Located in Saguenay, Quebec, the CÉGEP de Jonquière is recognized as the ideal place to study in Art and Technology Media (radio, advertising, journalism, television production and postproduction and multimedia integration.) Indeed, many graduates of this French technical College acquire coveted jobs in the media and visual effects industry.
Since its creation in 1967, the CÉGEP de Jonquière has seen audio – video technology evolve dramatically over the years. Its early adoption of Avid editing and other digital media tools underscores its commitment to educate the next generation of professionals such as journalists, visual effects designers, editors, cameramen, and audio professionals – using the latest technological solutions.
Keeping pace with technology
To remain on the cutting edge of digital content creation, the Cégep de Jonquière asked CEV Inc.,- an elite Avid reseller in Montreal—to help them upgrade their Avid equipment and infrastructure, including TV news, audio and post-production studios. Known for its high level of engagement with customers and technical support, including trained and certified Avid technicians, CEV has been working with the school for the past 15 years, upgrading its technology every five years.
With this latest upgrade, the Cégep de Jonquière has taken a leap forward, transforming its production infrastructure into an avant-garde Avid Media campus. Introduced by Avid in April 2017, Avid Media Campus is a new program that provides schools with flexible licensing and deployment options to better train their students using the latest video and audio production solutions and creative collaboration workflows.
“The beauty of this approach is that everything, including studios and multimedia resources, is seamlessly integrated into a unified workflow and collaborative user experience,” says Justin Meunier, VP Sales – Broadcast, Digital Media & IT Solutions at CEV. The CÉGEP has deployed Avid Media Campus throughout, including its main production and broadcast studio, audio production studio, news and editing rooms.
“Avid Media Campus enables us to support schools and universities worldwide to help teach and nurture the next generation of creative talent and media professionals, “said Tom Cordiner, Avid’s Senior Vice President of Global Sales. “The CÉGEP de Jonquière is a key educational partner for us in Canada, helping us to train students who will ultimately shape what and how we watch the news delivered from our Canadian broadcast customers.”
«Avid Media Campus» is based on the «Avid MediaCentral/Cloud UX», which enables all aspects of end-to-end multimedia production. The CÉGEP students in Jonquière can work and collaborate with each other in real time and share media resources from a unified environment, from anywhere on the network.
“From classrooms to studios, teachers and students can now work together in real time to create a final product, no matter where they are, on any connected device,” says Meunier. “This gives the students an invaluable understanding of the real-time workflows that increasingly connect media professionals, whether they’re working locally or remotely.”
Avid a reliable partner
With its team of Avid-trained and certified technicians fluent in French, CEV is ideally positioned to support the school’s technology needs. CEV also offers a wide range of high-level services covering sales, systems design, engineering, installation, training and maintenance.
With 24 years of experience as an «Avid elite reseller and integrator», CEV provides on-site and remote technical support for software-driven Avid systems tailored to the specific needs of each customer. CEV is also distinguished by its role as being the Official Avid Control Surface Repair Center for Canada.
Training future professionals of the industry
“Our goal is to teach our students to be professionals in their craft, with the skills to create expressive and engaging media and to get rewarding jobs in the communications fields,” says the Assistant Director of Studies of the CÉGEP Jonquière, Ms. Hélène Roberge. The majority of ATM graduates are getting jobs in the industry, including first rate positions at Canadian television stations.
“For the CÉGEP, this ensures the continuity of training and the sustainability of existing products, while providing a simple and effective transition both at the pedagogical level and the level of technical assistance to students and teachers. “, adds Gilles Gauthier, Project Manager at ATM integration of new technologies. “We chose Avid because their products are the industry standard, especially for broadcast newsroom workflows. We trust Avid to provide a complete environment that reliably integrates all aspects of our work, including remote access, storage and resource management. ”
In order to familiarize the students with state-of-the-art systems, the CÉGEP Jonquière has selected several key Avid products, including Avid NEXIS, iNEWS, Interplay and Airspeed, which are now integrated in all ATM pavilion facilities.
With Avid iNEWS, soon to be renamed MediaCentral | Newsroom Management – Future journalists and technicians learn to control every aspect of news and television news processing using a “story-centric” approach. They can create, view, and edit stories using the latest media content and content from many sources, including social media, and then broadcast their stories across multiple platforms. With iNEWS, journalists can work effectively from anywhere by simply using a mobile device or laptop.
An important part of the creative collaboration process involves searching for appropriate media clips and using them to expand more effective reporting. Avid Interplay has the power to make millions of clips easily accessible to media professionals, whether they work locally or remotely in a unified creative endeavor.
Hardware systems driven by Avid Airspeed and Avid NEXIS software are also essential for this high-performance processing environment, enabling real-time media acquisition and delivery as well as intelligent and configurable storage, providing bandwidth necessary for work in 4K / UHD. The CÉGEP students in Jonquière can work with these industry standard systems as part of their world-class training.
At the request of the CÉGEP de Jonquiere, Adobe Creative Cloud has also been integrated into the Avid Media Campus infrastructure. The entire upgrade took CEV close to one year, from the design and planning phases to installation and testing, while adhering to the college’s budget and approval process.
Brand image thanks to industry standards
The Cégep de Jonquière spokesperson Gilles Gauthier added: “With Avid Media Campus our students are well prepared for the Media Arts and Technology programs and the job market. When our graduates get their first job in the industry, we want them to be ready to go out and collaborate with other creators. With the help of CEV and Avid, we are able to train technicians, broadcasters and journalists to fully participate in production environments in the labor market.”