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Pebble Beach wins contract to automate phase III at ART

Pebble Beach Systems, automation software provider announced at NAB a significant expansion to the Neptune automation system at Arab Radio and Television Network (ART) in Jordan.

Located at Jordan’s Media City (JMC) in Amman, this installation is the final phase of the relocation of ART’s transmission and archive services originally based in Italy and other parts of the Middle East.

Phase III brings ART’s total number of broadcast channels to 28 from the new playout centre in JMC. An additional eight channels are used for creating commercial sequences and interstitials for insertion into pass through channels. ART’s playout facility is based on a Pebble Beach Neptune multichannel automation system, which will be expanded to 36 playlists. It will control several Leitch systems, including: a router, two NEXIO servers (one used as a production server and the other used as a transmission server); and logomotion logo inserters. The automation system also controls Sony’s Flexicarts, Aston’s CGs and Screen Subtitling’s subtitlers. The system also features an MPEG-1 browsing solution based on a IPV SpectreView technology for automatic creation of low-resolution copies of media and for proxy editing.

At ART, Pebble Beach also controls an eight-drive Sony PetaSite S Series data tape library with more than 3000 tapes and two stand-alone Sony S-AIT tape drives used as back up. The software provides tools for archiving material that has been ingested into the production server. This is copied later to the transmission server in time for playout. Leitch Technology is the prime contractor for this project.

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