March Media Education
Classes and Workshops
In this 90-minute hands-on workshop you will learn the basic functions of our Canon XA10 HD camcorder: focus, exposure, color balance and audio. Taught by production technician Jim Kelty, the workshop is designed to help VCAM members feel more comfortable with our gear and to encourage them to use our cameras to tell their stories.
This workshop will teach you:
How to set up and operate a tripod
How to navigate the camera menu and control the basic functions of the Canon XA10
How to use different microphones and monitor audio through the camera
We will provide all of the equipment used during the workshop. Students will also receive a reference guide detailing the procedures for operating the Canon XA10.
A semester of Cinematography 101 condensed into four hours! Some videography experience before taking this class is important, you don't need to be a seasoned pro, but maybe take a Basic Camera workshop and check out an AC90 once or twice.
- F-stops, ISO, and exposure;
- White balance / color temperature;
- Focal lengths, lenses, and image sensors;
- Depth of field;
- Digital media workflows (SD, CF, P2, codecs, wrappers, pixel aspects, etc.).
In this 90-minute hands-on workshop you will learn the basic technical procedures for recording a show in the VCAM studio. Taught by production technician Jim Kelty, the workshop is designed to help VCAM members feel more comfortable and confident using the equipment in our studio and control room.
Operate the studio cameras, tripod/dollies, and microphones
Operate the audio mixer and video switcher in the control room
Control the studio lighting, use the intercom system and chroma key, and roll in videos, images, and music from the Internet or other external sources
This is step one! This free class will certify you to borrow most VCAM gear, use the studio, start a show, and to take all our other workshops! (And to be clear, all our workshops are free; all our everything we do (gear rentals, events, training, time slots on the channel) are free.)
Orientation takes about half an hour to an hour, we'll tell you about our policies and some of the things you can do at VCAM, we'll take a tour of the Media Factory, and fill out some paperwork. —That's it! Then you're certified!
Please bring a photo ID and make sure you live or work in our service area.
Instructor: Eric Herz-O'Brien
Size: 1–10 students | Duration: 1/2–1 hour
Certification to use VCAM edit suites, with Premiere, After Effects, Final Cut, color critical monitors, and more.
We'll cover the essentials of media management, media backups, and using the VCAM SAN, plus potential next steps to learn to edit.
Don't see the workshop you're interested in? Can't make the times listed above?
Almost all of our workshops are available by appointment any day (or evening) of the week by calling (802) 651-9692!