing, assembling and playback video/audio files from the server and routing to the appropriate destination.

>>> Control and monitor security features using RAID technology, redundant power supplies, and internal hot-swapped disk drives.

James A. Osburn, CAS
Business Representative
Executive Director