Yemen Radio and TV Corp. has invested in four Sony XDCAM HD 422 ENG cameras as part of the broadcaster’s first steps towards migrating to a tapeless, HD format. The US$600,000 deal was secured by the manufacturer’s Yemeni distributor and systems integrator, Al Haidary Trading.
The new XDCAMs will replace the broadcaster’s digital betacams.
Al Haidary’s marketing manager Walid Al Haidary stated that the XDCAM investment would act as a precursor to migrating to a completely tapeless environment at Yemen TV.
“Yemen TV has always had a tape-based environment. This is ideal to help them make the transition to a file-based workflow,” commented Al Haidary.
“Besides giving its editors the opportunity to undertake non-linear editing, this format will also help Yemen TV archive its footage in a format that has a much longer lifespan. Additionally, the XD and HD capabilities on the XDCAM will give Yemen TV the chance to slowly migrate to HD in the future,” he added.
Khaled Al Jamal, account manager at Sony Professional Solutions Middle East, Dubai claims that the format has generated a lot of interest in the Middle East.
“Yemen TV is the first broadcaster in the region to adopt the new system. However, there’s been a lot of interest across the Middle East for this format primarily because the workflow is a lot more efficient all the way from ingest to post,” added Al Jamal.
In the meantime, the Yemeni broadcaster also has several other key projects in the pipeline. Two channels — Al Iman, a religious channel, and Awsan — dedicated to broadcasting the activities of the government, will be launched later this year.
“Two new studios have been planned to help launch the new channels and we will be involved in these projects as well,” added Al Haidary.
In addition, the broadcaster also plans to build a full HD-ready news centre in the future.