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California Community Colleges Chancellor Adopts New Streaming Platform

The California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office in Sacramento has adopted a streaming platform to beam Board of Governors meetings, press conferences, and other events over the Internet to more than 112 community colleges in California.

Video will be captured in a conference room equipped with robotic cameras, computer systems, and Vitec's Optibase MGW X100 video streaming platform in the Sacramento Chancellors' office. That system will be remotely controlled by education media distribution network provider 3C Media Solutions from its San Marcos, CA facility 400 miles from the Chancellors' office. The video feeds are then sent to Palomar College, also in San Marcos, where they are recorded and streamed over the Internet to all 112 community colleges in 72 districts throughout California.

The new MGW X100 encoder is a drop-in replacement of a legacy encoder system. The unit is a carrier-grade system that supports multiple channels of video encoding while providing a single network interface, Vitec said in a news release. This saves ports on the network router where competing products require one port per encoded channel.

Because the video is recorded and streamed from an on-site facility, there is no need to send a crew out for each event, saving travel costs and other expenses. Additionally, the streamed network provides a much broader viewership of teachers, faculty, and students who can access it over the Internet.

More information about the MGW X100 is available at optibase.com. Visit cccco.edu to learn more about the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office.

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Jerry Bard is a freelance technology writer. He can be reached at jbard386@gmail.com.

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