Students gain real-world experience with Vinten camera and Autocue teleprompter

Mass Media TV students of Spring 2019
Marcus Painton
Mass Media TV students of Spring 2019


The Department of Mass Media at Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO) in Cape Giradeau, Missouri, has adopted Vinten's Pro-Ped pedestal and Vinten Vision 250 pan-and-tilt camera head, together with an Autocue 15-inch Starter Series teleprompter. The professional-grade studio equipment gives TV and film students hands-on experience producing a broad range of content for local broadcasters.

In the SEMO studios, a Vinten Pro-Ped lightweight pedestal offers a stable and robust two-stage system with ideal balance for on-shot camera movements. Mounted on the pedestal is a Vinten Vision 250 pan-and-tilt camera head, which offers perfect balance for camera/lens combinations up to 72.8 pounds. At SEMO, these include either a Panasonic AG-HPX370 camcorder with a Fujinon XT17x4-5BRM-K14 lens, or a Hitachi HD5000 with a Fujinon XA20sx8.5-BRM K3 lens.

In addition, the Autocue 15-inch Starter Series teleprompter provides an entry-level solution for the school, giving students valuable experience with the prompting equipment they are most likely to encounter in their real-world jobs following graduation."Multicamera, in-studio productions, require excellent heads and pedestal systems. With as many as 60 students each semester working on four different productions and four different sets, the wear and tear takes its toll. The Vinten Pro-Ped/Vision 250 combo offers the quality, durability, and outstanding performance our students need, semester after semester," said Jim Dufek, an SEMO professor who also serves as TV and film operations manager and SETV production director in the department of mass media.

The Vinten and Autocue gear puts in heavy use on student productions, every day of every term. In one recent example, the SEMO students produced Redhawks Update, a 90-second news package that was produced and broadcast during the fall NFL Thursday Night Football games via the local Fox affiliate. Another production that sees heavy use of the Vinten and Autocue gear is Cape Chronicle, a weekly public affairs program for the CBS/CW affiliate that covers a variety of issues, politics, arts, and city government.

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