CNBC Arabiya installs Quartz solution

CNBC Arabiya has deployed a Quartz QMC master control solution for programme playout at its facility in Dubai Media City. The solution includes a single channel QMC switcher, a Q128 digital video router, a 64-port data router, and a SC-1000 system controller for playout.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  February 4, 2004

CNBC Arabiya has installed a Quartz QMC master control solution for programme playout at its facility in Dubai Media City. The solution includes a single channel QMC switcher, a Q128 digital video router, a 64-port data router, and a SC-1000 system controller for playout. The CNBC Arabiya QMC will handle channel playout from the DMC studio. Available in single and dual channel configurations, the Quartz QMC, provides comprehensive video and audio transitions under automated or manual control. Also available are up to four key layers, including an internal logo generator that allows the QMC to store and superimpose channel-branding images, two voice-overs, wipes, and a dual channel DVE. The QMC is housed in a 3RU chassis and allows for add-on modular features in case of channel expansion or complex presentation. Multi-channel installations are achieved by networking multiple QMC systems. "The Quartz QMC gives us highly flexible solution to presentation switching and with the combination of tight integration with our Quartz routers, and dynamic source allocation, we have the ability to take any source in the facility directly to air,” commented Aaron Shaw, CNBC Arabiya's Director of Operations and Engineering. “Also, with being a news channel we are continuously switching between automation and manual operation and the QMC FS gives us the traditional operator-friendly panel we need to make this a simple process," he added. CNBC Arabiya is one of the first 24-hour broadcasters to employ the Quartz QMC panel. Providing an extra row of utility buttons, a fader arm (T-bar) for transition control, rotary controls, and dynamic LCD buttons for quick and easy function assignments and access to the QMCs features, the panel is ideal for both automated and manual presentation. The broadcaster has also installed twenty Quartz CP-1000A intelligent control panels, each with a menu LCD structure for easy navigation through the router system and allowing selection from up to 256 sources with just two key strokes, as well as dual SC-1000 system controllers to handle management of the routers and also provide additional redundancy features. Quartz also recently provided a system for Ten Sports, South East Asia's premier sports channel — also based in the Dubai Media City.

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