Newhouse implements Avid Workflow to prepare students for future success

November 12, 2015

As part of the $18 million renovation of Newhouse 2, the Newhouse School has implemented a workflow powered by the Avid MediaCentral Platform for its studio production facilities to help prepare students for real-world production environments.

The Newhouse School has invested in industry-leading Avid Artist Suite and Storage Suite solutions to keep its labs and edit suites current as part of its efforts to replicate real-world experiences and enable students to work with the tools that they will depend on when they make their transition to the industry.

"The Newhouse School is committed to training the next generation of storytellers and Avid makes great tools for storytellers," said Neal Coffey, the school's studio manager. "Our partnership with Avid leads to student success both while they're in school and when making the transition into the real world." Coffee is an Avid-certified instructor.

Newhouse has been teaching the industry-standard nonlinear editing system Avid Media Composer to students for 15 years, but the center's labs and edit suites are now home to the latest version of Media Composer and the Avid ISIS | 5500 shared storage system.

"The ISIS storage system will help students share media between edit suites and bring that media into the training labs for demonstrations and critiques," said Coffey. "Our smaller ISIS installations at Syracuse University have proven to be so reliable that we really didn't consider any other storage systems. Our only requirement was that we needed our editing storage to be compatible with Media Composer, Final Cut Pro and Premiere Pro."

The school has also connected the industry-standard digital audio software Avid Pro Tools to the ISIS storage systems, which enables students working out of the music recording studios to compose, record, edit and mix with ease.

"By embracing Avid Everywhere and implementing state-of-the-art production workflows, the Newhouse School is able to help prepare its students to become leaders in a rapidly changing media industry," said Avid's senior vice president and chief marketing officer Kyle Kim-Hays. "Educational institutions that offer access to real-world tools and workflows are able to give students the best chances of success in their future careers."