Behind the Bates Technical College TV Studio Build


ABSOur fifth story in a series on TV studio builds focuses on the digital media program at Bates Technical College based in Tacoma, Washington; it recently built new television studios. Advanced Broadcast Solutions was the integrator for the project.

Digital Media Instructor Brian Parker says the public college prepares students for entry-level positions in digital media. The immersive curriculum includes hands-on projects as well as the opportunity to work with college-owned PBS member station KBTC and government channel Pierce County Television; both are based on campus. “What most schools do in three years we do in 18 months,” he said. Bates-Control-Room












The new two-story, 55,000-square-foot building was built next to the KBTC and PCTV facility, which ABS retrofitted as a training studio 15 years ago. The new studio is available for rental, generating capital for the school in addition to the training opportunities for students.











The new studio at Bates Technical College, installed by ABS, features three cameras and a lighting grid with energy efficient LED and fluorescent lights. Two cameras are on pedestals with prompters and a third is on a jib.

In the old building, the control room didn’t have enough space to accommodate extra people. The new control room is oversized to accommodate a crew as well as a class. “Now, you can gather three or four people around each station, so students are shadowing the operators,” said Parker.

Some of the gear used in the build includes:

3 Grass Valley Focus 70 Live CMOS cameras – NAB Booth SL106

FUJINON 20x HD lenses – NAB Booth C7125

Yamaha QL5 digital mixing console – NAB Booth C1445

Avid Pro Tools – NAB Booth C2335

Ross Carbonite Black switcher – NAB Booth N3705

Ross XPression Prime for graphics – NAB Booth N3705

Ross 16×16 SDI routing system – NAB Booth N3705

BrightSign XD1132 interactive media player

Tightrope Media Systems Carousel 250 content management system – NAB Booth SL4228

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