Foundation plans films on Arafat with old footage

The Yasser Arafat Foundation has invested in Sony's HDXchange server as part of its efforts to store all video and audio material produced on Arafat.
The installation will help the foundation produce new films on Arafat from existing footage, stated Ishaq.
The installation will help the foundation produce new films on Arafat from existing footage, stated Ishaq.
Sony HDXchange server.
Sony HDXchange server.

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The Yasser Arafat Foundation, an organisation dedicated to the memory of Palestine’s late leader, has invested in Sony’s HDXchange server as part of its efforts to store all video and audio material produced on Arafat.

The US $200,000 installation, which also includes Final Cut Pro, five PCs, a nearline storage server and two ingest stations, will help the foundation gather all historical footage and produce documentaries and films on Arafat for future use.

“A lot of this material exists with the Palestinian Liberation Organisation, but in several different formats all the way from the U-matic tapes and DVCam to newer formats like the HDCam,” commented Firas Ishaq, managing director of Palestinian systems integrator and Sony distributor Star 2000.

“All of this will be brought together by the foundation and then, converted to one format. FCP is the most convenient for editing and is well supported by Sony’s HDXchange. The objective is to use some of the old footage and tell Yasser Arafat’s story through different documentaries and films.”

The installation will be completed at the Foundation later this month by Star 2000.

The SI has also secured several other projects in Palestine recently including a project for Holy Land Radio Station in Ramallah, which was based on Sonifex equipment. Palestinian news agency Ramattan, which has several offices across the Mdidle East, also invested in four DXC-D55WSPH cameras and HDV editing equipment, Ishaq said.

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