Norfolk State University Installs Three Hitachi HD Cameras for Student-Produced Programming

Norfolk State University (NSU), in Norfolk, VA, installed three new Hitachi SK-HD1000 digital high-definition cameras in its television studio, which provides hands-on training to students enrolled in the school’s Mass Communication program.  The studio, which is part of NSU’s School of Liberal Arts, enables students to satisfy media lab requirements and produce their own videos as they work toward a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication.

“Since our students have different levels of technical proficiency, it was critical for us to choose cameras that are extremely easy to operate, maneuver, and maintain,” said Michael Matovich, CBT (Certified Broadcast Technologist) and chief video engineer for NSU.  “The Hitachi SK-HD1000 is all of those things, plus it produces a fantastic picture. As a state university, all major purchases must go out to bid. The Hitachi SK-HD1000 demonstrated the best price/performance of any camera we considered.”

NSU’s television studio, which is on-campus in the James A. Bowser Industrial Education Building, has an adjacent control room with a Ross Synergy 2-M/E production switcher and an Inscriber CG, among other gear.  While it still operates in SD 4:3/16:9, Matovich said, “We chose Hitachi cameras to lay the groundwork for our eventual transition to 1080i HD production.”

The three Hitachi SK-HD1000 cameras, ordered through York Telecom, a New Jersey-based systems integrator and equipment dealer with an office in Richmond, VA, are positioned on lightweight Vinten pedestals.  These broadcast cameras are also outfitted with many Hitachi accessories, including five-inch VF-HD500 black/white viewfinders, CU-HD1000 camera control units, and RU-1200JY remote control units.