Al Jazeera Sports adds new server-based ingest, post, transmission facility
March 18, 2010
Al Jazeera Sport in Doha, Qatar, has added 11 systems from the playout range of Eyeheight’s modular presentation control equipment as part of a new server-based ingest, post-production and transmission facility.
Installed by Dubai-based Qvest Media with its German sister company Wellen+Noethen, the project was completed in four months.
The HD-SDI playout systems installed at Al Jazeera Sport include Eyeheight's MW-3EM A/B mixer, which provides the ability to perform mix, wipe and cut transitions as well as U and V fades. The MW-3EM also has a preview output. A DK-3M linear downstream keyer handles background, key and fill inputs and supports normal keying, additive (premultiplied) keying, self key and self-colored keying. The system also incorporates an AP-10 manual intervention panel, which enables engineering staff to choose the level of intervention required for specific channels.
Each of the 11 playout switchers is fitted with an AM-2E audio mixer that allows two digital audio sources to be mixed with embedded audio. The AM-2E is designed primarily for voice-over insertion into an SDI stream. All 11 playouts have an FP-10 module that provides overall system control.
Al Jazeera's engineering management team chose the system, which includes DVS and Avid servers handling both HD and SD, after seeing a similar implementation by Wellen+Noethen being used for live broadcast coverage of EUFA EURO 2008. Qvest Media has contracted to provide permanent post-installation support.
See Eyeheight at NAB Show Booth N4019.