NYU Journalism has a new fully-equipped professional digital broadcast studio and control room. The studio is equipped with 4 cameras, 3 Hitachi Z4000W digital studio cameras with teleprompter system and a ceiling mounted remote camera.
The newly-designed set has a mobile news desk, an interview area for use by the many classes that invite guests to the department and a chroma key green screen for superimposition of images.
The set was designed by PDG, one of the top design firms in New York and reflects downtown Manhattan and the complex creative congestion of the city. The studio also has smaller backgrounds for interviewing individuals for documentaries.
A retractable screen and speaker system for screenings in the studio is also available.
The spacious control room is equipped with digital switcher, a MACKIE 16-8 audio board, a COMREX phone system for on-air call-ins, a Lyric 5.24 Chyron graphics station, Scan-Do system and an EXPRESS 24/48 lighting board.
Communication between the control room crew, the studio crew and the media room is made possible by a RTS TELEX intercom system.
The media room components are fully routable and allow playback and recording from and to 2 AVID airspeed units, 3 Betacam SP, 2 DVCAM, 1 U-matic, 1 DVD recorder and multi-system VHS.
The media room is also equipped to receive and record CNN Pathfire feeds and to stream studio programs to the Web, such as TV newscasts and live guest speaker-driven events.
The department has three types of non-linear editing to serve student needs. News and Documentary students embarking on longer format work use AVID Media Composer, while students working on shorter packages and/or multimedia projects work on AVID Newscutter. All the AVID equipped editing stations are connected to an AVID ISIS central server, resulting in a state-of-the-art tapeless environment.
Students can share media files, work together or at different times at different stations on the same piece. Finished reports can also go directly into a newscast without going to tape.
In addition to AVID-based editing, graduate students can edit using Final Cut Pro software running on Apple workstations.
A range of equipment is available to suit different levels of media production. For News and Documentary students, the department provides prosumer DV cameras (SONY VX-2100, PD-150/170 and Panasonic DXR-110B), Lectrosonics radio mics and professional Lowell lighting kits for their documentary productions.
For multimedia students, the department provides small, easy-to-use Canon DV cameras and microphones.
The state-of-the-art radio studio can support three guests and a host for live and taped talk shows for WNYU and our website. It has an 18-input Audio Arts Digital Engineering broadcast control console, 4 Neumann microphones, a telco system for live call-ins and three Shortcut 360 digital editing systems.
The radio studio is available to all journalism students. It is also connected to the Radio Newsroom so classes can view and listen to live and recorded productions during class
Adjacent to the Radio Studio is the Sound Booth. It serves the needs of radio and video. It is wired directly into the radio board, but students working in video can use it to record narration onto CFII flash cards, SD cards and jump drives.
Journalism students are exposed to a variety of recording devices that are used in the industry and can check out DAT, mini-disc and professional MARANTZ PMD-660 flash card recorders for use on projects.