Required Materials

Students are required to use the Telelvsion Production handbook, 12th Edition, by Herbert Zettle, a professor emeritus of the Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts Department at San Francisco State University. This textbook provides highly detailed descriptions of available equipment, television systems, analogue versus digital, HDTV, lighting, and especially aestheitcs and design. Professional television requires a mastery of many techniques and tools. Zettle's book is just one of these tools.

SDHC cards
You will need these cards to record you video and audio in
the camera. You should get either a 16GB (50 min) or a 32 GB (1 hr 40 min), which should be plenty for most of your projects. Make sure you get a Class 6 card or higher. Anything less won't record video.

3 DVD-R's
You need these to record studio projects. These DVD's must be DVD-R (minus R) because our recording hardware does not support the DVD+R (plus R).

USB Flash Drive

Try to get one with at least 1GB of space. You will need these drives to store video files of finished assignments and when you turn them in for evaluation. USB flash drives are also known as "jump drives", "memory sticks" or even "thumb drives." Mechanically they are very robust, allowing plug-ins on nearly any computer. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes. But don't use them to store entire projects, which often run larger than 5 GB. For projects that you can edit from you will need a portable drive.

A Portable Hard-Drive. Recommendations are to get the Lacie (Lah-See) Rugged with at least 250 GB of space. These drives have become very popular for their mobility and size. They are said to withstand falls from up to 7 feet, but don't test this theory! They come in several versions, including 500GB and 1TB.