Camera upgrades available to all students

BY GALEN MORRIS, TV Station Manager

Students who may need a camera to film something on campus or for a class assignment can get help from the mass communications department. Currently, they have six high-definition digital cameras with six tripods and two boom microphones.

Piedmont College students in any major can use these resources to help produce videos.This past summer, the mass communications department received an upgrade of its television studio, cameras and Mac Lab. The old cameras still used small videocassettes to record and did not record in a high-definition format.

It would’ve taken students a very long time to take their recordings and run them in a machine that converts the analogous tape footage into a digital format. With the new high-definition cameras, all captured footage will be recorded to an SD card that can easily plug into the back of the iMacs in the Swanson Center Mac Lab. This will also make the editing process much easier for students.

Additionally, each camera comes in its own protective carrying case complete with a camera battery, charging station and an LED light panel with its own battery. Although the cases are bulky and a little difficult to carry around, it’s only to ensure their safety and care for the years to come.These cameras are the same ones used to record the theatre performances broadcast on PCTV.

Any student wanting to check out this equipment for video recording needs should email Professor Jennifer Arbitter at [email protected]