Classes AT PMC

Making Television at PPAC

Portland Media Center (PMC) provides low cost training to Portland, Maine residents as well as the volunteers and staff of Portland nonprofits so they can produce television programs for Portland Public Access Channel 2 (PPAC). In order to use production equipment at PMC, you must be certified.

There are five requirements to become certified:

  1. Show proof of Portland residency.
  2. Attend an orientation.
  3. Complete instruction in equipment you wish to use.
  4. Pay class or instruction fee.
  5. Volunteer if required by that class.

Once you are certified, you can use the equipment on which you are certified to produce your own television programs or help others produce theirs.

Portland Media Center Maine Classes

The Difference Between studio and Field productions

Field productions are videos made from footage taken outside our facility. We have cameras to lend that can be used in the field and editing systems to edit what your record in the field. Studio productions usually require a crew of 3-5 people: at least 2 camera operators, a director and possibly an audio board operator and a graphics generator. These productions are usually done "live to tape," meaning that they are recorded as if going out live on air and are complete ready for broadcast immediately.

Intro to the Studio

Hands-on training on operating the studio camera and switcher (studio director). After completing this class once, you will be certified to use the studio camera. After taking this class twice, you will be certified to use the switcher and direct a studio show.  To sign up for this class, please email tomh@ctn5.org and include your full name, phone number, the name, the date and time of the class.

  • 2  sessions     
  • 1.5 - 2 hours each
  • Cost: FREE

Upcoming Classes:
Wednesday, July 11 at 6PM

Tuesday, July 17 at 6PM

Tuesday, July 24 at 6PM

Wednesday, August 1 at 6PM

Tuesday, August 7 at 6PM

Wednesday, August 15 at 6PM

This class lasts about an hour and a half to two hours.


Field Camera

The very basics of using our JVC (GY-HM600) field camera to get you started with your own field production. To sign up for this class, please email tomh@ctn5.org and include your full name, phone number, the name, the date and time of the class.

  • 1 session
  • 2.5 hours
  • Cost $10 and 10 volunteer hours

Upcoming Classes:
Field Camera classes for the summer of 2018 during the day or in the evening by appointment.  Call 775-2900 Ext. 200


THE FOLLOWING CLASSES ARE scheduled

 

by Appointment only

 

Orientation

This review of the purpose and policies of PMC is a requirement for any wanting to use CTN facilities and equipment.  (Minimum 1; Maximum 25) 1 session; 1 hour. No class fee. These classes are usually offered at 1PM on Tuesdays or immediately before evening classes. To arrange to take the orientation, please contact Arthur Nichols at arthur@ctn5.org.


Editing 

Our Adobe Premiere editing class. If you have your own footage, we can walk you through one-on-one your first project. To schedule a time to take this class, please email arthur@ctn5.org and include your full name, phone number, the name, the date and time of the class..

  • 2 - 3 sessions
  • 1.5 - 2 hours each
  • Cost $25 and 10 volunteer hours

Advanced Studio Classes 

In-depth equipment training for studio productions. To schedule a time to take any of these classes, please email brian@ctn5.org and include your full name, phone number, the name, the date and time of the class.

Character Generator

  • 1 session
  • 1.5 hours
  • Cost $20

Audio Board

  • 1 session
  • 1.5 hours
  • Cost $20

Studio Operations/Directing

  • Prerequisite: Intro to Studio
  • 1 session
  • 2 hours
  • Cost $20

ADVANCED FIELD PRODUCTION CLASSES

News gathering

This class takes some elements from the non-technical elements of the Field Production course but includes items such as how to set up interviews, how to prepare for an interview - doing research, writing questions, and more. It also deals with setting up a shoot, camera placement, safety and other production items.

  • Prerequisite: Field Camera
  • 1 session
  • 1.5 hours
  • Cost $25