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Published on November 4, 2014 | by Kirk Jennings     Photography by Kirk Jennings

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Guelph-Humber will notice updated studio technology

Students from every program will get to see and even be involved in live broadcasts thanks to a series of upgrades in the third floor broadcast studio.

“Right out of the box we can broadcast within the Guelph-Humber building, by clicking a button,” said Marc Tavares, Media Technologies Specialist at Guelph-Humber. “A lot of our vision was to consolidate, meaning to make things smaller and more portable.” This will allow students to get out of the studio and be more creative.

Guelph-Humber has other program specific facilities like the crime scene lab for Justice Studies and the Early Childhood Resource Centre. The difference is that, with the studio upgrades, non-media students can view the process and interact with productions as they happen.

“All projects come from University of Guelph-Humber funds so each is weighed on its merits, contributions to the program and priority status in relation to other projects,” said Media Studies Program Head Jerry Chomyn. “All programs go through the same process and all programs must justify their projects in relation to others on the go. Projects might not always be program specific but university wide.”

The new set up is turning the outdated studio from last year into a multi-platform production hub, completely transformed to match industry standards. Media students now have the opportunity to learn about the same technology they will likely use after graduation.

“Things were growing a little obsolete,” said Tavares. “Technology changes and that’s just the nature of the game, so we looked at [these changes] as an option.”

An entire television production can be controlled within one room, roughly the size of a Guelph-Humber instructor’s office. The room includes an audio mixer that can be controlled by an iPad, a new TriCaster system to switch video feeds and integrate the green screen on the sound stage.

The sound stage is also being modified for easier use. The furniture and other set pieces that used to take up a lot of room in the studio have been moved. The large camera rigs have been downsized and the teleprompter screens have been replaced by iPads.

“It’s meant to be very simple and intuitive,” Tavares said. “You can focus less on how to use the technology and more on the production you’re putting together.

Another new feature within the studio is the bank of computers that has been installed. Students can sign out these Mac computers that have various editing software already installed. You will be able to produce and then immediately edit your content, which is much easier than the previous post-production routine.

Student societies like GuHu Media, larger events like the annual Emerge Conference and individual student projects can use the new technology after going through the proper training workshops.

Those students who have been able to tour the studio seem to be impressed. GuHu Media’s Vice President of Television Victoria Baker says she was blown away by the upgrades. “Students working in the studio will now be working with more industry-approved equipment, better preparing us for the careers we pursue.”

Training workshops for the studio will begin before the end of the Fall 2014 semester.

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