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Quinnipiac University Picks Fujinon Studio And Field Lenses

Selects HA22x7.2 and HA17x7.8 lenses for new HD broadcast center (May 23, 2005)

More than twelve years ago, Quinnipiac University, located in Hamden, CT, broke ground on the Ed McMahon Mass Communications Center, a major broadcast education facility. Since then, many of the schools students have gone on to work at ESPN, CBS, and numerous other prestigious broadcast facilities. When the time came to upgrade the facility, Quinnipiac officials knew that in order to keep their broadcast students competitive in todays fast-changing television environment, they had to go high definition. As part of this move, they acquired Fujinons HA22x7.2ESM and HA17x7.8 high definition ENG-style lenses.

The Ed McMahon Mass Communications Center, built in 1993, served its students well for over a decade, providing them with a comprehensive education in television writing, directing, and producing. By 2002 however, much of the studios equipment needed to be replaced. According to Peter Sumby, Associate Director of the Center, he and his colleagues considered standard definition operations for the facility. With the increasing acceptance of high definition television however, they feared the equipment would quickly become outdated.

?By the time our freshman graduate, theyre going to confront a whole new level of technology [in the workplace], said Sumby. ?The Ed McMahon Center has to be nimble enough to keep our students competitive with that technology. To that end, Sumby and his colleagues began to consider high definition. After doing some research, they were surprised to find less of a cost difference between standard and high definition than expected. ?When we looked into it, it was only about 20 to 30 percent more than the standard-def upgrade, he explained.

Once the format decision was settled, Quinnipiac began plans for the upgrade in earnest. At the outset, they knew they needed a one-vendor solution for most of the major equipment in the studio. ?In an educational environment, it would simply take too long to handle multiple vendors, said Sumby. ?We needed a company that could work with us to find the best solution for our needs as quickly as possible. In the end, Quinnipiac chose Sony. HB Communications, a systems integrator headquartered in North Haven, CT, performed the installation.

Quinnipiac, Sony, and HB outfitted the Ed McMahon Center with three Sony HDC-910 studio cameras, an HDW-730S HDCAM camcorder for field acquisition, an MVS-8000A switcher, a 2-M/E video production switcher with four channels of digital video effects, an HDSX-3600 HD routing switcher, and a DMX-R100 digital audio mixing board. The McMahon Center features 25 stations of Macintosh G-5 editing suites equipped with Final Cut Pro HD, five Avid editing suites, two audio suites, and a news technology center featuring an AP ENPS system.

When the time came to choose lenses for the four cameras, HB gave Quinnipiac a choice between Fujinon and another manufacturer. ?Ive always liked the operation and the feel of the Fujinon lenses, especially in the field, said Sumby. ?The iris, focus, and zoom controls operate very smoothly. Ultimately, Quinnipiac chose Fujinon HA22x7.2ESM lenses for the studio cameras and the HA17x7.8 lens for the field camera.

According to Sumby, although his students dont usually notice the brand of a lens, they definitely take note of the look it gives them. ?You have two concerns with lenses: how they look and how they operate, in that order, he said. ?And our faculty and students definitely care about the optical quality the lenses have. The lenses we have now are just stunning.

Even with all of the changes at the studio, Sumby says he and his colleagues still aim to teach students the basics: ?We try to focus on producing, directing, and writing, as well as mastering production technology with the students, he said. ?And it really boils down to telling a story through the medium. And the medium is constantly changing, so we do our best within the Center to change with what is out there. We try to be ahead of the curve so that we can prepare our students for anything they might encounter in the field.

Thanks to Fujinon, Sony, and HB, the Ed McMahon Center is not just ahead of the curve, its heading to the next one.

About Fujinon
Fujinon is a major manufacturer and distributor of optics and lens assemblies for the broadcast, digital cinema and industrial markets. The companys line of television zoom lenses are used in virtually every segment of the broadcast industry, including electronic newsgathering, studio and field production, and high definition television.

For more information about Fujinon broadcast and communications products, call 973- 633-5600 or visit our web site at


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