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August 31, 2017

  • Audio for Video Part One:
    Location Sound

    MON 9/11 @ 12 PM

    A good soundtrack will make your video come to life! This workshop covers the techniques and equipment used to capture the best possible sound while shooting in the field. Audio configuration settings will be shown on several different cameras, as well as dual-system audio used with a DSLR.

    Topics include:

    • Microphones (shotgun, lavalier, hand-held);
    • Wired vs. wireless systems;
    • Boom poles;
    • Camera settings;
    • Using the Zoom H4n;
    • Ambient sound issues.

    Instructor: Ken French

    Register here.

  • Audio for Video Part Two:
    Post-production Sound Mixing

    MON 9/18 @ 12 PM

    Programs like Premiere and Final Cut Pro have powerful built-in audio filters that can help you fix bad audio and enhance good audio.

    Topics include:

    • Dialog editing;
    • Equalization;
    • Compression and limiting;
    • Mix level automation;
    • Music sourcing and editing;
    • Room tone;
    • Synchronization issues.

    Instructor: Ken French

    Register here.

  • Studio Production

    SUN 9/24 @ 7 PM

    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.

    This workshop will teach you how to:

    • 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.

    Instructor: Jim Kelty

    Register here.

Art Hop 2017

FRI 9/8–SUN 9/10

2017 marks the 25th running of the South End Art Hop, a three-day celebration of the arts occurring on September 8–10. The Art Hop attracts over 30,000 visitors from across the northeast and Canada to view hundreds of exhibits, sculpture, fashion shows, music, live demos, artist markets, juried show, Kids Hop and much more! Visitors are attracted to the South End artist’s studios, and local businesses that are refit as art galleries and exhibition sites for the more than 600 participating artists.


2017 VCAM & Media Factory Exhibition Info

  • Videomakers' Show+Tell

    DATE CHANGE WED 9/20 @ 6:30 PM


    Workshop a work-in-progress, share a finished project, watch movies, provide feedback, meet people, snack, hang out!

    Bringing a video is not required.

    If you'd like to showcase or workshop a piece, please fill out this form by September 26 in addition to registering below.

    Please leave a comment when registering if you have suggestions for snacks. :)

    Register here.

  • Orientation

    SAT 9/2, 9/16, 9/30 @ 11 AM (choose one)

    This is step one! This class will certify you to borrow most VCAM gear, use the studio, start a show, and to take all our other workshops!

    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

    Walk-ins welcome.

  • Edit Suite Certification

    SAT 9/9, 9/23 @ 11 AM (choose one)

    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, fundamental Premiere tools and navigation, plus potential next steps to learn the ins-and-outs of editing.

    Instructor: Eric Herz-O'Brien

    Register here.

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