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PGCC-TV Unveils High-Definition Studios

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Article by: Mona M. Rock, rockmm@pgcc.edu

LARGO, Md.—PGCC-TV, operated by Prince George’s Community College, has unveiled one of the newest and largest high-definition facilities in the Washington metropolitan area.  Located on the Largo campus, the television studio houses a state-of-the-art master control room with theatre-style seating; high-definition studio with a 24 by 14 feet Chroma Key green screen; digital audio booth; sports news set donated by NBC4; and non-linear digital editing workstations. PGCC-TV also serves as a hands-on television laboratory for students studying mass communication. 

"The television studio offers modern digital equipment and broadcast experience for our students,” says Gary Eldridge, manager, video systems and multimedia production at Prince George’s Community College. “PGCC-TV is building one of the most unique college program line-ups in the area, and more program series are in the pre-production phase,” he added. 

As part of its new high-definition video capabilities, PGCC-TV is broadcasting two new shows featuring Charlene M. Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College. “Conversations with Charlene Dukes” is a half-hour interview show that features alumni, government officials and higher education experts.  “Around Prince George’s,” an hour-long magazine-style community affairs program, focuses on higher education issues affecting Prince George’s County. The programs can be seen on Verizon FIOS channel 44 and Comcast channel 75 in Prince George’s County.   

Studio crews working on the new television shows have an enhanced technical environment that enables them to monitor video signals for quality, improve skills in camera operation and operate a sophisticated projection system. They will also learn how to create advanced graphic techniques on the Avid Deko character generator and visual effects on the new digital video switcher. 

Prince George’s Community College is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Two-year Education designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security (2010-2015). Established in 1958, Prince George’s Community College provides transfer and career programs that help students transfer to four-year colleges and universities and prepare them for the workforce. Each year, 40,000 students take part in more than 200 academic programs and workforce development and continuing education courses. Located in Largo, Maryland, Prince George’s Community College has additional sites at Joint Base Andrews, University Town Center in Hyattsville, Laurel College Center, Skilled Trades Center in Camp Springs, Westphalia Training Center in Upper Marlboro, and John Eager Howard Community Center. For more information, visit the college website at www.pgcc.edu, follow on Twitter,  Facebook, Foursquare, LinkedIn and tune-in to Transforming Lives at Prince George’s Community College, Mondays at 11 a.m.  

  

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