URI students benefit from film editing gift
KINGSTON, R.I. -- May 12, 1999 -- Picture if you will, a film maker editing
film. If you're visualizing someone wrapped in video and squinting while
holding film up to the light, you've got an old image.
Nowadays, at least for University of Rhode Island students, film editing
is being done on a high-powered desk computer, thanks to the generosity
of Tektronix, Inc., a portfolio of measurement, color printing and video
and networking businesses dedicated to applying technology excellence to
customer challenges. The Oregon headquartered company donated a computer
non-linear video/film editing system to URI's Journalism and Communication
Studies Departments. The value of the gift, including on-site installation
and instruction, totals nearly $145,000.
"URI is actually ahead of the curve with this equipment," says
Dr. Tony Silvia, chair of URI's Journalism Department, who spent much of
his earlier career as a broadcast journalist. "The end product has
better clarity and far superior quality. Some local and even some national
broadcasters don't have this kind of sophistication."
The equipment was installed last month in the Journalism Department's
broadcast news section in the Chafee building. "We expect to phase
in the equipment in daily newcasts. All of the students enrolled in Journalism
230, Introduction to Radio and Television News, will use it for their final
products," says Silvia.
Dr. Stephen Wood, chair of Communication Studies comments: "The
editing suite represents professional level equipment that students in Communication
Studies and Journalism will be able to use for their highest quality editing
projects, whether producing commercials, public service announcements, documentaries
or narrative video."
Two URI students, Erica Collins and Grant Huffman, who won second place
for their 30-minute documentary "Gimme Shelter" at URI's first
film festival last October, have expanded the video to an hour. The pair
is currently editing the documentary on the system and plan to enter the
video in the Rhode Island Film Festival.
Founded in 1946, Tektronix has operations in 26 countries outside the
United States and reported revenues of $2.1 billion in fiscal 1998. Tektronix
worked side-by-side with UNIVAC, IBM, and Digital Equipment Company to help
American's computer industry evolve. The company's equipment helped launch
the U.S. space program and usher in color TV. Today, Tektronix's Digital
Video File Servers are number one globally.
"We are pleased to help the first generation of fully-fledged digital
broadcast professionals usher in the future of television and video,"
said Tim Thorsteinson, president, Video and Networking Division, Tektronix.
"Today's students are the television industry of tomorrow. This gift
will help to improve the scope and thoroughness of their training, by giving
them an opportunity to train on a variety of interfaces."
The editing equipment came to URI with the help of Ed Wachowicz, a 1975
alumnus and member of the Dean of Arts & Sciences External Advisory
Council, who is director of product development-video services for Bell
Atlantic in New York City. Wachowicz suggested that Tektronix might be interested
in a donation of equipment to Tom Zorabedian, assistant director of development,
Division of University Advancement.
"Not only is this superb, high-end equipment, the two people Tektronix
sent to URI from Oregon and New York to train us were extremely helpful
and gracious," said Zorabedian, noting the donated equipment was used
for producing ABC's national newsmagazine 20/20.
"This gift of state-of-the-art equipment provides our students with
the opportunity to work with professional-level technology that will enhance
their knowledge of visual imagery. As we discovered with our film festival,
students who use film and video come from many different disciplines-journalism,
the arts, communication studies, the sciences, social sciences, and the
humanities," said Dr. Winifred Brownell, interim dean of URI's College
of Arts and Sciences. "We are most grateful to Tektronix for allowing
us to support all students who want to work with moving images."
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