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Saudi guards go digi

The Saudi National Guard's PR department has taken delivery of the latest digital equipment.

The Saudi National Guard is enforcing a new advanced digital television system in a bid to improve its broadcast production facilities. The National Guard's Public Relations Department has opted for a digital production solution which will provide it with up to the minute outside broadcasting (OB) and electronic news gathering (ENG) capabilities.

The Public Relations Department is responsible for all television coverage of the National Guards and it decided it was time to upgrade to a digital format in order to offer the best video quality possible. The new system includes a five camera OB vehicle which will be used to track the National Guards throughout their training and ceremonial duties.

The vehicle, which has been designed to support five Sony BVP-950P cameras will feature remote control units that allow an operator to work each camera from a control panel within the vehicle. Along with providing footage for television coverage, the high quality video pictures will also become a key element in the Guards training system. The footage will also be used to maintain a high quality digital video archive of the National Guard.

The solution is being provided by Sony Broadcast & Professional Europe. The contract, worth around US$1.75 million also includes an ENG production unit armed with Digital Betacam camcorders and a full editing and post-production facility.

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