Gauteng's skills are in demand, as highlighted by a recent project carried out by Johannesburg-based Inala Broadcast for National Geographic's 7-day live channel broadcast from the Kruger National Park.

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Inala live broadcast rig

The broadcast, which started on 9 November last year, ran for two hours in the morning and two hours in the evening for seven days, giving viewers internationally the opportunity to witness events they might normally never have the opportunity to view.

Melodie Gowlands, Sales and Marketing Coordinator of Inala Broadcast, a division of Inala Technologies, explains their role:  "We had the good fortune of being involved with this project by designing and building a fly-away system to cope with the harsh conditions of the Kruger.  The system also had to be easily deployed to provide the mobile HD video links and back-haul HD video link necessary for getting the live pictures from the game vehicle back to the fly-away control centre.

"An Omneon high definition (HD) server was used for storing the content, while the final playout centre consisted of a Miranda HD final control switcher, multi-viewer and all the necessary fiber converters, frame stores, audio embedders together with a Tektronix HD waveform monitor, TV Logic multi format LCD monitors, TSL audio monitoring and Alpermann+Velte time code generators. The highlight editing was achieved with integration of the Omneon server with Apple Final Cut Pro (FCP)."

Yet another example of the expertise and capability of our local film and audiovisual industry.