It's Spring Cleaning time -- have you kept your series up to date?
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RVTV Newsletter

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Approaching Spring Cleaning

It's coming up fast -- the Spring Equinox and the return of longer days and more sunshine, a time when we traditionally set aside some efforts to clear out the clutter and make room for the brighter times ahead.

Likewise, it's coming up on that time when your RVTV staff will be doing some spring cleaning of our own -- not just of our physical space here at the DMC (the break room in particular is my target for some deep scrubbing this week), but of our series line-ups on RVTV Voices, where we're coming up on 17 months of 24/7 scheduling.

We've seen quite a few new local public access producers start their own series in the past couple of years! Thanks to the dramatic increase in programming time, we've been able to accommodate these scheduling requests with both first-run premiere times and some guaranteed replay times on top of that.

While we've done our best to keep the schedule refreshed and remove shows when their producers let us know that they're moving out of town or simply winding up that particular effort, there's definitely some catching-up to do when we have a number of series where no new submissions have been received in months or in a couple of cases over a year!

As a reminder, the Community Access Policy you've read about in past issues of this newsletter provided clear definitions as to what the requirements are to maintain a series on RVTV Voices:

  • E. SERIES STATUS: Establishing a new series status requires the submission of three or more episodes for scheduling in a particular academic quarter (Winter beginning Jan. 1; Spring beginning Apr. 1; Summer beginning July 1; Fall beginning Oct. 1). The status of any series will be reviewed near or at the beginning of each new quarter and on other occasions as determined by RVTV staff.
  • For programs to be labeled a series, the producer must generate THREE NEW EPISODES submitted for scheduling for each 13-week programming season on RVTV Voices. Failure to submit three episodes in a particular season, or the submission of episodes which do not fit the series or are otherwise out of compliance with RVTV policies, will result in the cancellation of series status.

Of course our job at RVTV isn't just to enforce policies, but to try to help producers by giving them the tools they need to make their content come to life. As such, we'll be sending out e-letters to producers who have series which have fallen behind in the next couple of weeks in an attempt to encourage them to catch up. We're willing to be a little flexible if producers can commit to getting their series back up to date by the end of Spring Quarter.

On that point -- if you know a producer who could use a little extra assistance, please offer them that helping hand. We have very limited staff time at the DMC, but we certainly have a wealth of equipment, resources and meeting space that we're happy to make available, especially for Producers Helping Producers.

If you need some studio time for your particular series, it just so happens that our Quarterly Studio Producers Meeting is coming up next week -- Wednesday, March 4 at 7 p.m. here at the DMC Classroom (Room 121). This is your chance to get that studio time booked in April, May & June and make some TV magic happen.

- Charles

Advancing Your Knowledge

Do you want to learn more about making high-quality television programs?

The obvious answer for many readers is 'yes' and RVTV staff have heard as much over the last couple of years, especially given the extensive upgrades to the Digital Media Center making high definition production the new standard with the accompanying Canon XF305 cameras, TriCaster 855 and the like.

We have developed a comprehensive curriculum to lend you the kind of expertise from television professionals which costs far more time and resources for college-enrolled Video Production students to gather, at a fraction of the cost -- but as our resources are very limited with only three full-time staff running a four-channel cable & streaming television network serving several local governments and a myriad of clients, we have to budget our tight schedule accordingly.

As such, we're announcing an 'Open Enrollment' period for our Intermediate Directing pair of workshops (Production Design & Production Process) -- the pre-requisite for our Advanced Workshops in particular areas of proficiency.

We will roll out a schedule for the next dates we offer Intermediate Directing (usually a pair of Thursday evenings from 6-8pm) -- but ONLY when we have three confirmed sign-ups with secured seats in the class. The sooner we have producers signed up, the sooner we can make this happen.

For the dozen or so RVTV Producers who have completed Intermediate Directing -- as well as for those of you who Open Enroll to make the next offering happen -- we'd like to present to you this suite of Advanced Studio Workshops:


  • A look behind that TriCaster rack and get a hands-on demonstration of how all the studio equipment is hooked together.
  • Demonstration the use of and best practices advice for the "Aux Out" function of the TriCaster to feed any available video sources to the stand-up widescreen Samsung display.
  • A how-to walk-through with the Matrox scan converter system works to translate the feed from our studio-dedicated Mac ProBook laptop to the TriCaster system and how these sets of devices can be tied together so you can run your own Powerpoint set-up, display websites and even play streaming or recorded media from the host's chair.
  • Exploration of the benefits and pitfalls of using Skype and other video conferencing software, with an emphasis on maximizing quality and coaching your remote talent.
NOTICE: As previously announced in this newsletter, and as spelled out in the Community Access Policy, "Use of the On-Set Display, the studio laptop, the scan convertor and associated equipment is only permitted under the direction of a producer who has completed the Advanced Workshop entitled 'On-Set Networking.'"


  • Dive in to the principles of compositing video layers.
  • Study examples of why you would matte objects into a set, versus using a purely digitally projected one.
  • Learn the tricks of separating lighting of your talent/studio space and the green screen
  • How to use the tolerance, smoothness and color sampling tools to fine-tune your image.
  • Exploration of the virtual set templates available and advice on set-up.
  • Integration of the Proc Amp and Crop tools for specialized virtual sets.
NOTICE: As previously announced in this newsletter, and as spelled out in the Community Access Policy, "Use of the Green Screen & Virtual set capabilities is only permitted under the direction of a producer who has completed the Advanced Workshop entitled 'Green Screen Fundamentals.'"


  • Look at the types of studio lights and their distinct uses.
  • Learn how the lighting appliances are put together and why.
  • Study the principles of focusing, angle and intensity.
  • Exploration of the use of color for mood, effect and color correction.
  • What a gobo is and how the textures affect composition.
  • How to make humans look human!
  • Demonstration of set-up and integration of the lighting grid
  • How the lighting panel works and what those 'do not touch' buttons do.


  • Exploration of the types of microphones and when to use them.
  • Look at different studio and field set-ups and what each situation calls for.
  • Tackle the perils and benefits of wireless microphones.
  • Dig into cables, how they should be run (and hid) and THE one and only proper wrapping technique.
  • Learn about the myriad of intimidating knobs on the audio console and what they actually do.
  • Proper mixing of microphones and outside sources to maintain balance and avoid over-modulation.
  • Use of the Hotspot speaker to compliment your studio show.

We welcome your feedback on these offerings as well as suggestions on any areas of study you'd like to see us offer -- and if you intend to enroll, please encourage your friends and colleagues in the Public Access ranks to join alongside with you so that we have sufficient enrollment to make these offerings happen.

Enrollment in an Advanced Workshop requires the successful completion of Intermediate Directing first. Cost is $40 per workshop, pre-payment required to secure enrollment. Contact Charles at (541) 552-6898 or to sign up.

- Charles


Our normal weekly equipment checkout time is on Tuesdays between 3:30-6:30 p.m. Producers are highly encouraged to reserve the equipment they need IN ADVANCE. To do so, please e-mail Charles Douglas at or call (541) 552-6898. Please turn in equipment during this time and notify us in advance of any time conflicts – do NOT leave equipment at the front desk, the back counter, or with anyone other than Charles, Brandon or Alexander.

Pictured: RVTV Public Access producer Rik Burns gets a shot of touring band 'RGB' in the RVTV Studio, with Gary Mark Roberts crewing in the background.
Photo by Charles Douglas.





No Live Show This Week



Dialogues With Dad
Producer: Rik Burns
Director: Kayla Elrod
Technical Director: Lisa LaPierre
Graphics Manager: John Letz
Floor Manager: Denise Ross

Audio Engineer: San Boyce
Lighting Designer: TBA

Camera Operator: John Campbell
Camera Operator: Mike Kasper
Camera Operator: George Cerneskie



Producer: ...could it be you?
Technical Director: 
Graphics Manager: 
Floor Manager:

Audio Engineer: 
Lighting Designer: 
Camera Operator: 
Camera Operator: 



Southern Oregon News Network
Producer: Jasmine Karcey
Director: Jasmine Karcey
Graphics Manager: David Wilson
Floor Manager: Jayson Wynkoop

Audio Engineer: John Letz
Lighting Designer: TBA

Camera Operator: Will Welton
Camera Operator: San Boyce
Camera Operator: Dan Lehner


Studio Production Times
for Winter Quarter 2015

REMINDER: All cancellations must be made with 7 (seven) days notice, at the peril of losing all production timeslots for this quarter and the next. Yes, we really mean it -- no exceptions aside from documented death in the family, serious illness or other actual emergency. A guest cancellation is not a valid reason -- have a Plan B in place! Cancellations must be made in e-mail format and followed up for confirmation with RVTV staff.
Sat. Mar. 7


Wanda Borland - Southern Oregon Head Start
Rik Burns - Media Bluntz
Kumud Gokani - Cooking With Kumud
Sat. Mar. 14


Craig Comstock - Like, Wow!
Therese Swenson - Tough Times
Gokul Gokani - The Art & Awareness Of Happy Health
Fri. Mar. 20
(LIVE at 6:30)


Michael Rhoades - Dr. Mike

Sat. Mar. 21


John Letz - Adventures In Education
Britt Ivy - Passion
Gokul Gokani - Meditation, The Art Of Loving
Fri. Mar. 27
(LIVE at 6:30)


Rik Burns - Dialogues With Dad

Sat. Mar. 28


Wanda Borland - Cooking With Kumud
Nancy Bloom - Life Passages
Alexander Mesadieu - Rogue Valley Comedy

The next RVTV Studio Producers Quarterly Meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 4th at 7 p.m. at the DMC Classroom, where we will bid out studio production timeslots for April, May & June.



The ONLY studio production timeslot remaining in Winter Quarter is now available for this coming Saturday, first come, first served:


This production timeslot is available to any RVTV Studio Certified Producer in good standing -- just write to or call (541) 552-6898.

Open Mic For Film

Our friends at the Rogue Valley Messenger have asked to include the RVTV Public Access community in the following event:
You are invited to "Green Screen! The Messenger's 'Open Mic' For Film" on Thursday, March 5th at 8 p.m. at Paddy Brannan's Irish Pub (23 S. 2nd St., Ashland).
Made a documentary? A comedy sketch? A music video? The Rogue Valley Messenger wants to see it! Bring any non-porn film of 10 minutes or less film you've made on a DVD (or as a Quicktime file on a memory stick) and we'll put it on the big screen for an audience to enjoy with a beer and/or dinner from Paddy Brannan's Irish Pub.

Best film of the evening will win passes to the Ashland International Film Fest!


Mark your calendars for April 26-May 2, 2015!

The 11th Annual Rogue Valley Independent Media Week is coming to community-oriented TVs, radios and print racks near you -- and the DMC is once again a hotbed of activity coordinating these efforts amongst various media outlets and independent-minded educators and supporters. We're thrilled to announce that this year we're joining our efforts with #EMCON -- the student-centered, student-organized Emerging Media Convention going into its second year on the campus of Southern Oregon University.

Please visit and 'like' our Facebook page, 'follow' us on Twitter and let us know if you'd like to get involved in the growing grassroots media scene in Southern Oregon. We're gathering this Saturday to discuss who our Keynote Speaker will be this year and lots more -- join us for these meetings, which are always held here at the Digital Media Center.

In the weeks to come we'll also be lining up a new round of Public Service Announcements from local residents and RVTV Producers on the topic of: "What does Independent Media mean to you?" Please let us know if you'd like to participate.


Above, RVTV studio production certification workshop participant Jayson Wynkoop runs camera as Alana Miller, Cinders Gott and Daouda White Eagle play the singing bowl, rain stick and drum, respectively, on last Saturday's production of Anything Goes. Serving as both producer and director, Gary Mark Roberts only became a Studio Certified RVTV Producer last summer!

Anything Goes: Daouda's Drum Show
Anything Goes: Liquid Samadhi


The new Policy is the law of the land for Public Access here at the DMC.

We invite you to read through it and find out more about what steps to take to get a series on RVTV, how to get an underwriter on your program, the do's, don'ts and much, much more.

A Message From Your Public Access Advisory Board

Pictured: RVTV Studio Certified Producers Bob Schropp (right) and Michael Ball (background) work on lighting in the RVTV Studio.

Editor's Note: Your Public Access Advisory Board met on February 12 and asked to share the following letter from PAAB Vice Chair Bob Schropp with the RVTV producer community:

Fellow Producers,

Prof. Erik Palmer (DMC Academic Coordinator) and Joanne Preston (SOU Director of Grants and Contracts) met with the Public Access Advisory Board awhile back to discuss the public access community's role in generating grants and other fundraising. In addition, lest we forget, Charles Douglas added his own very relevant pearls of wisdom throughout the meeting.

I believe that amongst the participating PAAB members, Leslie Wilson, David Bruce, Ralph Bowman and Bob Ayres, the guidance and suggestions put forth by Joanne Preston and Erik Palmer were most beneficial.

PAAB is now tasked to document what equipment, productions and projects are required to generate new revenue streams. We have been presented a huge opportunity to convey to SOU what Public Access needs, why we need it and who can benefit from using it.

For our first baby step, I’m asking you as Producers to put your wish list together, whether it is equipment, software, educational workshops etc. and forward to Charles.

Briefly tell us what how it will immediately benefit Public Access, as well as SOU and DMC respectively. For example, Public Access should invest in the purchase of the software application, Virtual Set Creation, for the TriCaster. Currently, all productions have a limited amount of existing virtual set templates. The Virtual Set Creator would allow producers to create their own virtual sets as well as Public Access being able to offer classes in Virtual Set Creation. In addition, other SOU departments would have access to the application for their own requirements.

Charles mentioned that upgrade to field equipment is the top of his wishlist including 5 new tripods, 5 shotgun mics, bags, cables, etc.

The sky is the limit for ideas here. We now have 2 new friends who are willing to listen to our requests and facilitate the creation of our dreams. This is your chance to put forth all purchase propositions that we might all benefit from.

I look forward to your replies,

Bob Schropp


Due to staffing issues at the DMC, we are asking producers to submit their field productions, promos and any other programs to Charles or Alex during these particular hours:

Tuesdays 3:30-6:30pm
Wednesdays 3:30-5:30pm
Fridays 4-6pm
Saturdays 9am-6pm


This also applies to “walk-in consultations” – while we want to be open to inquires at all hours, the realities of limited staffing hours and increased operational demands make this a regrettable, but necessary request. If at all possible, make it a habit to call or preferably e-mail in advance to make an appointment. This will make for more efficient and successful outcomes for all concerned.

Please note that these program submission hours do not apply to any special appointments you’ve set up with RVTV staff – another incentive for pre-planned meetings – and your reservations to use the Public Access Edit Lab can be accomplished during any time of day that the lights are on at the DMC.


Save money save the environment! Quit using plastic DVDs and get a re-usable thumbdrive to give us your program. You won’t have to pay for submitting local programs (a charge still applied on imports) and we’ll off-load your programs while you wait. It’s good for the Earth and good for your pocketbook, as well as saving RVTV staff a significant amount of time spent ripping DVDs.


Above, RVTV Mentor David Bruce introduces his new series, Libre Film Fest, where he presents and reviews a variety of open source, public domain and Creative Commons-licensed films.

Libre Film Fest premieres this Thursday at Midnight on RVTV Voices!

Libre Film Fest: Home


We’re just going to keep belaboring the point: Social media tools are a key way for you to get the word out about YOUR programs to build YOUR audience on the Internet, which is quickly becoming the most important mass media platform in the world.

Those are our Facebook and Twitter pages. Please, ‘like’ in the former case and ‘follow’ in the later one. If you don’t have accounts on either or both, take five minutes each and set them up; you don’t have to give out personal information if you don’t want to in the process.

We’re counting on you to help us get the word out about your programs!
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