Alameda, CA (August 6, 2018)—The Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University in Orange, CA, recently upgraded its Clear-Com Eclipse digital intercom system to an Eclipse HX system.
“Our goal for our TV studio is to provide an experience as close as possible to what our students will find when working in the ‘real world.’ Our equipment, especially with recent upgrades, does just that and in some cases is exactly what they will find at professional facilities,” said Steve Hirsen, assistant professor of Television Writing and Production at Chapman University.
“We’ve relied on the Clear-Com Eclipse since we opened in 2006, and now with our Eclipse HX system, our communications capabilities are significantly stronger,” said David Goedhart, television studio engineer, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University.
The existing Eclipse matrix frame was refurbished and upgraded to Eclipse HX, giving Goedhart the ability to add the Clear-Com’s IVC-32-HX Ethernet/IP card to expand the college’s communications capabilities with IP-enabled user devices such as V-Series keypanels and the Agent-IC mobile app.
“We produce live broadcasts of university sporting events utilizing co-location, with no production truck at the field,” explained Goedhart. “Fiber connects the venues to the film school’s television control room two miles away. We use Clear-Com’s IVC-32-HX IP card in the Eclipse matrix and an LQ-R2W4-4W4 to connect beltpacks, IFBs and line level audio feeds at the venues. We also have Agent-IC licenses which allows any smart phone to become an intercom device. A reporter or crewmember can be anywhere in the world with internet access and be able to communicate with our control room.”
Eclipse HX system also offers integration to the college’s FreeSpeak II wireless intercom system and analog intercom system. To complete the buildout of the system, FreeSpeak II wireless intercom beltpacks and two pairs of transceiver modules (one fiber connected to the sports venue and one for the film school) were added to the system.
“No matter what type of show we need to produce, narrative, news, sports, or documentary, we can use the same wireless beltpack hardware in any location,” stated Goedhart. “When a student turns on their wireless beltpack, they simply select the configuration for their job and they are ready to go.”
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