The Southeastern Channel's state-of-the-art production studio has been described by television executives, producers, and engineers as the most advanced of all university television stations and many commercial news channels in both the state and region. The studio features mobile Sony digital broadcast cameras that produce a high-quality image. The cameras have teleprompters, and the studio includes a cutting-edge lighting system with lighting grid, over 100 lights, computerized dimmer console, studio curtains, and cyclorama. Customized sets are crafted for news, sports, and talk shows and for telecourses and magazine shows. Some sets utilize the latest Versa Tube LED lighting technology seen only on major networks such as ESPN, NBC, and FOX.
The control room engineers all studio operations with cameras running into a 16-input Ross digital switcher with effects and chroma keyer. The control room includes camera control units with vectorscope and waveform monitors, a Clearcom intercom and IFB studio talkback system, Sony DSR-1500 DVCAM digital video decks for roll-ins or recording, a Mackie 24-channel audio mixing console, and 14 video monitors. A patch bay and routing system enables live or live-to-tape production from not only the studio facility, but also from various University Center classrooms and conference rooms and from the arena where basketball, graduation, and concert activities are produced and broadcast.
The Southeastern Channel transmits from its head-in distribution facility located at the University Center. This facility serves as the primary site where programs are collected, scheduled, and delivered to the cable system. The channel's master control room utilizes a digital, server-based programming system storing hundreds of hours of programming for automated scheduling and playback, replacing traditional tape decks frequently used in television operations and automating program operations. The room is fully digital and server-based with live broadcast capability, Chyron graphics, and compatibility for tapeless ingestion and high definition broadcast. Complete with high tech digital receivers, the facility serves as the control station for satellite downlinks of educational programming for scheduling and distribution via the channel.
The Southeastern Channel's post-production facility includes higher end Final Cut Pro/ AVID editing suites and 15 Final Cut Pro editing workstations for staff and students. These include independent video monitoring, After Effects, Photoshop, and the latest in 3-D computer animation software.