Middle Tennessee State University has been doing a lot of upgrades lately, including the refurbishing of a mobile truck late last year.
Compix CynerG² Now, the school, near Nashville, has purchased a Compix CynerG² and two ConverG1 systems for use within the Department of Electronic Media Communication, part of the university's College of Mass Communication. MTSU uses the two-channel CynerG² CG in a TV studio that supports production for university courses and for the student cable channel. The two single-channel ConverG1 systems have been installed in the mobile production truck used by student crews to cover university sports, and for special events including concerts and political debates.
"We were looking for a solution that would integrate quickly into our communications environment and perform well—and do so at a price the department would find acceptable," said Toffer King, assistant director of technical systems in the Department of Electronic Media Communication at MTSU. "The CynerG² from Compix met all of these requirements."
Compix's CynerG² system unites two CGs in one system, leveraging the pair in sync to create a combined look that is far superior to their individual effects. Using Compix GenCG and NewsScroll software, students working in the studio at MTSU can run a series of template-based pages to output live, up-to-the-minute news crawls, a real-time clock, and two user-defined logos. Ideal for creating the sophisticated graphic overlays that two channels can deliver, the CynerG² features multiple rolls, crawls, more than 250 transitional effects, and even a user-definable clock/timer.
Additionally, the university is enrolled in the Compix SchoolSmart program, allowing faculty and staff to install offline GenCG software on classroom computers and student machines, that enables students to create sophisticated graphic projects on school computers in class, or on their personal laptops, at their own pace. Once their projects are complete, using a simple flash drive, they can bring their work to the Compix systems installed in both the studio and in the production truck. Students can make last minute graphic changes before or even during production, then operate the Compix CG and play their work to air.
The Compix systems at MTSU give students hands-on experience that complements their classroom learning experience and prepares them for work in the professional communications world. Every time the MTSU mobile truck rolls, it is staffed almost entirely by a student crew. Because there are two ConverG1 HD systems in the unit, one student operator can focus on providing stats while the other works on graphical elements. This system configuration gives the truck greater flexibility and enables better accuracy in the fast-paced live sports environment.
All Compix CGs feature GenCG, the main graphics creation, layout, and playback software, with more than 1,000 TrueType fonts and hundreds of bundled backgrounds, elements, and templates. GenCG makes graphic creation fast and easy with Compix "Style Catalogs," including often-used graphic elements such as pre-built lower-third and over-the-shoulder graphic treatments, animations, fonts, and complete templates to help the student operators get the proper preset looks to air quickly.
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