Training Classes

Here at Community Access Media, we teach people how to produce a variety of media content, we lend our equipment, facility, and our expertise, and we put their programs on Channel 1021 on Spectrum and online at camerie.org.

After attending an orientation, members have the opportunity to gain experience in many ways. We offer classes, workshops and seminars to enhance your production skills.

Members can also practice their skills at the summer festivals such as Celebrate Erie and Erie's Blues & Jazz Festival. Community Access Media also hosts political forums and various events throughout the year.

In order to take: You must have completed…
Reserve the CAM Studio HD Studio
Check out an HD Field Camera HD Field Camera and Audio
Check out an LED Lighting Kit Field Lighting
Check out a Wireless Microphone HD Field Camera and Audio
Reserve the Podcasting Studio Podcast Studio
Serve on a crew for another producer Have the appropriate certification for the crew position
Class CAM Jam - Orientation (Free Information Session and Experience LIVE Recording)
Date January 3, February 7, March 7, April 4, May 2, June 6, July 11, August 1, September 5, October 3, November 7, December 5
Time 5:00 p.m. (All other classes begin at 5:00 p.m. and run from one to two hours depending on topic and class size.)
Description Find out the basics about Community Access Media, including how to join, what it costs, what you can produce, the basic rules, and most importantly, how to get started.

 

Class HD Studio, a series of three (2-hour) sessions or a one day (4-hour) workshop (Included in Membership)
Date Series Dates

  • January 8, 15 and 22
  • March 13, 20 and 27
  • May 8, 15 and 22
  • September 10, 17 and 24
One-day Offerings

  • February 9
  • April 30
  • June 18
  • July 13
  • August 21
  • October 23
  • November 16
Time 5:00 p.m. for weekdays; 10:00 a.m. for Saturdays
1 HD Cameras and Lighting -- Functional elements of studio cameras, composition, director commands, lighting for video
2 Audio, Graphics and HD Video Mixing -- Demonstrate and interact with studio audio equipment. Understand the video switcher and basic three-camera studio recording. Learn to record video and audio for your production plus character generation and graphics.
3 Production Techniques, Hands-on Project and Assessment -- Focus on planning/producing a collaborative project. Take a written exam with the expectation of completing 75% correctly. Collaboratively produce a 10-15 minute video
Class HD Field Camera and Audio ($15 fee)
Date  January 29, February 16, April 3, May 29,  June 25, August 28, October 1, November 20
Prerequisite Successful completion of HD Studio class
Time 5:00 p.m.
Description This class will discuss using our HD Field Cameras to create enhanced programming. A complete step-by-step instruction on the features and functions of the Canon Vixia HF R600 and Panasonic AG-AC30PJ. Field Audio with the Azden 310-ULH and PRO-XD wireless microphones will be taught. This class will aid the beginner to novice producer with HD field filming.
Class HD Editing (Included in Membership)
Date Scheduled 1-on-1 or during a group class on: February 16, June 25, August 28,
Prerequisite Successful completion of HD Studio class or HD Field Camera class
Time 5:00 p.m.
Description This class will discuss using our HD editing software to create programming and enhance studio projects. A thorough step by step instruction on the Adobe Premier CC's features and functions to aid the beginner to novice producer. Basic editing techniques and helpful hints will be discussed.
Class Field Lighting (Included in Membership)
Date Scheduled 1-on-1 or in a group class based on current demand
Prerequisite Successful completion of HD Field Camera class
Time 5:00 p.m.
Description Description: Lighting a scene for an interview can be a simple process with some extra knowledge. This 1-on-1 or group session will provide useful information to get the best from the HD field cameras as well as enhance our subjects in the frame. A full instruction on our field lighting kits will shed new light on this subject.
Class Podcast Studio (Included in Membership)
Date March 19, April 29, May 14, June 13, July 16, September 11, October 17, December 12
Prerequisite Successful completion of HD Studio class
Time 5:00 p.m.
Description Do you have what it takes to host your own podcast? Explore the do's and don’ts of getting a podcast off the ground and learn how to set up the recording studio in CAM podcast booth.
Class Be A YouTuber (Included in Membership)
Date April 18, July 25, September 19, November 14
Prerequisite Successful completion of HD Studio class
Time 5:00 p.m.
Description In this introductory class you'll learn the basics for creating professional YouTube videos, identifying an online target audience, and building your online brand presence on YouTube.