TCU Makes Move Towards HD with Burst, Sony

Texas Christian University’s communications school recently worked with Denver-based systems integrator Burst Video on the six-month project to redesign and install new cameras and control room equipment.

The goals of the installation were to give TCU students the ability to produce their own mini-newscasts for the Web and to allow students to hone their on-camera performance, news writing and technical production skills.

The studio was equipped with two Sony PMW-EX3 cameras because of their convenient remote controls, interchangeable lens options and multi-camera operation capabilities. The control room was built around the Sony MFS-2000 switcher and Sony FWD-S47H1 display monitors. TCU chose MFS-2000 switcher because of its compact size and its ability to operate in both HD and SD formats – a necessity as they continue a migration path to HD broadcasting.

This December, TCU will continue the project by tearing down its existing football stadium and, with help from Burst, rebuilding a new stadium, including HD scoreboards. The School’s Sony SD cameras that are currently used to feed the scoreboard will be replaced with HD cameras to offer TCU fans a full HD experience next season.

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