What’s been happening in our HD Television Studio?

We have had a busy few months in the television studio, with it being heavily used by the Media students, academics and departments across the University. The studio has been running flat out from 0900 to 17:00 Monday to Friday!

Here are just a few of the highlights:

In terms of students, Film and TV students have been producing light entertainment shows and children’s television shows, with the 3rd year students finishing and polishing their final projects. There are also some of our students who have been producing content for a magazine style show called ‘Lancashire Fresh Event’, and this is tied to producing content for Bay TV.

Two students within the Department of Media, James Ibbitson and Kevin Robinson have produced a film called “A Fall From Grace” which is a political drama set in the months following the end of the Second World War.  Internal production shoots took place within our HD studio and the staff common room, it’s a very professional piece of work, and has its own website that was designed by the 2 students to promote their work. Visit their website to see. www.afallfromgrace.co.uk

For those as old as me who remember the band Hawkwind, it was exciting to have the band member, Steve Bainbridge in the studio.  He was being interviewed by Steve Jansen, screen writer and author; this was for a creative writing project.

We have also been working with Faculty of Health and Social Care staff who have used the studio to produce content to support carers and children with disabilities.

Media Academics have been utilising the facilities to provide content for promotional information, and we are seeing requests from other areas of the university, HR being one of the departments taking advantage of new media, to promote what it’s like working for Edge Hill University, getting the word out there into the employment market place.

If you would like to learn more about what we do or need help with Media or ICT you can contact us at lsmedia@edgehill.ac.uk

 

Donald Moffatt

Media Technology Development Manager

 

 

Did you Know… about our video editing facilities?

Situated on the top floor of the Learning Innovation Centre (LINC Building) there are 7 video editing booths, 1 format copying booth and an off air recording room.

So, what facilities do these rooms offer?

27" Imac Final Cut Pro Suite

The video editing booths offer the capability of editing on 2 different industry systems, Final Cut Pro and Avid. 5 of the 7 booths are equipped with 27’’ wide screen Apple iMacs and use the Final Cut Pro system. The computers and are fully loaded with the latest software: FCP Version 7, DVD Studio Pro, Adobe After Effects and Adobe Photoshop.

Final Cut Pro

The 27’’ screens make your editing easier and allow for several windows and applications to be opened at the same time.
Avid is available on two editing booths on PCs, using 2 monitors. Both of these editing systems provide you with the tools to produce a very professional, polished product. The editing booths can be booked through the Help desk, situated on the ground floor of the LINC building and are available from 08:45 to 17:00.

Avid editing booth

The format copy booth allows you to copy Mini DV or VHS tapes to DVD or to a digital media storage device, such as a pen drive. The file formats supported are avi and mpeg. If you need to transfer from one format to another, the media development team can also provide file format transcoding. The media development team are situated in an office on the top floor of the LINC building opposite the editing booths. We can provide support and guidance on the use of the editing systems and even provide training for beginners.

The off air recording room offers facilities to record free-to-air programmes from TV or radio for use by staff. These are normally recorded onto DVD, but can be put onto VHS if requested. Previous recordings can also be copied, subject to the requirements of the ERA licence. Some purchased recordings (e.g. educational video/DVD) may also be copied, provided proof of permission from the copyright holder is submitted along with the request. Recorded video footage from camcorder tapes and SD cards can also be copied onto DVD, subject to software compatibility.

If you need any advice regarding media technology, or you’d like to find out more about what we have to offer, please contact the media development team directly at mediadevelopment@edgehill.ac.uk

Donald Moffatt

Media Technology Development Manager.