Community Television for Concord and Carlisle

Winter Class Offerings

CCTV will be offering new workshop classes starting late January.  Classes will range from producing techniques, social media skills, the Adobe Creative Suites (including Premiere, Photoshop and AfterEffects) and More!  

CCTV Closed Today, 2/5

Due to the snow storm and the closing of CCHS we will not be open today.  Please be safe and have a great weekend.

CCTV Closed Today, 2/5

Due to the snow storm and the closing of CCHS, we will be closed today. Be safe and have a great weekend.



Don't Forget: CCTV’s Meet & Greet is this Tuesday!
Meet our new Executive Director and learn more about CCTV. 
If you’ve ever wondered how to make the kind of programming you see on TV, now is your chance to find out. Come to our Meet & Greet on Tuesday, September 30th from 7:00 - 8:30 pm.  Meet Tamarah Green, our new Executive Director, learn how you can make the kind of programming you see on TV, sign up for workshops and classes and meet the staff and volunteers who make the programming you watch possible. 
We hope to see you at our studio, 500 Walden Street (Concord-Carlisle High School) - there will be food and plenty of fun!  For more information on CCTV, the Open House, or workshop classes, call us at 978-369-5038, email us at or go to
CCTV is buzzing with activity! There’s never been a busier – or more exciting – time for CCTV. 
We have many new shows starting production, we’re offering more training workshops than ever before and our volunteer producers are more creative than ever! As a result, we are enjoying a surge of Concord and Carlisle-based organizations and residents who are taking advantage of our TV production facility, equipment, and training workshops. If you are not yet involved with CCTV and want to learn more about the process of becoming a member, come see what all the excitement is about!
Get Started With CCTV Workshops!
CCTV is offering classes and workshops that are geared to give you hands-on experience in all aspects of pre-and post video production as well as 21st Century skills.  
This fall, we are excited to offer such diverse classes as Photoshop, Creating a Social Media Presence, Blogging and more!  All these plus our film and video-based classes will challenge you to explore, experience and create. 
CCTV offers small class sizes, committed educators and state-of-the-art equipment. For a nominal fee, Concord and Carlisle residents and organizations that serve either town can take workshops from our roster of classes.  Regardless of your experience, you can learn to create media projects from start to finished product.  Please see our roster of classes and choose the CCTV training program that best suits your needs.
Learn It. Make It. Share It.
Orientation and getting to know the cameras, $10, includes membership
This one time class will explain how CCTV works, give you an overview as to how to set up and operate a camera and introduce you to basic shot composition.
Wednesdays, 7pm
Photoshop Basics, $25
3 sessions
Join this workshop exploring Photoshop CS6 and learn how to optimize your photos, create your own logo, learn how to draw shapes and use text effects and more!
Mondays, Oct. 13, 20, 27 at 9:30 am
Wednesdays, Oct. 22, 29, Nov. 5 at 7pm
Adobe Premiere I, $25
3 sessions
You’ve shot some video but now what?  Learn the basics of editing using Adobe Premiere, a user-friendly, advanced digital video-editing program designed to help you create professional-looking videos. In this class, you will learn media management, how to import and capture footage, edit in a timeline, and add video and audio effects using multiple tracks. Whether you would like to learn to edit footage of your child's sporting events or create a blockbuster movie, editing in Adobe Premiere will give you the tools to create videos that you'll be proud of.
Wednesdays, November 5, 12, 19 at 10am
Thursdays, Dec. 4, 11, 18 at 7pm
Adobe Premiere II, $50
3 sessions
Modern productions are built on hundreds (if not thousands) of clips and in this advanced class, you’ll learn how to link & locate your clips,making media management — and your productions — more efficient.  You’ll apply rich, beautiful, preset color grades and control your sound with the Audio Clip Mixer, adjusting clips independently for a perfect mix.  Want to set up multicam edits with a streamlined workflow? Sync single shots or entire bins of footage all at once using audio waveforms. You can even mix frame rates and codecs in the same sequence.
Mondays, Jan. 5, 12, 19 at 10am
Wednesdays, Jan. 7, 14, 21 at 7pm
Field Camera I, $25
Learn video camera basics, including how to use CCTV’s cameras.  Topics include white balance, focus, zooming, panning, and proper tripod use. You will explore audio basics and how to use a microphone as well as basic shot composition. Students will leave with a strong understanding of video camera fundamentals. Upon passing a camera skills test, students will be able to use CCTV’s cameras independently.
Tuesdays, October 7, 14, 21 at 7pm
Thursdays, Nov. 6, 13, 20 at 10am
Wednesdays, Nov. 12, 19, 26 at 7pm
Field Camera II, $25
Field Camera II builds upon the knowledge gained in Field Camera I.  The class will explore more advanced functions on CCTV’s professional cameras and discuss camera theories to make you a better videographer. 
Tuesdays, Nov. 18, 25, Dec. 2 at 10am
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 10, 17 at 7pm
Produce Your Own Film or TV Show, $25 
3 Sessions
Think you have what it takes to be the next Steven Spielberg or Shonda Rhimes but don’t know quite how to get started?  Then this is just for you!  Whether you already have a script or are just getting started, this class will teach you all you need to know to become the next film or TV producer. 
Tuesdays, October 7, 14, 21 at 10am
Thursdays, October 9, 16, 23 at 7pm
Aftereffects I, $25
3 sessions
Adobe After Effects is a digital motion graphics, visual effects program used in the pos-production process of filmmaking and television production.  It allows users to animate, alter and composite media in 2D and 3D space.  In this class, you’ll get a hands-on overview of how Aftereffects works and begin working on your own project.
Monday, Nov. 3, 10 17 at 9:30
WednesdayNov. 5, 12, 19 at 7pm
Aftereffects II, $50
3 sessions
Already have a good grasp of Adobe After Effects?  Then sign up for this class, which will take you further into the process of creating 3D effects, throw light sources onto your project.
Mondays, Dec. 1, 8, 15
Wednesdays, Dec. 3, 10, 17 at 7pm
Creating a Social Media Presence, $25
A.k.a., if a tree falls in the social media forest, how can you make sure anyone hears it?
2 sessions
Some say Social Media is the future of communication but what exactly is it and how can it help you?  Can it really promote your business?  Will it help you raise money to fund your feature length film?  And how exactly can you reconnect with your childhood sweetheart?  Learn these answers while you create the beginnings of a social media presence.
Wednesdays, Oct. 8, 15 at 11am
Wednesdays, Oct. 15, 22 at 7pm
Blogging, $25
1 session
Take your message into cyberspace!  Whether for a business, a non-profit or just to stay in touch, a blog can be a highly rewarding, and inexpensive way to communicate with customers, patrons, family and friends.  But where does one start?  Cut through the buzzwords and demystify the tech-speak in this workshop.  From layout to widgets, you’ll get a tour of several free online publishing platforms and discuss which one works best depending on the blogger’s goal.  Attention will also be paid to best posting practices and blogging etiquette.  
Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 10am
Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 7pm
TO REGISTER FOR WORKSHOPS: Contact or call 508-369-5038 to register, or to inquire about other classes you would like to take at CCTV. Registration is open to full CCTV members and non members. Workshops are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, upon receipt of payment. CCTV reserves the right to cancel workshops if minimum enrollment is not met.
WORKSHOP LOCATION: All classes are held at the CCTV studios, located in Concord Carlisle High School, 500 Walden Street. Enter door #14 in the back left corner of CCHS. We are at the end of the hallway on the right.
WORKSHOP FEES: Workshop registration fees are due at the time of registration. We accept personal checks and money orders made payable to CCTV. We also accept credit card payments online.
WORKSHOP SCHEDULE AND CONFIRMATIONS: Your registration will be confirmed by phone or email.  
REFUND POLICY: Full refunds will be made if a class is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment. Student cancellations must be received fourteen days prior to the workshop start date and a cancellation fee will be deducted from the refund. No registration fees will be refunded after the first day of class.
Staff Updates
Sam Krueger will be taking a short leave of absence while he works on a feature length film in LA.  We are all excited for him and can’t wait to be invited to the Red Carpet Premiere!  He will only be gone for a few weeks so during his absence, please feel free to speak with Kester, Sue or Tamarah for questions or help with your program.
Congratulations to
Electa Tritsch!
Electa recently won a Hometown Media Award for her coverage of ‘One Patriots Day' at the 2014 Alliance for Community Media National Conference in Philadelphia!  The Hometown Media Awards honors and promotes community media and local cable programs that are distributed on PEG access cable television channels. Awards are presented to creative programs that address community needs, develop diverse community involvement, challenge conventional commercial television formats, and move viewers to experience television in a different way.  We are so proud of Electa and can’t wait to see what else she has in store.  If you are interested in learning about the 2015 Hometown Media Awards, contact us
This Month's Featured Programs
Sustainable Dish
Set primarily at Clark Organic Farm in Carlisle, it is filmed and directed by Diana Rodgers, who is a cookbook author and nutritionist.  Diana also lives at the farm with her husband (the farmer) and two kids. The show features practical tips and tools for growing your own food plus learning how real life farmers use sustainable practices like rotational grazing and organic techniques for growing vegetables. In the kitchen, Diana explains how to prepare healthy meals for the entire family. Mixed into the show are clips of farm life, like how to catch tadpoles and play capture the flag. You’ll also see some local town celebrities like the chief of Police and the school principal doing “ads” for their favorite vegetables.  
What's New At CCTV
New Equipment  
The installation of our new server should be completed by the end of the month and we can’t wait to reap the benefits!  It will give us more space to hold member content and will also enable us to send out High Definition content through the On-Demand feature of our website.  Most importantly, viewers will soon enjoy a smoother, more stable broadcast. 
Studio Upgrade
We are excited to report that the new studio space is on schedule and all signs are pointing towards an April 2015 move-in date!  The staff and CCTV Board of Directors have created an equipment list that will take our studio into the future and beyond.
We are looking to purchase new HD studio cameras, an entire new control room system, monitors, and the adobe creative cloud software suite, to go along with our Telvue server which has recently been upgraded to populate HD quality TV shows.
Additionally, we are connecting our studio to the school’s network, which will allow us to interact directly with the students and faculty.  The internal wiring within the school will also allow us to continue to have live feeds on the Government channel for full Town Meeting coverage.  
We are especially excited with the new studio switcher, which will be equipped with technology that enables users to create virtual 3-D sets.  This means that all of the sets will be created through computer graphics - no more plastic plants, mismatched chairs or any of the other props typically associated with access! 
Our control room, which currently looks like this:

will soon be streamlined to look like this!


Our edit suites will have new Macs and will include the new creative software will be on hand for the new and experienced community producers.  We look forward to showing you the new space.

Here are some pictures of the new facility.  Remember these when we move in come April!


CC Production Club, Our After School High School Club is in Full Swing!

For their first production, which was a mock news program, CCHS students took turns learning how to man the cameras, direct, anchor and operate the audio board. “While this show won’t be aired, the purpose was to teach them the finer aspects of a live show,” said Kester Krueger, the CCTV advisor. “They learned for the very first time how to integrate live roll-ins, music and graphics.”

The club has a number of freshman participants but quite a lot of seniors.  “I love the community aspect,” said Trey P.  “The majority of this group came together as freshmen when we didn’t know one another but now we are all really great friends!”  
Samantha R., also a senior, loves the hands-on aspect.  She said she joined because, “you get to do things yourself rather than sit around and watch.  And it is fun!”
 Adds Lauren Y., “This is so unique.  None of us has  a TV studio at home so you can’t do this outside of  CCTV.  This is what sets CC Production Club apart  from all the other high school clubs.”    
 Once they master the studio equipment, students  will then be creating their own films and learning  all about pre-and post-video production.  If you or  someone you know who is enrolled in CCHS and is  interested in joining the CC Production Club contact Kester Krueger.
Calling All Sports Enthusiasts!  
Become a Sports Announcer or Videographer

Are you a CCHS Minutemen Fan?  If so, CCTV is looking for Sports Announcers and camera people to help with our coverage of High School sporting events. CCTV covers basketball, soccer, football, baseball, field hockey, ice hockey, wrestling, and more. If interested, contact the studio at 978-369-5038 or email
About CCTV
CCTV is a non-profit, public-access facility operating in Concord and Carlisle, Massachusetts. Our mission is to foster community, communication, and collaboration by providing citizens that live, work or attend school in Concord or Carlisle with the skills and equipment necessary to produce their own local cable television programs.

Concord and Carlisle's Public Access Channel 8 is a local, mass-media forum for free speech and features programming produced or sponsored by CCTV members from the community.

Concord and Carlisle's Government Channel 9 features government programming originating from local, state, and federal sources.
Concord and Carlisle's Public Access Channel 99 features Educational programming from Concord and Carlisle School districts.
Copyright © 2014, CCTV, All rights reserved.
Our mailing address is:
500 Walden Street, Concord, MA  01742


CCHS Graduation being broadcast live on channel 9!

To Watch CCHS Graduation live, change to your local channel 9 

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