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 community producer who pays the annual video access fee is eligible to take any CTV workshop.

It may or may not be necessary to take a workshop to produce programming for CTV.  For example, if you wish to record a video using your own cell phone or camera, you may do so without taking a workshop.   Participation in a workshop is only necessary if you plan to use CTV equipment to shoot or edit the program.

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 are introduced to our studio production equipment, including how to operate the cameras, lighting techniques, graphics, directing, audio, and on-camera presentation.   Rules and procedures related to studio use are also reviewed.  To register for a studio production workshop, a crew of up to 4 volunteers must be assembled by the Executive Producer.

3.03   Portable Equipment Workshops

During one or two 2-hour sessions, participants are introduced to the use of cell phones and portable video cameras and techniques for producing programs on location, including basic operation of cameras, external microphones, tripods, and the importance of lighting.   Rules and procedures related to portable equipment checkouts are also reviewed.  To register for a portable equipment workshop, a crew of up to 4 volunteers must be assembled by the Executive Producer.

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.