The Mass Communications and Media Studies program at Lander University (Greenwood, S.C.) equips students to excel. The program attracts students with a range of experience levels ranging from none up to the “senior” level, which describes a student with a good grasp of switching and multicamera productions. Regardless of their skill level, students are learning techniques to achieve their creative vision with a production workflow empowered by state-of-the art tools.
Assistant professor of digital media Cory Carpenter recently pushed to upgrade the department’s outdated equipment. The program’s 125 students now learn about television production using three Blackmagic Studio Cameras HD, which are positioned out on the floor of the studio, and a fourth camera floating on a jib. The cameras are fed into an ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K switcher, which is controlled through an Apple iMac. The ATEM sends signals to a HyperDeck Studio Pro SSD recorder to record the final show program. One of the auxiliary outputs goes to the set to run background or logos, and another auxiliary output goes to floor monitors and a SmartScope Duo 4K monitor for preview and program.
SmartScope Duo 4K features two large independent 8-inch LCD screens in a compact rackmount design. Each monitor is independent and can display any combination of picture view or scopes. Students can select from waveform, vectorscope, RGB parade, YUV parade, histogram and audio phase level displays.