McNary gets new equipment for it’s Piper productions
May 14, 2019 By:Lauren Murphy
By Josh Patton
This year, McNary is focusing a lot on the digital production of its news. McNary Piper has now gone digital and is no longer printing stories on paper, but it’s now posting on the McNary website with the goal of being able to post stories daily. For McNary’s video production, they have recently gotten some new tech that they can use to increase the quality of their news production, Piper TV.
“We got a new teleprompter and a new tricaster, they are going to make the process a lot easier and help us meet all our deadlines.” Said McNary junior and producer and writer of Piper TV, Justin Perez.
Piper TV has high expectations and standards of the quality for the videos they want to make, and their old equipment wasn’t able to cut it. “Our old teleprompter was no bigger than an iPhone, and now the screen is about the size of an Ipad. It’s very beneficial for me and the anchors.” Perez said.
Piper TV wants to do more live productions, and to do that, they needed to get a new tricaster.
“We can plug in six cameras and it edits it all live. All news and talk shows have them. From local TV to Jimmy Fallon.” Perez said.
The new equipment won’t just be used for the Piper TV, it can be used all over McNary. “The new technology benefits the entire school, from assemblies to the classroom.” Said video productions teacher, Mr. Jason Heimerdinger. “We got better projectors that project a sharper picture and we no longer need to dim the lights to get it to show up. It will definitely ramp up assemblies.” Heimerdinger said. “We can also use it in the culinary room to record a live demonstration of the teacher making a recipe so the class can follow along,” Heimerdinger said.
The new equipment gives the production team a lot more opportunity to make sure they get the best coverage. “We can now cover events with multiple cameras and capture it live up to 4K. With our new wireless HDMI transmitters, we can cover it all freely.” Heimerdinger said.
Heimerdinger wants to focus on working as a team when he films his productions.
“We can have a team of producers and everybody has a job to do. We can all be connected and can talk to the director about the different shots we need.” Heimerdinger said. “One person can go out and make a video, edit it, and be a hero, but a better production is made with a team effort.”
The new equipment is expensive, but it is worth it because of all the benefits it can bring the school. “We were able to get it by the use of a career pathways fund which goes to supporting different programs,” Heimerdinger said.