California High School relies on Telestream Wirecast for media broadcast program



The media program at Whitney High School, a public high school in Rocklin, Calif., Stands out as one of the most impressive and successful programs of its kind in the country. Using Telestream’s Wirecast live video streaming production software, students produce a daily 15-minute newscast, which features news, sports and lifestyle segments. Called unleashed, the award-winning program has now grown into a full-fledged community TV channel, under the brand WCTV19, which is watched on the school’s campus-wide TV channel, as well as on two local cable channels and on school social media. .

“I want our students to develop skills from classroom to career and get a feel for every aspect of TV news production in a very professional atmosphere. This program is designed to teach them broadcast journalism skills and then apply those skills to the actual production of all the features and content we need to create. unleashed a professional looking TV news ”, explains Ben barnholdt, teacher / broadcast media program director at Whitney High School.

As an all-in-one live production and streaming system, Wirecast is now at the heart of the school’s broadcast studio and remote production workflow and distribution. By continually expanding and modernizing their facilities, WCTV19 now looks like a professional TV station, with a studio with a TV, HDTV studio cameras, teleprompter, microphones, and blue screen background. During production, a team of students run the cameras and teleprompers in the studio. In the control room, a separate team of students takes care of the technical execution of the show.

While Wirecast incorporates the functionality of a video production switcher, Barnholdt has a student who switches the four camera streams using a third-party production switcher. Then the output of that mixer flows in real time into Wirecast where the final touches of the show are added.

“Wirecast is a very user-friendly program that our students quickly learn, including how to import media files, such as graphics and video clips, from hard drives. Due to its many presets, our Wirecast workflow is quite automated, and we can now have a show set up and ready to roll in just 40 minutes, ”explains Barnholdt.

WCTV19 broadcasts to numerous online and social media destinations through ESE Networks, a CDN partner, and Telestream. Using the hashtag #whsunleashed, any student in the school can post photos and videos on social media, such as Twitter and Instagram, that the unleashed the team can regroup. They capture onscreen graphics and video clips of interest from their social media sites in super high quality using Telestream’s ScreenFlow. These assets are moved into Wirecast, which associates them with the blue screen background on the board.

“Wirecast enhances our show by allowing us to display news graphics and videos in chroma on the blue screen behind the presenters’ desk. It also makes it easier to display CG text and lower third supers, and add transitions and effects, all from a single user interface, ”he adds.

Data displays, such as weather and sports charts, are created on separate laptops using Adobe PhotoShop and Illustrator. For each daily show, students update key data, like temperatures and scores, without having to recreate their many graphs from scratch.

Another student then uses NewBlue Graphics software on a separate laptop to take these static graphics and animate them quickly and professionally to make the show more visually dynamic. Once the graphics are ready to use, they are transferred to an NDI video network over IP and saved to the Wirecast laptop to be played during production.

Thanks to a Go Fund Me campaign and a technology grant, the program recently acquired a new 25-foot broadcast production trailer pulled by a pickup truck. The trailer makes it faster and easier to send student teams and equipment to remote locations to produce live broadcasts. Recent remote productions include: live football from the high school stadium and many special community events from Rocklin and Roseville, CA.

“Our new broadcast trailer uses the same Wirecast-based workflow that we use in our studio control room. That way I only have to teach the students a way of working, whether they are in the studio or remotely, like our football games. And all of our programming shares the same look and overall production quality, ”explains Barnholdt.


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