UNC-TV creates hundreds of hours of original programming a year and much of it needs to be edited into the final product you would see on your television. That equates to thousands of hours of raw footage and B roll that must be seen in order to create that final product.
Nowadays, most of the material is digital and can be viewed from an office PC, laptop or similar device. In years past, it might be on any manner of videotape that could require a special tape deck or playback machine to watch. Thus screening rooms were set up where producers, directors, talent and other personnel could view raw footage or the perhaps a final edited product.
FYI: since the advent of digital, these screening rooms are virtually unused and most have been converted into audio booths or coopted as storage space or something else entirely. What’s in this one? Can’t tell you – the door is locked.
Here’s a shot of one of our remote production trucks as it waits its next assignment. UNC-TV sends crews to every end of North Carolina to record interviews, concerts, press conferences and uncountable hours of footage every year for use in the numerous original programming we produce here in our RTP facilities.
If you see one of these UNC-TV vehicles on the roadways around our fair state, feel free to give ’em an encouraging wave.
Here’s a sight you honestly don’t see much anymore at a TV station – a videotape cassette. Specifically, one of Brain Maker with David Perlmutter, MD. If you’ve ever seen this pledge special, it’s entirely possible it was broadcast from this source.
In the early days of television, all programming was broadcast live but the introduction of magnetic tape in the broadcast industry allowed programs to be recorded and shown later. Over the years, the videotape sources have changed and this is probably one of the last to be used here at the station. Most of the shows you watch on the services of UNC-TV these days air from digital or satellite sources and not from tapes like the one seen above.
If you have volunteered during an on-air fund drive here at UNC-TV, you may have spied this notice on your way out.
Our sylvan campus is indeed home to an abundance of fauna, so careful driving is a must! Volunteer opportunities abound here, as well, so feel free to visit our website to find out more!
I caught sight of this sign on a cabinet near one of the printers on my floor. As you can tell, it’s seen better days. That “UNC Center for Public Television” tag might give you a clue as to how old it is (we’ve gone through a few name changes since then). My guess is this sign was originally posted on one of our station vehicles as our crew worked on a remote shoot. Now, it’s just a tiny reminder that, yep, we work in television station.
Our Spring Fund Drive is over but the set remains. Well, in all honesty, the set has probably been dismantled and stored away by now – but I took this picture of the empty set after all the talent and volunteers had gone home.
One of our original productions here at UNC-TV is the Biographical Conversations series. Over the past two decades, we’ve been able to sit down with some impressive North Carolinians like Terry Sanford, John Hope Franklin, Ruth Easterling and Bob Timberlake as they share their life stories.
Here are a few snapshots of the Biographical Conversations set as it awaits its next prominent Tar Heel raconteur.