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NNPS-TV demonstrates equipment to Woodside media class

2 men teaching students around table NNPS-TV Station Manager Jim Anklam and Producer Nik Long demonstrate various cameras and audio equipment to Woodside communications students.
Photos by Reginald Crudup

NNPS-TV staff visited Woodside High School in mid-October as guest speakers for communications teacher Reginald Crudup's freshman Video and Media Production class.

Station Manager Jim Anklam and Producer Nik Long brought a variety of camera and audio equipment to pique the interest of the students, who enjoyed passing the fascinating gadgets around the room and hearing from the video experts.

The team from NNPS-TV showed the students a number of video cameras, starting with the Canon 5D Mark IV DSLR camera, which is a traditional "still" camera with video capabilities. It is super-lightweight and offers many benefits, like changeable lenses for different needs.

The main video camera used by the NNPS-TV team is the Panasonic HPX-170, which offers great quality in a compact design that allows them to get the video they need easily. The team explained that this is the go-to camera used for most shoots.

The piece of equipment students alway love is the small hand-held steadicam called an Osmo. It is basically a drone camera on a gimbal attached to a handle. The TV team explained how great it is for moving with the action to get smooth, gliding shots.

The team brought an Osmo Pocket as well, which is an even smaller version of the Osmo.

Anklam and Long also showed off the GoPro camera, which can be put in a waterproof housing or be attached to things like bicycles and school buses. The TV team uses the GoPro anytime they are around water (think kayak trips and science experiments) and occasionally strap it to a student participant.

The students got to check out the Mavic Pro, too, which is NNPS-TV's drone. The production team uses it fairly often, especially for intro videos for Engineering Design Challenges.

2 students looking at hand-held Osmo camera Woodside communications students check out the Osmo camera.

In addition to the wide variety of cameras, the NNPS-TV team showed the students four different microphones - some large and some very small.

Anklam and Long showed them the lavalier or lapel microphone, which can clip onto clothing. They also brought a hand-held mic, a shotgun mic with a boom pole, and a Zoom Digital Recorder to show the students. The Zoom captures high quality sound and does not have to be tied to a camera.

"As we displayed and demonstrated the equipment," Anklam said, "we explained how we choose specific tools to tell the stories efficiently and in the most meaningful way."

The NNPS-TV production team is responsible for creating school-centered programming for NNPS's cable TV channel, making commercials and other videos promoting NNPS and its initiatives, and supporting the video production needs of the school superintendent and the school division.

A good example of their work is "This Just In," a weekly news show about NNPS. A new show airs every Monday, and over 500 episodes have been produced and aired.

The communications class at Woodside loved seeing the equipment up close and learning about the many different types of stories to tell - and how to select the proper equipment for the situation.

The students showed enthusiasm and asked intelligent questions like how to capture action and dialogue when two people are walking, how to white balance a camera, and the reason behind using green for chroma keying.