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Boston University College of Communication Wired for Production

Jul 16, 2009 3:09 PM, By Linda Seid Frembes

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Willson and his team also added new Sony Handycam DCR-VX2100 digital camcorders to replace older cameras but also to increase the number of field cameras available to journalism students. Production students also have access to Sony DSRPD150 and DSRPD170 DV cameras. “We are teaching the basic skills,” Willson says. “If we were a professional postproduction house, then we would be more worried about the bleeding edge.”

Both studios also recently received upgrades to the newest Chyron graphics systems running the Lyric software. Both studios’ cameras are Sony DXC35 standard-definition cameras with analog signal to a bank of monitors. Future plans do include a move to high-def and to multiplexed LCD or plasma displays for monitoring. The school does have several Panasonic AG-HVX200 handheld HD camcorders for field use and some HD editing monitors.

“We are currently running standard-definition, but if the classes want to use anamorphic widescreen 16x9 for broadcast or DVD, they can flip a switch and it works,” Willson says.

The Firefly willbe replaced with a more sophisticated Princeton video server. “Firefly is designed more for advertising signage than TV use,” Willson says. “It will be part of an equipment upgrade to a more professional type of server.”

COM currently hosts high school students who are attending a summer camp billed as a “complete media production experience.” Like their higher education brethren, the students will learn hands-on production skills such as directing a multicamera, live-to-tape program.

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