Wayne Newton – Videopro Business Centre: Broadcast & Production

I have recently completed a project at University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Toowoomba. I’m pleased to say that it has been an excellent project to work on, right from the beginning to the end.

I wanted to give you a brief run down on the project and how the new system works, so here we go…

USQ received a full HD backbone with any analogue sources being up converted into the HD stream.

There are 3 Sony HXC 100 HD Broadcast cameras on the studio floor, with Fujinon HD glass. Triax cable runs up to the control room where all 3 studio cameras are switched as well a 4th camera on the lighting grid and a pc on the floor for PowerPoint presentations.

USQ Cameras

Setting up the new cameras.

The control room houses a Panasonic AV HS450 Broadcast Switcher with inbuilt Multiview assigned to a large screen 55” Sony LCD panel. The control room also houses audio mixing, camera control and technical previews.

The program can be recorded directly to XDCAM HD disc or to an Avid ISIS5000 32TB shared storage server which can then be edited by any one of 4 avid Media Composer 5 systems that are connected into the server.

USQ control room

New control room, complete with large screen monitor.

Two of the avid systems are nitris boxes and the other two are software only. An existing protools HD suite is also connected into the isis system which now allows for a full collaborative workflow.

Once the program has been edited it is then streamed out to the university network which will also allow their distance education students to log in and view the program.

The heart and soul of the system is contained in the CAR (Central Apparatus Room) where 3 large racks house all the noisy equipment.


All the racks, nice and tidy!

USQ is very happy with the install which was completed on time, under budget, and has worked for the first time the power switch was flipped.

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