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BCTV's Training Program: Learn what you need, when you need it.

BCTV's training program is designed to get you making video right away. You'll start by learning basic video skillswith an individual training - this allows you to get your hands on the equipment and opens the door to everything else. Then you can sign up for a small group class to tackle advanced techniques. Staff members provide one-on-one support throughout the development of a project, no matter your level of experience.

Step 1 – Become a Member. You have to be a member to sign up for a training.

Step 2 – Become certified to use BCTV's video production equipment by scheduling a Flash Certification training session.

Step 3 – Sign out equipment and create programs for BCTV and beyond.

 

 

Individual Certification: hands-on training for your needs and experience

One-on-one training - this is a personalized, individual training scheduled by appointment, any time of year. Allow 60 minutes for camera or editing training. 

Topics:

  • Camera Fundamentals
  • Editing with Adobe Premiere
  • Studio Production

Cost per person: $25.00

Email info@brattleborotv.org to schedule.

Small Group classes: improve your skill level with theory and techniques

  • Advanced Editing Tips & Tricks
  • Creating Video on any Device
  • Audio for Video

Cost per person: $20.00

Email info@brattleborotv.org or call 257-0888 to let us know you're interested in one of these topics. When we get a group of 2-3, we will schedule the class.

Reserving equipment

Whether you're certified to use BCTV's field camera kits, our all-HD Studio, or our editing suites -- now you can reserve the equipment you need to create your production. Email info@brattleborotv.org or call the office to reserve equipment or facilities.

Distribution

You may be wondering how your program gets on BCTV's channels and online. Believe it or not, distribution is how BCTV staff members spend most of their time. Here's how it works:

  • When your program is finished, you'll submit it to BCTV either online through this website (no paper involved!) or by giving us a DVD or your program on a thumb drive, along with a Cablecast Request Form.
  • Scheduling: the deadline for submitting a program to be scheduled for the following week is Thursday at Noon. If you meet this deadline, your program will run 3-4 times for the next two weeks. The frequency of playout will depend on the length of your program.
  • Online: When the program is scheduled, it will also be uploaded to our Video Library. If you haven't already, you can log in and edit the information (description, tags, participants, and related links) so that people can find your video and get the most out of it. Your video will have sharing links and widgets for many popular sites.
  • Click here to read BCTV's Policies & Procedures. Note: This was written prior to the online submission system created by this website, but it gives you a more in-depth understanding of our policies for producers. One of the most important policies to understand is the legal requirements section.

 

Producer FAQs:

Q: If I already know how to use a camcorder, do I have to take a training?
A: BCTV offers "flash certification" for producers that matches your level of experience and certifies you to use our equipment. Contact BCTV to schedule this at your convenience.

Q:What computer skills are required to take an editing class?

A: You should have some familiarity with the basic MacIntosh interface. Instructors will be using terms such as "right-click" and "Go to the File menu."

Q: What happens if I miss one session of a workshop?
A: In order to be "certified," you have to attend both sessions of the class. You can make up a missed session when the class is offered later in the year, or you can set up an individual training with staff to cover the material you missed. 

Q: I have a good idea for a program, but I’m not a technical person.
A: One option is to set the camera on "auto" and do minimal editing. If you don't want to learn how to do it yourself, check out the options available by submitting an Event Coverage Request to BCTV.

Q: How long can I keep the equipment?

A: Producers are expected to return equipment to BCTV by the end of the next business day. Exceptions can be arranged with BCTV staff.

Q: Can I take equipment out of the area that BCTV serves?
A: Yes, as long as the program will have local relevance and BCTV staff have explicitly approved it in advance.

Q: Can I use BCTV equipment for a paid gig?
A: Yes, as long as you report it to the executive director and the program runs on BCTV. According to BCTV Policies, if your net income from a production exceeds $100, BCTV is entitled to 15% of all net funds received.