HBTP CCU Workshop

HBTP CCU Workshop

HBTP CCU Workshop

Host Broadcast Training Program CCU Workshop :: 15-16 February 2017

On 15 & 16 February NEP’s Host Broadcast Training Program held a Camera Control Unit (CCU) Workshop over two days out of NEP’s HD1 OB van in Brisbane.  Under the guiding hands of senior Technical Director, Mark Corser and Producer/Director Mario Silvestri the students were put through their paces.  Both Mark and Mario are contributors to the planning of the Host Broadcast coverage of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in their roles as Coordinating Venue Technical Manager and Coordinating Producer.

Ten students from Griffith University, the University of Southern Queensland, Bond University and TAFE Queensland, Gold Coast Coomera took part in the workshop. 

The workshop outcomes were for students to gain an understanding of basic colourimetry, colour temperature and its effect on camera pictures.  They learnt how to build a camera chain from box to operation, the role of the CCU operator and Technical Director, as well as the importance of a cohesive OB team environment and awareness of production requirements.  Additionally they were taught the correct method for a basic camera line-up using a waveform monitor and vectorscope, why flare compensation is required, and what shading is all about.

From a white balance, black balance, grey scale tracking, they each performed a basic camera line-up procedure.  Assisted by NEP staff, Peter Collins Facilities Coordinator and Neil Smith, Broadcast Engineer who provided some excitement and real CCU work for them as he flew his drone around for students to follow and expose.

“It was absolutely wonderful to see the progress the students made over the two days, working with industry professionals” said Head of Broadcast Training, Gerry O’Leary.

The workshop provided students with hands-on experience and practice before they go into the field to gain further work experience on the job in preparation for their future roles in the television broadcast industry.