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FOR-A aids distance learning for UAE Ministry of Education

FOR-A aids distance learning for UAE Ministry of Education

FOR-A aids distance learning for UAE Ministry of Education


The UAE Ministry of Education (MoE) has begun using FOR-A HVS-1200 video switches to drive a virtual studio solution used for distance learning programmes. The virtual studio was originally designed to help the MoE build an educational channel for coverage of live lectures, but took on even greater importance throughout the pandemic. The system was installed by United Broadcast at the new MoE headquarters in Ajman, with most of the crew training completed during the lockdown period.

"The aim for this project is to let the operators be confident in using the whole system, even non-technical operators,” explained Rayan Nasser, sales manager for United Broadcast. “The customer can work directly with HD and 4K requirements, whenever they want, without any complications or cabling issues. FOR-A's versatile switcher delivers excellent virtual studio imagery and positions the MoE for a 4K future.”

The virtual studio setup is built around a Brainstorm InfinitySet Lite, with three Panasonic 4K PTZ cameras controlled from the HVS-1200 switcher. It was designed to be very simple to operate, even by a single operator. The solution is used to produce up to five hours of live video instruction daily and can support either 4K or HD production. The HVS-1200 features 10 inputs and outputs in 4K mode (or 40/10 in HD), including two outputs for HDMI 2.0. Also included are two multiviewer outputs, each supporting up to a 16-split display, one colour corrector and one still/clip store in 4K.

“After all the schools closed because of the COVID-19 lockdown, the MoE turned to distance learning,” added Mohammed Abu Ziyadeh, system engineering manager at FOR-A. “With so much content to produce, they needed a system that was easy to use but could present engaging content for students across the country. United Broadcast delivered a solution that combines the flexibility of virtual set technology with the reliability of our HVS-1200 switcher. The result is high-quality productions with minimal staff.”

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