By Nick Makansi, TV Program Director, UNC Charlotte
UNC Charlotte Television serves 500,000 households in the greater Charlotte area with unique television programming. The channel broadcasts diverse content – from science and international culture, racing and statewide programs. Additional live content comes from athletic events, campus events and speaker presentations on the main or uptown campuses. The channel aims to provide diverse content that’s not regularly carried on traditional PEG channels. The channel is distributed in HD on-campus, and in 16:9 SD on Time Warner Cable and AT&T U-verse to an audience of approximately 500,000 households. New to the channel is a dedicated livestream website (http://livestream.uncc.edu), with countdowns to upcoming live events and archives of previous live broadcasts.
The channel is owned and run by UNC Charlotte’s Broadcast Communication department. In addition to the on-air and online channel, the department’s producers develop content around University initiatives and programs, many of which are also aired on UNC-TV, the statewide PBS affiliate. The department also produces a weekly live webcast, highlighting projects and people at the institution. All of these productions air alongside third-party content to promote the university and its programs within the region.
The channel utilizes a centralized MAM solution for storing all of its digital assets, and is searchable through image indexing and text metadata. Additionally, the automated channel runs with a branded graphics border to promote the university. These graphic borders promote university programs related to the content on-air. Automation is run through Playbox with file transcoding and workflow processes through Telestream Vantage. Airable file formats include MPEG2 and the in-house standard, Avid Codec DNX-145 HD. UNC Charlotte TV also utilizes several levels of Tricasters and Dejeros, a IP/cellular-bonding solution for live event production. Vidoegraphers and producers primarily utilize P2 production cameras and Cannon C300 DSLR cameras in the field, and edit on Avid MediaComposer.
The channel looks forward to transforming and evolving with the next generation of television, and tackles new technology changes regularly.
PegMedia.org is a media transfer site for PEG (Public, Education, Government) community television stations and producers of media for these stations. This site is an easy way for producers to make their programming known and available to many stations simultaneously and, at the same time, to give stations a wide variety of programming from which to choose.
The media on PegMedia is ONLY for the use of non-profit PEG Community Television Stations and no other purpose unless explicit written permission is obtained by the downloader from the producer of that media. Further or continuing use of the media is always at the discretion of the producer of each piece of media. The download fees on PegMedia only cover the costs of the bandwidth on the PegMedia site and give the downloaders no rights or ownership in the media.
Additionally, at the producer's option media use might have an expiration date or might be made non-available at some future date.
The stations who use PegMedia for content cover tens of millions of cabled homes and represent more than 60% of the total cable viewership in the US, giving producers a very large potential audience.
We welcome producers who are PEG stations, independent producers, musicians, and documentary and film makers, in a wide variety of genre.
Dakota Media Access in Bismarck North Dakota cablecasts in HD.
Midcontinent Communications is the cable provider and they use Tightrope Media Systems servers.
If you're broadcasting in HD, but not on the list, please email email@example.com so we can include you.
The trend is continuing!
So far we have Comcast, Time Warner, Cablevision, Verizon, Cox and RCN as providers. Most of the stations are using TelVue Servers.
If you (or others you know) are not on this list and are HD, please email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can let others know that progress is being made. And comments are enabled on this post for more input...
The silence of PEG stations and HD is turning into a definite whisper. Let's work to make it a ROAR!
BY TRACEY DURANT, PROJECT COORDINATOR, LONGMEADOW COMMUNITY TV
On March 13, Channel 809 in Longmeadow, Mass., became the first Comcast PEG channel on the East Coast to broadcast in high definition. Although the announcement on the LCTV website was modest, the implications for PEG are huge—Longmeadow Community TV is a test case in that elusive PEG goal: transition to the HD tier.
“We were ready to do it and convinced Comcast it was time,” said LCTV Board Chair Steve Wolman.“It was a matter of networking, developing relationships with people in Comcast at our end, and having the equipment ready to go.”
Being HD-ready was key. Longmeadow recently had to move its studio, and took advantage of the move to build out entirely in HD. The station bought seven new cameras (three Sony HXCD70K for in studio, four Sony EVI-HD1 with RM-BR300 controllers for the community meeting room), installed a new switcher (For-A Hanabi HVS-390HS) and routing, converted to digital audio and upgraded the lighting (two Cool-Lux CL-500BFV lights were added in addition to Altman 650L Fresnels and an Arri Soft 2000). With the addition of a TelVue HD HyperCaster broadcast system for playout, the transition was complete.
Editor's Note: The following announcement is extremely important to PEG stations because it represents a change in the position of at least one forward thinking cable company, Comcast, regarding providing HD broadcasting capability to PEG stations. This new trend can only help not only PEG stations and their viewers, but cable companies as well as they start providing high quality community programming.
This story has been opened for comments which we hope any stations wishing to contribute to this dialog to participate in.
Additionally, we welcome similar announcements from other PEG stations from around the country (or world) as we all are progressing towards ubiquitous HD programming. Please email PegMedia.email@example.com if you have your own success story."
PhillyCAM announced July 1, 2015 that it is now cablecasting unique hyper local television in high definition (HD) on Comcast 966. Philadelphia's public access channel joins only a handful of community television stations around the country to have successfully made this transition. Here is video of today's announcement here: https://vp.telvue.com/preview?id=T01193
"Our community-based producers have been creating video content in high-definition for some time but our cable channels on Comcast and Verizon were only available in standard definition. It is a real validation of their work that it is now being seen in the quality it was intended", commented PhillyCAM Executive Director Gretjen Clausing.
The upgrade to HD was negotiated by the City and Comcast as part of the 2007 cable franchise amendment clearing the way for the launch of PhillyCAM. Guaranteed HD broadcasting was one of the many future-proofing provisions that grassroots cable activists fought for as part of their campaign to bring public access television to Philadelphia. This past fall, the City of Philadelphia made the request to Comcast to upgrade the channel and Comcast worked with PhillyCAM over the past 7 months to ensure that all Comcast subscribers in Philadelphia can now enjoy PhillyCAM's award winning content on a state of the art HD channel.
By Aaron Todd, Leightronix
For quite a while now, drones have been an interesting and somewhat controversial topic. They first became entrenched in our culture with the advent of unmanned military drones. Ethical issues aside, these machines are an absolute technical marvel, representing years of aeronautical research and engineering. Perhaps it was these military-focused models that initially caused drones to seep into the consumer world, giving rise to the subject of this blog post: the commercial drone and its uses in community broadcasting.
Commercially-purchased drones have been gaining in popularity in recent years, which has in turn led to a reduction in price. For a couple hundred dollars, your organization can employ the use of a drone that can be fitted with a camera for recording video, or spend a bit more for a drone that already comes equipped with such a device right out of the box. From there, encoding that digital video content through an IncodeX Vier™ or UltraNEXUS-HD™ from a PC is the only additional required step to broadcast aerial footage directly to your PEG station or VieBit™ streaming solution. For the first time ever, getting high-quality aerial shots is affordable enough for PEG broadcasters or private organizations to take advantage of.
For the complete article on PEG Access Drones, see http://leightronix.com/blog/determining-the-dynamics-of-peg-access-drones/
Search for PegMedia now appears at the top of the home page.
This uses Google search and is very fast. It indexes the content part of the PegMedia site.
This should be a valuable capability for creating program blocks, such as for upcoming spring searching on "Gardens" or "boating" or for Memorial Day searching for "Veterans", etc. Or just play around with a few searchs of favorite words....you'll probably be pleasantly surprised.
After performing a search, if you wish to close up the results box, click on the X to the right of the Search button. All normal Google search constructs (such as "", +, -, etc) should work.
Attention Show Producers: The search will use the Show and Episode descriptions (which you provide). To make your show more interesting and findable, be sure to include pertinent words and phrases in the text for the descriptions so the search will be more likely to strike gold. If you have blank episode descriptions, you're losing out on a great promotion opportunity
Growth Media Productions announces the release of the documentary "Voices of the Holocaust," to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the invasion of Poland. The film features interviews with nine Holocaust survivors recounting their stories of heartbreak and hope through the dark days of World War II.
"To the current generation, World War II is ancient history," says executive producer Darla Gaige. "It is something that they read about in their history books, but isn't real to them. Seeing these individuals, hearing their stories, changes that. It takes it out of the realm of abstract and makes it real and personal to them."
"This was one of the hardest films I have ever done, but also one of the most fulfilling," says co-executive producer, Clint Gaige. "I look at my kids, and can't imagine what it must have been like to have your childhood marked by one of the most tragic events in human history. And while their stories are heartbreaking, I have never seen a more inspiring group of individuals."
Voices of the Holocaust is available for free download to public and educational television stations through PegMedia.org at http://www.pegmedia.org/index.php?q=msvr/showall/1026/detail.
11 Bravo Vietnam is public access at its finest.
This show was created by Vince Gabriel. Vince was in Vietnam in the 1960’s. He’s also a musician. This is his story and music in an excellent and extremely powerful production.
But it’s not just Vince's story and it’s not just about Vietnam. It’s the story of soldiers fighting overseas under extreme conditions. Not only is this relevant to armed forces personnel who are or have been in battle, but it’s also telling a different story from what you normally get in the media.
This is a one-time documentary, but it’s an excellent show to have on file to run now or also to run around Memorial Day, Fourth of July, or other related dates. The show is approximately 55 minutes long and is at http://www.pegmedia.org/index.php?q=msvr/showall/29/detail.
It's that time of year when many people are thinking about gardening. Gardeners and those who dream of being gardeners love gardening programs.
On PegMedia, we have several gardening programs which might be great for broadcasting this time of year. They include:
New Addition: Garden Thyme http://www.pegmedia.org/index.php?q=msvr/showall/149/detail
Coastal Gardens http://www.pegmedia.org/index.php?q=msvr/showall/34/detail
Gardening Rhythms http://www.pegmedia.org/index.php?q=msvr/showall/228/detail
Take a look and maybe give some a try!
Political & Social Humorist Will Roberts has enjoyed many successes in his career. From being a television host for Fox and CBS, to gaining praise for his theatrical, film and television appearances, Roberts has always strived for one thing...perfection.
But at heart...Will Roberts is a cowboy. It's his passion. He performs the preeminent tribute to Will Rogers' America's Cowboy. Just like Rogers, Roberts is an expert with a rope and is a former featured act with Cirque du Soleil's Viva Elvis production. With one of the quickest wits when it comes to political humor and current events, he brings Will Rogers to life, for many, for the first time.
For others, it is like seeing an old friend who was ""away"" for a while. Will Roberts' show, ""The Good Will Tour,"" is very much like the shows Will Rogers performed during the vaudeville days (Ziegfeld Follies), minus the 50 showgirls. He trick ropes and spins the daily events as he converses with the audience.
Now, "The Will Roberts’ Weekly Telegram" show is a weekly segment that strives to share disparate and often refreshingly unusual viewpoints with its audience, with Will’s Will Rogers style.
Will is neither on the right side, or the left side. Will is on his audience’s side offering a humorous view of the events that shape the daily conversation of people everywhere.
The Will Roberts' Weekly Telegram is now available at no cost on PegMedia http://www.pegmedia.org/index.php?q=msvr/showall/971/detail with a new show on a different topic every week. And at about 2 minutes long, they are an excellent filler piece in your schedule.
The following story was submitted by Ned Lightner. It points out that a large part of the value of community television is not just its current broadcast signal, but the history it's recording. We tend to think of history as that which happened 100 years ago, but it could be that which happened yesterday...images and sounds that will never again be created and which, without community televison, might be lost forever.
And not only are we recording events, we're recording our way of life, which is very quickly disappearing, we are recording parts of our lives which will never happen again, and we are recording our older generations which we are losing. And community television is doing it in a way that network television no longer does and which new media such as YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Vine, Facebook, and site du jour are incapable of.
By Ned Lightner of Channel 2, Community Television for Belfast, Maine
For the past year, Belfast Community Television in Belfast Maine has served as the host site for the Maine Community Television archive project. This project which was funded by the Maine Humanities Council as well as the Maine State Archives, has been seeking submissions from community stations in Maine that have historically significance.
These videos were cataloged and uploaded to archive.org, a portal to a wide variety of sound and moving images. There is a sub-collection on archive.org called “Maine Community TV Archives”. This collection of videos is available for all to view and download. Perhaps it is a public access program director looking for interesting content, or it could be a historian working on a particular project.
At the same time that we were working on the archive project, our station was working with our local historical society producing a series of programs on various aspects of Belfast history. Some of the programs involved interviewing older citizens of our town on their memories of times past, including working in the now defunct poultry and sardine factories. A couple of the programs involved adding narration to a collection of home movies recorded between 1930 and 1975. They included everything from a local bicycle race, to shots of a train wreck, to people walking along Main Street.
As we were working on the project, I was amazed at how fascinated I was by looking at such non-historic events such as people cheering bike riders along Main Street. The way folks dressed, the way the downtown had changed, were all fascinating to me. Seeing people working their regular jobs, that no longer exist, was really interesting.
I realized there were many aspects of life today that I am capturing with my video camera, that may indeed be of interest to people 40 years from now. With that in mind I have been visiting local factories and getting tours of their operations. I have interviewed fisherman on the local fishing industry, and made an effort to just capture life in Belfast as it is today. Some of these programs are being donated to our historical society, while others have been uploaded to the Maine Community TV archives”.
I have found an added purpose for the programs I produce about our community. It’s funny how something that at the time seems relatively insignificant at the time can take on historical significance in relatively short time. An example was when I interviewed a sea captain on his boat about how he dealt with stormy seas. This captain was Robin Walbridge on the HMS Bounty. When Captain Walbridge, along with one of his crew members, perished in a storm as the Bounty sunk off the coast of North Caroline just three months after our interview, his words were given greater significance.
You never know when you have some historically significant footage. I have no idea whether archive.org or video data files will be around 50 years from now, but I am hoping they will, because I think we community television producers have an important role in capturing history as it happens!
Looking for a great show to add to your spring programming lineup?
"Smart Boating", the informative weekly TV show, developed to help boaters make more informed, “smarter” decisions about boating topics, first aired in August 2006. Since then, a broad variety of areas have been covered including: boat purchases-new and used; components-propellers, electrical systems and upholstery; boat types- USCG, electric, PT and wooden; boat maintenance-commissioning and winterizing; and safety-weather, life rafts and man overboard procedures, among others. The show episodes are available for download from PegMedia at http://www.pegmedia.org/index.php?q=msvr/showall/45/detail.
“The show started from humble beginnings,” according to Jermain, “The idea came from a lunchtime conversation with a marine surveyor friend who stated that he thought I could produce a better show than a well-known syndicated boating show that was airing at the time. I was unfamiliar with how to produce a TV show, but felt that my instructional background developed through my Entrepreneurial Training Program work would enable me to produce a quality program. So, I stopped into the local public access cable TV studio the next day and asked for training. Three weeks later, the first show “How to Protect Your Boat in Event of a Hurricane” was produced.”
Some time has gone by since the inception of our series, "Out & About with Roger Martin", like since 1991.
And to date, we have over 280 episodes "in the can" and are still producing daily.
Out & About enables us to live an interesting lifestyle while getting out to the public some universal interests. There are two and a half of us doing this. Mostly two. That means that Jim has to shoot and edit, while Roger sits around and watches television and when it comes time, interviews persons of interest and subjects that he would normally watch on television.
As of this date, we air all over the country of New Zealand and the USA through PegMedia, and on satellite television throughout the United Kingdom on channel 203. It's fun; we're dedicated. We don't make a dime but have all the control we need.
"Out & About with Roger Martin" is on PegMedia at http://www.pegmedia.org/index.php?q=msvr/showall/522/detail.
Thumbnails have been added to episodes of shows uploaded to PegMedia. This allows stations to get a quick feel for the nature of a particular show, whether it's a show on a set or one in the field, if there is a variety of shots or single camera, the number of particpants in a show, nature of graphics used and so forth.
The thumbnails appear in each episode detail page. They also appear on the two lists Recent Uploads http://www.pegmedia.org/index.php?q=msvr/recentup and Recent Downloads http://www.pegmedia.org/index.php?q=msvr/recentdl. Links to these pages are also available under "What's Happening" in the left hand column of PegMedia pages.
The Recent Uploads and Recent Downloads are particularly useful for stations looking for new shows or new episodes of shows they have run in the past. The format of the listing has been completely changed and now includes thumbnails of the shows.
Additionally the Recent Uploads and Downloads provide a good glimpse into what PEG broadcasting content is about. We can see the types of shows that look interesting to us as stations or producers and would potentially be interesting to viewers as well. We can also see the shows that seem to need some spark, even though their material might be interesting. Perhaps this might be a tool for us as producers and broadcasters to help refine our art?
If you have any comments, suggestions, or bug reports, please private message Admin.
By Steve Katsos
Follow your dreams…
I hosted my first cable access television show in 1991 as a student of Arlington High School. I never dreamed that I would host an international TV program, but that is what The Steve Katsos Show has become.
The weekly talk show developed to assist creative people as part of my college thesis now airs in 12 countries and 15 million homes every week all with a budget of $0. To honor what our volunteer group has done, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick paid us a visit on our 150th episode.
The reason this happened is because of hard work, great volunteers, and a desire to do something good for others. In March of 2009, we began to create weekly shows at Arlington Community Media Incorporated(ACMi) and we sent DVDs to towns nearby that might be interested in local artists. I was directed to look at PegMedia.org and was amazed on how you could share the files with PEG stations all over the country. Soon we began to send our show out on-line as a way to help creative people get their art out to the world. We were quickly added to stations in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Vermont. I was surprised to see that channels in California, Arizona, Minnesota, and Washington also added the show. Eventually, a channel from Europe saw the show and started a partnership with us. Our volunteers are excited to work on a show that airs worldwide and continues to grow.
The link to our PegMedia show page is http://www.pegmedia.org/index.php?q=msvr/showall/275/detail
ACMi has been very supportive of our creation of a late night show. They have made us feel welcome and made sure that we have been able to produce our program. PegMedia.org has been a great resource for us as well. My thanks to all those that got this up and running. I hope that others can use it as a catalyst to create great programming for people to watch all over the world.
The video on PegMedia is uploaded by the producers of the content for broadcast by public access stations in the United States and other countries.
"Broadcast" means either an on the air signal, a signal distributed by cable, or a signal distributed by live streaming. It does not mean video on demand or archiving of content for on demand viewing.
"Public access stations" are non-profit organizations which allow broadcasting by members of the public.
Copyright laws are continually changing and becoming more agressive. Unless otherwise indicated, copyrights on videos and the content within belong to the producers as represented by them when they request a show folder from PegMedia. However, the ultimate responsiblity for conforming with current copyright laws lies with the stations downloading and broadcasting the material.
Any uses other than broadcasting on public access stations must be specifically granted to the station/downloader by the publisher.
Such exceptions would include, but are not limited to:
If you have a question about a potential exception, contact the show's producer.
Exceptions must be explicity approved in writing by the producer. You can contact the producer for a show by clicking on their link in the show description page and then sending them a "Private Message".
Laws and rules are subject to change and it is the responsibility of the downloader to conform to current laws and rules.
Copyright Office Announces Exemptions to Mitigate DMCA Harms
San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) won renewal of critical exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) in a ruling published today, including the upholding of jailbreaking rights for smartphones as well as new and expanded legal protections for video remixing.
"The DMCA creates a cloud of legal uncertainty over American consumers – whether they are tinkerers, artists, or just looking to make their gadgets work better," said EFF Intellectual Property Director Corynne McSherry. "The ruling from the Copyright Office today goes a long way towards mitigating some of the DMCA's most grievous harms."
It takes a courageous and strong person to try and make a living as an artist or craftsperson, especially in these tough economic times. You not only subject your personal work to scrutiny and critique, because there's a lot of people out there who love to give their opinion about what it is you do, yet who could never stand there and take their lumps.
You also subject yourself to the judgement of people who feel your not working an honest job, etc,etc. These people have a lot to say, but could never and will never do what you do. They just don't have the nerve, so they criticize or throw out their opinions easily, without ever trying or always making or having an excuse.
Steve Butler, star of The Garage with Steve Butler, is not one of those people. “I'm very proud of what I have achieved and will achieve,” he says. “My passion is making objects; it's what centers and drives me.”
Steve is an artist and furniture maker with more than 20 years experience in the field. In his garage workshop, he'll share with you the way to make fun, funky projects without having all the fancy expensive shop tools of the other shows. Anything from fine furniture to cool, artsy objects are what he's making. The Garage is a how-to show unlike any other.
“My work as a whole is influenced by the modern movement in furniture design,” he continues. “I love the clean lines and use of materials from that era. Lately I find myself giving new life to old materials, a resurrection of sorts; giving new life to an old object or transforming the object into something else, creating a duality in use and purpose.”
As a maker and a an educator, you are always looking for sources of inspiration and teaching aids. Steve teaches at different craft schools across the country and is always on the lookout for materials and information in places that might not seem very obvious. “I'll drop into the Salvation Army and other thrift stores at least three times a week to see if I can find some used woodworking books or an object I can use in a project. You can use the old books with the great illustrations as teaching aids. They make great hand-outs for students. They can also be very inspirational and spawn some great ideas.”
Which ultimately is what Steve hopes The Garage will do for others. “If someone goes home and makes one of my pieces, that's flattery. It's awesome. Seriously, it's the best compliment” So go ahead, check out The Garage at http://www.pegmedia.org/index.php?q=msvr/showall/611/detail, and throw some some compliments his way.
Change For A Dollar by Sharon Wright
An inspiring short (10 minute) film encouraging each person to nurture the people they meet each day.
Follow a man that asks for change as he affects multiple peoples' lives with just one dollar, proving that it doesn't take much to be the change in someone's life.
Is he asking for Change, or is he asking for CHANGE?
WATCH THE VIDEO and/or download free from PegMedia at http://www.pegmedia.org/index.php?q=msvr/ep/10589/detail&destination=msv...
Written and directed by Sharon Wright www.imdb.me/sharonwright and www.shesalwayswright.com
Winner - Best Short Film - Maryville Film Festival
Winner - Audience Choice Award - Gateway Film Festival
Winner - Audience Choice Award - Moonlight Film Festival
Nominated - Best Female Filmmaker Award - Action On Film Intl Film Festival
Nominated - Sirrocco Award - Action On Film Intl Film Festival
Nominated - Best Silent Film - BareBones Intl Film Festival
We have added a new "private messaging" capability for PegMedia. This should be useful for communication between stations and producers.
The advantage of private messaging is that it does not expose email addresses to email harvesting bots. It also keeps your PegMedia messages in one spot.
Default is that when a message is sent to you, you will also get an email message to your regular email account letting you know there is a message waiting. You can go to your account, click on Edit tab and change the settings for private messages at the bottom.
You can also check your messages by clicking on the "Messages" selection in the menu to the left <<<--- on every page. This link will allow you to send a message to any user as well. Or if you click on a link for a user (username in RED) on any page you should open the page with their information. At the bottom of their information is a link that says "Send this user a message".
If you receive a message from another user and no longer wish to receive any from that offer, when you go to your messages, you can select the Block Author option.
This capability is experimental. Hopefully it adds value to PegMedia and everyone uses it wisely so it retains its value.
If you have any questions or problems, you can send a "private message" to Admin!
Thanks for using PegMedia.
Today, EMMY-winning documentary film producer Dorothy Fadiman announces the launch of ELECTIONS at RISK, a constellation of 14 short video clips from STEALING AMERICA: Vote by Vote (2008) winner of The Choice Award from Broadcast Film Critics Association.
This project documents threats to our voting rights by tracing significant irregularities in recent elections. First person stories attest to massive disenfranchisement of low income and minority voters. A social media campaign, along with broadcasts of these documentary clips, will raise awareness about the escalating challenges to holding free and fair elections.