Houston Community College has launched a new podcast studio built around three JVC Professional Video KY-PZ100 PTZ network video production robotic cameras and the ProHD Studio 4000 live broadcast and production studio. Although HCCTV operates two cable channels and has multiple studios on campus, the new podcast studio represents a shift to more streamlined productions that don’t require large crews.
According to Chris Bourne, HCCTV Chief Broadcast Engineer, most college-produced programs feature talking heads and interviews. Therefore, unless there is some sort of physical demonstration on set, such as the preparation of a meal, many productions can easily be transferred to a technical crew and one-person host.
The compact ProHD Studio 4000 provides a complete control room solution for HCCTV’s podcast studio, including an integrated production mixer and in-house CG. The podcast studio is also equipped with two new JVC 24-inch LCD monitors.
HCCTV records programs directly to the ProHD Studio 4000 and transmits audio from its Allen & Heath mixer to the system via USB. HCC plans to use the system’s built-in streaming in the future. Bourne is also happy with the PTZ cameras, which are mounted on C-brackets with Matthews gimbal heads.
The three cameras are controlled with a JVC RM-LP100 remote camera controller and a virtual CCU. Its joystick and zoom rocker allow for smooth and precise camera movements, while its seven-inch touchscreen provides control over camera groups, presets and camera settings. Bourne noted that the RM-LP100 has been an important tool for the senior studio director, who relies heavily on camera presets while changing to create visually interesting programming.
The podcast studio has been in use almost every day since producing its first show in mid-August. Housed in the HCC Administration Building in downtown Houston, the facility hosts a variety of productions, including student productions, a veteran-focused series, and interviews that will be included in a larger project to promote the upcoming 50th anniversary of the HCC.
The podcast studio works particularly well with shows like Story Behind the Story, which features interviews with people involved in local events. The studio is far less intimidating than a traditional studio filled with a full crew and big cameras. As a result, customers tend to be more outspoken.