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|Public: Euronext: EVS|
|Founder||Pierre L'hoest, Laurent Minguet|
|Revenue||131,400,000 € (2014)|
Number of employees
|486 (February 2013)|
EVS Broadcast Equipment SA is a Belgian company that manufactures live outside broadcast digital video production systems. Their XT-VIA production video servers enable the creation, editing, exchange and playout of audio and video feeds.
Tapeless television production
The programming of the television networks consists primarily of broadcasting prerecorded images which, until very recently, were stored on tapes. But linear editing (or editing on tape) is being replaced by digital media or non-linear editing. Today,[when?] digital technology on hard disk (non-linear, by definition) is the common alternative. Television stations began migrating to tapeless interoperable computer platforms beginning in the late 1990s. Video tape recorders are rarely used nowadays for live productions.
In 1998, EVS was listed for the first time on the stock exchange with an initial EUR 14.8 quotation per share (at comparable levels) and was valued at EUR 204 million. In that same year, EVS acquired VSE, a hardware subcontractor managed by Michel Counson. In that transaction, VSE received EVS shares for an approximate EUR 4.5 million value.
Since then, EVS has become a major broadcast actor focusing on digital recording technologies for live sport TV production. EVS core products are primarily used in outbroadcasting vans (OB vans) and allow high-quality respectively slow-motion image replay.
After establishing itself in outbroadcasting sport production, EVS started using their high value servers to address TV studio production with a full range of products from 2002. That strategic move contributed to a +40% uplift in 2012. Additionally, EVS founded XDC in 2004, a pioneer in high definition cinema broadcasting, which was restructured within the Dcinex Group. EVS sold its stake in Dcinex in 2014.
In 2001, Laurent Minguet stepped down from his position as a director. Three years later, he gave up his position.
From his side, Pierre L'hoest decided to leave his role as a CEO and director following the board of directors meeting held on September 15 of 2011. In a transitional period, EVS was managed by its board of directors. Later CEOs include Joop Janssen (2012–2014), Muriel De Lathouwer (2015–2018), and Serge Van Herck (2019–present).
On 5 January 2015, EVS announced that it has acquired the Scalable Video System GmbH (SVS) developing IT-based vision mixers and Dyvi Live SA (company based in Brussels and distributing the products of SVS under the name DYVI).
- Multicam (LSM): this is the controller software for the XT line of servers. Combined with its remote controller, it allows instant replays and slow-motion effects, widely used in sport broadcast.
- XS: this is the production server for studio environment.
- IPDirector : this is a software used to control the XT3 server offering several features as metadata management, rough cut editing and playlist management.
- Xedio: a modular application suite intended for broadcast professionals which handles the acquisition, production, media management and the playout of news. It includes a non-linear editing system, CleanEdit, which can work virtually.
- C-Cast: The tool delivers instant additional content to viewers on second screen media platforms.
- Epsio: The tool allows to insert graphics overlays in real-time or in instant replays.
- OpenCube family: MXF server that offers MXF file generation for streamlined tapeless workflows, XFReader (MXF reader) and XFConverter (MXF conversion).
4 additional development centers are found in:
- Toulouse (for OpenCube MXF products),
- Paris (for Epsio),
- Brussels (for MediArchive Director).
- Darmstadt (for Dyvi)
- "EVS Reports 2014 Results" (PDF). EVS (Press release). 19 February 2015.
- , Q1 2013. EVS.
- Extrait moniteur Belges 1994-03-16 / 049 EVS BROADCAST EQUIPEMENT Code 452.080.178
- La non décision de la Buba, L’Echo, 23 octobre1998.
- EVS se coupe en 5 pour l’actionnaire, La Libre, 25 février 2005
- Résultats 2012 d'EVS, LCI, 30 août 2012
- EVS Broadcast Equipment sells its stake in dcinex to Ymagis SA
- Une nouvelle ère s'ouvre pour EVS Lecho 01-10-2011 Belgium
- EVS Broadcast Equipment appoints Joop JANSSEN as CEO "Yahoo Finance"
- EVS Broadcast Equipment announces departure of Joop Janssen, Managing Director and CEO
- EVS Broadcast Equipment appoints Muriel De Lathouwer as Managing Director & CEO
- EVS BROADCAST EQUIPMENT ACQUIRES 100% OF SVS GmbH
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