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Portsmouth students go live with NewTek

18 June 2012
Portsmouth students go live with NewTek

Students from the University of Portsmouth have produced four hours of live television coverage with two NewTek TriCaster live production and streaming systems. The 46 students and four staff from the School of Creative Technologies BSc Television and Broadcasting course ran a four-hour magazine-style show, which aired on the BBC Big Screen in Portsmouth Guildhall Square. The show was streamed live across campus and on the internet. Their mission was to promote and celebrate the work of fellow students from the University’s faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, work they had prepared for the final year show. Course tutor Charlie Watts said: “As far as we know, this has never been done or even attempted in higher education in this country before. I’m ecstatic with the end result. We have been building up to this moment for five years and I’m so proud of the students that we actually pulled it off and broadcasted consecutive programmes over the four hours. This year we have launched CCi TV Channel website, that streams the TV channel content 24/7, and also provides video on demand displaying of over three years of work.” The broadcast transmission was broken into sections with Charlie, TV manager Lou Appleby and Principal lecturer Gary Bown overseeing the students’ showcase programmes, which included work from Art, Design and Media students as well as the live broadcast, to the BBC Big Screen of the BA "Fashion and Textile Design with Enterprise" students’ fashion show. Technical support specialist Steve Bellinger also played a key role throughout making sure the broadcast ran as smoothly as possible. Gary Bown, a seasoned TriCaster user of several years said: “The final year show is a great opportunity for all levels of the TV and broadcast course to work together. Students did a fantastic job of producing and transmitting the show. Knowing we were being shown live in the city Guildhall Square added a little to the pressure, but we specialise in working without a safety net. We also have 100% trust in our TriCaster systems. Both machines performed flawlessly and helped to make the whole show look great!"

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