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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

Vizrt Expands Middle East Presence

2D and true 3D graphics system by Vizrt
Vizrt has expanded its 2D and true 3D graphics system for TV into new areas of the Middle East and Africa, including Bahrain.
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Vizrt, a leading producer of real-time 2D and true 3D graphics systems for TV, has expanded the widespread use of its systems into new areas of the Middle East and Africa. Vizrt, based in Norway, recently completed several extended projects with three television stations in Lebanon, Bahrain and Egypt. Vizrt systems already are deployed in Jordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Pakistan.

Lebanon's National Broadcasting Network (NBN TV) went on the air March 1, 2007 with Vizrt's Viz|Virtual Studio, a module that lets producers enhance fixed sets or create simulated 3D studio environments, and Viz|Trio CG system, a powerful real-time 3D character generator. "Viz|Virtual Studio allows us to update our look or add a unique element of creativity to our programs without having to invest in periodic set updates or remodels," said NBN CEO Kassem Soueid. NBN technical manager Mohamad Daher added, "The intuitive and interactive features of the Viz|Trio CG system not only enhance our production value, they simplify on-air changes to graphics during any of our live programs."

Vizrt delivered a turnkey solution with Lebanon-based system integrator and Vizrt local representative, Broadcast & Communication Systems s.a.l.

Vizrt collaborated with Montreal, Canada-based systems integrator, Astucemedia, on an election coverage project with Bahrain TV, the government network in Bahrain. Bahrain's Parliamentary elections for the Chamber of Deputies, or lower house of Parliament, take place every four years. Voter turnout for the first round of elections reached 72 percent, with a second run-off election taking place in December.

Vizrt and Astucemedia designed a graphic solution for the network's Arabic and English channels for both rounds of elections covering five administrative divisions and 40 constituencies within Bahrain. In just three weeks before the first round, Bahrain TV implemented a complete election solution using Vizrt 3D, user interface and on-air operator. Bahrain Radio and Television News Center technical manager engineer Yousif M. Al-Butti said, "The interactive features, the output quality and the incredible art of animations Bahrain TV was able to use during our election coverage gave us tremendous flexibility to make on-screen changes. We plan to add more Vizrt applications to further develop our programs."

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