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Middle Tennessee State University Uses Compix Character Generators for Hands-On Learning Environment

IRVINE, Calif. — July 22, 2010 — Compix, a leading developer of professional character generators (CGs), today announced that Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) near Nashville has purchased a Compix CynerG2 CG and two ConverG1 systems for use within the Department of Electronic Media Communication, part of the university’s College of Mass Communication. MTSU uses the two-channel CynerG2 CG in a TV studio that supports production for university courses and for the student cable channel. The two single-channel ConverG1 systems have been installed in the mobile production truck used by student crews to cover university sports, and for special events including concerts and political debates.

“We were looking for a solution that would integrate quickly into our communications environment and perform well — and do so at a price the department would find acceptable,” said Toffer King, assistant director of technical systems in the Department of Electronic Media Communication at MTSU. “The CynerG2 from Compix met all of these requirements.”

Compix’s CynerG2 system unites two CGs in one system, leveraging the pair in sync to create a combined look that is far superior to their individual effects. Using Compix GenCG and NewsScroll software, students working in the studio at MTSU can run a series of template-based pages to output live, up-to-the-minute news crawls, a real-time clock, and two user-defined logos. Ideal for creating the sophisticated graphic overlays that two channels can deliver, the CynerG2 features multiple rolls, crawls, more than 250 transitional effects, and even a user-definable clock/timer. Additionally, the university is enrolled in the Compix SchoolSmart program, allowing faculty and staff to install offline GenCG software on classroom computers and student machines, that enables students to create sophisticated graphic projects on school computers in class, or on their personal laptops, at their own pace. Once their projects are complete, using a simple flash drive, they can bring their work to the Compix systems installed in both the studio and in the production truck. Students can make last minute graphic changes before or even during production, then operate the Compix CG and play their work to air.

The Compix systems at MTSU give students hands-on experience that complements their classroom learning experience and prepares them for work in the professional communications world. Every time the MTSU mobile truck rolls, it is staffed almost entirely by a student crew. Because there are two ConverG1 HD systems in the unit, one student operator can focus on providing stats while the other works on graphical elements. This system configuration gives the truck greater flexibility and enables better accuracy in the fast-paced live sports environment.

All Compix CGs feature GenCG, the main graphics creation, layout, and playback software, with more than 1,000 TrueType(R) fonts and hundreds of bundled backgrounds, elements, and templates. GenCG makes graphic creation fast and easy with Compix “Style Catalogs,” including often-used graphic elements such as pre-built lower-third and over-the-shoulder graphic treatments, animations, fonts, and complete templates to help the student operators get the proper preset looks to air quickly, with all of the pieces in all of the right places.

More information about Compix and its product line is available at www.compix.tv.

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About Middle Tennessee State University
Founded in 1911 as one of three state normal schools for teacher training, Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) is now the oldest and largest public university in middle Tennessee. With an enrollment of more than 25,000 students, MTSU is also the largest undergraduate university in the state. Offering a wide variety of nationally recognized academic degree programs at the baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral levels, including Electronic Media Communication and Recording Industry, MTSU takes pride in educating the best and the brightest students from Tennessee and around the world. More information is available at www.mtsu.edu.

About Compix Media Inc.
Compix Media Inc., the “character-driven” character generator (CG) company based in Irvine, Calif., is a global provider of the world’s most affordable broadcast graphics systems. Compix systems have been on the air 24/7 since 1986, delivering broadcast graphic solutions in more than 17,000 locations, across 80 countries. Elegant, intuitive, award-winning solutions that offer both convenience and practicality, Compix CGs are available in single and multichannel analog, SD-SDI, and HD configurations. Every Compix broadcast graphics system boasts an engaging interface, a cutting-edge feature set, and 100 percent broadcast quality, backed by the remarkable Compix Freedom Support Plan. Compix clients include all major television broadcast and cable networks, post, sports, educational, military, worship, government, and corporate facilities. More information is available at www.compix.tv.


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