Mass media department debuts new technology

Ram TV updates film equipment after receiving donation

By Ixchel Sotelo
On January 24, 2020

Photo by Ian Saint: Isaac Wilkerson, senior, shows off Ram TVs new Canon 77D cameras. The new equipment replaces the much larger broadcast cameras and smartphone mounts previously used by Ram TV.


Through a donation by the administration, ASU’s Ram TV studio received new equipment upon beginning the spring semester.

“There wasn’t enough money going into the studio to keep it functioning,” said Don Plachno, in­terim director of Ram TV. “At one point, we only had one headset that was working. Most of our cameras weren’t functioning the way they should. A lot of the equipment was broken down or beyond repair.”

Before receiving this equipment, students in mass media classes used iPhones and Androids to film their projects, which would frequently get lost, Plachno said. Now, students will receive kits with indie-film quality equipment including Can­on EOS 77D cameras, Sigma lenses, i9 processors, adaptors, XLR recorders, wireless headphones and more. Equipment for the Ram TV studio includes teleprompters, tally lights, a wireless soundboard and camera pedestals.

“When I started working here in 2015, we ba­sically didn’t have a functional studio,” Brianna Ray, assistant director of Ram TV, said. “Over the last cou­ple years, we’ve gotten a lot of new equipment, so now, we can actually produce newscasts and air them live.”

With the new equipment, Plachno said students will be able to produce film-festival-worthy projects, potential resume material, among other possibilities.

“I’m really excited to use the new equipment,” freshman Josue Gutierrez said. “It will be very helpful when taking pictures and vid­eos and it will be beneficial to future students.”

Plachno said his vision for Ram TV does not stop there as they are hoping to expand and connect more with students through a poten­tial smartphone application.

“With this equipment that came in over the break, we are now at 100 percent,” Plachno said. “We are a fully functional studio. We have been extremely lucky. I love this job. I truly love this job.”

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