You don’t have to be a “rocket surgeon” to figure out videotape is dying a fast death when it comes to the broadcast industry,

but when it comes to charting an upgrade path to digital the task can be daunting. There are so many acquisition formats and solutions sorting through the options can be a full time job.

At my school we are very fortunate to have a nice budget and Administrative/District support to pull off a major upgrade of our facilities over the past two ControlRoom00years. I began researching and testing equipment about three years ago and I’ll give you my vision for our studio, control room and mobile broadcasting setup in a series of articles for School Video News. It is our path to high-definition, and while every schools journey will be different hopefully you may be able to get a few ideas for your own upgrade path and learn from some of my mistakes.

In the next couple of articles I will discuss and share my thought process of why we chose what we chose and how the plan was implemented. Some the equipment I will be discussing is the Ross Carbonite 2 HD switcher, Ross BlackStorm Video Server, BlackMagic Design (BMD) Studio Router, BMD HyperDeck Studio Pro’s, BMD SmartScope Duo’s and Compix HD Graphics system for my control room.

For the mobile setup we will be installing a BMD 1 M/E Switcher and 1 M/E Panel, NewTek Tricaster 40 and NewTek 3Play system. I will also discuss how I am repurposing my old studio equipment into a mobile HD setup.

Major workflow changes are also being implemented at my school as we transition to an all-digital HD workflow from acquisition to delivery. It’s going to be quite a journey, but one I am looking forward to and hopefully you can pick up a few tips as you come along for the ride.


Dupont-HeadshotAlbert Dupont has been the Advanced TV Broadcasting Facilitator (Teacher) at the Satellite Center in Luling, Louisiana since its opening in 2005.  The Satellite Center is a “satellite” facility of Hahnville and Destrehan High Schools.  The schools are a part of the St. Charles Parish Public School System located near New Orleans.

Before becoming a teacher, Mr. Dupont was a news and sports videographer for WVUE-TV in New Orleans for twelve years and news producer at WAFB in Baton Rouge and KATC in Lafayette for five years.  As a sports photographer, Mr. Dupont was a field videographer at the New Orleans Saints games from 1994 to 2009.  He also was a videographer at two Superbowls and numerous college national championship games in a variety of sports. He is an Avid Certified Instructor in Media Composer 5.