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Trinity TV Going HD

By Russell Guerrero ’83

Trinity’s production facilities leaving the analog world behind for digital,
high-definition transmission

New Trinity TV Facilities
The television facilities in the Richard Communications Center

September 2009 –The television facilities in the Richard Communications Center (RCC), located in the 4th floor of Laurie Auditorium, are getting a major high definition makeover. 

Later this academic year, communication students will learn television production using state-of-the-art equipment and student produced shows such as Newswave, Studio 21, and The Not So Late Show will be broadcast in HD on Trinity’s TigerTV.

The television control room, the heart of the production facility, has been given a complete renovation.  All the old analog equipment has been replaced with high definition digital equipment, including:

  • A  video server and production switcher
  • A new multi-channel digital audio console
  • Two big screen HD monitors surrounded by a bank of 20 smaller HD monitors, and
  • A Chyron two-channel character generator

In the main studio, new Sony studio cameras have been added as well as a new studio lighting system and a 20-foot green screen.  A satellite newsroom area on the 4th floor will include two robotic HD cameras and a standard definition interview area.

A new satellite dish has been installed and arrangements have been made with CNN to allow cable news feed to be used by broadcast news students in their weekly newscast.

The renovation was made possible through a gift from AT&T and was part of Dream. Aspire. Achieve. The Campaign for Trinity University.

Thanks to the generosity of the AT&T gift, the department of communication has been able to transform our teaching facilities,” said William Christ, professor and chair of communication. “Last year, we completely renovated KRTU into a digital radio station.  This year we will become one of the few high definition undergraduate television facilities in the country where even first year students can use advanced communication technology for storytelling of the highest order.”

Professor Christ and James Bynum, RCC operations manager, have been working on the project for more than a year with Beck Associates of Austin, a company that specializes in integrating new broadcasting systems.  Fred Beck, the owner of the company, personally oversaw the renovation.  Coincidentally, Mr. Beck’s father, Al Beck, was the engineer who oversaw the original television equipment installation in RCC in the 1970’s.  He also was the engineer for the production facilities for several years.

The updated facilities will be officially unveiled in January; however, alumni who return to Trinity for Alumni Weekend in October will be given a sneak peak during a reception hosted by the communication department.

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