The television studio is large enough to divide into two studios, with a large professional news set in one half. The other half can accommodate two permanent sets and still have enough room left over to stage productions.
The TV studio converted to digital in 2003. Major components included three Hitachi Z4000W studio cameras capable of both 4 x 3 and 16 x 9 aspect ratios, each camera features TelePrompTers, a Ross Synergy 3 production switcher with three ME banks of digital effects, a Talia Kondor digital router, a Chyron Lex 3.1 two-channel output character generator with Lyric software, a Mackie SRM 450 audio console, a TVQ Wincue teleprompter system, a Clearcom intercom system, and in addition to existing S-VHS, Mini-DV and DVC-Pro recording decks, two DVC Pro-50 decks, one Betacam deck and two DVD-RW decks. In addition, the production control room features a 42-inch plasma program monitor, and master control is equipped with an additional router station, digital waveform monitor and vectorscope, plus dual-redundancy sync generators.
The studio is equipped with a ETC digital lighting board with a full complement of 96 grid lighting dimmers. There are also special features for lighting effects. There are 96 electrical drops for lights. In addition there are two large floor lights, additional portable tripods, C-stands, reflector panels and a wide variety of scrims and colored gels, which are used frequently in production and performance classes. There are 12 audio outlets mounted around the studio walls to connect microphones. The studio also features 20 set backgrounds, seamless paper, portrait backdrops and other prop pieces located in storage areas.
The TV studio floor and adjoining Production Control Room are designed for handicapped access.
The department’s three full-time engineers, Wayne Mills, Kwame Ross, and Mike Cathey, do an excellent job of maintaining the equipment, doing repairs to keep units in use and maintaining security of the area and equipment. They are also an integral part of the instruction process, providing hands-on tips and help for the students. To learn more about our engineers or to contact them check out their bios in the People Section under “Staff”.
The Department boasts a spacious Avid Nonlinear Editing Lab with ten workstations connected to a 4.0 terabyte Unity Media Network. Thanks to the Unity Media Network, after students begin an edit, second and subsequent sessions can be done on any other available Avid station. Additionally the lab also has a Mini-DV/S-VHS viewing/dubbing station.
Older recording decks (S-VHS and U-Matic) are maintained in Master Control for dubbing purposes. All current studio production is recorded onto DVC-Pro 50, DVC Pro, Mini-DV or Betacam.
Cameras, tripods, microphones, mike booms, and other assorted items (adapters, fuses, soldering tools, etc.) are available for students to “check out” for course related field productions. The unit has 23 portable ENG cameras (Canon XF-300, XL-2, GL-1, and GL-2 mini-DV camcorders for normal use and one DVC Pro camcorder for special productions) and 18 location lighting kits. The engineers sign in/out equipment to the students. There are also 9 portable audio cassette decks to be signed out for field recording.
The unit also has Nikon Digital Cameras used primarily for the Digital Imagery, Multimedia, and Photojournalism courses.
The Department’s multimedia laboratory is located in Dunham Hall 1014, and is equipped with 16 iMac intel-based G5’s running System X. The room is a “smart classroom,” featuring A-V equipment (Elmo, video, audio, computer, etc.) tied into an overhead digital projector. The lab’s computers are replaced on a 3–to-4-year rotation, with annual software upgrades. The computers are equipped with software such as: Microsoft1 Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Entourage); Macromedia MX (Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Flash, FreeHand); Adobe CS (PhotoShop, ImageReady, Illustrator, InDesign, GoLive); QuarkXPress; Final Draft; Final Draft A-V; Safari; Explorer; Firefox; i-movie; i-DVD; i-Photo; Sound Studio; Pro Tools; Mac OS-X PDF maker; and Acrobat Reader.
The department maintains four student audio production/editing laboratories. All four of these labs have digital editing capabilities with Pro Tools software version 10.2. There are two student control rooms in addition to the WSIE work areas. In addition, department audio facilities include a classroom/newsroom, which can be used as a studio and an editing lab/auxiliary console room. All these areas are used by students working on Audio Production assignments, “sweetening” audio for video projects, or working for WSIE.