Confidence, Healing and Video Skills Converge in Cook Children’s Medical Center’s Child Life Zone

When country music superstar Garth Brooks walked into the new Child Life Zone at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, he exclaimed, “”I had to be 50 and have a record deal before I got something like this,” at the sight of the professional broadcast and recording studio. The $1.5 million studio, originating up to three live shows a day that are broadcast 24/7 on a closed circuit channel throughout the 456-room facility, is outfitted with several P2 HD camcorders—two AG-HPX370s, an AG-HPX250 and AG-HVX200A—an AW-HE50S remote HD camera, and several remote and shading controllers.

HPX250-Behind-the-Camera-logo-smallCook Children’s is a nationally recognized Pediatric Medical Center and the flagship location of a health care system that covers 47% of the state of Texas. The Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation and the Troy Aikman Foundation combined their efforts to donate the Child Life Zone (CLZ), which includes a teen room with video games and a pool table, theater, library, kitchen and craft center, as well as the broadcast/recording studio.

CLZ-TV went on the air last November, and is now broadcasting 24 hours a day, with daily live shows that patients and their families can call in to and be part of, right from their hospital room.

Beyond entertainment, patients are welcome to come into the studio and learn the rudimentary production skills to create music videos and other personal content.

“CLZ-TV distracts the children from their illness, treatment and pain,” said Shawn Griffith, Broadcast Studio Producer. “Working and playing in the Zone affords the kids control and skills—and it gives them hope.”

HPX370-CookChildrens-3Shawn explained that for studio-originated programming he typically utilizes the HPX250 handheld for the wide shot, the HPX370 shoulder-mounts for opposing/crossing single shots and the HVX200A handheld high and wide on a jib arm. The HE50S faces back on Griffith, who doubles as back-up talent to the shows’ hosts. A 1080/60i signal is output to a high-volume network-attached storage device, and packages are recorded in-camera to P2 media. Griffith edits variously on Avid, Final Cut and Adobe Premiere NLE systems.

Shawn said his one year goal for CLZ-TV is to broadcast to Cook Children’s more than 60 buildings across the state. “Ultimately, we’d like to share our content with other children’s hospitals around the country,” he said. “I really believe the Zone experience has been transformative for patients.”

Sample CLZ-TV programming at www.youtube.com/childlifezone. Listen to an interview with Shawn Griffith here.

For more information about Cook Children’s, visit www.cookchildrens.org.

For more information on the HPX250 and other Panasonic products referenced, please visit: www.panasonic.com/broadcast.

Photos provided by CLZ-TV