Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified Students Work With ESPN

From July 7-13, Valencia video production students worked alongside ESPN crews to broadcast and video stream 26 games of the World Cup of Softball. ESPN aired five of the games and the remaining 21 games were streamed over the internet for worldwide fans since the tournament included teams from the United States, Japan, Canada, China, Venezuela, Puerto Rico and Mexico.

The connection was made through Valencia High teacher Sue Sawyer who was a tournament umpire and teaches the school’s advanced video production courses, which produce a weekly school broadcast show called “Tiger Tube.” Advanced video production is one of many courses in the school’s Val Tech Academy, which includes a series of classes designed to teach students videography, editing, scripting writing, on-camera interviewing, television production and more.

This summer, Sawyer and fellow teacher Rod Boaz led students in using their skills to work as many as six cameras at one time. The device that controls the streaming and all of the inputs is owned by Valencia High. Students are familiar with the system since they use it to stream many of the school’s public events such as graduation and a Memorial Day celebration. Students worked alongside ESPN professionals located in the outfield, third base and many other areas that captured every exciting broadcast moment. While working with ESPN, students had the opportunity to monitor audio, visit the production truck, and even operate the on-screen pop-up graphics so viewers could see the balls, strikes, inning, score and players’ names. Students also observed professionals operating the network’s high definition cameras.

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