Texas Southern University (TSU) School of Communication has added a Broadcast Pix Granite 5000 Video Control Center to its student control room.
The new system is part of an equipment upgrade for the Houston-based school to support HD and SD video production.
The control room serves as part of the school's production laboratory, where sophomores, juniors, and seniors work with external producers to create content. Students produce a variety of projects, from news programs to short films, and much of the content is distributed through Comcast Cable's on-demand portal. "It's an excellent platform for our students," said Cliff Edwards, director of broadcast engineering, School of Communication.
Because projects are produced in both SD and HD, it was important that TSU invest in a video switcher that could handle both. "The ability to go HD or SD, that was the goal," said Edwards. "I wanted something that was going to last and be state-of-the-art quality - and give students a leg up when they went into the real world."
The Granite 5000 was purchased from and installed by Houston-based Industrial Audio Video last summer, and TSU began using it for classes last fall. It replaced an aging Echolab switcher and CG, and its built-in Fluent-View allowed the school to replace its cumbersome wall of CRT monitors with four Panasonic 42-inch flat panels. Edwards said students enjoy using the built-in Fluent Clip Store, which allows them to bypass time consuming, tape-based workflows. "Now, they can focus that time on putting packages together," he added.
According to Edwards, the School of Communication needs to invest wisely when it purchases new equipment. With its Fluent workflow tools, regular software upgrades, and modular expandability, he said the 2 M/E Granite 5000 essentially sold itself. "I was sold on the product from day one," Edwards added. "It's a wonderful tool. We wow the students, we wow visitors, and when we generate content, we wow the viewers."