Finnish audiovisual school KPEDU already teaches virtual reality thanks to Broadcast Solutions

KPEDU Media School in Kokkola, Finland, has developed a virtual studio for training future professionals in the world of broadcasting and media. The virtual studio has been implemented by Broadcast Solutions Nordic, a branch of Broadcast Solutions Group.

On a broader scale, the virtual studio is part of a EU-funded development program to boost the local community and economy.

Broadcast Solutions Nordic designed and delivered a 50 sqm virtual set, covered by four Panasonic UE 150 PTZ cameras. Three PZT cameras are mounted on Technopoint Totem height elevation columns, one of them running on a 10m floor track, adding even more flexibility to the setup.  One PTZ camera is static but also controlled with the same Technopoint centralized control system.

The heart of the setup is two Zero Density Reality Engine AMPERE workstations that do all the processing. Each AMPERE workstation takes care of the complete rendering and compositing workflow of two PTZ cameras. Reality HUB is controlling the whole thing and makes daily operations and creating playlist and workflows easy to understand.

The whole setup focuses on the Reality part and aims to make virtual productions simple and easy to understand, not only to teach staff but to innovate and lead the development. After the system implementation, the Broadcast Solutions engineers trained the KPEDU staff and students to work independently and self-reliant with the system. This took a very short time because of the matter of simplicity that boosted the execution and implementation of the project.

Shortly after finishing the project Zero Density launched their own online learning platform, Zero Density Academy, with the KPEDU teams being one of the first users. Zero Density Academy will be a big help for KPEDU teachers and students to be always up-to-date with Reality.

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