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EDUCATION Vinton pedestals have been ordered direct from source and will take up permanent residence around the studio. QStart is the chosen auto cue system and this has been sourced and provided by 3D Broadcast, who will also supply led lighting. Additional recommendations were made by TNP Broadcast. The actual recording of the events, interviews and performances will be achieved via a NewTek TriCaster, and the NewTek solution has formed the backbone to all broadcast operations in the university since the TV and broadcasting course was originally conceived in 2005. The students from this course all deal in factors such as producing live broadcast work as part of an essential course curriculum, and the OB work is the requirement of a taught unit entitled ‘Television Transmission’. Gary gives additional details on the unit by adding, “when the course was created we sketched out elements that we had to have, and outside broadcast was one of the fi rst things we placed top of the list. All TV courses should be focused on live multiple camera operation, and for us the NewTek TriCaster produced the perfect solution really early on. We now own and operate three NewTek systems, with the latest hardware addition being a TriCaster 860. The 860 has been a complete game changer for us, and without it we would have struggled to successfully stage our 24 hour broadcast event back in May”. The taught unit Television Transmission is designed to do a number of things, and it is correctly aimed at fi nal year students. Gary adds, “TVTRANS, as it is known via its acronym, is based partly on students producing a real outside broadcast, and by successfully completing a technical exam. The exam is full of essential elements of TV technology that we have found has served graduates well in their continued learning, and in job interviews leading to employment”. with student crew numbers totaling approximately fourteen per team, with four teams, and almost nearly sixty students per year completing the unit. Gary states, “the unit is demanding on many levels, and students are tasked with designing a brand new TV programme, marketing the concept, writing and producing all video elements, ensuring an audience will be present, and technically setting up all hardware and software requirements. The latter aspect is perhaps the most demanding due to risk assessment and health and safety requirements being met, with the added pressure of the students being responsible for the broadcast of the TV signal. Expectations are high, and it can be stressful to all, but this is what we do down here in Portsmouth. We play things as real as possible, and any student participating in the unit will know fi rst-hand that they will have earned all of the accolades once the job is successfully done, and they would have learnt some great skills”. September 2014 will bring new and exciting times to any student involved in TV and broadcasting duties, and for any student that wishes to get in front of the camera and/or exhibit their work. As Dean, Professor Catherine Harper works tirelessly to connect all of the schools and courses within the faculty, and she feels sure that this studio will become a central element in this plight by adding, “The mission is to exhibit quality student work, whilst providing real-life experiences where students are able to perform at the highest level using real industry kit. This new TV studio will no doubt form the visible face of a lot of effort and hard work, and students, who may have usually worked behind the scenes in some unknown capacity, will now bask in the same light as the new studio facilities. Exciting times are duly guaranteed for all! The actual live broadcasts the unit generates are very large productions, 46 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 92 AUGUST 2014 TV-BAY092AUG14.indd 46 08/08/2014 15:28