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Georgia High School Invests in Digital Broadcast Studio

Oct 15, 2008 12:00 PM, By Linda Seid Frembes

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White specified all of the equipment for the studio with the help of several partners, including Media Products in Atlanta and B&H Photo Video in New York. "I was excited for the $250,000 investment in a new digital broadcast studio," White says. "It enabled us to purchase quality broadcast equipment for our students."

The two-camera digital broadcast studio has a 4TB server with Avid nonlinear editing capability, eight editing bays, Avid Media Composer, a full lighting rig, and light and audio consoles. White also chose a Broadcast Pix Slate 2100 production system that has eight to12 live video inputs and incorporates a switcher and graphics in one platform. White says he preferred the Slate 2100 because of its PC-based workstation. "The 2100 has all the bells and whistles at an affordable price," he says. "I love how the all-digital studio eliminates videotape. Students can send their packages from the server over Cat-5 cable to the 2100."

In its two short years of existence, the broadcast studio at West Forsyth High School has experienced constant use. The studio is used every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday for a two-anchor news broadcast. Each broadcast is 5 minutes long, recorded to tape, and aired on the school's closed-circuit television station. The broadcast includes information on activities and announcements. In addition, the station airs news packages with interviews and graphics.

Tuesday afternoon also includes a one-on-one interview show. Advanced classes also produce music videos, documentaries, football highlight reels, and video yearbooks, as well as re-create scenes from movies as an exercise in learning.

This year, the high school is also a pilot site for new classroom amplification systems provided by Audio Enhancement in Bluffdale, Utah. According to the school's website, Forsyth County Schools is also working on a new three-year Strategic Plan: Dream it. Plan it. Do it! The school district is soliciting feedback and ideas from August 2008 to March 2009.

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