This week I was shadowing the technical crew. I have been really looking forward to seeing the technical side of Channel because it is the area I know least about and therefore I was looking forward to learning all about it.
When I arrived, the technical team were preparing for the lunchtime show. The technical hub is called traffic. Traffic consists of making sure the video footage from the reporters is put into the system. Each computer has a card reader which inputs the video footage. The video is then given a code which mirrors the one of the I-News system. Once the video has been given a code it is then available for the Editors to access the footage.
It was interesting to here that although there are camera men, most of the reporters are trained to use a camera and to edit there own work which means they are able to self shoot. This means more stories can be made with and with less staff.
Traffic also deals with the Archive footage that Channel TV has stored. If there is a package that needs archive footage than it can be found and inputted into the system. A lot f the footage is on video tapes. This means that they have to be inputted into the video player and then converted to a DVD so that it can be easily read by the computer. Archive footage is often used in packages to make them more interesting for example some previous video footage of the chritmas parade would be more interesting in a Christmas lights story than someone putting up the lights. Or if the reporter doesn’t have enough footage to fill the package previously filmed sweeping shots can be used to fill the time.
Traffic also makes sure the weather goes out because it follows the national news update. The weather is previously recorded and then edited so the graphics match the weather. Today the Sophie did not have time to record the weather and therefore the weather was recorded in London. It was then sent over from the Millbank station to the Channel Islands station so that they could use it. The weather had to be recorded earlier to guarantee it would arrive on time and that the settings would play.
We then went into the studio to set it up for the programme. All of the monitors had to be turned on so that they showed the background. The background was filmed as a panoramic shot of the harbour that had been filmed on a HD camera so that the background gave the illusion of a window. We then went into the gallery however this week I went into the sound booth. It is important that the sound levels remain at zero throughout the programme which is the optimum level. The reporter gives a sound level so this can be adjusted as well. I enjoyed being in the sound booth as it was a more interactive experience than sitting in the gallery as the sound has to be constantly adjusted throughout the programme.