Al Jazeera opts for Pinnacle solution

Al Jazeera has ordered additional live production tools to support its new documentary channel which is scheduled for launch in early 2004. The decision is part of a strategy to standardise all character generators and clip servers across the organisation to Pinnacle Systems Dekos and Thunders respectively.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  October 2, 2003

Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera has ordered additional live production tools to support its new documentary channel which is scheduled for launch in early 2004. The decision is part of a strategy to standardise all character generators and clip servers across the organisation to Pinnacle Systems Dekos and Thunders respectively.

The new order consists of four Deko 1000 character generators, one Thunder XL clip server, and one FXDeko II character generator - integrated with DekoObjex, an option which allows broadcasters to deliver multiple simultaneous information graphics to air using a single character generator; and ClipDeko, an integrated video clip player/recorder.

The installation complements the existing DekoCast, FXDekoII, and Deko2200s that are already in use at Al-Jazeera. "We have been using Pinnacle Systems' equipment for a couple of years and have been impressed by the open architecture that the products offer," says Hussein Jaafar of Al Jazeera Television. "Previous investments in Deko and Thunder solutions have allowed us to create uniformity in broadcast graphics across our programming," he adds.

The whole installation is backed by a Thunder XL, Pinnacle Systems' next generation integrated clip and still server platform, which combines the capabilities of a still store, clip store, mixer and DVE in a powerful application environment.

"As stations like Al-Jazeera gain an increasing foothold on the world stage, Pinnacle recognises how such broadcasters need to put in place an infrastructure that will allow them to compete with major global players," says Said Bacho, managing director, Pinnacle Systems Middle East.

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