Hornbake Media Studio
University Communications at the University of Maryland operates a news studio for media and oncampus use in Hornbake Library Room 0302HH, Nonprint Media.
Description | Hours of Operation | Booking the Studio | Access for Crews | Directions | Microwave/Satellite | ISDN Radio | Webcams | Sets in the Studio | Electrical/AC | Studio Costs | AVOC Costs and Contact Information | Other Campus Locations / Live and Feed Points
The Hornbake Studio is 34' long by 22.5' wide. There is a nearly 10' ceiling. Pipe and (black) drape provide soundproofing. Thanks to a gift from Shooterslicker.com, we have a chromakey green drape that is 10'wide and 15' long. We offer a Musicam Roadrunner ISDN "codec" for broadcast-quality radio interviews. There is a TV set in the room hooked up to the campus cable system, a house phone (with speaker for long-distance interviews) and two outside analog lines for IFB and producer use. Cell phones do not work well in Nonprint Media or the studio. Wireless internet access is available throughout campus, including Hornbake Library. We can provide guest access for you. We also have a computer with internet access in the studio. Let us know your needs! We now have three 1x1 LitePanel lights for studio use along with a Lowell light kit.
The "House" telephone number in the studio is 301-405-0151.
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Hours of Operation
During the regular school year, Nonprint Media (where the studio is located) is open from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Friday hours are 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Weekends: Saturday Noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday from Noon until 10 p.m. There may be exceptions due to holidays, Winter Term and other events. Please ask when booking for availability or check this library website for more information.
Booking the Studio
We make it easy! All bookings for the Hornbake studio go through University Communications. We also specialize in helping you find a faculty or staff expert for the story you're working on. Call 301-405-4621 for more information. If you are planning to use the Smith Studio at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, their communications office provides booking services. Note that we consider each request carefully and reserve the right to turn down requests for studio use.
Access for Crews Bringing TV Equipment:
There is a loading dock at the back of Hornbake Library that is easily accessable from Regent's Drive (just off Campus Drive). It provides access to the same floor as the studio. There is usually room for one car to park at the loading dock - at a metered or courier spot opposite the loading dock. Please arrange with University Communications for a parking pass. Any other cars can offload gear at the loading dock, but must park either at Turner Hall ("The Dairy") or in the Union Lane Garage next to the Stamp Student Union or Regent's Lane Garage (all are easy walks to Hornbake Library and the studio). Please see the Directions section below for more information. NOTE: Crews are reponsible for any tickets you might receive on campus.
Via the main entrance to Hornbake Library:
Go through the main entrance (facing Hornbake Plaza ) and make an immediate left. Go down the stairs and through the glass doors into Nonprint Media. The reception desk will be on the left. The studio is kitty-corner to the reception desk at the far end of the floor - Room 0302HH. Go past the computers (on the right), turn right and go down the hallway. At the end of the hallway, go left almost to the end. The TV studio will be on the right - there's an "On Air" light mounted on the wall (see photo above).
Via the Loading Dock:
To get to the loading dock at Hornbake Library, turn into Campus Drive off of Rt. 1 (also called Baltimore Ave.). You want to stay in the LEFT of the two lanes. Continue past the guard house and up towards the "M Circle." At the "M Circle" you will be turning RIGHT onto Regent's Drive. The Physics building will be on your right, Geology on your left. You will be making an almost immediate LEFT turn into an alley. You'll see a Maryland sign that says "Plant Sciences Dock / Hornbake Library Dock." This is where you'll want to turn left. Go up and to your left. The loading dock will be on the right, the parking place with a meter is on your left. You can offload your equipment at the dock (there is a ramp beyond the dock on the Campus Drive side of the building). A University Communications associate will meet you at the dock to get you into the building.
Union Lane Garage - Located between the Adele H. Stamp Student Union Center for Campus Life and Cole Field House. Hours of operation are 7:00a.m. to 2:00 a.m. daily. Current rates at this facility are $3.00 per hour, with a $15.00 per day maximum and a $5 per day maximum on Saturday and Sunday.
Microwave is difficult to impossible from this location and is not recommended. Satellite trucks can park on the sidewalk off Campus Drive near Hornbake Library (the buildings are too high at the loading dock) but you should plan for a 200'+ cable run. You can get to the studio by running the cable down through the far courtyard (there are two) in front of the main entrance to Hornbake Library and then into the studio. A site survey is recommended if you want to use a satellite truck. Let us know and we'll be happy to set up a time that is convenient. Now that we have our fiber connect to AVOC, this option may be moot for you. Note that we are also happy to work with you if you want to use other locations on campus for live shots via microwave or sat truck.
ISDN Radio Feeds
Our ISDN transcoder is a Musicam RoadRunner that "contains a full-featured monaural audio mixer with two microphone inputs and a third input switchable between microphone and line levels. The analog audio section also contains a wide array of outputs: two individually adjustable headphone outputs, plus two unbalanced and one balanced line level output." It can talk to virtually any codec you might have (we've done interviews with the BBC, NPR, and local many stations). You can download the manual if you need more information. We have two sports-style headsets with directional microphones as well, so that two guests can be interviewed at the same time with the same audio quality.
ISDN SETTINGS: L2 - 128 - Mono
The ISDN telephone line is: 301-226-9927 (dial it twice for both lines). We request that media dial into our line. Producers and control room engineers should call the "House" telephone in the studio at 301-405-0151.
We can now offer a webcam with Skype connectivity from our Hornbake Studio for preinterviews or low-res interviews. Our Skype name is: umdnewsdesk - add us to your contact list!
In addition - we now have a growing number of webcams around campus - including a signature shot of McKeldin Mall that is free to use for your newscasts (see below left).
A number of our faculty also have webcams on their computers should you want that option.
Video conferencing facilities are located across campus should you need that resource.
The Hornbake studio features a bookshelf set in the far left corner of the room with three leather-bound (dark green) high-backed chairs, table, plants, flags, and other props that can be moved as desired. We have lower-backed chairs available as well. There are also two director's chairs. We have one Lowell light kit if needed, but crews should bring their own lighting (in fact all their own equipment) at present.
A second "set" features a UM logoed white banner. Black drape stands behind the banner and flows around the right side wall to provide soundproofing and
aesthetics. The drape may also be used for a backdrop if desired.
Note that while you are free to move things around in the studio, we appreciate knowing you will put everything back the way it was.
There are multiple isolated "hospital grade" outlets around the studio. The room has air conditioning and heating that does make a low-level hum. It can not be turned off, as it is part of the Nonprint Media system. Lights in the room are now separated in half. You can turn the lights over the bookshelf set off separately from the other half of the room. These switches are found next to the main entry door to the studio. There is also an "On Air" light on the outside of the studio.
There is no cost to credentialed/legitimate media (including production companies working on programs for cable networks like Discovery) for using the studio so long as the interviews being done are with a student, faculty or staff member of the University of Maryland. Internally, colleges, units or student groups on campus may also reserve use of the studio for in-house video shoots, media events, oral histories, media training, production shoots, or other similar use. All requests for booking the studio must come through University Communications. Call 301-405-4621 for more information.
If you would like to use the studio (or any location on campus) but are not interviewing a University of Maryland student, faculty or staff member, there may be a charge. Please contact Administrative Assistant Pam Lloyd at 301-405-4621. For more information and a rate card see our "Filming on Campus" web site.
AVOC Connectivity and Costs
Our fiber connect gets your signal from the Hornbake Studio (or other locations on campus) to the Verizon AVOC switch in Washington, D.C. From that point, you are responsible for making arrangements (including any associated costs) to have it switched to the location of your choice. Encompass Digital Media is hosting our fiber on their router (the old WITS switch). Please contact Tiffany Warnock to make arrangements to switch from AVOC to your location.
Media can use the studio as a feed point, send interviews down the line real-time for taped or live interviews locally, via satellite or on the Vyvx fiber optic network (again - costs for signal switching and fiber optic/satelllite prices will have to be negotiated directly with Encompass Digital Media and other vendors).
Producers can conduct interviews via speakerphone or use one of the analog lines with an IFB (not provided). We ultimately hope to provide our own camera, IFB and lighting so the university can offer interviews without the need to send a crew but we can not offer that service yet. We also hope to run a line out to an outdoor courtyard near the studio to provide an alternative outdoor set with connectivity (this is available for interviews now, however). Note there are no plans for a control room at the present time.
We welcome your comments, suggestions, even contributions to help make this studio as user friendly as possible. Contact Dave Ottalini, Senior Media Relations Associate, at 301-405-4076.
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