September 25, 2009
Committed to the continuous improvement of the student
experience, St. John’s University has recently upgraded its
television production technology for students in the College of
The newly enhanced TV, Film and Radio Center’s control room now
features a state-of-the-art Evertz® Video Wall Monitor. This new
video wall gives students studying in the various communications
fields access to the same technology that major television networks
throughout the world are using.
The wall consists of one 46” and two 57” LCD monitors as well as
two glass monitors for previewing shows while they are being
produced and directed. The entire unit can display up to 32
separate video sources in both high definition and standard
definition and allows side-by-side viewing of two separate video
formats on the same LCD monitor.
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) mandate for the entire
country to switch to digital broadcast television prompted the
University to invest in a new video wall and move towards high
definition television. “Students are learning with the same
equipment being used by producers of the Primetime Emmy Awards.
This type of video monitor wall is what graduates see and work with
once they enter into the world of professional television,”
explained Greg Bogart ’73SVC, Production Manager of the TV, Film
and Radio Center.
The video wall was installed this summer to replace the TV center’s
glass monitors, which only displayed analog standard definition
video. “The wall is fully expandable to meet the future needs of
the TV Center as we progress towards full HD capability in the TV
Center facilities,” noted Bogart.
Students are also commenting on how beneficial the new equipment
has been to their television and film studies. Leanda Taitt, senior
television film major and president of St. John’s WRED-TV club,
shared her opinion about the new installation, “I'm extremely happy
to be working with the brand new video wall. It's a definite
upgrade in technology for the studio and takes you a step closer to
the real-world control-room experience. As a TV film major, getting
that kind of experience gives you an edge and is hands-down
For more information about the new video wall or St. John’s
Television, Film and Radio Center, please visit the center’s