...When McDonald joined the staff at Neumann ten years ago, the modestly equipped television studio facility was sitting empty six days a week. That changed once McDonald came on board. Neumann Media, a co-curricular organization open to any member of the student body, began to attract interest from students hungry to work in the empty studio and get their hands on the facility’s TriCaster Mini. Thanks to McDonald’s guiding force, Neumann Media eventually became the largest student organization on campus.
As Neumann grew, so did the school’s interest in digital media and video. In 2016, the University opened a new, $5,000,000 television and radio production center inside the university’s Thomas A. Bruder Student Life Center. That same year, Neumann launched its Communications and Digital Media undergraduate program. Students at Neumann are now preparing themselves for careers in digital media, learning on the latest equipment. And not surprisingly, NewTek TriCasters are still at the heart of the school state-of-the-art production facility.
“There are now five TriCasters in our arsenal,” McDonald tells me, “all interconnected with NDI, which really lets us be in five different locations at once. We can pull in live sources from anywhere on campus. We have two television studios that also serve as classrooms and as Master Control for our sporting events. Over at the Mirenda Center, our arena, we’re broadcasting with our TriCaster 8000 from at least five camera positions for all of our NCAA basketball broadcasts. We’re also connected to our theater, so we can pull in anything that’s happening there as far as presentations or performances are concerned. And it’s all easy to accomplish, thanks to NDI.”...[continue reading]