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About the Equipment
About The Equipment
The following equipment is used to produce and play back programming, purchased with a grant from Charter Communications as provided for in the town's contract with Charter.
Wally Johnson Meeting Room (1A)
Meetings held in the Wally Johnson/Board of Selectmen's meeting room~are recorded using three cameras, controlled by one person using a joystick-type controller. This allows one person to produce the entire meeting. The video goes through a video mixer and is recorded on DVD, VHS and/or MiniDV tape.
Mural Room (1C)
Meetings held in~Room C/Mural Room~meeting room~are recorded using two cameras, controlled by one person using a joystick-type controller. This allows one person to produce the entire meeting. The video goes through a video mixer and is recorded on DVD, VHS and/or MiniDV tape.
Video editing workstation
Our primary video editing workstations are two Apple iMac's ~ one laptop and one with a 20" screen. We use Final Cut Studio and iMovie, along with a variety of additional utilities. We also have two secondary editing systems that support Adobe Premiere. All editing workstations, along with portable MiniDV cameras, are available to the public after having completed one of our production classes.
Video playback
The playback systems are managed by Leightronix Nexus digital playback and controller systems. This allows programs to be played at pre-determined times from computer hard drives, a VHS VCR, or a DVD player. Everything you see on the channels is generated from these systems, including the bulletin board announcements.  One Leightronix system is located at the town hall and runs the government and public stations.  The other Leightronix system is located in the SCTV studio at the school complex.
Online video
Sutton TV Online is encoded using the H.264 compressor within the Quicktime format. This was chosen for the best balance of file size and quality. Quicktime is freely available for both Windows and Macintosh from Quicktime.com {link is http://www.apple.com/quicktime/ }.  The current specifications are to encode at 320x240 at 200K/sec video, plus 40K/sec audio. This allows for a data rate of approximately 100MB per hour of video. The video is scaled to double-size during playback.


 
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