Washington State students get glimpse of broadcast future

Washington State University broadcast students are getting hands-on experience with tapeless XDCAM acquisition equipment from Sony.

Students at Washington State University are getting an education in the future of broadcast production technology through hands-on experience with a tapeless acquisition recording solution.

Since February, broadcast students have used Sony's XDCAM Professional Disc System as a classroom tool and to produce "Face to Face," a university-run community affairs show.

Faculty supervises students who shoot and edit the video, and write the stories. An alumnus hosts the show. XDCAM has streamlined editing and the post-production process. In-camera editing lets crews review footage as thumbnails on the camcorder's LCD screen.

Once the discs from the set are handed over to the show's post-production team, the benefits of random access can allow the post team to instantly locate scenes according to timecode breaks.

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