Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota produce patient television with Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Design announced that Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota (Children’s), one of the largest pediatric health systems in the United States, is creating and broadcasting in-hospital programming using Blackmagic’s DaVinci Resolve and ATEM Television Studio. The programming is aired on the hospital’s  in house closed circuit TV channel, which brings live, interactive shows to young patients and their families.

With roots dating back to 1978 when security guard Larry Johnson used his own equipment to produce and broadcast a show, “The Wishing Well,” for patients, Children’s has a long history of providing programming for its patients. After “The Wishing Well” went off the air, Star Studio was launched in 2008 and is now producing eight live shows with plans to expand further for nighttime and Saturday programming. In addition to broadcasting content 24x7, Star Studio’s content is available online for patients’ families who want to follow along from home, as well as patients who still want to watch their favorite programs after discharge.

Star Studio completes broadcasts using an ATEM Television Studio live production switcher, two Micro Videohubs for routing, DeckLink Studio 4K, DeckLink Extreme 3D and UltraStudio Thunderbolt for capture and playback and multiple Mini Converters and Mini Recorders. Star Studio also uses DaVinci Resolve for editing and color correction and Fusion for VFX.

“No matter the program, we strive to give kids and their families an outlet and the ability to laugh,” said Ben Diger, Star Studio Broadcast Engineer. “The interactive parts of the shows are designed to give our patients an escape and allow them to participate in the programming, whether it’s having a choice and voting in a poll or coming down to the studio if they’re healthy enough and talking to someone on TV.”

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