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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:


  • 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

It's Not Too Late!

Pictured: RVTV Studio Certified Producers Lisa LaPierre and John Letz run camera during a production of "After Hours" in the RVTV Studio last summer.

If you are counting on someone crewing your show who isn't studio certified -- you should know that yes, ALL CREWMEMBERS do have to be a Studio Certified producer HERE at RVTV (regardless of activity at some other TV station and regardless of educational background beyond Southern Oregon University) to run our cameras, mics, lights, teleprompter, Tricaster or any other equipment in the RVTV Studio.

Please encourage your show's support crew to sign up today for our Studio Certification series!

all classes held in the RVTV Studio on Fridays at 6 p.m.
FEBRUARY 13 - Introduction to the Studio
FEBRUARY 27 - Introduction to the Control Room
MARCH 6 - Introduction to Directing
MARCH 13 - Capstone Experience (final project)

Studio Certification requires the successful completion of these workshops as well as 18 hours of volunteer credits, i.e. choosing six (6) ongoing public access studio shows to volunteer crew for.
Cost is $30 per workshop, pre-payment required to secure enrollment. Contact Charles at (541) 552-6898 or to sign up.

...alternatively, if you're looking to crew up for a field shoot as the weather warms up, you'll need a trained camera/mic operator or editor with the Field Certification required to check out Public Access field equipment and/or use our Public Access Edit Lab.

all classes held in the DMC Classroom on Saturdays at 12 p.m.
FEBRUARY 21 - Introduction to the Principles of Field Production
FEBRUARY 28 - Introduction to Field Equipment Use
March 1-6: Attendees develop ideas for their PSA projects.
MARCH 7 - Introduction to Principles of Editing
March 8-20: Attendees film & edit projects.
MARCH 21 - Project Premiere & Resource Tips
Field Certification requires the successful completion of these workshops and the completion of a PSA or short film at least two minutes in length.
Cost is $30 per workshop, pre-payment required to secure enrollment. Contact Charles at (541) 552-6898 or to sign up.



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.








Like, Wow!
Producer: Craig Comstock
Director: Denise Ross
Technical Director: Gary Mark Roberts
Graphics Manager: Lisa LaPierre
Floor Manager: John Letz

Audio Engineer: Joseph Kauth
Camera Operator: TBA



Producer: Britt Ivy
Director: Bob Schropp
Technical Director: Denise Ross
Graphics Manager: Wanda Borland
Floor Manager: John Letz

Audio Engineer: TBA
Lighting Designer: David Wilson
Camera Operator: Gary Mark Roberts


The Andy Draper Show
Producer: Wanda Borland
Director: Wanda Borland
Technical Director: TBA
Graphics Manager: Gary Mark Roberts
Floor Manager: David Wilson

Audio Engineer: John Letz
Camera Operator: TBA


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.
Fri. Feb. 20
(LIVE at 6:30)


Sean Gordon - Food Freedom

Sat. Feb. 21


John Letz - Adventures In Education
Wanda Borland - In Their Words
Gary Roberts - Anything Goes
Sat. Feb. 28

Rik Burns - Dialogues With Dad
Bob Ayres - Worth Fighting For
Jasmine Karcey - Southern Oregon News Network
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 - TBA

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 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.


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, guest Alexa Schmidt and host Greg Marchese discuss the history of local political campaigns surrounding genetically engineered foods on the premiere episode of Food Freedom! broadcast live last Friday on RVTV Voices. This was the first live program produced and directed by Josephine County resident Sean Gordon.

If you are interested in going live and making your own Friday evening television event happen this spring, please let us know at RVTV as we prepare the studio production timeslot schedule for April, May and June, which will be bid out at our Quarterly Studio Producers Meeting on Wednesday, March 4th at 7pm.

Food Freedom! In The Rogue Valley: Episode 1


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, a scene with Kurk Kasparian from the upcoming short film Covet Thy Neighbor, an independent feature shot entirely here in the Rogue Valley with a local cast and crew headed up by RVTV Producer Ron Huffstutter & SOU student Mo Sultan.

Local independent and student filmmakers are increasingly making use of local public access to distribute their works -- let RVTV staff know if you'd like to air your trailer (minus any commercial calls-to-action, naturally).

Tunnel 13 Films: Trailer - Covet Thy Neighbor


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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