Vinten Camera Support Gear Used To Train Mass Media Students

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, to train students. 

The SEMO Department of Mass Media has over 300 majors, 100 of which are in the TV and Film track. TV and film students can count on an intense curriculum that gives them experience with a broad range of TV programming.

Ranging from news and public affairs to news magazine and cultural arts programs, the student-produced programming is broadcast on local CBS and Fox affiliates. Students also work on sports programming, including live Ohio Valley Conference productions for ESPN+, as well as film projects over which they have total creative control of their own story.

In the SEMO studios, a Vinten Pro-Ped lightweight pedestal offers a two-stage system with balance for on-shot camera movements. Mounted on the pedestal is a Vinten Vision 250 pan-and-tilt camera head, which offers balance for camera/lens combinations up to 72.8 pounds.

In addition, the Autocue 15-inch Starter Series teleprompter provides entry-level prompting for the school, giving students 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. 

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