Liège, Belgium – March 28, 2018 – EVS, the leading provider of live video production technology today announces the release of the latest version of its video refereeing system Xeebra 2.0. This new version, which will be presented at the 2018 NAB Show, provides users with new features including AI-driven field calibration, audio support for exports and IFAB protocol support for VAR usage.
Xeebra 2.0 relies on a new technology platform that EVS will introduce at the 2018 NAB Show. This new modular platform is built on a suite of microservices that will sit at the core of all EVS products, and which will offer new AI engines based on machine learning.
The machine learning technology implemented into Xeebra 2.0 automatically calibrates the field of play – something that’s time-consuming and subject to error if not done carefully. The AI-driven calibration in Xeebra 2.0 doesn’t require any pre-game setup or the deployment of additional sensors or cameras. It uses only the images from the live broadcast camera feeds. As a result, operators don’t need to hassle with the calibration process and can feel confident that the graphics that they overlay on the field is done with the highest level of precision.
Additionally, Xeebra 2.0 offers ingest and export of game audio as well as customizable buttons on its dedicated BEPlay controller.
Built on EVS’ industry-leading replay technology, Xeebra allow sports officials, and on-air analysts to replay any number of live camera angles for review.
Users can swiftly select preferred angles that remain entirely in-sync on the system’s intuitive touchscreen and zoom into the images with a simple touch-and-pinch gesture. Xeebra’s client/server architecture also implies that it can be deployed wherever it needs to be, whether on the sidelines, in a venue production control room or a remote officiating facility.
EVS is accredited as an official technical partner of FIBA, the international governing body for basketball. Xeebra is also widely deployed by leagues, federations and facilities providers all over the world. MEDIAPRO uses Xeebra as a VAR system for top soccer leagues on both sides of the Atlantic, including the Primeira Liga in Portugal and the Liga MX in Mexico (for more information about VAR deployment, read our white paper). Xeebra is also used by the British Horseracing Association and just recently by NEP Ireland for the NatWest 6 Nations’ rugby championship.