Iraqi broadcaster deploys Pixel Power technologies
by Vijaya Cherian on Mar 4, 2010

Iraqi Media Network (IMN) has deployed the Pixel Power Clarity 5000 broadcast graphics technology for its newly built, HD TV studio facilities in Baghdad, the company confirmed at CABSAT. The new graphics technology joins six other Clarity graphics systems from Pixel Power that have been installed by IMN during the last two years.

Iraqi Media Network is an Iraqi government-funded news and entertainment network that includes Al Iraqia Television, Iraqia Sport, Al Atyaf, Iraqiya Moubashir, Al Quran and Al Sabah newspaper.

The newly installed dual-channel, high definition Clarity 5000 will support the network’s wide variety of HD production needs simultaneously, including news, sports, studio production and playout. The system can interface directly with MOS-based newsroom systems, automation systems, and other critical infrastructure to ensure a seamless workflow for any application IMN requires. With Clarity graphics deployed throughout its operations, IMN has established a flexible pool of networked graphics resources that can be configured and applied as needed.

Emad Hameed, head of IMN’s Engineering & Technical Department in the Baghdad headquarters stated that IMN’s new HD studio “was designed to serve many different purposes”.

“Pixel Power Clarity is a good fit for this environment because it is highly adaptable, enabling our staff and our systems to easily transition between functions.”

While the latest Clarity 5000 installation at IMS is primarily intended for HD, each channel can be separately configured for standard definition should the need arise, even supporting HD and SD simultaneously within a single system. Features such as onboard still store, clip support, dedicated preview with key on each channel, and user-definable inputs provide IMS with greater creative flexibility without requiring additional equipment.

IMN’s new HD studio is expected to begin delivering TV drama production in the first quarter of 2010.