Nationally-recognized television professionals have learned their craft in our state-of-the-art broadcast center. The broadcast center houses two fully equipped digital television studios, control rooms, a broadcast up and down link studio, and a 40’ X 40’ sound stage for motion picture production. In addition, for broadcast students studying Meteorology, the center is equipped to deliver professional, on-air graphics with real-time data feeds and weather visualization software. As television technology advances, we look to stay ahead of the curve and continue to train tomorrow’s newsmakers here at the School of Communication’s Broadcasting Center.
Located next to cable studios B and C the School of Communication's sound stage is a 40' by 40' space fully equipped with grip and lighting equipment for motion picture production. The space includes a permanent 18' H by 23' L Cyc wall for green screen shots, black curtain for full stage, steel pipe grid and two 200 amp power distribution boxes. All equipment for sound stage use can be checked out from the School of Communication's equipment room in room 1014 of the Frances L. Wolfson building. Lights such as: 10K mole baby, 5K mole baby, 4K soft, and 4K supper soft are kept in the sound stage for student use. The sound stage is used by undergraduate and graduates for film projects and also as a teaching space for production courses.
Studio B is a working newsroom as well as a permanent news studio. NewsVision, SportsDesk, We the Students, and news specials are all produced in this studio. This facility also houses all broadcast journalism classes. Studio B is 30' by 30' and is equipped with three Sony SDI cameras with Teleprompter and a green screen. Its Control Room has three Panasonic 50'' plasma monitors, a Grass Valley Kayak 3 ME switcher, and a Grass Valley Concerto SD router. Control Room B also includes WheatStone D7 Mixing consul, Sony DSR 2000 DV decks, Avid Deco and Thunder graphics systems, Weather Central System and a Clearcom intercom system.
The School of Communication has two hi-tech digital television studios and control rooms that are used for teaching video production and broadcast journalism courses. The studios are also where students produce a variety of programming for UMTV, the University of Miami’s award-winning campus television station. These programs include “NewsVision,” a 30-minute newscast that includes weather and sports, “The Wire,” a late-night comedy show, and “UniMiami,” a Spanish-language newscast. Through this programming, students develop their journalism and production skills, while getting a taste of the professional world.
The master control room houses all of the hardware and mainframe units that both studio B and C connect to. It also has the satellite receivers for both the PathFire CNN news feed used by broadcast journalism classes and the MTV-U satellite feed which is sent to Comcast Cable where it is integrated into UMTV, channel 96. The room stays updated with cutting-edge broadcasting technology that enables students to produce programming for UMTV, the University of Miami’s award-winning campus television station.
The School of Communication has a fully equipped uplink studio equipped with a Grass Valley Indigo 10 input switcher with audio control, a Mackie audio mixer, a Grass Valley M Series Server, a Deko 1000 graphics machine, Clear Com intercom stations, two Ikegami camera systems 32 pin cable, one with teleprompter, Telos audio dial-in system for IFB, a 42-inch plasma screen, and a Brightline fluorescent light system with DMX dimming.
School of Communication students have advanced technology at their fingertips. The School’s five editing suites include 10 workstations with Mac Pro Towers, Apple 21’’ dual display monitors, Sony Digital Video decks, and access to high-speed network storage. There are additional editing work spaces throughout the School that feature Avid software for picture and sound editing. Communication students studying broadcast journalism, electronic media, cinema and interactive media use these suites regularly, and have afterhours access to most. The School continually works to upgrade these suites as new technology emerges.