Three major broadcasters based in Egypt, Beeaty Channel, Al-Rafedien Channel and the recently-launched O-TV, have selected Eyeheight's vistaSDI A/B vision switcher for their respective headquarters. Beeaty, the first channel in the Middle East to specialise in weather and the environment, has chosen vistaSDI for installation at its main transmission control station, located in the Nilesat facility at 6 October City, Egypt.
Al-Rafedien Channel, a leading Iraqi news channel, has also invested in vistaSDI for installation in the master control room at its headquarters within Egyptian Media Production City (EMPC), 30km from Cairo. Occupying two million square metres, EMPC benefits from the same bright and transparent skies that made Hollywood a centre of US film and television production.
O-TV, also located at EMPC, has selected an Eyeheight vistaSDI A/B vision switcher for installation for its own MCR. As at Al-Rafedien Channel, the switcher will be used to ensure smooth transitions between the video servers and the studio output. Launched on January 30, O-TV is a general entertainment channel that targets Egyptian youth, and reflects Egyptian life and society. Its programming is a combination of OTV-developed and acquired content, including movies, episodic programmes and live shows. O-TV is the first in a series of culture, arts and music channels planned by the O-Media Group for the region.
Eyeheight's vistaSDI is an A/B SDI mixer with full 10-bit SDI processing and programmable mix times. Mix effects include horizontal, vertical and diamond with user-definable edge softness. Non-sync indication and relative input timing display are provided together with automation control and four memories to store all user settings. Additional features include an input synchroniser, alpha mixer and wipe generator. Both 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios can be handled within vistaSDI. The vista family also includes HD and multi-definition versions based on Eyeheight's recently-introduced Evolution hardware platform.