Courtyard gets huge contract from Saudi MOI

Saudi's Ministry of Information has purchased a range of equipment from Courtyard Electronics including 11 Sheriff serial legalisers, seven SoftClock NLE countdown clocks and a LogoDog on-air logo generator and text inserter. The deal is the biggest single order to date for this product.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  December 16, 2003

Saudi's Ministry of Information has purchased a range of equipment from Courtyard Electronics including 11 Sheriff serial legalisers, seven SoftClock NLE countdown clocks and a LogoDog on-air logo generator and text inserter. The deal represents the biggest single order to date for this product.

"We are delighted with the Saudi order. It reflects the very good acceptance that Sheriff has had throughout the European broadcast market where we are receiving many follow-on orders," says Steve Cranny, Courtyard's sales director comments. "We are also experiencing a growing interest in SoftClock which extends our industry-standard countdown clocks into the burgeoning area of non-linear editing."

Sheriff is used to check video and corrects any signals that produce illegal colours and break the Gamut Law. It is supplied with SDI inputs and outputs to allow perfect signal transparency. Sheriff can operate as a technical gatekeeper and then offer invisible correction. It detects and shows exactly which parts of the picture are illegal and logs any out-of-gamut errors, or illegal colours, that are produced by certain combinations of the components in SDI signals. The errors are displayed as distinct colours overlaid on the preview output with their hue indicating the degree of error. When corrections are needed, the techniques applied alter the signal values in such a way that there is no obvious or visible trace of the correction. The lack of hue shifts, or other artefacts produced during correction is a major feature of the product.

SoftClock for NLE is a fully customisable countdown/leader clock that provides ample space for ID information and logos while the LogoDog logo generator enables the insertion of logos and text from small 'bug' styles to full screen versions.

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