January 21, 2013
The Abekas Mira Production server continues to gain market share in educational facilities across the country. Oral Roberts University and Florida State University are two such facilities. At Oral Roberts University, an interdenominational Christian liberal arts university located in Tulsa, Oklahoma—founded in 1963 by evangelist Oral Roberts—the University provides broadcast and video production curriculum and transmits religious services to the community as KGEB-TV. Their Multi-Media Institute program prepares students for the ever-changing world of media production. Blending creative, theoretical and technical aspects, students participate in a variety of hands-on projects. The four-channel Mira Production server is employed in the control room to deliver video and key animated graphics and background video to the production switcher.
Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL is home to WFSU-TV, the public media, PBS, and NPR broadcaster for Northern Florida and Southern Georgia. WFSU-TV is home to the largest production facility in the region—with capabilities in studio production, teleconferencing, field production, remote production, post-production, and satellite resources. Originating from WFSU-TV are a wide array of interview programs, documentaries, teleconferences, feature programs, governmental affairs, educational programs and musical programs.
WFSU-TV has come a long way since its inception in 1960. WFSU now broadcasts a digital signal 24-hours a day and in full High Definition for 12-hours a day. WFSU-TV’s facilities include KU and C Band satellite uplink and downlink capabilities which enable the station to transmit programs around the world and to operate Navigator, an international “turnkey teleconferencing service.” The WFSU facilities include two fully equipped television studios, one of which is the largest in north Florida. In addition to a four-channel Abekas Mira Production server feeding video and key into their GVG switcher, WFSU studios house three cameras, computer-driven lighting systems, stereo audio systems, Chyron Duets, and digital video effects systems. Five editing suites are fully equipped for post-production with Final Cut Pro and Adobe Creative Suite graphics software.
Since 1995, WFSU has operated 4FSU (Comcast Channel 4), a cable access channel that hosts The Florida Channel (gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Florida Legislature) programming during the day and FSU programming each evening. It is dedicated to heightening public awareness of local and University affairs. 4FSU also acts as a training laboratory for students interested in television production and technology.