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Cow News DroidNews: Transition to HD Production for New England Institute of Technology Includes Broadcast Pix Granite Systems
by on Mar 8, 2012 at 5:44:21 pm

(Billerica, Massachusetts--March 8, 2012) When New England Institute of Technology moved its main campus to East Greenwich, R.I., last summer, the Department of Video and Audio Production and Digital Recording Arts made the transition to HD production in its two new teaching studios with Broadcast Pix™ Granite™ 5000 and Granite 1000 integrated production systems.


Professor Tom Strolla and student Chris Esper show off one of New England Institute of Technology’s two new Broadcast Pix Granite integrated production systems, which are being used to teach HD video production. Photo ©2012 by New England Institute of Technology.

Each studio includes a control room large enough to seat 15 students. Studio A, which doubles as a second audio studio for the department, is anchored by a Granite 5000 and includes an Avid C|24 audio console with Pro Tools and three Panasonic AG-HPX370 cameras. Studio B, which is used for TV production courses, features a Granite 1000 with a Mackie audio console and three JVC GY-HM250U ProHD cameras.

According to Tom Strolla, professor and department chair, the move to a new campus was the right time to invest in new equipment. “Our studios required updating,” he said. “This was a great opportunity to make our studios HD capable.”

The Broadcast Pix systems replaced aging Grass Valley switchers, Chyron CGs, and Grass Valley DVEs, plus the built-in Fluent-View allowed the school to retire its old CRT monitor walls and replace them with dual Panasonic 47-inch LCD screens. Granite also features Fluent™ Clip Store, which is paired with an Omneon server – a significant upgrade over the department’s previous mini-DV tape roll-in system, Strolla said. HB Communications, which is based in North Haven, Conn., sold and installed both Granite systems.

The college offers an Associate in Science degree program in Audio Video Production, along with a Bachelor of Science degree program in Digital Recording Arts. Students produce a variety of programs, including news and interview shows, which are shown across campus on a digital signage network. The college is in its third quarter using its Granite systems, and Strolla said the smooth workflow has kept the learning curve to a minimum.

Strolla said the department did a lot of research prior to purchasing its Broadcast Pix systems. “We were really sold as soon as we saw what it could do and it fit our budget,” he added. “It was a pretty easy decision.”


About Broadcast Pix
Broadcast Pix is the leader in live video production systems. Its Video Control Centers™ empower operators with patented techniques that combine cameras, clips and graphics to create compelling live video. The integration of a multi-format switcher, clip store, graphics system with a Harris or Chyron CG, and device controls provides the lowest cost of ownership at a fraction of the cost of a conventional control room to buy, staff and operate. Systems range from compact systems controlled by a touch-screen or voice-automation to sophisticated 2 M/E control panels. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, religious, government, webcast, entertainment and mobile studios in more than 110 countries. Learn more at http://www.broadcastpix.com.

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