High School Students Learn Video Via Broadcast Pix

Video technology continues to hit the high school level of sports as West Forsyth High School of Cumming, GA, has purchased a Broadcast Pix Slate system for its new broadcast studio. The newly constructed West Forsyth High School opened its doors in 2007.

Broadcast video instructor John White worked with systems integrator Media Products in Atlanta to specify the components of the broadcast studio. The design for the fully equipped state-of-the-art control room and studio called for a Broadcast Pix Slate production system with eight-to-12 live video inputs. The two-camera studio features JVC KAF 5602U cameras, a 4TB server with Avid nonlinear editing capability, eight editing bays, Avid Media Composer, a full lighting rig, and lighting and audio consoles.

“The Slate was a fantastic choice for us,” says White. “It is capable of carrying out so many functions that picking a single standout feature is difficult. Speaking from the standpoint of streamlining our workflow, having the editing computers connected straight to the production booth is a broadcast instructor’s best friend.”

Advanced classes at the school help students learn to shoot football highlight reels, documentaries, and more. “The idea is to familiarize these students with the basics of broadcast production,” says White. “We’ve been able to achieve that and more, since our ‘classroom’ environment represents television production capability that the students will encounter when they enter college or even the job market.”

The Broadcast Pix Slate system integrates a production switcher, production control panel, Inscriber CG, clip store, and multi-view monitoring, among other functions, in a single workstation-based system. The multi-function system and single operator design of the Slate simplifies engineering and allows ease of installation and operation, compared to the complex integration requirements of a conventional control room that involves many pieces of equipment.