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TV Magic Outfits Production Studios and Control Rooms for New Cal State Facilities

Production Facilities Enable Hands-On Studio Production and Post-Production for Students and Editing Resource for Entire CSU San Marcos Community

SAN DIEGO — Nov. 27, 2006 – TV Magic, a full-service consulting and broadcast engineering company, has completed the design, installation, and implementation of two studios and two control rooms at California State University‘s San Marcos campus. The new installation in the university‘s Kellogg Library enables the university to enhance courses with hands-on production and postproduction in a controlled environment, and it also serves as a resource for other student and faculty projects.

“We wanted to extend our production capabilities beyond remote recording to include a controlled studio production facility,” said Chuck Allen, team leader for instructional development and support at Cal State San Marcos. “TV Magic helped us to create that situation for our students. The company delivered and installed broadcast gear that reflects current broadcast technology. Furthermore, the training and support we‘ve received throughout the process will enable our faculty and staff to instruct students to the best of their ability and to take advantage of our new studios for internal projects.”

For each of two studios located on the library‘s second floor, TV Magic supplied three Hitachi Z400W studio cameras, a Grass Valley Kayak production switcher and Concerto router, a Yamaha DM 1000 audio mixer, and Panasonic AJ-SD93 DVCPro recorder, as well as a Panasonic AG-DV2500 VCR, AJA Kona boards, and Videotek test equipment. The company built in connectivity between Studio A and Studio B and devices in the machine room and also installed five Final Cut Pro edit systems that the school acquired directly from Apple.

“We designed the system so students would have experience using high-quality broadcast equipment they will encounter in the television workplace upon graduation,” said Craig Claytor, design engineer for TV Magic.

The production systems provided by TV Magic enable students and other operators to record directly to hard disk in a tapeless workflow. As a result, Cal State San Marcos students can move to the Apple Final Cut Pro edit suite and begin work immediately after recording. By eliminating the need to lay off from tape, the university gains more bookable seat hours in the edit suite, which in turn means that more students have the opportunity to use the new production facilities.

“What makes our facility unique compared to other facilities — such as a network affiliate or postproduction house — is that we work with hundreds of users, rather than a handful or a dozen,” added Allen. “TV Magic helped us to institute a production and postproduction workflow that saves time for our users and allows us to maximize this new resource.”

The studios at Cal State San Marcos have been in use since early 2006. More information about the services and products available from TV Magic are online at www.TVMagic.tv.

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About California State University, San Marcos
California State University San Marcos, located in north San Diego County, focuses on the student as an active participant in the learning process. Students work closely with a faculty of active scholars and artists whose commitment to sustained excellence in teaching, research, and community partnership enhances student learning. The University offers rigorous undergraduate and graduate programs distinguished by exemplary teaching, innovative curricula, and the application of new technologies. CSUSM provides a range of services that responds to the needs of a student body with diverse backgrounds, expanding student access to an excellent and affordable education. As a public university, CSUSM grounds its mission in the public trust, alignment with regional needs, and sustained enrichment of the intellectual, civic, economic, and cultural life of its region and state. More information is available online at www.csusm.edu.

About TV Magic
TV Magic is a California-based broadcast and A/V systems integrator and telecommunications engineering company committed to providing its customers with the highest-quality service in the industry. No matter the size, scope, or sophistication of the project, TV Magic has the experience, the knowledge, and the talent to define and meet its technical requirements. The company leverages today’s technology to deliver turnkey solutions for a variety of applications and customers from broadcast facilities to HD production, to installed A/V solutions and many more. TV Magic prides itself on developing partnerships with customers and vendors that lead to successful long-term relationships. For additional information, please visit www.TVMagic.tv.

Agency Contact:
Sarah Aller
Wall Street Communications
+1 303 295 2507

TV Magic Contact:
Pat Thompson
Vice President, Operations
+1 858 650 3155

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