NEW ULM - New Ulm Community Access Television (NUCAT) is getting closer to being fully operational within the city, Community Cable Access Coordinator Dan Anderson told the Cable Communications Advisory Board Thursday.
"Things are starting to roll along," Anderson said.
In fact, "our goal is to take over [community access programming] on both NU-Telecom and Comcast [channels] at the end of March," he said.
In January, local producers used the NUCAT edit suite for about 46 hours, NUCAT's portable cameras were checked out seven times. The NUCAT Studio [on the lower level in the library building] "was used for 12 hours," he reported.
"We held five classes in January, [and] there is a total of 37 certified students/producers to date," he said. The NUCAT Open House, held Jan. 20, drew about 40 people.
The existing fluorescent lighting in the studio has now been reconfigured for enhanced chroma keying, the green background that is used in television for creating a different background.
"So, we can put you anywhere you want to be just by changing the background. It's really cool," Anderson said.
Comcast and NU Telecom have installed the necessary equipment for "live" cable casting capability from the NUCAT facility, as well as a cable outlet for channel viewing, Anderson reported.
He also previewed for the board a new "commercial" featuring a tiger cub. The ad promotes not only NUCAT but also the city of New Ulm.
NUCAT staff has produced a four-hour training video for New Ulm's Law Enforcement Center, a Dan Beranek and Sharon Weinkauf "Roast & Toast" video, and the New Ulm-based pot-luck and Mall of America premiers of the "New In Town" movie that allegedly takes place in New Ulm.
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