Abu Dhabi’s Media Mania Taps FOR-A HVS-2000 Video Switcher, Other Equipment for Broadcast of Mars Orbit

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In February, the United Arab Emirates became the first Arab country (and only the fifth worldwide) to orbit Mars. When the probe successfully entered orbit, regional broadcasters relied on FOR-A video switchers to share the story.

Abu Dhabi-based host broadcaster Media Mania used two large production trucks in Dubai to provide event coverage to about 21 stations. OB1 anchored a 15-camera shoot at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, while OB2 had 18 cameras at the Burj Khalifa skyscraper to cover the celebration. Both trucks feature the FOR-A HVS-2000 video switcher as well as additional FOR-A equipment, including FA-505 and FA-1010 multi-channel signal processors.

“The Hope Probe was a major milestone for the UAE National Space Program, and we are honored to have been selected to share this news with broadcasters across the region,” says Roland Daou, director at Media Mania. “When you have a moment that is this important, you need a switcher that can deliver flawless coverage, no matter what you throw at it. It comes down to performance and reliability.”