Training

3.01 GETTING STARTED

If it is necessary to operate any CTV equipment (cameras, studios, computers, etc.), to produce a program, community producers must first participate in appropriate production training workshops and/or be certified by CTV staff as trained to operate the equipment. Workshops are designed to ensure that producers understand their rights and responsibilities as producers and familiarize them with policies, procedures and proper use of the equipment. Any volunteer community producer who pays the $24 annual video access fee is eligible to take any CTV workshop. It is not necessary to take all (or any) of these workshops to produce programming for CTV. For example, if you wish to air a summer vacation video you recorded using your own camera or cell phone, you may do so without participating in a workshop. You only need to take a workshop if you plan to use CTV equipment to produce it.

Workshops are usually presented in two or three 2-hour sessions by appointment at times that are convenient for the producers (Mon – Fri, between 10 am and 6 pm).

3.02 STUDIO PRODUCTION WORKSHOPS

During two or three 2-hour sessions, participants learn all aspects of television studio production, including camera operation, lighting techniques, graphics, directing, audio, and on-camera presentation. To enroll in a studio production workshop, at least 3 people (maximum of 8) must be assembled as a “crew”.

3.03 PORTABLE EQUIPMENT WORKSHOPS

During one or two 2-hour sessions, participants are introduced to portable video cameras and techniques for producing programs on location, basic operation of camcorders, how to use external microphones, when to use a tripod and the importance of lighting. Rules and procedures related to portable equipment checkouts are also reviewed. To enroll in a portable equipment workshop, a minimum of 2 people (maximum of 5) is required.

3.04 DIGITAL EDITING WORKSHOPS

During two or three 2-hour sessions, participants learn how to trim and adjust video clips and add transitions, graphics, background music, voice-overs, and other effects. Digital editing workshops are usually taught one-on-one.