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Fast-track student broadcasting F rom crafting on-air scripts to producing and editing interviews, University of Hartford’s STN Channel 2 encourages students to get their feet wet in the broadcast field early on. Each week, students are tasked with creating a 30-minute live broadcast covering campus, local, national and world news, which airs on the university network and online. Throughout production and post, participants are given access to a newsroom equipped with the latest cameras, editing gear and storage including a Facilis TerraBlock Shared Storage System to assist with the management of large video files. STN 2 added a Facilis TerraBlock 24EX Shared Storage System to its workflow last year in an effort to accelerate post production. Andrew Mannino, General Manager and Chief Engineer, STN 2, said “My predecessor looked at several solutions on the market, but ultimately went with TerraBlock, because it had expandability options in terms of speed that others could not match.” Over the last year, Mannino has seen a considerable reduction in the time it takes the station to turn around broadcasts. He shared with TerraBlock, “students can easily share project files between workstations and collaborate on the same projects simultaneously, which saves us a ton of time. On top of that, it’s very fast! If we want to render graphics or play back footage, even over Ethernet, we never have to worry about lag time.” http://facilis.com 08 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 85 JANUARY 2014 www.thameside.tv Plug-in legalizer for Avid Media Composer Eyeheight has announced a new addition to its range of software plug-in legalizers. BroadcastSafeMC is designed for use with Avid’s Media Composer 7 and Interplay nonlinear editing systems. Compatible with Apple OS X and Microsoft Windows operating systems, it is a complete plug-in legalizer, safe-area generator and graphic measurement toolset. Working seamlessly with Media Composer, BroadcastSafeMC enables users to verify and conform their content prior to submission to any file-based quality control system. www.eyeheight.com