Thursday, September 24, 2015
Pictured: RVTV Producer Michael Rhoades (left) puts his On-Set Networking certification to use on the Dr. Mike Live program, utilizing the studio laptop, on-set display and live video conferencing capabilities to take live comments on-air.
This is your last chance!
Well, not forever...but certainly for 2015.
Coming up are your final opportunities this year to enroll in Advanced Studio Workshops and get a crash course from RVTV professional staff in high-end production technologies and techniques.
First up is On-Set Networking, which permits you to utilize all of the technology depicted above -- the Mac PowerBook studio laptop, the Samsung on-set display and the Matrox scan converter which connects the laptop to our TriCaster system and enables you to feed full-motion audio/video signals, including Skype and Google Hangout video calls. Deeper than just this gear, On-Set Networking also gets you into the guts of the TriCaster system, showing you how the entire studio is wired from end to end, as well as a step-by-step walkthrough of our teleprompter rig.
On-Set Networking Advanced Studio Workshops
Tuesday, September 29th, 6-8 p.m.
Tuesday, October 6th, 6-8 p.m.
Also on deck is our first-ever Advanced Lighting series, which our capable Studio Manager, Evan Carbone, is taking point on. From the physical aspects of the appliances and basic lighting principles, participants will dive in to the lighting console, aspects of balancing & focusing intensity and use of texture to achieve unique effects. Also of particular importance, your skills in the use of appropriate color to bring out human skin tones will be sharpened.
Advanced Lighting Workshops
Monday, October 5th, 6-8 p.m.
Monday, October 12th, 6-8 p.m.
The cost is $40 per workshop, and once enrolled, you can re-take them as many times as you like. Completion of Intermediate Directing is a pre-requisite to enroll, and we will require three advance sign-ups to hold these courses! To register, contact Charles at firstname.lastname@example.org or (541) 552-6898.
We've had a busy summer behind the scenes at the Digital Media Center as we prepare to take Rogue Valley Community Television to the next level in terms of the viewer experience.
There are still a number of spinning plates and moving gears on this deal -- but what we can tell you is that it is the intention of RVTV staff to start providing all of our live streaming channels in High Definition on our Internet platform at rvtv.sou.edu before the end of this year.
We're also presently working with our five local government partners and our two cable television providers to upgrade the cable channels from analog to digital transmission standards -- in other words, your TV experience would move from the VHS-quality you see now to something more resembling DVD-quality...and this process will also make us ready to go full-HD when Charter Cable and Ashland Home Network see fit to put RVTV on the same level as the local broadcast channels.
What's the punchline for our local producers? It means a dramatically better look for your programming, especially as 100% of your studio content is already in HD, along with the vast majority of our field programming.
The one 'kicker' of this transition is that all of the older, standard definition (480p, 4x3 aspect ratio) programming will be retired from service as of October 15, 2015. This is due to the new digital transmission system as this requires a consistent MPEG-2 file format which must be HD 720p at a minimum. Your Public Access Advisory Council spent their last two meetings examining the details of the digital transition plan and they have recommended we move forward with maintaining the zero-dollar level for programming submissions -- but only for HD programming.
Your professional and student staff want to do everything possible to make sure no one is 'left behind' by this development. All of our Field Production gear (available for check-out by Field-Certified Producers) is now at an HD standard, and our Public Access Edit Lab computers are also fully HD-capable.
If you have questions, concerns or just want to find out more, please inquire with DMC staff.