Each site is equipped to provide both remote portable and in-studio multi-camera production facilities. Equipment packages vary at this time, but studios have one or both of the following:

  • JVC GY X2BU SVHS or GY X3U 3 chip camcorder
  • Panasonic AG-456 1 chip SVHS Camcorder
  • Panasonic AG-DVC15 and DVC7 Mini-DV camcorders or
  • Sony VX2000 Mini-DV camcorders
  • Miller and Bogen tripods
  • Lavalier and hand microphone with audio extension cables and mic stands
  • Lighting kits
  • Other equipment may also be available.
  • Studios have at least three cameras available for multi-camera in-studio production, as well as microphones, mic stands and space for producers to arrange a set for a production.
  • Each control room also includes a switcher, audio mixing board, recording decks, playback decks for those producers who roll in previously recorded video, a character generator, lighting grid, test and measurement equipment to insure signal quality, and in some cases, routing equipment to allow for live production.

Each site provides an SVHS editing suite, with character generation, audio mixers, and cassette and CD players for producers who tape productions in the field and need to prepare them for air. Currently these suites are cuts-only. Two studios are equiped with non-linear editors, using the DV500 platform and Adobe Premiere software.

The Authority can accept programs recorded in VHS and SVHS formats. These tapes must be recorded at SP(2hour mode) speed. We are integrating mini-DV, DV and DVD playback into our sites; please check with your local access coordinator to see if it is available in your area, and to see what technical requirements must be met for each particular format. We have found that DVD's must contain only one program per disc, finalized to DVD video, with only one menu that does not require the selection of the program from within that menu. DVDs recorded with multiple layers of menus, not finalized to DVD video or containing more than one program will not play back properly through our automation.
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