Camera..Action!

Learning Services’ Media and ICT Support team have developed a collection of short videos to provide media students with expert direction and support to help them get the most out of the equipment they are borrowing, from getting started with a camcorder to using a set of lights.

The bespoke videos focus on the media equipment borrowed from the library. The aim is to provide informative content that aids in the operation of the equipment and resolves any issues encountered.

Each Video is:

  •  1-2 minutes in length
  • Contains a visual list of the items for that piece of equipment
  • Provides expert demonstration

The videos are short so that students can easily dip in and out of them, and the visual list of items are to help students identify that everything is still present after a busy shoot.

The visual list is followed by a demonstration on how to correctly use the different elements of the equipment. For example how to format an SD card, change any settings that may need to be highlighted to ensure the equipment works correctly, or how to attach a light to the stand securely.

The videos are hosted on YouTube so they can be easily accessed from a smart phone, laptop or computer. This accessibility means that no matter where the students are they have access to the information. The You Tube videos are accessed by QR codes printed on the checklists that are located inside the equipment bag themselves, so that they can scan the code and be taken directly to the video on YouTube.

YouTube provides very useful statistics which will help us to recognise how the videos are being used so we can make any changes in light of this. It is hope that this added dimension of support accessible via YouTube will be well received, and we welcome any suggestions for future videos.

The current playlist for these videos can also be found at goo.gl/TWAKHx.

Chris Baker

Media & ICT Support Manager

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

 

 

Media Students a Must read…

Well reading week is now behind us and it was a busy one!
The media development team was busy looking after Media’s 1205 & 1208 students as they were given their first introduction to Edge Hill’s HD television studio.

Studio Production Gallery

The intention of these training sessions is to give first year students the opportunity to see first-hand the variety of production equipment used to produce a TV show. They are designed to give students an insight into the variety of the different production roles,  and the key skills required to fill them, as well as giving them the oportunity to get hands on.

In our next blog we will update you on the arrival of our new Avid Media Composer editing systems. This system will give the budding editors amongst you, a chance to edit on another industry standard platform. So make sure to keep an eye on our news via this blog.

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.

Lights, Camera and Action

Students in our studio

A week has passed since Peter Salmon, the Director of BBC North, opened our new High Definition (HD) studio in the LINC building. I must say it was a real coup for us to have Peter take time out of his very busy schedule and officially open the new facility. Peter is a major player in the move of BBC departments to Media City in Salford. 

The TV studio has been designed and built to reflect the facilities that exist in any other studio in the broadcasting or media industry. Peter commented that it looks  and feels like a top professional studio environment. It’s worth mentioning that it’s the only studio of its kind to exist within a Higher Education institution in the North West. As a matter of fact, our studio features in JVC’s professional broadcast website

Studio Production Gallery

What does all this mean for the student experience? Well, we have the most up to date industry equipment, full HD cameras and a full HD tapeless workflow. Tapeless means, the workflow model within the studio environment does not get recorded onto conventional video tape. Instead it gets saved in digital file based format. This streamlines the production process within our editing systems, dramatically cutting down production time. Furthermore our systems are fully integrated and transparent allowing a seamless flow between the studio and our editing systems. 

Our students will graduate with a competitive edge over their rivals  as they will have gained hands on experience in a high technical specification, industry standard environment. 

Students can get access to the studio by ringing 01695 584304 or via e-mail mediadevelopment@edgehill.ac.uk 

The media development team can also provide one to one sessions on request and a full overview of our latest, up to date technology. 

We look forward to showing you around our new studio. If you have any questions or feedback on our studio facilities please leave your comments below or by using the contact details provided. 

Donald Moffatt
Media Technology Development Manager