We try to make the classes at tctv2 fun and useful. We assume you have no
prior video or smart tv box experience and take it from there.

Call or email us with any questions or comments about our class schedules.

We want you to know how to make tv shows. We assume you have no prior knowledge of television production, and we try to keep everything easy and fun. At the same time, we try to give you enough in-depth information so that you understand the why of what you are doing, not just the how. We aren’t going to make you an expert and an academy award winner your first time out. We are going to give you enough knowledge to try things, and see what happens. We’ll probably start you out with a :30 promo so that you get some instant gratification. You can show the family and friends your promo, accept their warm accolades, and get on the next production.

 

Start with the tctv2 Orientation Session. This free, once a month class introduces you to public access and teaches you about some of the important rules and laws that you’ll want to know before you put your show on the air. After that, you are welcome to sign up for classes. Where you go after that is up to you.

Public Access Orientation
Fee: Free
Prerequisite: None
When: Monthly
Length: 1 Hour (approx.)
Min 1 Person Max 20

All individuals interested in or planning to utilize the tctv2 resource (program cablecasting, production training, or equpment usage) must first take this orientation.

Participants will be introduced to:

  • the philosophy and history of public access, local rules and regulations;
  • the concepts of copyright, permissions, releases, and what you should know before you put your show on the air;
  • procedure to put a show on the air;
  • how to move to the next level of involvement at tctv2.
Producer Intensive Workshop
Fee: $55
Prerequisite: Orientation
When: Fall, Winter, Spring and as announced
Length: 4 Sessions, 3-Hours each
Min 4 People Max 8

This workshop introduces the participant to the tctv2 field cameras and editing equipment. Participants will actually put together a television program to cablecast on tctv2 in this hands-on workshop.

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Topics covered include:

 

  • planning your television program
  • using the field cameras to acquire your footage
    • lighting and light balance
    • audio and miking
    • camera techniques
  • logging, evaluating and capturing your materials into the computer
  • editing and post-production
Field Camera Workshop
Fee $20
Prerequisite: Orientation
When: Fall, Winter, Spring and as announced
Length: 3 Sessions, 2-Hours each
Min 3 People Max 8

This workshop introduces participants to the field cameras for acquisition. The successful workshop participant will come away from this workshop with a basic understanding of the cameras, and the technical knowledge to set up for a video shoot.

Topics include:

 

  • Planning your production
  • camera basics
    • technique
    • lighting and white balance
    • audio and miking
Editing Workshop
Fee: $20
Prerequisite: Orientation
When: At least 3 times a year as announced
Length: 3 Sessions, 2-Hours Each
Min 3 People Max 8

The hours of preparation and work begin to come together in the editing room. Participants in this workshop will learn the basics of editing, and will be able to put together a simple program by the end of the workshop.

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Topics include:

 

  • Editing basics and philosophy
  • Logging and evaluating your footage
  • Assembling a rough cut
  • The fine cut
Studio Workshop
Fee: $20
Prerequisite: Any Camera Worshop or Producer’s Workshop
When: By Agreement
Length: 1 Class Session plus 1 Studio show (supervised)
Min 1 Person

Many people think that studio work or live shows are the most fun in television. This workshop prepares the participant for crewing on live and studio productions.

Topics include:

 

  • Setting up the studio camera
  • Focusing
  • Camera Movement; Lens movement
  • The language of directing; communicate with your crew Studio Audio
  • The switcher and directing
Final Cut Pro Basics
Fee: $20
Prerequisite: must have completed an editing project on an NLE
When: tba
Length: 2 Hours
Min 1 Person Max 4 People

Final Cut Pro is a very sophisticated editing program with advanced image handling and compositing capabilities. Class participants will learn Final Cut Pro basics, and gain enough knowledge to fearlessly begin to work with this challenging and rewarding editing program.

Topics include:

 

  • The Final Cut Pro Settings and Preferences (or why am I not hearing this?)
  • The FCP edit windows
  • Capturing your video
  • Selecting, trimming and adding footage to your video
  • Working with the timeline
Final Cut Pro Advanced
Fee: Free
Prerequisite: Final Cut Pro Basic
When: tba
Length: 2 Hours
Min 1 Person Max 4 People

A continuation of the beginning Final Cut Pro class. Here, participants will begin to tackle the advanced techniques, such as compositing, and audio processing.

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Topics include:

 

  • The Final Cut Pro Settings and Preferences (or why am I not hearing this?)
  • The FCP edit windows
  • Capturing your video
  • Selecting, trimming and adding footage to your video
  • Working with the timeline
Special Workshops and Sessions
Fee: varies
Prerequisite: varies
When: tba
Length: varies
Min 1 Person Max 20 People

tctv2 will offer special workshops on a variety of subjects when possible. Topics may include anything of interest to tctv2 producers, and may include: Lighting, Audio for Digital; Documentary Production; Animation 101 or any other subject that people may suggest or instructors may volunteer to offer. Fees may vary; many of these workshops will be free. If an instructor is qualified and wants to be paid to offer a workshop, tctv2 may charge a fee to cover the costs of paying the instructor.