Leeds Trinity University Takes Control of its TV Studios with Vista by Chroma-Q
UK – Leeds Trinity University has upgraded the lighting infrastructure of its TV studio facilities to next generation systems utilising Vista by Chroma-Q® lighting & media control.
The University has a long history of Media and Journalism Production, and was one of the first establishments to have professional TV Studio production facilities as part of its courses. Student applications range from live daily news and culture shows to interviews or scenes for documentary and film productions.
After upgrading its original tungsten lighting to all-LED DMX rigs, the University wanted to invest in a control solution which staff and students would find straightforward to operate, whilst also being widely used professionally.
Mark Willett, the University’s Senior Technician for Media Services commented: “The more sophisticated lighting had left us struggling to program our old console. We had been looking for a replacement and Vista 3 turned out to be just what we needed.”
With limited space to accommodate the lighting control systems and to build sets, the compact yet versatile Vista system is a perfect match for the University’s needs.
Mark commented: “The Vista system takes up a lot less space than a huge lighting desk, yet it’s very powerful. In addition, it gives us a lot of creative flexibility to paint sets with light and create different moods for different shows.”
After being so impressed with the Vista 3 software and MV control surface, the University quickly upgraded its second TV studio to the same Vista system.
Summarising the University’s experience, Mark commented: “Both students and academic staff with no previous background in lighting are now able to create simple lighting setups themselves after an initial simple demonstration of Vista 3. With the on-screen fixture layout, users have a visual map of where and what each lighting fixture is. They select a light, select the colour, and select the intensity. Job done!
He continued: “We love the ease with which different cues can be quickly set up and triggered throughout a show. With different groups using the studios at different times and with different looks, the ability to save each show and recall the setup quickly is ideal. Although rarely needed, the speedy technical support and online resources available is another bonus.”