Project Description

Northwestern University provides a framework through which students explore the world and, ultimately, shape its future through its distinguished schools of communication, journalism, and liberal arts.

NU-Q awarded its media package contract to INC System integrations, The target was to create a state of the art facility that a student with little to no experience in technology could utilize in the most creative and efficient manner.

Facilities include a state of the art automated news studio and newsroom environment for international news creation. Six production studios, Theatrical facilities, fully integrated master control room, six live production control rooms offering the latest technology for multi camera production. The system provides complete documentary and film post production facilities for video editing, audio production, 3D animation, and 4K digital cinema mastering facilities. Students are exposed to the latest technologies which is utilized in the simplest but most technically advanced workflows.

The Media storage for both the Film and News workflows is centralized and consolidated utilizing a Cisco N7k 10GE fiber infrastructure to have a Realtime 4k ready post production environment that could be utilized facility wide. All feeds off a EMC Isilon X410 and NL 400 nodes using ONE FS to manage the bandwidth between 4K film production and 3G 1080P news workflows.

EVS System was utilized in several ways, as a digital asset management platform, ingest and playout and then finally as a hub for incoming media. Smart phone footage, camera cards, and downloaded content is all scanned by Ingest funnel and then sent off to appropriate technologies to be converted into the AVC Intra 220 house format.

The technology is centrally controlled by a GV Ignite automation to easily run a show with minimum technical support. Ignite controls the Chyron graphics, EVS playouts, ETC Lighting system, Calrec audio console, and Telemetrics robotic system. The shows are created by students utilizing journalist workstations running ENPS.

Project Details
  • Country Qatar
  • ClientNorthwestern University
  • System Information
    • Six Production Studios
    • K Projection Theater
    • 4K Audio Screening Room
    • Fully integrated master control room
    • Tapeless Workflow – News/Production
    • 10 4k Edit Suits, 60 Edit Stations in Labs