Montclair State University students get hands-on experience with Sony HD gear

The school’s three HDC-1400 cameras are mounted on broadcast pan heads and pedestals.
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Bob Rowe, senior broadcasting student, operates Sony HD equipment at Montclair State’s Dumont Television Center.

Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ, recently equipped its DuMont Television Center with upgraded Sony HDC-1400 HD studio cameras and an MVS-8000G multiformat switcher.

The school’s three HDC-1400 cameras are mounted on broadcast pan heads and pedestals. Complementing them is a recently purchased, jib-mounted XDCAM EX series memory camcorder (model PMW-EX3). The studio cameras and switcher are used by the students as classroom tools and also to produce a weekly cable series called “Carpe Diem,” now in its 17th season.

The university also plans to purchase several XDCAM HD PDW-HD1500 optical decks, additional XDCAM EX gear plus an MVS-9000G switcher for its Control Room B.

The Dumont Television Center’s primary mission is to give students a “real-world classroom.” The technology is teaching students about cutting-edge technologies and the convergence of traditional A/V production with an IT-based workflow.