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In summer 2015, ACMi began its biggest upgrade since the analog-to-digital upgrade in 2006. We installed over 1,000 feet of SDI cable to provide professional digital distribution and switching of the numerous signals throughout the ACMi facilities. Most of the live production cables running throughout the building and connecting digital sources to destinations are now fed through our network-controlled Smart Hub Router.
Members have been putting ACMi’s two new 60” rotating studio monitors to creative use. By integrating with Skype video conference tools, producers have been bringing experts from around the world into the studio. These monitors allow for natural conversations to take place remotely, while providing Arlington residents access to a wider pool of interview subjects, connecting our town to the world at large.
New Studio Camera
The Hitachi studio cameras we just purchased are truly professional grade, and they offer a wide variety of options at either end of the single SMPTE fiber connection. The new pro-prompters are wider and can be read from various angles. The heavy-duty pedestals complete the package, with extra smooth performance in pan, tilt and pedestal movement.
Studio A Control Room
The Behringer X32 digital audio mixer comes equipped with digital routing capabilities, increased inputs and outputs, multichannel recording, and modeling effects. These features make it a perfect fit for the newly designed ACMi control room.
New Media Tools
Inception is a server-based media tool installed at ACMi that contains multiple capabilities, from production planning and rundowns to teleprompting, internal communication, social media publishing and more. The system can assist any producer and program to create and follow a rundown, stay organized, and execute the plan.
The Blackmagic Cinema Camera kits got a reboot. They have now been packaged together with 4 new Rokinon cinema lenses and pro ND filters, making it easier to capture that perfect shot.
This studio continues to grow in its capabilities. Energy-efficient LED lights are now hung from the newly expanded grid, as are a curtain and track. The most recent change at Studio B is the transfer of the studio cameras formerly at the Park Ave studio. This upgrades the camcorders used this past year to studio cameras with professional, higher-end lenses and pro options for teleprompter, intercoms, and tally.
Studio B offers an array of options in the field. Projects large and small can benefit from the four JVC GY-HM600u camcorders. Since these cameras come with a 23x optical zoom, operators can set up comfortably and shoot from greater distances.
The “Roadie” HD video switcher is a portable version of the Broadcast Pix “Flint” switcher used in the Studio B control room, and the much larger “Granite” system at the Park Ave Studio. This continuity in user interfaces allows for better membership training and familiarity both in and out of the studio.
ACMi sports upgraded its production coverage to include the All Sports CG system, which allows the school’s scoreboard to connect to our switcher, with custom graphics updated in real time by the scorekeeper. The AJA Kumo SDI router increases our switcher capacity from 4 to 16 inputs, enabling sports productions to include more cameras and multiple angles for instant replay.
We further expanded the reach of our Town Hall Control Room by completing the installation of three camera connections in the 2nd floor annex meeting room. The Selectmen’s Chambers were also upgraded with the installation of a 50” flat screen display, allowing the Selectmen to easily view video presentations.