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UW-Eau Claire Purchases
Video Editing System
MAILED: Sept. 24, 1999|
The department of communication and journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire recently purchased its first digital video editing system for Windows NT.
The model is the "Finish V20" of the Media 100 non-linear video editing system. The Windows NT version that was purchased became available in 1999, so the latest software upgrades available were received.
The Media 100 system allows a person to record to and from analog and digital formats. A VHS tape is analog format, and digital format is video data recorded by a digital camera onto a disc. After the video or data is imported into the computer system, select segments or clips can be viewed. Similar to the cut-and-paste function of word processing, digital editing allows someone to arrange and view the clips in a desired order. The system allows easy trimming and editing of video, adds visually attractive transitions and creates titles, special effects and more.
The $20,000 Media 100 system was paid for by a $13,000 lab modernization grant and an additional $7,000 generated by the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences. A digital camcorder also was purchased through funds generated by an Undergraduate Teaching Improvement Grant.
Students enrolled in "Radio and Television Production Process" and "Video Production Practicum" will be introduced to the Media 100 system. Eventually, students who have been trained to use the equipment will be able to use it to produce video for internships, directed and independent studies and class projects. Students also will be able to produce and create corporate training videos, public affairs programs, news, documentaries, advertisements and public service announcements.
According to Dr. Judy Sims, associate professor of communication and journalism, students in all areas of the communication and journalism department are likely to encounter digital non-linear systems in their professions. More than 80 percent of dramatic primetime television producers now use non-linear editing, including six professional studios in Eau Claire.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Sept. 24, 1999