heads to support new Ikegami cameras and CueScript prompters.
Calif.— Ithaca College’s Roy H. Park School of
Communications recently selected Cartoni camera support products from Manios
Digital & Film as part of a general upgrade of its studio production
facilities. A total of six Cartoni P90 studio pedestals, and Omega fluid heads
are part of an all-new camera package that also includes ten HD Ikegami cameras
and six state-of-the-art CueScript teleprompters. The school also purchased four
Gamma fluid heads for its mobile production unit. The new gear will be used for
both classroom instruction and student production activity, including ICTV, the
school’s award-winning, student-run television operation.
College boasts one of the oldest and most sophisticated broadcast production
programs in higher education, serving students from around the country and the
world. This past year, the school implemented plans to overhaul its production
facilities to bring them in line with current professional standards. “Our
philosophy is to provide our students with the best and most advanced
equipment, compatible with our instructional needs and budget,” says Director
of Technical Operations David Priester. “We buy infrequently, but we buy well.”
new pedestals and heads, the school considered such factors as quality,
durability, precision and cost. “We were very impressed with the engineering of
the Cartoni products,” Priester notes. “We also liked the pricing and the
long-term cost of ownership. Their warranty program is better than those
offered by most manufacturers. They were the right fit for us.”
production equipment has to stand up to heavy use. Studios are busy most
weekdays with classroom instruction, while evenings and weekends are devoted to
student-led productions. ICTV provides programming for local cable channel,
with content including news, sports, public affairs, arts performances, comedy,
drama and game shows.
pedestals and fluid heads perform well amid such rigorous use and also provide
flexibility for varying production demands. The P90 pedestals are capable of
supporting the school’s new Ikegami HDK-95C camera systems and payloads up to
55kg and 90kg, respectively. They’re also a perfect match for new CueScript
broadcast facilities are transitioning away from the heavy studio cameras and
bulky support systems of the past,” notes CueScript President Michael Accardi.
“Cartoni pedestals are better suited to today’s cameras, and to our prompters.
They are better sized and have a better feature set.”
happy with the whole camera package,” concludes Priester. “The Cartoni support
products are well designed and can survive use by students who are just learning
Steven Manios, Jr., Manios Digital &
Film has been bringing the world’s highest quality products to professional
filmmakers, videographers and ENG crews in the United States since 1992. The
company has longstanding relationships with leading manufacturers around the
globe and an extensive dealer network spanning the United States. It is an
authorized distributor for Cartoni, Vocas and Kinotehnik. By working closely
with its customers, and by listening to and understanding their needs, Manios
Digital & Film has become a trusted partner to film and video professionals
North Hollywood, CA 91601; 818.760.8290.