Dubai Media Inc. recently awarded a US $7 million project to Qatar-headquartered systems integrator Salam Media Cast to undertake the deployment of a news production facility at Syrian TV. The news facility, which primarily includes two studios, a newsroom system, non-linear editing suites, a graphics system, video servers and a data tape archive solution, is scheduled to be commissioned later this month.
Both studios are equipped with six Sony BVP E30 standard definition cameras although wired for eight, Sony vision mixers, Sony VTRs, Evertz mulitviewers, Miranda graphics equipment as well as solutions from Harris and Tektronix.
The bigger studio will be used for news production while the smaller news exchange studio is meant to act as a standby, stated Niaz Siddiqui, operations manager and consultant for Salam Media Cast.
“The whole studio is designed to operate in a standard definition environment. We stuck to this format not just for budget reasons but also because, it is still the format in which most regional broadcasters are operating today,” Siddiqui added.
The workflow at the facility including ingest, playback and newsroom system will be controlled by VSN.
The news centre will be connected to Syrian TV’s main centre via microwave link and fibre optics.
Sami El Shafai, executive director, Salam Media Cast claims the systems integrator always seeks to provide state-of-the-art solutions as per industry standard and clients’ requirements.
“Our objective has always been to provide our clients with flexible and upgradeable solutions that are state-of-the-art but also cost effective. We couple this with our in-house competence in terms of providing the most appropriate design, workflow, engineering, training and after sales support,” he said