New Tricaster opens more opportunities for videography students

New Tricaster opens more opportunities for videography students
Posted on 02/16/2018
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Videography teacher Denny Dupps does not just teach students the fine points of producing a video broadcast; he also exposes them to the business behind the programs.

A unique opportunity arose after students in the Indian Hill Television Network (IHTN) club discovered how having a Tricaster to produce and livestream events upped the quality and flexibility of their productions. Since several students were in Braves Beat class, working in the studio, they realized how helpful it would be to have that quality of equipment available to all students taking a videography class. 

Last year, they presented the idea to the administration but the $17,000 cost was just not in any budget. Undeterred, they decided to try again this year, with a different approach.

Mr. Dupps asked several of his most committed students ­– senior Zach Young, freshman Robert Brunner, senior Kyle McSorley, and junior Ryan Bohrer – to get involved and help him put together a presentation. They knew the cost could not fit in the capital budget – but what if they could find support elsewhere?

The group met with different parties – treasurer Mick Davis, parent groups, athletics, technology, High School administration – and listened to their input. The big question: how will this impact our students? 

That answer is what finally earned this intrepid group their new Tricaster. The first Tricaster was purchased specifically for use for events; it is onerous to move it between the gym and the studio, so it is earmarked specifically for events. But this means students in videography classes do not have the opportunity to learn on this new equipment – a system used in most professional studios today.

The students put together a presentation outlining system options and cost. They focused on operational, technical, and future student benefits, showing how “Students in all video classes will have the opportunity to learn on industry standard technology.” They explained the specifics of the system they intended to purchase, explaining how the ability to “integrate virtual sets will allow our students in video classes to experience this current technology as used in the industry.” They finished by providing an option for cost-sharing the (lower than last year) $15,000 price tag between the District and parent support organizations.

The group did such a good job, they sold their proposal – and a brand-new Tricaster now resides in the IHTN studio. Zach explains why this is so important for students of today – and tomorrow: “It does more than the old system,” he says. “It’s industry standard as well. When the club work is congruent with the studio, it’s easier for students to apply their knowledge both places. Plus, I did a shadow day with ESPN, and they use this system. Having touched this, we are now immediately hirable.” 

Robert agrees it is a benefit to have the same system for the club and the studio: “There is much more potential with the new system – we’ve been having so many different, creative opportunities. This opens up more positions for people to volunteer, more opportunities to learn and get involved.”

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