King Faisal University Outfits New OB Van With Grass Valley Technology

Looking to distinguish themselves and attract the brightest students aspiring to become broadcast television engineers and other technical positions, media training universities around the world are increasingly offering advanced broadcasting solutions in order to help their students get a job.

To this end, King Faisal University (KFU), a school in Saudi Arabia with more than 90,000 students and four main campuses, recently unveiled a fully equipped OB van, complete with live production technology from Grass Valley. This truck complements a previously built production truck and both will be available to students.

The new OB van is already being used for educational events in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and is also available for third-party rental to cover conferences, sporting events and entertainment programs.

Six Grass Valley LDX 80 cameras, capable of shooting in all HD formats, will travel with the new OB Van.

Six Grass Valley LDX 80 cameras, capable of shooting in all HD formats, will travel with the new OB Van.

Working with First Gulf Company (FGC), a local systems integrator, the new OB van includes six LDX 80 WorldCam HD cameras, a Kayenne K-Frame production switcher, a K2 Summit 3G production server and other infrastructure components.

“Having a modern mobile unit with the best technology in the industry makes it valuable for our students and staff, as well as those looking to rent a solution from us,” said Abduaziz Al-Sa’aty of KFU. “Our prior experience with Grass Valley was very positive, and the equipment meets and exceeds all of our needs for quality and reliability.”



The LDX 80 includes all of the features of the LDX 80 Elite (1080i, 720p and 1080PsF) plus 1080p acquisition capability. The Kayenne K-Frame offers full multi-format support including 1080p and 4K. It can be configured with up to 192 inputs, 96 outputs and up to 9 M/Es with six keyers in every full M/E. The K2 Summit 3G production server supports end-to-end SD/HD workflows in DVCPRO, MPEG-2, AVC-Intra and H.264/AVCHD formats.

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