UD joins international student-produced TV network
2:59 p.m., April 4, 2007--UD has joined the Open Student Television Network (OSTN), the only 24-hour global channel devoted exclusively to student-produced programming, including films, documentaries, animation, music videos, sitcoms, soap operas and reality and news shows, Dick Sacher, associate director, IT-User Services, has announced.

OSTN is run by the CampusEAI Consortium and is delivered over Internet2 to millions of people in more than 35 countries. Some highlights of the programming, all of which is produced by students from member institutions, are Ivory Tower, a soap opera from Harvard; Frosh Life, a reality show from Duke; the Chompy Show from Purdue; and Northwestern News Report.

On campus, viewers can watch all the programming on a computer by visiting [www.rdms.udel.edu/internet2/ostn]. Also they can watch selected shows on UD's Student Television Network (STN 49).

Membership in OSTN allows UD students to submit their own videos to the network. "Since we're a member of this network, our students can submit a video to showcase a project they've done in a class, something they've produced in the Student Multimedia Design Center, or a video or animation they've produced on their own," Sacher said.

UD's new state-of-the-art Student Multimedia Design Center, located on the lower level of Morris Library on the Newark campus, will help to meet the needs of students whose classes may involve the creation of multimedia presentations as a course requirement. The multimedia facilities at the new center also will serve to enhance student presentation skills.

Special features incorporated in the facility include six studios, some large enough to accommodate six persons, and all equipped with high-end technology to allow video recording and editing, as well as the rehearsing and recording of presentations.

A transfer studio is equipped with the technology needed to convert media formats, such as the conversion of VHS tapes to DVDs.

Dedicated to optimal audio recording, the sound studio supports vocal recording with built-in equipment, while allowing for the mixing of multiple audio sources. All studios may be reserved for two-hour blocks up to one week in advance.

Carlos Hervas, instructor and video producer in the Department of Communication, will provide a final technical review of students' work before it is submitted to OSTN.

"If students have a video they want to submit, I'd encourage them to see me as they begin work on their projects,” Hervas said. “That way, I can review their design and production plan and increase the likelihood of OSTN accepting their work."

For more information, visit [www.rdms.udel.edu/internet2/ostn].