The Station

cameraman with teleprompter The television station is laying the foundation for future broadcasts. Students are learning the hardware and software, creating sound bites, graphics, logos, and theme music. The television station will broadcast over channel 2 on the campus satellite system. We hope to broadcast via a regional cable provider and also via streaming internet in the future.

The television station occupies two rooms in the Mollohan Center. The largest room houses a news desk, an interview area, a green screen, and space for all three of our broadcast cameras. This is the room most people think of when they talk about the television station.

The smaller room is the control room. Students monitor and control the broadcasts from this room. From here they can record and store video for editing and later playback, or they can control a live broadcast by playing intro or transition segments, switching between the three cameras, inserting pre-recorded video, and so on. All editing tasks are accomplished here, including creation of graphics, intro segments, beds, and compilation of full length productions.

Schedule

news anchor The television station will not follow a precise schedule. Students will create short 10 to 30 minute pre-recorded segments which are aired between movies at approximately 9:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 6:00 p.m. on channel 2 of the campus cable service. Listeners will be able to tune in during breakfast, lunch, or dinner and catch up on the latest news, weather, game highlights, and interviews.

As the station crew members hone their skills, live broadcasts will be added to the lineup. Look for live broadcasts of the football games when the new Pioneer Center is completed.

Equipment

Camera operators utilize three Panasonic P2 HD solid-state cameras with the ability to capture images in DVCPRO HD and AVC-Intra with full production quality 2/3" CCDs, 1/3" 3-MOS, and 4:2:2.

We have the ability to do live remote broadcasts with the NewTek TriCaster Stuido TC350. This device can simultaneously record up to 20 hours of video on the internal hard drive, stream a live broadcast, and provide a feed to a video projector. It accepts input from up to six video and four audio sources and provides seamless switching between the devices.

television control room Video switching is accomplished with the Panasonic AG-HMX100 digital AV mixer. It can operate as a 3D video switcher with dual SDI signal inputs from 3D cameras; it comes with two pairs of inputs and one pair of outputs for 3D video systems. The mixer supports both the simultaneous and side-by-side 3D video output systems.

Our editing equipment is protected from power failure by an APC Smart-UPS 750VA power supply. In addition to standard PCs and monitors, we use two Datavideo TLM-170H 17" widescreen LCD Monitors. The Datavideo devices allow selection of source input as well as PIP, Aspect ratio, color bars, and more. They have multiple video input capabilities, including HD_SDI vide on BNC, S-Video, PAL, and NTSC. Audio inputs include 4 RCA sockets, SD/HD-SDI embedded audio, and HDMI embedded audio.

Several software packages allow us to control devices from the control room. Autocue QStart Prompter software provides control of our teleprompter, while Daslight allows us to virtually control all of the studio lights from the control room.

We have Adobe Master Suite and use Premiere for video editing and Audition for editing audio. Blackmagic UltraScope is used for waveform monitoring in color correction and editing workflow.