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Parkland School District Updates Mobile Video Production Studios

When Parkland School District in Allentown, PA decided it was time to upgrade their mobile video production studios; they contact Applied Video Technology (AVT) in Malvern, PA.  After seeing the AVT VidCaster, Parkland stopped their search.  “After seeing what AVT could provide for us, we stopped looking once we saw their VidCaster line,” said district Telecommunications Specialist, Robert Uhl.  “The VidCaster was the best thing we could find on the market.  The complete, all in one, turnkey package was the best solution available for our needs.” 

The AVT VidCaster has been carefully designed and priced for schools to create both standard and high definition video content.   Using the VidCaster’s unique mobility, and easy to use design, producing and distributing video is simple.  The VidCaster allows schools to take their “studio on the road” and capture a multi-camera program of a lecture, a school play, or an athletic event, and either stream it live or bring it back for post-production.

AVT account manager Bruce MacLelland Jr., CTS, worked with Parkland to design three VidCasters for the eight primary schools in the district.  Utilizing racks the district already owned, the elementary school VidCasters were built around the NewTek TriCaster, which offers the ability to switch six cameras and incorporate real-time keying, titling, audio mixing, live streaming, virtual sets and more. 

For the high school, AVT designed a custom rack case using Parkland’s logo and school colors.  The highlight of this customized VidCaster is the NewTek TriCaster 300, a 3 input, high definition, network-quality portable live production switcher.  Also integrated into this VidCaster is a rack mounted audio monitor, DVD burner for standard definition recording and a Black Magic hard drive recorder for high definition recording. 

“AVT was very easy to work with and had the best solution available on the market.” said Uhl “Currently; we are using the VidCasters at the primary schools to broadcast morning news programs as well as concerts, plays and recitals.  Our high definition VidCaster is being used by our high school production department to broadcast various types of productions from the auditorium.”

The Parkland School District is a K-12 public school district located in a suburban-rural setting approximately 60 miles north of Philadelphia and 70 miles west of New York City in the semi-metropolitan region known as the Lehigh Valley.  The district has three secondary schools and eight primary schools.  The district enrollment as of September 2010 was 9,336 students.