Thursday, February 12, 2015
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:
ADVANCED WORKSHOP: ON-SET NETWORKING
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.'"
- 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.
ADVANCED WORKSHOP: GREEN SCREEN FUNDAMENTALS
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.'"
- 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.
ADVANCED WORKSHOP: ANATOMY OF LIGHTING
- 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.
ADVANCED WORKSHOP: AUDIO CONCEPTS
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.