DCCCD Media Services is a professional video production unit based at the LeCroy Center of Dallas County Community College District. The unit provides a variety of production services for DCCCD colleges, departments, and faculty, as well as for non-profit community organizations. State-of-the-art digital high definition production equipment is utilized for single-camera and multi-camera location shoots at the seven district colleges and in the 1200 square foot studio located at the LeCroy Center. Post-production services are available in one of the five professional edit suites with Avid Media Composer and Apple Final Cut systems, providing options for editors and producers. Media Services also operates DCTV, DCCCD’s cable television channel. Programming is available online through this website and also broadcast to the community by Dallas County cable providers Time-Warner Cable, Verizon FIOS, and AT&T Uverse.
DCCCD Media Services’ primary studio is a 1200 square foot broadcast studio facility located at the LeCroy Center. The studio is outfitted with three high definition cameras with teleprompter screens, a 48/96 light board that controls the ceiling grid, and a control room with digital switcher, multiple camera/program monitors, Chyron character generator, and phone bridge support. The audio control room utilizes a state-of-the-art ProTools audio board with 16 inputs/16 outputs, fully capable of multiple presets. Master control provides stations for a video engineer and a tape engineer with program signals recorded to digital files on Sony DVCAM EX record decks. The studio is also ideal for single camera productions shot in “film style.”
Studio C is a small, self-contained studio for individual faculty recordings. It’s ideal for faculty who like to create video files for their courses. A primary camera with teleprompter is provided, along with a document camera to handle close-ups from books, artwork, or individual documents. PowerPoints, Keynotes, or additional video files can be incorporated from a laptop connected to the system. And of course, Media Services personnel are available to work with faculty during the session to ensure a quality production.
Five professional edit suites offer the ability to create a polished production using Avid Media Composer or Apple Final Cut editing software. Music libraries, sound effects, and professional graphics backgrounds are available for editors’ use while creating engaging, exciting videos. All edit suites are connected to a central 96Tb server dedicated to Media Services’ post-production operations. The asset management system provides the ability to encode and output video files in virtually any format, for any platform. Completed DCCCD videos are frequently posted on the LeCroy Center’s media server, with web links provided for in-house clients. Completed videos may also be added to the on-demand video playlist for DCTV and in DCCCD’s Roku channel.
Faculty can access approximately 2500 video clips derived from award-winning video-based distance learning courses produced by the LeCroy Center along with DCCCD content experts. The “shared repository” is available on any content building page in Blackboard. Simply select the “Build Content” tab and find videos in a mashup called “Kaltura Media”. Users can search through the shared repository with keywords to match the author, title, or tags associated with each video. If you need help logging in, please contact the faculty helpdesk.