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To register for classes:

Call 978-458-5400, stop by the LTC office at 246 Market Street, Lowell MA, 01852.

Registration deadline: 48 hours before class. Staff-taught classes will not run with fewer than 3 students. Classes taught by non-staff members may have a higher minimum and have a one-week before class registration deadline.


ORIENTATION

Description: All new members must attend a free, one-hour orientation session to learn all the benefits and responsibilities of membership in this dynamic media center.

Date & Time: Saturdays 11:00am-Noon: December 10, January 14, February 18, March 18.

Mondays 6:00-7:00pm:  December 12, January 9, February 6, March 6.

Fee: Free



PODCASTING AT LTC

Description: A podcast is a digital audio file that is posted on the Web for others to download or stream. They are usually created as a series of episodes with a similar theme. Podcasts are similar to radio programs, but instead of being broadcast over the airwaves, they are audio files accessible on the Internet. Listeners can play them at their convenience, using smart phones or computers.

LTC, in collaboration with Middlesex Community College, has set up a new audio production/podcasting studio. You will learn how to operate the audio equipment, how to post files to the LTC podcast webpage, and the basics of creating compelling audio content. Podcasts cannot include copyrighted content.

Date & Time: Section 1: Monday, January 23,    6:00 – 8:00pm; Section 2: Monday, February 13, 6:00 – 8:00pm

Instructor: Gloria Polites

Fee: $25 (non-members $50)


PRODUCING IN STUDIO A

Description: Learn the basics of three-camera production in three sessions. Session 1 teaches you to use the cameras, microphones, lighting board, and set design. Session 2 focuses on control room features: switcher, engineering, audio board, and recording. Session 3 provides hands-on crewing on a live music show.

Date & Time: Fall: Thursdays, December 1, 8, 15, 6:00-9:00pm.  Winter: Thursdays, March 2, 9, 16. 6:00 – 9:00pm.

Instructor: Steve Manock

Fee: $25 (non-member $50)


PRODUCING IN STUDIO B

Description: In one session, you’ll learn to use Studio B’s Tricaster, a multi- camera production system with advanced video features for virtual sets, digital roll-ins from files or the Internet, phone calls, and much more. This smaller studio is primarily used for talk shows with green screen backgrounds.

Date & Time: Upon Request

Instructor: Steve Manock

Fee: $25 (non-member $50)


FIELD PRODUCTION BASICS

Description: Learn to use LTC’s high-definition video cameras, microphones and portable lighting kits to shoot professional-looking video outside the studio. Also covered are “shooting for the edit” and shot composition. Session 2 introduces students to Final Cut Pro X editing.

Date & Time: Section 1: Thursdays, January 26, 6:00-9:00pm. Section 2: March 23, 6:00 – 9:00pm.

Instructor: Steve Manock.

Fee: $25 (non-member $50)


STOP-MOTION ANIMATION WITH CLAY

Description: In this four-session class, students will learn the process of creating a claymation, a stop-motion animation video using clay. Included are scriptwriting, designing and constructing a set and background, creating characters, shooting the individual frames, sound design, and video editing with iMovie. After learning the basics, students will work together to create their own short animation projects.

Instructor Jason Marshall holds a BA in animation. Ever since seeing Star Wars at age 4, Jason dreamed of creating animations and visual effects. He has five years experience in TV production, and has taught several claymation classes at Danvers Community Access Television. Jason is also LTC’s Municipal Producer.

Date & Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00 – 9:00pm, February 7, 9,14, 16.

Instructor: Jason Marshall

Fee: $50 (non-member $100)  Pay by check or credit card at LTC


EDITING WITH FINAL CUT PRO X

Description: Get started editing your video with Apple’s professional editing software, Final Cut Pro X. In this one-session class you will learn to import footage, work in a timeline, add graphics and music, and export your finished project.

Date & Time: Thursday, February 2, 6:00 – 9:00pm.

Instructor: Steve Manock

Fee: $25 (non-member $50)


EDITING WITH ADOBE PREMIERE PRO CC

Prerequisites: Working knowledge of computers. How to use the mouse and standard menus and commands, as well as how to open, save and close files. Most importantly, the desire to learn the subject.

Description: Students will learn to use Adobe Premiere Pro CC, through a combination of instructor explanation and demonstration, and student hands-on practice with provided lesson files. By the end of the course, the students will be able to edit their own basic videos from start to finish.

WEEK 1: Introduction to the program; standard workflow; setting Preferences; panels, frames, and workspaces; working with projects; importing media; organizing clips in the Project panel

WEEK 2: Opening and playing clips and sequences; using playing shortcuts; setting and checking In and Out points; using different types of markers; selecting and moving clips in the Timeline

WEEK 3: Learning Timeline functions; making insert and overwrite edits; using drag-and-drop editing; cutting, copying, and pasting; using the Razor tool; preview of intermediate techniques

Instructor Text and Lesson Files: Adobe Premiere Pro CC (2015 Release) Classroom in a Book, by Maxim Jago, published by Adobe Press (2016).

“The official training workbook from Adobe.”
“The fastest, easiest, most comprehensive way to learn Adobe Premiere Pro CC.” Includes DVD-ROM with 18 lesson files, copied to EditShare for student access.

Student Handouts: “Adobe Premiere Pro CC for Mac OS – Shortcuts and Notes (Basics),” by P. Tsaklis. Explains the most basic and useful functions and features of the program. Emphasizes keyboard shortcuts to increase students’ speed and efficiency.

Number and Length of Classes: Three classes, scheduled approximately one week apart.
Each class will be 2 1⁄2 hours, e.g., Tuesday evening 6–8:30 P.M.
After class for 1⁄2 hour, instructor will be available to give extra help to individual students.

Date & Time: Tuesdays, January 17, 24, 31, 6:00 – 9:00pm.

Instructor: Peter Tsaklis is an Adobe Certified Expert in Premiere Pro

Fee: $60 (non-member $75)


Interviewing Techniques

Description: At the heart of any story is the interview. Getting the most from your interview subject adds layers of interest and sometimes surprising turns to your story. In this two-session class we’ll learn interview techniques that will help you conduct interviews that move your story forward, hit the points you have outlined and encourage your subject to share more than you might expect.

Learn how to balance the keys to a great interview…research, curiosity, silence and set – up.

We’ll also look at the technical aspects of the interview. How you set your shot says a lot about your attitude toward the interview subject. Take a step back and see what your shot is saying.

Instructor: Heather Aveson brings a wealth of news gathering and production experience to LTC. Most recently as News Director for Somerville Neighborhood News, Ms. Aveson produced in depth coverage of major urban issues and mentored young journalists for Somerville Cable Access Television. She began her career as a News Editor and Producer on the 10 O’Clock News with Christopher Lydon at WGBH. There she learned the highest journalistic standards and how to look beyond the obvious story. She has also worked in broadcast news in Baltimore and Atlanta.  After returning to the Boston area in 2000, Ms. Aveson worked as a freelance TV producer, and news writer for local and national outlets.

Date & Time: Wednesdays, March 1, 3; 6:00 – 8:00pm.

Fee: $60 (non-member $75) Pay by check or credit card at LTC

 


SMART PHONE VIDEO PRODUCTION

Description: You already have all the gear you need to create your own video or documentary in your pocket!  In this hands-on workshop, you will learn the foundations of real-world storytelling and how to use your iOS device to craft an insightful film using minimal gear to gain maximum access.  At the conclusion of this class, you will have created a peer-reviewed video ready for sharing online or on TV.

Requirements: All participants will be required to have an iOS device (iPhone or iPad). Please download and install iMovie for your device before the start of class.  Also, it is strongly suggested that you have a pair of headphones that have a built-in mic.  All iPhones come packaged with a pair or you can purchase a $15 pair by skull candy at Target.

Instructor Caroline Gallagher has been producing video since the 1980’s using all types of video cameras. She has produced several pieces using her iPhone and iMovie.

Date & Time: Saturday, February 11, 10:00 – 1:00pm.

Instructor: Caroline Gallagher

Fee: $25 (non-member $50) Pay by check or credit card at LTC

 


GO LIVE WITH A WORDPRESS WEBSITE

Description: This class will take a hands on approach to learning the basics of installing WordPress, picking a good design template, putting your personal design touches on your website, and extending the usefulness of WordPress with basic plugins. Then find out how to add content and images to your pages. Plus, learn some HTML and CSS to give you even more tools within WordPress. This is a two session class, with much of the second session left open to give you an opportunity to work on your own project, or practice the skills you’ve learned.

Date & Time: Two Saturdays, March 4, 11, 10:30am – 12:30pm

Instructor: Lynne Lupien

Fee: $40 (non-members $60)


 INTENSIVE WEB DESIGN 1 (not currently offered)

Description: This 3-session class is an intense, comprehensive HTML/CSS class for those who are serious about web design. The class is taught using the widely popular Wordpress. Students will be notified of any text requirement.

Date & Time: Not currently offered

Instructor: Lynne Lupien

Fee: $50 (non-member $75)


GARAGEBAND LOOPS FOR NON-MUSICIANS (not currently offered)

Description: This 1-session workshop will introduce you to the MAC’s easy-to-use music software. Even if you have no music training, you can create theme or background music for your show in no time. It’s easy and lots of fun!

Date & Time: Not currently offered

Instructor: Gloria Polites

Fee: $20 (non-members $40)


Clases de Producción de Televisión (Spanish Language TV Production) Not currently offered

En Español, aprenda a: Planificar el plan de pre y post producción. Producir su propio show de televisión. Trabajar con equipo digital de grabación.  Editar en Final Cut X (Básico). Utilizar los estudios A y B de LTC. Grabar un video y publicarlo en CLTV. Publicar en su canal local. Informar a su comunidad.

Date & Time: TBD

Instructor: Nancy Peña, Periodista y Directora de Colores Latinos TV (CLTV)

Información: Nancy Peña – Tel. 1-978-809-9426

Fee: 

 


CLASSES BY APPOINTMENT


INTRO TO MAC

Description: A one-session class for those with little or no computer experience, starting from the basics– “How do I turn this thing on?”–to keeping up in a class that uses the MAC.

Date & Time: By Appointment

Contact: Gloria Polites (gpolites@ltc.org)

Fee: Free (Non-member $20)


INTRO TO MAC FOR PC USERS

Description: A one-session class introducing PC users to the MAC and its operating system. It builds on your existing computer knowledge and examines the similarities and differences between how Macs and PCs work.

Date & Time: By Appointment

Contact: Gloria Polites (gpolites@ltc.org)

Fee: Free (Non-member $20)


OTHER LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES AT LTC

CAREER NETWORKING 101 (not currently offered))

Description: When it comes to growing your business and personal brand there’s nothing like face time (in person face time-not the iPhone app). Join us for a seminar filled with networking do’s and don’ts, including some Social Media tips!

Date & Time: Not currently offered

Presenters: Tony and Laura Rocha of EFTS Credit Card Services

Please RSVP to: ebrooks@greaterlowellchamber.org

Fee: Free 

Also see our education calendar for dates and times.