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Full Sail University Expands Media Server Curriculum and Acquires New Hippotizer Gear

PLSN Staff • Projection Connection News • February 25, 2011

WINTER PARK, FL – Full Sail University has expanded its media server curriculum recently and acquired an assortment of Hippotizer media servers to give its entertainment technology students hands-on experience. The new gear includes seven GrassHopper media servers, five ZooKeeper software packages and one Hippotizer HD unit. Seattle-based MODE Studios provided the gear, and to better acquaint students with how they work, the Full Sail instructors teaching the new courses have undergone immersive Hippotizer training led by MODE's Bob Bonniol.


"We are thrilled that Full Sail is incorporating media servers, and specifically Hippotizers into their program," said Colleen Bonniol, MODE Studios executive producer. She cited the need for future show directors, designers, and programmers to be well-versed in digital media. "With these new courses, students will become Hippo savvy; they will learn a new ‘language' and better methods to express their creative talents."


 "Full Sail's addition of Hippotizers to their program is a significant indicator that digital media has become a mainstream discipline in entertainment and live production," said Loren Barton, training director at Hippotizer distributor TMB.  "With a working knowledge of Hippotizer, acknowledged leader in the field, students will have a strong foundation for their future careers."


The new GrassHopper by Green Hippo is a single-output full HD unit in a compact 2U rackmount case.  Sharing all the features of the Hippotizer HD, the GrassHopper is positioned as a cost-efficient media server solution, offering full HD playback with unrestricted output resolution.


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