Sony HD Technology Gives Textbook Example of a Professional Workflow

Department of Broadcasting students at Montclair State University are getting an education in the future of broadcast production technology, through hands-on experience with Sony's HD equipment. Located in Montclair, New Jersey, the University recently equipped its DuMont Television Center with upgraded Sony HDC-1400 high-definition studio cameras and an MVS-8000G multi-format switcher.

"As anticipated, this equipment has made a significant difference in our technical capabilities," said Jeff Friedman, director of the DuMont Television Center at Montclair State. "The quality of our video product is excellent, and there is an increased excitement level for our students and faculty."

The school's three HDC-1400 cameras are mounted on broadcast pan heads and pedestals. Complementing them is a recently purchased, jib-mounted XDCAM EX series memory camcorder (model PMW-EX3).

Friedman added that the University also plans to purchase several XDCAM® HD PDW-HD1500 optical decks, additional XDCAM EX gear plus an MVS-9000G switcher for its Control Room B.

"These upgrades represent a serious capital investment for the University and for the future careers of our students," Friedman said. "Our goal is to maintain the Dumont Center's status as a top teleproduction facility -- not only for students but for our internal and external clients as well."

The Dumont Television Center's primary mission is to give students a "real-world classroom." The Center is also available for rental by the New Jersey and New York television production communities who require a 1080i high-definition facility.

The studio cameras and switcher are used by the students as classroom tools and also to produce a weekly cable series called "Carpe Diem," now in its 17th season.

In addition to using the XDCAM EX camcorders as part of their classwork, the students are taking them out to capture and record events around campus for a live, weekly news program called "Inside MSU."

"We want to move into the next wave of video production and replace all tape formats throughout our operations," he said. "The XDCAM and XDCAM EX systems allow us to do just that."

Friedman is quick to point out that the facility upgrade was a "total team effort" made possible through the efforts of the DuMont Center engineering staff, including Jeff Jones and Glenn Davidson, with design resources provided by Louis Coppola of LNC Engineering. He added that invaluable vision and support came from the university's administration, including Susan A. Cole, president; Willard Gingerich, provost; and Geoffrey Newman, dean of the College of the Arts. Newman said, "Our students are learning about state-of-the-art technology. So when they secure that all-important entry-level position or first freelance job, they're trained on the same gear they'll see in the industry today. This is vital."

Sony HD technology is serving as a unique educational tool, teaching students about cutting-edge technologies and the convergence of traditional A/V production with an IT-based workflow.

Released: September 22, 2009