NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Nic Dugger wanted to do something to give back to his alma mater. And so the president of the Nashville-based company TNDV: Television recently donated production equipment to the Department of Media Arts at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
The equipment package included drone technology as well as a virtual reality system — specifically, two DJI Inspire Series quadcopter drone systems that are capable of transmitting 4K/HD video feeds from close to 1,000 feet in the air as well as an Oculus Rift virtual reality system.
MTSU recently invested $1.7 million to build the new 40-foot Mobile Production Lab that students regularly use to learn about producing live TV shows around MTSU athletics, music concerts and other special events.
Dugger is a class of 2000 graduate of MTSU’s Media Arts Program and said he believes that today’s students must learn to utilize live drone video feeds effectively to adequately prepare for today’s real-world remote production and truck jobs.
“As the owner of a mobile production company, we are frequently working with drone video feeds,” Dugger said. “I recognized that having this equipment on MTSU’s truck would give the students an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and hands-on experience they need to be more attractive candidates for entry-level broadcast production positions.”
Dugger donated the drones specifically to expand the mobile unit’s live production capabilities, including the capture and transmission of live aerials and beauty shots that can be combined with conventional tripod- and shoulder-mounted camera shots, and other live sources.