(WOODBURY, NEW YORK, January 24, 2008) Fairfield University, in Fairfield, CT, has upgraded its Media Center with the addition of three Hitachi SK-3020P HDTV studio/EFP cameras, equipped with Hitachi CU-3100 camera control units and Fujinon HA18x7.6BRM HD lenses.|
The Media Center, which is located on campus in Xavier Hall, serves the production needs of the university and has a unique role in supporting the academic requirements of Fairfield’s New Media Film, Television and Radio Program within the Department of Visual and Performing Arts.
The Hitachi cameras, which reside in the Media Center’s 30 x 45 foot Studio B, are controlled and switched remotely from the University’s satellite uplink/television production truck parked outside the building.
Besides enabling Fairfield University to move up to multi-standard, broadcast-quality, native 16:9 HDTV production capability, the new Hitachi HDTV studio/field cameras can also be packed onto the production truck and used to produce video from remote production sites, such as the University’s stadium, auditoriums, and even off-campus locations.
“The Hitachi SK-3020P’s were especially attractive to us because they have the flexibility to be used in our studio as well as taken on the road,” said Brian F. Merry, television producer/director at the Fairfield University Media Center.
The production truck, which is equipped with a Thomson Grass Valley Kayak HD production switcher and Chyron LEX2 HD graphics engine, also has a Ku-Band satellite uplink on the roof.
“New Media students at Fairfield have an extraordinary opportunity to be working ‘hands on’ with broadcast-quality HDTV equipment from Hitachi”, said James Mayzik, S.J., director of the Media Center and the New Media academic program. “Few schools of Fairfield’s caliber offer students access to such technology—beginning in freshman year.”
“The facilities are so good in fact that major media outlets such as CNN, FOX, MSNBC, and CSPAN frequently call on Fairfield for ‘live shot’ origination,” said Mayzik. “As a result, Fairfield students have the opportunity to participate in national broadcast programs in addition to providing the Media Center with a new revenue stream.”
For CNN’s “Larry King Live,” Fairfield University’s Hitachi HDTV cameras and satellite production truck were used to produce live remote video of Connecticut Congressman Christopher Shays when he appeared as a guest on the “Larry King” show. The Hitachi cameras and satellite production truck are also being used to produce regional college basketball games for Cablevision of Connecticut.
The Hitachi HD cameras are used to create “The Voices of Others,” a talk show series that fosters multiple ways of thinking, seeing and experiencing the world. The series was produced by Fairfield University for national distribution. For another Fairfield production, “Medium Close-up,” the Media Center has produced programs featuring interviews with notable celebrities that come to town, such as documentary filmmaker Ken Burns (“The War”). The students also produce their own original content which is seen on the Ham channel, a student-run television channel on Fairfield University’s 110-channel closed circuit television network.
Prior to purchasing the new Hitachi HD cameras over a year ago, Merry went to NAB to evaluate top HD camera models from Sony, Panasonic, Thomson, and other manufacturers.
“When we started comparing these HD cameras to Hitachi’s, the difference in picture quality was negligible, but the price differential was enormous. We couldn’t even approach the Sony, Thomson, or Panasonic cameras for the amount of money in our budget,” said Merry. “Hitachi’s price point put us in the ballpark and made our HD purchase possible.”
About Fairfield University
Fairfield University, in Fairfield, CT, is a Jesuit institution that offers over 5,000 students a wide array of undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs through the six schools that comprise the University. Founded in 1942, Fairfield University ranks highly on many prestigious lists of best colleges in America.
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