In 2011, leading broadcast solutions provider Gravity Media – then branded Gearhouse Broadcast – was tasked with delivering a high specification, turnkey broadcast installation for Qatar’s new national mosque.
The installation needed to be configured to accommodate the regular live broadcasts of Qatar Television (QTV).
Specifically, the television network wanted to utilise the mosque for live feed every occasion during Ramadan EID and Adha EID, as well as during prayers every Friday.
Gravity Media’s Systems Integration team is known for taking a tailored approach for each client, providing innovative and flexible broadcast solutions using the very latest in broadcast technologies. This project was no exception.
The Broadcast Control Room was fitted out with a Sony DVS 9000 vision mixer, Harris routing, glue and Inscriber graphics, Sony VTRs, a Miranda Kaleido multi-viewer and six JVC 42 LCD display monitors.
The audio mixer supplied was a Soundcraft BB100, which was specially fitted into bespoke Custom Consoles technical furniture. The five Sony BVP-E30 system cameras supplied with a mix of Canon J35 and J22 lenses were supplemented by ten Panasonic AW-E860 cameras, with Canon YJ20 lenses on hot-heads.
Some of the other major system components were provided by Trilogy Communications, Tektronix and Evertz. Panasonic remote control cameras were installed to provide extra coverage of the main Mosque area. Comprehensive technical cabling was carried out to custom wall boxes throughout the Mosque, some fitted with marble inserts.