Sky News Arabia Puts Vizrt at the Core of its News Graphics

Date: 16/07/2012
Sky News Arabia Puts Vizrt at the Core of its News Graphics

Sky News Arabia, the new 24-hour free-to-air Arabic news channel, launched in May using a sophisticated Vizrt system to deliver its live news graphics. Vizrt is the sole news graphics provider for the Abu Dhabi based channel. This is a departure from the news graphics workflow used by Sky News in the UK, sister channel to Sky News Arabia, which uses both Vizrt and another provider.

The channel has a variety of uses for real-time 3D graphics, such as the screen furniture of multiple tickers, side panels, maps and Breaking News alerts constantly animating around the video window. In addition, the news content includes full-frame 3D animations in its stories, as well as displaying maps and background story graphics displayed on a large video wall in the studio. The Viz World map server allows news producers to generate animated 3D maps instantly from their newsroom system, providing useful geographical context for every news story. Everything is generated with a consistently branded look that is uniquely Sky News Arabia.

System efficiency, which could deliver breaking news first, was the primary objective in designing the Vizrt workflow. This was achieved by building in a high level of automation into the graphics templates used by operators and in the newsroom. This provides a very high quality 3D animation, with consistent branding ready to take to air within seconds of a story breaking. This can be added to and enhanced as more information becomes available throughout the day.

This results in two distinct workflows to deliver a well-rounded channel output: reliable templated news graphics (by the graphics design company, Astuce Media) integrated with Sky News Arabias iNews newsroom system for ultra-fast population by producers and editor. These are enhanced by longer, full-frame graphics designed by the in-house design team, who can respond quickly to news priorities passed to them by the editorial team. These graphics can be built into the story video, to explain key points, as well as used interactively by the studio talent on the Newswall in the studio.

Roland West, Creative Head for Sky News Arabia, explained the choice of Vizrts graphics system.

When we set out to create Sky News Arabia, the key requirements to delivering a successful graphics package were quality of finish, ease of use, unity of platform and a breadth of graphic presentation.

Having built on the knowledge shared by Sky News UK and Vizrt through a collaborative relationship, we have successfullylaunched the channel on a graphics system capable of achieving the quality and speed that Sky News demands.

Martin Burkhaulter, CEO Vizrt Ltd added:

Sky News Arabias requirements presented us with a genuine challenge. The workflow is extremely streamlined. It relies a great deal on graphics automation of sophisticated templates that are populated by news producers. The emphasis is very clearly on speed and getting breaking news on air with the minimum of delay. I feel sure this is a key factor that will set Sky News Arabia apart from its competitors. Good integration between all aspects of the Vizrt graphics system was fundamental to a smooth and fast workflow, which meant that sticking with one system throughout was absolutely the right decision.  The success of their launch on May 6th has already proven what good TV journalism, backed up by fully integrated graphics created by their local design team, can do.

Oliver Pitkin, Project Manager for Sky News Arabia added;

This was always going to be a challenging project particularly in integrating a well-proven Sky News UK ethos and workflow into a Middle Eastern context and broadcasting everything in Arabic. We pre-built the entire technical infrastructure in a warehouse provided by TSL in the UK and then shipped it to Abu Dhabi. We have had terrific support from Vizrt at every stage of the process. We continue to receive support and advice from Vizrt locally and we expect our well integrated Vizrt core to become the backbone of the Middle Easts leading channel for breaking news.

Sky News Arabia launched on schedule on May 6th 2012 and is already generating a high level of audience level in its principle target markets of Arabic-speaking MENA countries.

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Tags: Vizrt | graphics | news | news graphics | news production | workflow | 3D | Sky News
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Apantac Launches KVM over IP Extenders Matrices at IBC 2018 Posted: 14/08/2018
Apantac Launches KVM over IP Extenders and amp; Matrices at IBC 2018
Apantac, an internationally recognized manufacturer and pioneer of cost-effective and feature-rich multiviewers, video walls, extension and signal processing solutions expands its line of KVM over IP extenders and matrices, which it will showcase at IBC 2018, stand 8.E37. These new solutions offer pristine picture quality and very low latency.
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IBC 2018: Broadcast Pix Introduces BPswitch RX Mobile Integrated Production Switcher Posted: 14/08/2018
IBC 2018: Broadcast Pix Introduces BPswitch RX Mobile Integrated Production Switcher

Broadcast Pix will introduce BPswitch™ RX, a portable model in its popular line of integrated production switchers, at IBC2018 (Hall 7, Stand C06), which runs Sept. 14-18 at RAI Amsterdam. A self-contained unit complete with touchscreen display and integrated streaming to Facebook Live and other CDNs, BPswitch RX provides multi-camera production and high-end motion graphics for live production on location.

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Euronews and Dalet Nominated for the IBC2018 Innovation Award Posted: 14/08/2018
Euronews and Dalet Nominated for the IBC2018 Innovation Award

Dalet, a leading provider of solutions and services for broadcasters and content professionals, announced today that they have been shortlisted alongside Euronews for the IBC2018 Innovation Awards content creation category. Lauded as one of the most coveted awards in the media industry, the competitive competition celebrates technical and creative excellence, acknowledging collaboration between organizations like Euronews and Dalet to achieve clever and innovative solutions for real business challenges.

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Qligent Amplifies QoE Monitoring with Vision-VOD at IBC2018 Posted: 14/08/2018
Qligent Amplifies QoE Monitoring with Vision-VOD at IBC2018

Qligent, a specialist in cloud-based, enterprise-level content monitoring and analysis, will introduce Vision-VOD, a new automated, file-based solution for front-end QC and back-end quality of experience (QoE) verification ofvideo-on-demand (VOD) content. The fully virtualized application stands apart from competitive systems by taking the responsibility for last-mile content verification out of the broadcaster’s hands, and without limitation as to where and how widely it can be deployed.

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