Houston Community College Podcast Studio Installs JVC PTZ Cameras, ProHD Studio 4000 Production System

Houston Community College has launched a new podcast studio built around three JVC Professional Video KY-PZ100 robotic PTZ network video production cameras and the ProHD Studio 4000 live production and streaming studio. Although HCCTV operates two cable channels and has several studios on campus, the new podcast studio represents a move to more streamlined productions that do not require large crews.

According to Chris Bourne, HCCTV chief broadcast engineer, most of the programs produced at the college feature talking heads and interviews. As a result, unless there is some sort of physical demonstration on set, such as preparing a meal, many productions can easily be transitioned to a one-person technical crew and host.

The compact ProHD Studio 4000 provides a complete control room solution for HCCTV’s podcast studio, including an integrated production switcher and internal CG. The podcast studio is also equipped with two new JVC 24-inch LCD monitors.

HCCTV records programs directly to the ProHD Studio 4000, and feeds audio from its Allen & Heath mixer to the system via USB. HCC plans to use the system’s built-in streaming in the future. Bourne is also pleased with the PTZ cameras, which are mounted on C-stands with Matthews gimbal heads.

All three cameras are controlled with one JVC RM-LP100 remote camera controller and virtual CCU. Its joystick and zoom rocker provide smooth and precise camera movements, while its seven-inch touchscreen panel provides control of camera groups, presets, and camera settings. Bourne noted the RM-LP100 has been an important tool for the studio’s main director, who relies heavily on camera presets while switching to create visually interesting programming.

The podcast studio has been used almost every day since its first show was produced in mid-August. Housed in HCC’s administration building in downtown Houston, the facility hosts a variety of productions, including student productions, a series focused on veterans, and interviews that will be included in a larger project to promote HCC’s upcoming 50th anniversary.

The podcast studio works particularly well with shows like Story Behind the Story, which features interviews with people involved in local events. The studio is far less intimidating than a traditional studio filled with a full crew and large cameras. As a result, guests tend to be more candid.