Centennial gives students taste of new technology

Broadcasting students at Centennial College are getting a chance to learn to use high-definition technology.


With four new high-definition television cameras in their studio, Centennial College broadcasting students are discovering HDTV is more about raising production values rather than merely adopting new equipment.

It’s the first college in the Toronto region to use the cameras in a learning environment.

“It’s not just about learning to work with new technology,” says Sheldon Reisler, coordinator of Centennial’s Broadcasting and Film program. “It’s learning about the new format and how the information-rich images impact the telling of our stories.”

The Hitachi 1080i digital studio cameras deliver movie-like 16x9 images that are considerably wider than the conventional 4:3 aspect ratio that has been used by TV broadcasters for decades.

Reisler says the new format is responsible for a lot of changes to the curriculum taught in his program.

“Conventional television can’t show details very well, so a lot of time is spent splicing in close-ups of a weapon or jewel or other plot detail,” explains Reisler. “An HD camera can capture that and show you the expression on the character’s face all in one beautiful frame.”

The high-definition picture quality means students have to build flawless stage sets and sweat the smallest details.

The HD cameras are the first step in an aggressive plan to bring Centennial’s broadcasting program up to the same standards the industry is incorporating.

Reisler says his graduates will have an advantage in the job market because they’ll know how to apply high-definition standards to everything from storyboards to set design. Centennial students also spend 15 weeks working in an industry field placement prior to graduating.

For more details, visit www.centennialcollege.ca/thecentre.

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