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Telecom video-records, streams NNPS graduations
Telecom video-records, streams NNPS graduations
Camera Operator
Student Camera Operator Darin Cooper sets up the shot at the Hampton Coliseum before the start of the graduation ceremonies.
Photos: Telecom students & staff

NNPS Telecom students worked hard over graduation weekend, video-recording the five high school graduations Saturday and Sunday, as well as An Achievable Dream High School's on Thursday evening.

Most of the graduations were held at the Hampton Coliseum the second weekend in June.

Each year, the NNPS Telecommunications Center video-records the graduations for broadcast on NNPS-TV Cox 47/FiOS 17. Telecom also produces DVD's of the ceremonies, which are sold as keepsakes or for out-of-town relatives to watch.

Telecom's video feed is displayed on the large video screens during the ceremonies, too.

This year, a live webstream on YouTube was added. Telecom student/Menchville High junior Gabe Odachowski, who served as Technical Director for the graduation productions, also handled the live stream.

Streaming on YouTube was a challenge because when the TriCaster switching equipment (used for multi-camera productions),was being used for video recording and the live Internet stream, it became overloaded and the stream became choppy. The Telecom team solved the problem by adding another TriCaster to use solely for the Internet stream.

Working the production is excellent training for the Telecom students. Recording the high school graduations involves many workers in a wide variety of roles, from Stage Manager to Camera Operator to Audio Technician. The students work on a number of productions during the year, to learn and become comfortable with the equipment, setup, following and giving direction, computer graphics, and more.

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Under the guidance of Telecom Supervisor Ray Price, who served as Producer, the students covered the ceremonies from the Ferguson Center (An Achievable Dream High School), the Hampton Coliseum (the other five high schools), and inside Telecom's remote video production truck.

Along with Price, NNPS-TV Broadcast Engineer Greg Lesko and Telecom Instructor Carl Daniels, Jr. (Production Assistant/graphics) worked on the production. Bill Barlow was Director.

A handful of Telecom graduates from years past also worked on the production.

Courtney Luther, who graduated from Heritage High at 2 p.m. Saturday, was part of the crew working that morning for Denbigh's 10 a.m. graduation.

"I told her she couldn't work after that," said Price.

She was back on Sunday, though, to record two more graduations. A few other Telecom students who were graduating were part of the crew for other graduations, too.

The graduation ceremony video will be edited and combined with other material produced by NNPS-TV to create keepsake DVDs for students and parents to purchase.

Below is the NNPS-TV broadcast schedule for the 2017 graduations:

NNPS-TV Cox 47/FiOS 17 will broadcast each high school graduation four times during the weeks of June 26 and July 24. The webstream may be seen online at http://nnpstv.com/webstream during the TV broadcast. There is also a live stream on the NNPS-TV video site and on the NNPS-TV Roku channel.

Denbigh High School:  Monday, June 26, at 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. and on Monday, July 24, at 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Heritage High School: Tuesday, June 27, at 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. and on Tuesday, July 25, at 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Menchville High School: Wednesday, June 28, at 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. and on Wednesday, July 26, at 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Warwick High School:  Thursday, June 29, at 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. and on Thursday, July 27, at 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Woodside High School:  Friday, June 30, at 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. and on Friday, July 28, at 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

An Achievable Dream: Saturday, July 1, at 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. and on Saturday, July 29, at 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.

High School Graduations 2017:
(Telecom photos)