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Tucson 12 takes digital newsgathering local

Tucson 12 shoots 24p in the field for local news and public affairs shows like “The Beat.”

Tucson 12, a division of the City of Tucson Information Technology Department, shoots its magazine and news programming with Panasonic DVCPRO50 cameras.

The public access channel, which is available to residents on Cox Cablevision (channel 12) and Comcast (channel 75), uses the AJ-SDX900 24p/30p/60i camcorder, 16 DVCPRO50 decks and an AG-DVX100A Mini-DV 24p camera.

Among the magazine and news programming shot in the field are “12 Answers,” “City News,” “Conexión 12,” “In Motion,” “On Scene,” “Pet Connection,” “Sonoran Style,” “The Beat” and “Zoo News.”

Tucson 12 began its transition to digital more than three years ago with an initial investment in three AJ-SDC915 2/3in 3-CCD DVCPRO 50/25 camcorders and the DVCPRO50 editing VTRs. The full-sized decks are used for tape-to-tape editing and server ingestion; the half-rack models are assigned to producers for storyboarding.

Along the way, it’s added other equipment like the SDX900, which is used to shoot “The Beat” in 24p, and the AG-DVX100A, a Mini-DV 3-CCD camcorder with CineSwitch technology that supports 480i/60 (NTSC), cinema-style 480p/24fps and 480p/30fps image capture.

Tucson 12 uses the AG-DVX100A as an extra camera, often inside vehicles to shoot “On Scene,” a safety show featuring Tucson police and fire personnel. The mini-DV camera was also recently deployed on a daylong shoot on the Mexican border documenting the U.S. Border control, shooting for the Spanish language program “Conexión 12.”

The public access channel's current lineup and archived episodes can be viewed at

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