San Francisco, CA (September 9, 2004)–Launched in mid-February 2004, Alhurra relies on Cinegy’s media asset management based workflow and production framework, for end-to-end production of two 24/7 news channels. Alhurra is broadcasting via Arabsat and Nilesat covering the entire Middle East and Northern Africa. A second Alhurra channel is entirely devoted to Iraq, where it is also being broadcast terrestrially.
Alhurra–“The Free One”–is a commercial-free Arabic-language satellite television network, devoted to news and information. In addition to reporting on regional and international events, the channel broadcasts discussion programs, current affairs magazines and features. The channel is dedicated to presenting accurate, balanced and comprehensive news, and endeavors to broaden its viewers’ perspectives to enable them to make more informed decisions.
To provide Alhurra’s programming and news content, up to 120 journalists are working around the clock connected to the Cinegy system on material coming in on 10 simultaneous video feeds. Encoding, quality control, logging, metadata entry, editing, voice overs, and other common tasks are all accomplished in real-time using the Cinegy software. The machines used by the journalists are ordinary desktop PCs connected via Fast- or Gbit-Ethernet to the central server. The system permits working in various proxy or full broadcast video resolutions, the latter being used by all journalist at Alhurra.
All of the video and audio assets are stored in a central database at all times, therefore they are automatically archived and fully searchable at all times. More than 20TB of RAID storage is connected to ordinary Windows file servers. The result of any edit is turned around in real-time and can be played to air immediately using Cinegy’s no-delay playout servers.
The news feeds coming in via satellite, via direct link, or simply via tape, are ingested in realtime into MPEG2 long-GOP streams and can be worked on by any journalist on the floor with less then five seconds delay. The journalist write their stories using AP’s ENPS news room software and add their video clips or sequences to the stories via simple “drag & drop”.
Cinegy’s news workflow products feature support for standard MOS protocol allowing for efficient and fast integration with news products such as ENPS. Cinegy’s News Playout can play ENPS rundowns instantaneously to air redefining turn around times for to-air-playout and workflow efficiency.