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SERVICES

ON-LOCATION - Any shoot located on campus and outside of a studio environment 
 
Pre-Production (Princeton University only)

Broadcast Center staff can assist departments with the planning of any special video projects. Pre-production planning meetings can begin far in advance of actual video production and allow for a more efficient and cost-effective project.  There is no charge associated with pre-production planning meetings.
 
The requesting department is responsible for scheduling rooms and talent for video shoots, writing scripts and creating storyboards.  BC staff will assist with each phase of production to ensure a smooth project from start to finish.
 
To help in the planning of your production, we also provide guidelines to facilitate documentation and realization of your video project in the Production Tips section.
 
Production (Princeton University only)
 
The Broadcast Center offers a professional video production service to members of the University community. The BC produces online learning videos, promotional videos, course introductions, faculty projects, public service announcements (PSAs), and documentaries.  BC staff can light and shoot in any location utilizing an array of professional-grade equipment to produce the highest quality product possible.
 
Online Course Videos (Princeton University only)
 
The University's online learning initiative and partnership with Coursera and NovoEd has created a demand for high quality video productions, viewed by millions of students, around the world. The online learning team will work with faculty to produce engaging video content for their course. Faculty will be guided through the online development process from course development to post-production.
 
Video Course Introductions (Princeton University only)
 
The Broadcast Center has been producing Course Introduction videos for University faculty and departments. These videos are a new and innovative way to reach students and to begin the teaching before students even set foot in a classroom.

The Broadcast Center has created Course Introduction videos for more than ten University departments, including the Center for African American Studies, the Keller Center, and the History department. These course videos are often published to department websites where students can freely learn about the courses from the professors teaching the course. The History Department has a number of Course Introduction videos that highlight new course offerings for the fall; the videos are available on the department’s course video web page.

The Broadcast Center coordinates the process for video Course Introductions production. A team of video producers, editors, and engineers plan the details of the video shoot, preparing the video script for the teleprompter and arranging the set. The entire video process is customizable to a professor’s preferred level of assistance. Scripting assistance, and pre-production guidance is also available. There is a $100 fee for each video Course Introduction.

Recording of Classroom Sessions (Princeton University only)

The Broadcast Center can record classroom sessions or entire courses. Such recordings can then be posted within the course web site on BlackBoard. 

The Broadcast Center has limited resources to provide this service to departments. We recommend planning ahead and contacting us to reserve a "recording friendly" classroom.

We cannot accommodate student requests for classroom recordings.

Multi-camera shoots
 
When a single camera isn’t enough for an event, the Broadcast Center has a multi-camera setup solution.  A multi-camera production typically consists of 2-3 cameras and a mobile video switcher operated by a technical director who edits the event live.
 
There are several benefits to a multi-camera shoot: a more professional look, faster turnaround time, and the addition of graphics, transitions, and music during the event.
 
Jib Camera
 
For greater range of motion during a shoot, the Broadcast Center can affix a camera to a manually operated boom device known as a jib.  With levels of extension up to 18 feet, the jib permits the camera to be moved vertically or horizontally, allowing for sweeping panoramas and dynamic shots impossible to obtain from a fixed tripod.  
 
Post-production (Princeton University only) - 
 
The Broadcast Center has a professional staff and technology to edit video, color-correct footage, edit and sweeten audio. Footage provided by external sources can also be edited.
 
BC staff can create original animations and motion graphics to enhance an edited project.  
 
When a project is completed the BC can create multiple formats including:  mpeg 4, audio CD, DVD or Blu-Ray, or compressed for streaming on a web site.
 
Live Streaming (Princeton University only)
 
In conjunction with the University's Media Central site, the Broadcast Center can provide a live streaming webcast of a studio production or campus event.  Webcasts are viewable on the Media Central home page in the form of an embedded video using the Adobe Flash plug-in.  A private or password-protected webcast page can be requested for events requiring restricted access.  Broadcast Center staff can prepare a URL address in advance of the event so that the webcast can be promoted or the link published to a separate web site.
 
All Live Streaming events require signed Recording Release and License forms by all licensors. Release forms must be sent to commpro@princeton.edu  or via campus mail - Attn: Elizabeth Powers, 22 Chambers Street. 
 
The event will be recorded but will not be released for streaming until forms are provided. The signed forms must be sent to the Office of Communications prior to the scheduled event.

Broadcasting and Simulcasting (Princeton University only)
 
Live Broadcast to Campus
 
An event can be viewed on TigerTV channel 8 available to campus subscribers.  This event is viewable in any room on campus with a TigerTV connection.
 
Live webcasts are possible for events held in University rooms equipped with VideoNet ethernet connections.  Please refer to this list of rooms to see if your event is in a room with a known VideoNet connection.  Please contact OIT Hardware Support to have a VideoNet connection installed in your event's location.  There is a charge for this request.  Please allow 1-2 weeks for a new VideoNet connection to be turned on in a new location, and for proper testing to occur.
 
Live Broadcast to Campus and Town
 
An event can be viewed on TigerTV channel 7.  As well as being seen on campus the event is available to Comcast subscribers (Ch. 27) in Princeton Borough and Verizon FIOS (Ch. 21) where available.
 
Live Private Simulcasting
 
Audio and video signals from a live event are transmitted to another single campus location. When necessary the simulcast room must be reserved in advance by contacting the Office of the Registrar or University Services.  Media Services must also be contacted to provide support in the simulcast room. To ensure proper testing, simulcast requests must be submitted 48 hours in advance of the event.
 
Live broadcasts and simulcasts are possible for events held in University rooms equipped with VideoNet ethernet connections.  Please refer to this list of rooms to see if your event is in a room with a known VideoNet connection.  Please contact OIT Hardware Support to have a VideoNet connection installed in your event's location.  There is a charge for this request.  Please allow 1-2 weeks for a new VideoNet connection to be turned on in a new location, and for proper testing to occur.
 
Broadcasting Event Advertisements for FREE
 
The University broadcasts on Ch. 27 Comcast and Ch. 21 Verizon FIOS cable networks. Public lectures, President's lectures and major live events like Commencement and Opening Exercises are aired on these channels. In between the programming, advertisements are aired that highlight events on campus. This slot provides a great opportunity to promote an event for the campus and Princeton community. This is a FREE service. The department is responsible for creating the advertisements. instructions are listed in the Production Tips section.
 
Streaming File Creation (Princeton University only)
 
The BC provides a fee-based archived streaming file creation service to the University community. Videos submitted to the BC for conversion are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Under normal circumstances the turnaround time is one week. The media can be dropped off at the Lewis Library, New Media Center reception desk located on Level 1 and picked up after encoding has been completed.
 
It is the responsibility of the individual or group requesting the encoding to ensure that the copyright holders of the original media have given explicit permission for this media to be streamed over the internet and/or that the use of the copyrighted materials falls within the domain of “fair use.” For help in determining the copyright status of your media before submitting it to the Broadcast Center, please refer to the Princeton University Guidelines for Instructional Use of Copyrighted Electronic and Multimedia Materials.
 
A project request form must be submitted for video conversions.
 
File Conversions and Transfers (Princeton University only)

The Broadcast Center can convert a variety of video formats to digital files that can be used in presentation software as well as downloadable and streaming formats for viewing on a web site. Original media should be delivered to the New Media Center reception desk located on level 1 of the Lewis Library.
 
Some common conversion formats:
 
MPEG-4 Streaming (MP4): Low quality, 464 kbps.  Used for Flash Streaming, video podcasts, iTunes U.
 
MPEG-4 Progressive Download (MP4): High quality, 1328 kbps.  Used for progressive download web delivery.
 
MP3: Audio only, 128kbps stereo.  Used in audio podcasts and web delivery.
 
Windows Media (WMV): High quality, 1328 kbps.  Used in Windows PowerPoint presentations.
 
*Note* Tape-to-tape transfers are handled by Media Services.
 
DVD Menu Authoring and DVD Burning (Princeton University only)
 
The Broadcast Center can create custom, professional-looking menus for your DVD projects. Past projects have included a DVD bundled with a book and gift DVDs to commemorate an event.
 
We create a master disc that you can take to a professional duplication service for mass production, or we can make a limited number (up to five) of DVD-R duplicates in-house. For further duplication of these discs, Media Services provides a disc duplication service.
 
These DVD-R discs are compatible with most consumer DVD players and are single-sided, single layer discs, which can hold just over an hour of footage at highest quality (more with compression).
 
Custom-designed labels printed directly onto the disc are an additional option.
 

BROADCAST STUDIO

The Broadcast Center studio is located on the A level of the Lewis Library at the corner of Washington Rd. and Ivy Lane.


Audio Recording/Radio interviews (ISDN) (Princeton University only)
 
ISDN interviews have been a service offered by the Princeton University Broadcast Center since it opened in the Lewis Library in 2008. Princeton professors have been guests on many of the major networks including the BBC and NPR. The ISDN technology has provided professors, interviewers, and listeners with high quality audio from thousands of miles away in various locations around the world.
 
Located in the Broadcast Center studio, the University's ISDN radio studio is available to transmit feeds for live or recorded interviews for radio stations via ISDN and/or telephone connections. ISDN is supported during normal University business hours.
 
This service is available during regular business hours to representatives of news organizations who are interviewing members of Princeton University. The studio cannot accommodate requests from the general public.
 
Any interviews that exceed more than one hour will be subject to a fee of $100 per additional half hour, $200 per additional full hour (plus tax if applicable). 
 
The audio recording studio has four broadcast-grade microphones, which are mixed and edited in a separate control room with Digidesign Pro Tools and transmitted via a Zephyr ISDN encoder/decoder capable of interfacing with any codec required by remote radio or television stations. This provides clear sound quality for interviews in a soundproof environment.
 
Here are the standard settings for the BC ISDN codec:
 
Line #1: 609-497-0398
Line #2: 609-497-1269
Codec: *L2 mono 128 (standard) (*G.722 for BBC)
Bitrate: *64 Kbps
Sampling: *48 Kbps
*These setting are adjustable – please call for more details 609-258-5973
 
A Broadcast Center staff member will set up the recording studio for your broadcast and handle the connection to the journalists. To request an ISDN or other radio feed, please e-mail bctv@princeton.edu or call (609) 258-7872.
 
The Broadcast Center studio is located on the A level of the Lewis Library at the corner of Washington Rd. and Ivy Lane.
 
 
Video Studio (Princeton University only)
 
The Broadcast Center video studio is available to record interviews, public service announcements, green screen productions and live televised broadcasts.  Featuring three high-definition cameras and a professional lighting grid of energy-efficient LEDs, the Broadcast Center is capable of creating a professional-quality production with minimal set-up time.  On-screen talent can enjoy the benefits of reading scripts directly from teleprompters customized to suit their preferences, and interviews can be conducted free of distractions thanks to the studio's soundproof enclosure.  Multi-camera productions are edited live from the adjoining video control room, eliminating lengthy post-production editing time and ensuring a quick turnaround to a completed product ready for distribution.
 
Project producers and guests can comfortably watch a live recording from our video control room and communicate directly with the camera operators and studio engineer without interrupting the production. A private green room with a large monitor for live screening is available for guest preparation and makeup.
 
The Broadcast Center studio is located on the A level of the Lewis Library at the corner of Washington Rd. and Ivy Lane.
 
Television News Interviews (VideoLink) (Princeton University only)
 
Princeton University faculty members can be interviewed by national and international television agencies on campus in the Broadcast Center studio.  The news agency will arrange for the interview with Broadcast Center staff, who will handle all the technical aspects.  
 
The Broadcast Center supports VideoLink 24 hours a day, 7 days a week based on staff availability.
 
A Broadcast Center staff member will set up the recording studio for your broadcast and handle the connection to the journalists. To request an ISDN or other radio feed, please e-mail bctv@princeton.edu or call (609) 258-7872.
 
The Broadcast Center studio is located on the A level of the Lewis Library at the corner of Washington Rd. and Ivy Lane.