Ed McMahon Mass Communications Center
The University's completely digital, high-definition television (HDTV) studio provides students with a thoroughly professional environment for creating a wide range of quality television programming.
The 1,200-square-foot studio features:
- Three Sony HDC-910 digital studio cameras
- Sony MVS8000A production switcher with multiple DME channels
- Sony DMX R100 digital audio console
- Dual-channel Avid Deko for HD graphics
- Omneon MediaDeck and Autocue video servers provide four channels of HD recording and playback and a tapeless workflow from camera to edit to air
- Sony HDCAM studio VTR
- 16-foot-high lighting grid
- Full complement of Mole-Richardson, Arri, Lowel and DeSisti studio lighting
- Computer-controlled lighting board
- 12-foot by 28-foot, green ProCyc allows use of virtual sets and environments
The classroom is equipped for screening Bluray, standard DVDs and computer output. The classroom features superb 7.1 surround-sound audio, a high-end video projection system and 26 theater-style seats.
Media Innovation Classroom and Lab
Modeled after a working newsroom, the classroom supports courses in broadcast, print and interactive journalism. Students get the latest news at their computers via the Associated Press news wire service and the popular ENPS newsroom automation software application, used by many broadcasters including CBS News and ESPN. Students also have access to the CNN Newsource service, which allows them to use CNN news material in their own newscasts. The Media Innovation Classroom and Lab provides cable television service to multiple HD LED monitors.
The lab features high-performance workstations, peripherals and software for students learning to create interactive multimedia and Web design projects. A large wall-mounted "Smart" board allows for HD video and computer display. Here students work with multimedia and imaging applications such as Adobe Photoshop, In Design, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Illustrator, Flash, Dreamweaver and other industry-standard software.
Audio Production Studio
The center's digital audio production studio is used by media production and broadcast journalism students to create radio programs, public service announcements, news and documentary programs, live radio dramas, commercials, soundtracks for films and videos and other audio projects. The studio offers a wide array of professional-level tools and components, including the powerful Pro Tools digital audio workstation, which is used by recording industry and post-production professionals worldwide.
Media Project Bays
Students work alone or in small teams with private project bays, editing video with Adobe Premiere Pro or recording and editing audio with Audacity and Adobe's Audition application.
4K Edit Room
The highest quality content can be edited on our Macintosh-based Adobe Premiere Pro system. The room features high-capacity (5 TB), high speed media storage, dual flat-panel computer monitors and a large 4K flat screen monitor.
Video Editing Lab
This lab is used to train students in current post-production techniques, using Adobe's suite of production and post-production applications including Premiere Pro and other powerful tools such as Adobe Photoshop and After Effects. Hardware and software are updated regularly to give students the benefits of the most powerful and flexible tools available. The lab also features a high-definition video projection system and Blu-Ray players for screening HD content.
Equipment Loan Room
We provide a full complement of remote audio and video production gear for students enrolled in journalism; film, video and interactive media; and graduate interactive media courses. They may borrow camcorders, tripods, lighting kits, microphones, audio recorders and accessories during the academic semester for use in course projects. Students shoot digital HD and 4K video in the field and edit digitally. Students in advanced production courses have access to professional-level 3 CCD camcorders, large-sensor interchangeable lens DSLRS and camcorders such as the Canon C100, digital audio recorders and all the gear necessary to produce broadcast-quality audio and video in the field.
For questions about McMahon Center services and facilities, contact:
Peter Sumby, director
Ed McMahon Mass Communications Center
For general questions about the School of Communications, contact:
Lee Kamlet, dean
School of Communications