Kuwait TV gets digital sports production studio

In a significant move to upgrade its sports and news coverage operations, Kuwait TV has put in place a complete turnkey, all digital sports production studio.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  June 1, 2004

In a significant move to upgrade its sports and news coverage operations, Kuwait TV recently put in place a complete turnkey, all digital sports production studio. The broadcaster has also purchased DVCAM camcorders and systems for news acquisition and production. The new Sports Production Studio will enable Kuwait TV to produce high quality live sports programmes covering local and international sports events such as football and basketball. At the heart of the digital studio is Sony’s DVS-9000C Live Production Video Switcher taking a feeds from a multiple of sources, firstly live camera feeds from inside the studio floor where 4 x BVP-E10 cameras (1 remote controlled from studio wall), secondly from the 5 VTRs (4x Digital Betacam & 1 x IMX) and externally from live OB coverage. Sony’s MAV-555 (Multi Channel Disk Recorder) provides commercial inserts and logos. Audio is also handled by the vendor’s DMX-R100 Digital Audio Mixer. “We’re committed to delivering to our viewers a very high standard of programme entertainment and sports coverage is a major part of most broadcasters’ programme portfolio,” commented Salah Al-Siddiqi, director of Studios and OB, Kuwait TV. “The Kuwaitis are keen sports fans and therefore our sports channel had to ensure the highest quality in terms of production technique and system reliability. These were also the key deliverables upon which we based the decision to choose Sony products.” Kuwait TV has also made a significant investment in the acquisition and programme production stages of its news operation with the purchase of 10 x DVCAM camcorders (DSR-570WSPL/390PL) and 20 x DVCAM VTRs (DSR-1500AP/1800P/2000P). Coupled with the camcorders is the DSR-DU1, Sony’s portable DVCAM hard disk recorder. This unit sits on the back of the camcorder allowing three hours of DVCAM recording on hard disk. The benefits of this solution include speed of operation enabling field editing, random access to material, speed of transfer to NLE systems, and cache recording so as not miss vital news action. “The importance of high quality news programming cannot be ignored and is an important role for any national broadcaster. With the growing demand for improved news services we needed a broadcast quality yet cost effective solution for expanding our news operation. Sony’s DVCAM had the range and quality of products we were looking for and with so many other broadcasters using it this gave us the confidence to go ahead with the format,” commented Hussein Al-Ashwak, head of News Kuwait TV.

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