Public Access Video Workshop Outline

I. Introduction / About RCTV

A. History

B. What is P.E.G.?

1. definitions

2. freedom of speech and producer responsibility

C. How to sign out equipment

D. How to get submit programs

E. Contact information:

RCTV

c/o Raymond Town Office

4 Epping St

Raymond, NH 03077

Main Office Phone: 603-895-4735 x 104

High School Studio Phone: 603-895-6405

E-mail: info@raymondtv.org

Web: www.raymondtv.org

II. Technical Primer

A. Analog videotape formats

1. VHS / SVHS

2. 8mm / Hi8

3. VHS-C

4. ¾” (U-Matic)

B. Digital Formats

1. Mini-DV

2. Digital-8

3. DVD

III. Operating the Camcorder

A. Setting up

1. setting up on tripod

2. power supply / battery

3. inserting videotape

B. Controls

1. camera / VTR mode

2. iris / exposure

3. white balance

4. focus

5. zoom

6. fade

C. Techniques

1. panning and zooming

2. when to use manual controls

3. manipulating your environment

D. Audio

1. types of microphones

a. handheld

b. lavalier

c. PZM

d. shotgun

2. line level vs. mic level

3. using the audio mixer

4. using headphones

IV. Studio Production

A. General overview

1. cameras

2. switcher

3. audio mixer

4. monitors

5. VTRs

6. miscellaneous equipment

B. Using studio cameras

1. camera commands

a. pan (left – right)

b. tilt (up – down)

c. zoom (in – out)

d. dolly (forward – back)

e. truck (left – right)

f. pedestal (up – down)

g. focus

2. tips & techniques

a. framing

b. “on-air” movements

V. What Next?

A. Review of forms

B. Additional training

1. editing

2. studio

3. meeting coverage

VI. Conclusion