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George Fox University Upgrades Production

Future-proofing with Blackmagic Design

The Bauman Auditorium control room

NEWBERG, Ore. — Situated just outside of Portland, George Fox is a Christian university that prepares students spiritually, academically and professionally across all majors and degrees with programs that ready students for real-world careers. The university’s Event Video and Broadcast News classes now learn on professional equipment, including Blackmagic Design’s Atem 1 M/E Production Switchers. Students also benefit from the opportunity to work live productions in George Fox’s 1,119 seat Bauman Auditorium, used regularly for university chapel, special lectures and band, choir and orchestra concerts and concerts by national artists.

After graduating from George Fox in 2010, Ethan Burke was more than ready for a career in media production. Just a few months after graduating, he returned to his alma mater to oversee all live events in Bauman Auditorium, both for the university and customers renting the facility, as well as install all classroom technology on campus, including smart podiums, projectors and other media presentation equipment.

“When I graduated from George Fox, I definitely felt prepared for the real world thanks to the education I received at the university. So when I had the chance to return as a working professional, I jumped at the chance to give back to the school that had given me so much,” Burke said. “When I returned to the university, I was excited to be working on Blackmagic Design.”

At the heart of Bauman Auditorium’s live production setup is Blackmagic Design’s Atem 1 M/E Production Switcher, which is situated in a control room in the balcony of the auditorium.

George Fox decided to revamp all the equipment to match its state of the art auditorium and sought a solution that provided professional features at an affordable price point.

“Blackmagic Design was chosen for its features and price point. As a private school, we needed to stay within budget but didn’t want to compromise strong product features,” Burke said.

Bauman Auditorium is now set up with three cameras running SDI, or HDMI to SDI via a Blackmagic Design Mini Converter, into the Atem 1 M/E Production Switcher. In order to save space and hardware costs, a Mac mini runs the Atem’s software control panel, and another Mac computer sends graphics, slides and video via HDMI into the Atem.