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Video services upgraded, expanded

From Professor Walter Lewin's popular physics tutorials for students to a training video that brought kudos for the Biohazards Assessment Office, MIT Video Productions has helped a variety of MIT individuals and offices communicate successfully via video.

And they would like to help you, too.

Recently Video Productions, which is based at the Center for Advanced Engineering Study (CAES), completed an upgrade of facilities and equipment. It now offers everything from basic VHS recording to the production of scripted multimedia programs using broadcast-quality equipment-all at prices well below commercial rates.

"We have designed our facilities for the special communication needs of the MIT community," said Professor Shaoul Ezekiel, director of CAES.

These facilities include a professional studio and control room, beta recording equipment, and a state-of-the-art edit suite. The edit suite offers a wide variety of enhancements, including computer graphics, animation, digital video effects, and sophisticated audio processing. A visually appealing set can be quickly designed to meet customers' needs for onsite tapings in the Center's broadcast-quality studio.

New high-quality video cameras also enable the CAES production crew to record anywhere on campus. "The new cameras allow us to get superb pictures with a fraction of the light required in the past, making it easy to tape lab experiments and demos requiring crisp resolution in a low-light setting," said Larry Gallagher, video productions manager.

In addition, CAES now has a PictureTel videoconferencing system. The system has already been used by several departments for two-way long-distance meetings and presentations. It accommodates up to 16 contact points, making it an excellent tool for off-campus instruction and consultations.

Call MIT Video Productions at x3-7603 to request a tape of program highlights or to arrange for a free consultation to find out what video can do for you.

A version of this article appeared in the April 28, 1993 issue of MIT Tech Talk (Volume 37, Number 30).

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