“We believe this building is the most technologically advanced broadcast facility of any university in North America,” Montclair State University President Susan Cole said. “It is in fact more advanced than the majority of professional production facilities.”
The building was completed after two years of construction assisted by a strategic partnership with Sony.
The facility’s technological advantage was intended to allow students to attain an education on higher-end equipment before the technology becomes mainstream in the media world.
Students in the communications program will have readily available access to 4k cameras, 4k control rooms and multiple television studios, including one that utilizes props from The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.
It’s easy to be the most advanced facility in the world for a day, but Montclair faculty said the technology in the new building is far enough ahead of the curve that students will be learning equipment just as it becomes popular in the mainstream market.
“None of the networks have any intention of going into 4k anytime soon,” Montclair State University Director of Broadcast and Media Operations Nicholas Tzanis said. “The only way that you can keep up with something constantly evolving is to stay ahead of the technology.”
The high-tech equipment is thanks to a strategic partnership with Sony. The university’s investment in 4k is specifically in Sony-branded cameras and other technology.
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