This week, in my Capstone NewsVision class we started practicing producing news cast. We learned how to download, SOTs, VOSOTs and packages from the CNN Newsource and construct them into a 3-5 minute production. In teams of four we each had to pick a position of either producer, anchor, telecaster runner/editor or switcher/editor. Thanks to my internship with WHUT and my experience with the Tricaster software that we use for Chapel services I was already well versed as a switcher.
However, unlike with WHUT, elements of the news cast did not come preset. Meaning everything from background, green screen, framing, video, lower thirds has to be manually set. This i was not verse in, and unfortunately it wasn’t our professor’s specialty either.
The first news cast was rocky to say the least. Three-five minutes does not seem like a long time at first, but when you are writing, and editing video to fill that time, you learn that each second feels like a minute. Despite the difficulty Learned a lot which has since helped in further productions and in my internship.
I have mastered the art of pushing button until the screen reflects what I want. I really wish I was joking, but I took an hour this week to just sit and earn the Tricaster as best as I could, and the whole time I randomly pushed button. I messed around with the settings, audio, different channels, importing graphics, fading in, out and to black.I will never underestimate the power of blind testing because I can truly say I am comfortable with the machine now. I have been able to help other group with their productions, I’m a little more independent when recording Chapel services and my supervisors and professor has noticed. It feels pretty good.