Media Training Materials

These pages have been designed for you to save time and effort when it comes to the practicle side of using the media equipment at this years "Gathering" event. There is no substitute for actual hands-on experience, but the basic information here will hopefully enable you to produce interesting results more efficently when you get behind the equipment.

There will be technical experience necessary to read these pages, and the technical details of how equipment works is not going to be covered. The basics of how to get good results will be covered, so dip in to what interstests you and start to build up your knowledge. You my find printing various items off and putting them in your own 'training folder' for reference may come in very handy indeed! Items that are essential reading have an '*' (asterix) mark after them in the menu.

Isn't it all really complicated?

Not really. Television is highly technical, but so is your computer or your phone. All you need to do is concentrate on learning the best way to handle the equipment effectively and leave other people to worry about the technicalities, you keep up a top performance!

Why learn 'techniques'?

Although there can be a lot of creativity in media, that doesn't automatically make a great production! We aren't jsut 'showing what is going on', we are influencing our audience by the way we present what is going on. Careless use of what's going on becomes boreing, careful use is interesting and will soon become good habits to build creativity upon.

There are several good reasons why you need to learn good skills:

  • Operational Skill: being able to handle your equipment accuratly and consistently, smooth and unobtrusivly. Make an impact without your audience noticing the underlying techniques.
  • Artist: What your audience looks at and how they respond will depend on the way you use your equipment. Through using a camear for example, the lens angle, arranging the subject, adjusting focus, movement and so on.
  • Picture Quality: A lot of people rely on automatic controls, but they cannot make artistic or creative judgments for you. Even slight adjustments can alter an entire mood of a picture.
  • Coordination: You can directly influence all aspect of a production, either possitvely or negatively.

Topics covered

For a full list, see the various sections on the submenu. Basic areas covered here:

  • Camera techniques
  • Assistnats training
  • Editing grammer
  • Word's overlay
  • VTR operation
  • Blocking notes
  • Basic directing ideas
  • And more to be added soon...