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Orange County High School for the Arts Installs Studio Cameras

By DMN Staff Writer
OCHSOrange County High School for the Arts added professional broadcast cameras for its expanded film and television program. Russel Bauman, Chairman of the school's Film and Television Department, ordered three Z-3000W cameras with Fujinon A19x8.7BRM lenses. Bauman specified the Z-3000W digital, 16:9/4:3 switchable camera based on its 640,000 pixel 16:9 CCD, impressive feature set and his experiences with Hitachi's professional EFP/ENG camera, the Z-2010, and Hitachi's older Z-One and C-2 models.

"Aside from the great pictures and intuitive design, I like the Z-3000W's remote CCU control with a 30-foot cable. They can easily be repositioned allowing you to tweak the iris and other settings on the fly in the middle of a show," explained Bauman. "Plus, I'm a real fan of the extension adapter. Not only does it let you plug in and control ClearCom or RTS intercom headsets, it also provides the video feed and power for the TelePrompter monitor right at the camera."

The new cameras run on Hitachi's triax cabling in the school's new state-of-the-art SDI television studio. Bauman has grown to depend on the Hitachi Z-3000W cameras so much at the high school that he ordered three more Z-3000W's with Fujinon lenses for a remote truck being built for Seal Beach Community Television (SBTV), where he is an engineer.

Currently at SBTV, Bauman deploys three Hitachi Z-2010 cameras with Canon 18x internal focus lenses. The cameras are the workhorses of a studio that is used for professional productions, public access programming and for studio production classes for kids.

The nationally recognized Orange County High School of the Arts, founded in 1987, is the largest charter public school in the country. It provides pre-professional training to gifted and talented visual and performing arts students in nine departments: classical/contemporary dance, commercial dance, instrumental music, creative writing, music and theater, production and design, film and television, opera and visual arts. OCHSA provides academic and arts instruction to approximately 1,100 students. Many of the instructors on the faculty roster represent a who's who of the entertainment industry. Last summer, for example, acclaimed director Francis Ford Coppola visited the school to mount a production of "Gidget" for the stage. For more information, please call (714) 560-0900 or contact OCHSA's web site at www.ocsarts.net

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