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RVTV  Public Access Newsletter

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Once again, we really hope you're enjoying the new format of our newsletter, which we've heard wholly positive feedback on so far. One tip for you GMail-users out there -- drag this newsletter out of your 'Promotions' tab (we aren't hawking supplements or trips to Tahiti, after all) and into your 'Primary' tab on the upper left-hand side. This way the latest in LOCAL community TV doesn't get mixed in with the latest sales offer from fill-in-the-blank conglomerates. 

We have a special invitation this week for those of you who want to see RVTV and other independent media resources continue to thrive locally!

Due to an unfilled cancellation, we have an open studio production timeslot this Saturday, March 15 at 3pm.

We want to invite any RVTV producer (or their guest) to deliver their answer to this question: What Does Independent Media Mean To You?

You're welcome to script your answer (in .rtf or Rich Text Format please) and make use of our new shareware Teleprompter program to read back your commentary to the camera. (Hint: This is also a good opportunity to learn to be a Teleprompter Operator.)

Your statements will air on local RVTV channels over the next month as we gear up for the 10th Annual Independent Media Week from April 13-19!

FYI, the above image is courtesy RVTV public access producer David Wilson - one of many local community members helping to bring a week of events together!

If you'd like to get involved or just find out more, please visit and drop a line!


Our normal weekly equipment checkout time is on Wednesday 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) 552-6892Please 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 or Brandon.




Adventures In Education
Producer: John Letz
Director: Denise Ross
Graphics Manager: Wanda Borland
Audio Engineer: David Wilson
Floor Manager: Michael Rhoades
Camera Operator: Joseph Kauth
Producer: Dean Walker
Director: Bob Schropp
Graphics Manager: David Wilson
Audio Engineer: Wanda Borland
Floor Manager: Michael Rhoades
Camera Operator: Joseph Kauth

IndyMedia Week Promos
Producer: Charles Douglas
All crew: TBA


Advanced Workshop: On-Set Networking & Skype

As promised, our studio producers who took the two-part Intermediate Directing workshop series (Production Design & Production Process) are now eligible for a new set of Advanced Studio Workshops to impart expert knowledge on particular aspects of making professional television here at the DMC.

After polling the 11 studio producers who've completed Intermediate Directing, we've determined that the first Advanced Workshop will be On-Set Networking & Skype.

This workshop will delve into the use of the "Aux Out" function of the high definition studio Tricaster to feed any available video sources to the stand-up widescreen Samsung display -- and not just the how, but the when and why you would deploy different resources at the appropriate time of your production.

We'll also show you how the Matrox 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. Finally, we will get into the benefits and pitfalls of using Skype and other video conferencing software, and show you how you can maximize quality and give a truly global perspective to your audience by bringing them guests from anywhere on Earth with a decent Internet long as it's hard-wired, not wi-fi, which we'll go over too!

The Advanced Workshop: On-Set Networking & Skype series will take place on Wednesday, March 26th and Wednesday, April 2nd from 6-8pm and shall be team-taught by Brandon Givens and Charles Douglas. Reserve your seat now in this first-ever workshop for just $40 by e-mailing or calling (541) 552-6898.

Studio Production Times
for Winter Quarter 2014

Here’s the layout of studio times for the rest of new quarter...please make yourselves available to help your fellow producers, especially if you expect them to help you when you have a show!

Fri. Mar. 21   * 5-8pm *        Michael Rhoades - Dr. Mike
                        LIVE 6:30-7:30

Sat. Mar. 22  * 9am-12pm * Chris Brass - The Andy                                                    Draper Show
                      * 12-3pm *      Peggy Siders - Southern                                                  Oregon Music
                      * 3-6pm *        Michael Ball - Southern                                                    Oregon Music

Sat. Mar. 29  * 9am-12pm *  Britt Ivy - Passion
                    * 12-3pm *        Dean Walker - Presence
                    * 3-6pm *          David Wilson - Animals                                                    Matter


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.


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!
Black Bears Fire performed in the RVTV studio on Feb. 22 (Claire Burgess on accordion pictured) to launch a new series, Studio On Fire, produced by public access producer (and Southern Oregon University student) Jasmine Karcey. Hers was the first band shoot in recent memory to make use of the green screen to provide that spacey, 'music video' quality.

Parking Problems Resolved!

The recurring nightmare of parking scarcity around the DMC has been addressed, thanks to the work of DMC Production Manager Brandon Givens in negotiating a solution with Campus Public Safety.

We now have TWELVE (12) guest passes for volunteers and guests who are visiting the Digital Media Center in association with a studio production or a public access workshop. As of this Friday, they can be signed out by Brandon, Joe or Charles, and will be good for parking in any appropriate space in the vicinity of the DMC.

Please note that the yellow spaces, which are available all day Saturday and Sunday, do not require these passes. But if you wish to use a Red or Green space in front of the DMC, in the gravel lot next to the McNair athletic facility or in the parking lot across the street, you may check out a DMC Guest Pass to do so.

DMC Guest Passes may NOT be used to park in a timed 15 or 30 minute space in front of the DMC. Also, under no circumstances may DMC guests park in the designated 'bus parking' area across the back alley behind the DMC, in the unpaved lot at the top of Stadium Street near Ashland St., nor in the Head Start parking area on Webster St. near Walker Ave.

To check out a DMC Guest Pass, you will be required to sign them out with RVTV Staff only (not a student worker or another producer), during which time you must temporarily surrender your driver's license (to prevent loss of the parking passes). Please also remember to bring your license plate number so that we can verify with Campus Public Safety which vehicles were covered with the Guest Pass during our open hours.


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

Tuesdays 3:30-5:30pm
Wednesdays 3:30-6:30pm
Fridays 5-8pm
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 hopefully 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.


Due to budgetary issues (which are beyond our immediate control), RVTV must announce with immediate effect that we will not supply either SD cards for our Panasonic HD cameras or mini-DV tapes for our Canon Vixia HD cameras & our other standard definition cameras.

SD Cards are available at the SOU Bookstore as well as at many reputable vendors in local storefronts as well as at Internet-based outlets. Tapes are not available at the Bookstore but are also available at a variety of brick-and-mortar and virtual stores.

We apologize for any inconvenience this causes…but on the bright side, this means you can retain your own recording media for future use!


The Spring Quarter round of basic studio courses are nearly upon us...a great opportunity to get a friend, coworker or indymedia fan involved in the fun here at the RVTV studio!

Participants will learn the ins and outs of operating a studio environment, get an introduction to the cameras, lighting, sound, graphics and video switching equipment and work with professionals at RVTV to produce content which will go on the air at the conclusion of the course!

The four sequential workshops will take place on successive Friday evenings:
  • April 11th – 6-8pm
  • April 25th – 6-8pm
  • May 9th – 6-8pm
  • May 30th – 6-8pm
Courses for new producers are $30 per workshop, while volunteering on Public Access productions is, naturally, free! (Not to mention a key part of getting hands-on training and building connections with other public access producers.) Pre-payment for all four workshops ($120) guarantees your seat in the course.

Those who have already gone through our Studio Production Certification, but need a skills tune-up, are welcome to observe without being charged, so long as space is available.

Just contact Charles at or (541) 552-6898, or visit for more information.
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