IMG_2736All basic level classes are free for members. Some special video education courses will have a fee, with a discounted price for members. Workshop descriptions below. For more information about video training and registration, please visit our Education page.

Advanced Camcorder
For experienced AF-TV videographers, this workshop introduces our new JVC GYHM150U camcorders, JVC’s latest and most advanced compact handheld camcorder. Unlike our older Sony and Panasonic camcorders, which record on miniDV tapes, the GY-HM150U records in QuickTime format on SDHC and SDXC memory cards. Instead of capturing tapes, you simply copy the QuickTime files to your project file and import them into your FCP project.
Sessions: 1
Prerequisite: Shooting in the Field 101, or equivalent familiarity with Sony PD-170, Panasonic GS-500, or other camcorder

Advanced Control Room
An in-depth look at the use of our control room equipment: Broadcast Pix Integrated Production Switcher, including frame and clip store, chroma-key, and show layout; 24-Channel audio board including routing signals; waveform monitor;and more.
Sessions: 2
Prerequisite: Basic Studio Production

Apple Motion
Apple Motion is an editing program for creating 2D and 3D animated text and graphics. You can easily integrate Motion graphics into a Final Cut Pro project. In this workshop, you will learn how to use Motion to create everything from lowerthirds and credit rolls to complex motion graphics for your show’s title and intro.
Sessions: 2
Prerequisite: A working knowledge of Final Cut Pro X

Basic Studio Production
Learn the ins and outs of studio production in this three-part workshop that covers the technical use of our state-of-the-art digital studio. Participants will learn the required tasks for each of the crew positions, including camera operator, floor director, audio board operator, graphics operator, teleprompter operator, and technical director. The workshop also covers studio pre-production tasks, including studio setup, microphone placement, and studio lighting. In the last session, students will put together and shoot a program to be shown on AF-TV.
Sessions: 3
Prerequisite: None

Camcorder Jump-Start
Our popular entry-level workshop focuses on how to shoot high-quality video with a single camera. In this “Start Here” workshop you will learn how to use our basic camcorder, how to set up a tripod, and how to monitor audio levels while you record. Upon completion of this workshop, participants are certified to check out a JVC GY-HM150 solid-state camcorder to shoot video footage for AF-TV or Member productions.
Sessions: 1
Prerequisite: Orientation Session

Field Audio
Learn the proper use of a wide range of wired and wireless microphones and field audio mixers. Understand how to get feeds from a house system or mult box, as well as the proper audio levels into your camera or deck.
Sessions: 1
Prerequisite: Shooting in the Field 101

Interviewing for Television
In this workshop, you will learn how to conduct informative and engaging interviews in the studio and in the field.
Sessions: 1
Prerequisite: None

Introduction to Final Cut Pro X
This Basic FCP X Workshop is your introduction to using this powerful industry-standard editing software. In this workshop, you will explore how to set up your Final Cut Pro X library, event, and project; import footage; perform basic editing; add transitions, titles, and effects; and burn your finished project to a DVD.
Sessions: 4
Prerequisite: You should be adept and comfortable using a computer and a good range of computer applications.

Lighting Techniques
With proper lighting, you can introduce or avoid highlights and shadows to communicate different moods. Learn about the various lighting techniques and the equipment to light your productions appropriately.
Sessions: 1
Prerequisite: Basic Studio Production

Mobile Production Truck
This one-session workshop goes over the basic setup and use of AF-TV’s Mobile Production Truck. Great for anyone who would like to participate in AF-TV Truck Shoots at concerts, sporting events, candidate debates, and more!
Sessions: 1
Prerequisite: Basic Studio Production

Multicamera Editing in Final Cut Pro X
When you record a presentation, concert, or other activity with two or more camcorders, you use multicamera editing to combine the footage from these camcorders into a single program. In this workshop you will learn how to create and edit a multicam clip in Final Cut Pro X.
Sessions: 2
Prerequisites: Introduction to Final Cut Pro X; editing and delivering a single-camera project in Final Cut Pro X

News Reporting and Production
Learn how to report, shoot, and write television news stories. Students will prepare stories for inclusion in The Framingham Beat, the AF-TV monthly news magazine
show.
Sessions: 3
Prerequisite: None

Promoting Your Program
Now that you have produced a program for AF-TV, how do you get the word out? Learn how to market your show, and individual episodes, using video promos, social media, press releases, and more.
Sessions: 1
Prerequisite: None

Sports Announcing
Become the next Bob Costas or Al Michaels. You’ll learn tricks of the trade for budding play-by-play announcers and color commentators, including how to create spotting boards, prepare your storylines, and describe and analyze the action.
Sessions: 1
Prerequisite: None

Sports Production
Good sports production requires proper camera placement for the sport involved, an understanding of individual assignments, communication between crew members and talent, and preparation. Learn how large networks plan and produce major sporting events, and how you can use those techniques on sports shoots right here in Framingham!
Sessions: 3
Prerequisite: Shooting in the Field 101

Shooting in the Field 101
Students learn more advanced functions of the JVC GY-HM150 camcorder. Through hands-on practice with this camcorder and a tripod you will learn how to customize camcorder settings. This workshop also teaches the basics of proper shot composition and audio recording using external microphones.
Sessions: 2
Prerequisite: Camcorder Jump-Start