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RVTV Newsletter

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Digital Conversion Approaches!


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 attending the Quarterly Studio Producers Meeting, tonight at 7 p.m. here at the DMC.


- Charles

UPCOMING SCHEDULE NOTES


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 douglasc@sou.edu 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.

 

THIS WEEKPRODUCTIONS


Friday
9/11/15
5PM-8PM

LIVE: 6:30-7:30





 

In Their Words
Producer: Wanda Borland
Director: Wanda Borland
Technical Director: TBA
Graphics Manager: TBA
Audio Engineer: David Wilson
Lighting Designer: David Wilson
Camera Operator: Joseph Kauth
Camera Operator: TBA
 

Saturday
9/12/15
9AM-12PM





 

The Shakespeare I Love
Producer: Mike Kasper
Director: Mike Kasper
Technical Director: TBA
Graphics Manager: TBA
Audio Engineer: TBA
Lighting Designer: David Wilson
Camera Operator: TBA
 

Saturday
9/12/15
12PM-3PM






 

Life Passages
Producer: Nancy Bloom
Director: Wanda Borland
Technical Director: TBA
Graphics Manager: Michael D. Fox
Audio Engineer: Joseph Kauth
Lighting Designer: David Wilson
Floor Manager: Dan Lehner
Camera Operator: TBA
 

Saturday
9/12/15
3PM-6PM









 

A Focus On...
Producer: Wanda Borland
Director: Wanda Borland
Graphics Manager: Amanda Hare
Audio Engineer: David Wilson
Lighting Designer: John Letz
Floor Manager: TBA
Script Supervisor: Regina Ayars
Camera Operator: Gary Mark Roberts
Camera Operator: J. Lisa LaPierre
Camera Operator: Dan Lehner
Production Assistant: TBA
 

Studio Production Times
for Summer 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.
 
   
Fri. Sept. 18
   5-8pm
(LIVE at 6:30)

 

Michael Rhoades - Dr. Mike Live

 
Sat. Sept. 19
   9am-12pm
   12pm-3pm

   3pm-6pm
 

David Wilson - Ramping Up Your English
Gokul Gokani - The Art & Awareness Of Happy Health
Therese Swenson - Tough Times
 
Fri. Sept. 25
   5-8pm
(LIVE at 6:30)

 

Nancy Bloom - Life Passages

 
Sat. Sept. 26
   9am-12pm
   12pm-3pm

   3pm-6pm
 

Denise Ross - Astrology, Symbolism & Myth
John Letz - Ramping Up Your English
John Campbell - The Shakespeare I Love
 
   


The next RVTV Studio Producers Quarterly Meeting will take place on Wednesday, September 9 at 7 p.m. at the DMC Classroom, where we will bid out studio production timeslots for October, November & December.

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FIELD PRODUCTION ASSISTANCE REQUESTS


(This space is provided for local producers to ask for help with their field shoots, so long as the 'final product' is aired on RVTV Voices. Drop Charles a line if you would like to reach out to the 300+ e-mail subscribers -- as well as website-based readers -- to this newsletter.)
 

Hello fellow producers,

I am requesting volunteers to assist as camera operators for Saturday night video productions at the Medford First Church Of The Nazarene. The services run from 6-7 and are livestreamed and rebroadcast through RVTV. It's a pretty high end production and is live on livestream as well as projected on 2 jumbotron screens. I volunteer as one of their camera producers and cam operator. After some time on the cams we would be open to train you on the camera switcher. It is a data video unit and a lot easier to use than the TriCaster.

Please contact me at rsamobile@msn.com please if interested.

Thank you.

Bob Schropp
 

FIELD HIGHLIGHT

Above, a shot of a now-deceased red sunset maple tree on the Ashland Plaza as documented by local producer Cici Brown in her short film, Where Have All The Colors Gone, which examined events surrounding the controversial renovation of the downtown square.

Look for this and other local independent films during the Arts & Culture programming bloc on RVTV Voices.
 

Where Have All The Colors Gone?

 

A REMINDER ON PROGRAMMING SUBMISSION HOURS



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
Fridays 4-6pm
Saturdays 9am-6pm


(PLEASE NOTE THE NEW TIMES)


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.

STUDIO HIGHLIGHT

Above, local entrepreneur Jim Teece and RVTV producer Paul Collins chat on the re-boot of Tech Talk, now joining the line-up on RVTV Voices after a two-year hiatus thanks to producer Bob Schropp and an all-volunteer crew. Learn about the latest gear and gadgets every Thursday at 6 p.m.


Tech Talk: Episode 1

Tech Talk: Episode 2

HAVE YOU LIKED US YET? OR FOLLOWED US?


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.

facebook.com/
RogueValleyCommunityTelevision


twitter.com/
RogueValleyTV


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!

SUBMIT PROGRAMS DIGITALLY!


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.
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