Located in Winter Park, Florida, Full Sail University is an award-winning educational leader with programs designed for the world of entertainment media and emerging technology. The university’s campus includes over 880,000 square feet of real-world media production facilities. Full Sail graduates have worked behind the scenes at many of the world’s best-known companies and on widely acclaimed entertainment industry releases. Additionally, Full Sail alumni have worked on numerous award-winning projects with individual recognition, including OSCAR, Emmy, GRAMMY, Video Game Award and more.
In 2006, Full Sail unveiled a professionally designed post-production lab named Dubbing Stage. In 2009, Full Sail’s Dubbing Stage joined an exclusive list of approved professional facilities for Dolby Digital printing masters. The dubbing stage includes a high quality mixing console, high definition video and 35mm projectors, surround sound and theater seating for lessons and private screenings. The mixing console includes four user stations with additional editorial systems that flank the exterior sides of the studio. The dubbing stage allows students to gain relevant, valuable, and hands-on industry experience. More recently, the dubbing scene has been upgraded with new technology to support the future of post-production technology.
“The voice acting stage is a space for students, faculty and industry professionals to collaborate and create,” said Michael Orlowski, media systems engineer for Full Sail University. “We have received many requests from our faculty to integrate new technology that enables seamless distribution of content between user stations, editorial systems and in-space displays. Additionally, we wanted to enable video routing throughout the entire facility, including the main theater, central engine room, and projection booth.
Full Sail wanted a solution that was versatile and compatible with the existing system already in place. “We needed a KVM solution with a managed switch, rather than a traditional matrix solution, to give us flexibility across multiple spaces,” Orlowski noted. “Dante functionality was also important to us as we were transitioning to Dante audio. We started looking for solutions that matched our existing technology and system requirements. We found Visionary’s PacketAV Matrix Series – It ticked all our boxes.
Visionary’s PacketAV Matrix Series is an ultra-low latency, cinema-grade encoder and decoder solution designed to circumvent the constraints of traditional matrix distribution systems. The PacketAV Matrix Series supports USB 2.0 over IP, including KVM over IP, and can be deployed on any standard IP network leveraging the flexibility and scalability of converged IP networks. Using existing network resources, encoders and decoders can be quickly deployed, enabling cost-effective distribution of Dante/AES67 multi-channel audio and video over IP.
Full Sail’s hands-on programs prepare students for the business aspects of the entertainment, media, arts, and emerging technology industries. During COVID-19, Full Sail implemented new technology to support blended learning that safely provided students with the same benefits they enjoyed before the pandemic. Visionary’s PacketAV Matrix series provided increased video distribution capabilities to support hybrid learning.
“We introduced hybrid learning functionality by pairing one of Visionary’s PacketAV Duet-2 decoders with a video conferencing solution,” Orlowski said. “Not only can we send content anywhere in the room, but we can also distribute a live video feed over Zoom for our students who are participating in distance learning. We can combine mixing, software and a live stream from the room to create an immersive experience for our online students. »
Orlowski added, “Our experience working with Visionary and their PacketAV Matrix series has been nothing short of a success. Visionary engineers provided us with technical support throughout the installation. Everything worked fine, and if we ever have any issues with the system, the Visionary team quickly provides remote troubleshooting. Their products and team have been very supportive.
The end result was an overall success. Visionary’s PacketAV Matrix series provided Full Sail with a networked AV system that dramatically increased flexibility and functionality. Visionary’s PacketAV Matrix Series 4K UHD over IP encoders and decoders redefine traditional matrix switching systems to create a flexible, scalable, theater-grade solution for IP networking.