I’m happy to announce that WCCA TV 13 is now equipped to produce High-Definition video. Our station is going to remain standard def for the foreseeable future, but we have everything you need to create a HD project.
All of our mini-DV based cameras have been replaced by SD card based HD cameras. We have Canon Vixia HF S200s that record to SD cards in AVCHD format as well as more advanced JVC GY-HM100Us that record to SD cards in Sony XDCAM-EX format. We chose these cameras specifically because their file formats work directly with our Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 edit suites without any conversion. There are a couple options for publishing HD videos. We have BluRay recorder drives and Encore CS4 for creating HD BluRay discs, as well as Adobe Media Encoder CS4 for creating HD files.
The studio is still standard definition, but our Broadcast Pix Slate 1000 switcher is HD ready with HD-SDI and HDMI inputs. It’s capable of doing effects with up to 6 layers of HD video. Since we mostly do talk shows in the studio, and we don’t have professional makeup artists, we’re not in a hurry to upgrade to HD, but we’ll be ready for HD cameras as soon as there is demand.
Remember, since our cable channel is still SD, we still only accept DVDs for playback. If you create a HD project you’d like to air on channel 13, you’ll have to create a DVD for playback.