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 Community Media Center Update

I hope you're well and in good spirits.
It finally feels as though we're actually going to have warm weather on a consistent basis moving forward. I hope you had the opportunity to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather.

Speaking of opportunity, I would like to invite you to take advantage of the improvements we're making at Access Framingham.

We've recently upgraded the technology in the member edit bays and installed new desks to create a more spacious environment. Older mismatched chairs will soon be replaced by matching, multi-positioning, comfortable new chairs.
As a result of these changes, member and intern feedback has been great now that editing is more enjoyable with faster processing and less downtime.

As you'll see we're also scheduling more edit workshops so you can take advantage of your membership and the recent upgrades in a more relaxed, efficient and supportive environment. So, stop by and see how things are changing and how you can continue to develop your skills to tell the stories you want to see on television. 

We also launched a three-part studio workshop that introduces participants to the different roles and responsibilities of each studio crew position and how technology i n the studio and control room functions to create a television program. This hands-on workshop provides a greater understanding of how to produce a quality studio program and, of course, how much fun it is to collaborate with others to create the magic of television.

I would like to publicly say, 'thank you' to our interns. We had a wrap party for them with cookies and ice cream as an offer of appreciation as they head home for their much deserved summer break.
We enjoyed teaching them how to put together news packages, feature stories, meet deadlines, make mistakes and experience how it feels to anchor a newscast. During ice cream consumption, they shared individual stories of their fears, achievements, failures and what they learned along the way. They had a lot of fun and did a great job. We wish them continued success in all their endeavors!
In closing, I would like to remind all of you that this is your media access center and we want you to know we're here for you. So, feel free to let us know how we can continue to help you share the stories of the community.

We can't cover every Framingham event and activity, but we can definitely cover a whole lot more if we have the opportunity to show you how. There are plenty of shoots available this month for volunteers. Let's do it together for Framingham.
Scott Mercer
Executive Director
Access Framingham TV

Upcoming Shoots and Events 
New Artist in the Gallery-Robert D. McArthur
We are inviting everyone to come out to the Opening Reception for our newest artist in the Gallery at Access Framingham.
Please join us on May 19th from 5:30-7:00pm to welcome Robert D. McArthur and his "Rusty Old American Dreams" Exhibit.
Robert has been taking photographs for as long as he can remember. He found he was most often drawn to derelict automobiles and machinery found in nature. This retrospective is a culmination of twenty years of seeking out lost mechanics in unusual settings.
Robert McArthur is a Framingham Resident, the Conservation Agent for the Town of Framingham and a longtime volunteer and friend of Access Framingham.
Meet the artist, mingle with community members, have some refreshments and view the work of Framingham's Conservation Agent, Robert D. McArthur. For more information call 508-875-5434 or email
.  The Gallery at Access Framingham hours are Wednesdays and Sundays from 4pm-7pm, Thursdays and Fridays from 12pm-4pm, and by appointment or chance.

Upcoming Workshops at AF-TV

June 1st  7-9pm
Multicamera Edit with Final Cut Pro 
When you record a presentation, concert, or other activity with two or more camcorders, you use multicamera editing to combine the footage from these camcorders into a single program. In this workshop you will learn how to create and edit a multicam clip in Final Cut Pro X.
Prerequisites: Introduction to Final Cut Pro X; editing and delivering a single-camera project in Final Cut Pro X 

Special Daytime Class!
Introduction to Final Cut Pro X
June 9, 16 & 23- 11:00am-1:00 pm
This Basic FCP X Workshop is your introduction to using this powerful industry-standard editing software. In this workshop, you will explore how to set up your Final Cut Pro X library, event, and project; import footage; perform basic editing; add transitions, titles, and effects.

New Member Orientation and Camcorder Jumpstart!
June 15th, 7-8:30pm
New and returning members are welcome to come tour AF-TV, learn about membership benefits, and take a quick tutorial on our JVC cameras.  Guests are very welcome! 

We are still looking for a few folks that may be ready to direct and produce a show.  Several members have expressed interest in creating Comedy, and Political Talk shows. 

It is the time of year when we say, 'Thanks and farewell!' to our Spring Interns.  Matt is Graduating from Framingham State University and Latifa is Graduating from Roxbury Community College. Amber will return to FSU in the Fall.  They did some excellent work this year and we wish them the best of luck in the future!
Matt_ Amber and Latifa_ Spring Interns 2016

T hanks everyone & we hope to see you soon at Access Framingham!

Upcoming Shoots and Events
Lots of great events happening in Framingham!
Please let us know if you can tape any of these upcoming events.
info@accessfram or call 508-875-5434

The Real Estate Show
May 17th, 3pm
Studio crew needed

Travels With Jack
May 17th, 6pm
Studio crew needed
Wednesday, May 18th 5:30-8:30
ESL Fund Gala

Sheraton Framingham
Support for the program that helps people learn English
Camera Operator and Reporter requested
Wednesday, May 18th 7:00-9:00  
Studio Production Workshop PT II 
If you missed the first night, you are still welcome to attend this week, please RSVP 
Thursday, May 19th, 5:30-7:00
Artist Rob McArthur-Reception
The Gallery at Access Framingham
All are welcome

Sunday May 22nd-3:00pm
Ham Jams with Kate Diaz
Need 3 camera ops and Audio for this studio shoot

Tuesday May 24, 6:00pm
The Framingham Beat
AF-TV Studios
Pizza at 6:00 Shoot at 7:00
All are welcome to help us produce this Magazine Style News program

Thursday, May 26th, 6:00pm
Framingham Preservation Awards 
Edgell Memorial Library-FHC 
The Framingham Historical Commission is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016
Preservation Achievement Awards. These projects have helped to preserve and promote important pieces of
Framingham's history.  
Camera Operator & Reporter Requested for Beat Story & full show 
Wednesday, June 1st 7:00-9:00pm
Multi-camera Edit with FCP X
When you record a presentation, concert, or other activity with two or more camcorders, you use multicamera editing to combine the footage from these camcorders into a single program. In this workshop you will learn how to create and edit a multicam clip in Final Cut Pro X.
Sessions: 1

Thursday, June 2nd, 5:00pm
Novel Ideas
Studio Shoot
3 Camera Operators, audio requested

Tuesday, June 7
The Framingham Beat
AF-TV Studios
AF-TV Studio Shoot
Pizza at 6:00 Shoot at 7:00
All are welcome to help us produce this Magazine Style News program

Thursday, June 9th, 11:00am-1:00pm
FCP X Edit
Space is limited!
Please RSVP

Wednesday, June 15st 
Member Orientation and Camcorder Jumpstart! 
Learn more about AF-TV membership and participate in our Camcorder workshop, learning the basics of our JVC cameras 
Please RSVP and invite your friends and neighbors
More Shoot Opportunities are added all the time!  Check out our website Calendar section or give us a call. 
Friend and Member of Access Framingham

Framingham Public Library 

Image is a link to FPL
May is a big month for Framingham Public Library!  Many special events with Framingham Reads Together and the Grand Opening Celebration for the McAuliffe Branch Library.
AF-TV works with Framingham Public Library all year covering many interesting events and activities. 

May 2016
AF-TV Closed 5/30
Access Framingham will be closed for
the Memorial Day Holiday on May 30th
If you need assistance with camera pick up or return, please let us know.

New Computer Hard Drive Policy!
We are wiping ALL AF-TV 
Edit Room Computer Internal Drives
of footage and projects
 Every Friday!

If you have footage on a drive you want to keep, please transfer  it to your personal external drive.
Folks have been saving projects to the internal drives and severely slowing down the machines. 
 Feel free to contact us with any questions.
Thank You!  

The Framingham Beat

If you have a story idea for a future edition of our bi-weekly news magazine,
 Contact AF-TV at

Frank's Tech Tip 
Frame Rates and Shutter Speeds

Frame Rate refers to the number of individual frames that comprise each second of video you record, also known as FPS (frames per second.) The most common frame rates in video are 24, 25 and 30 frames per second.
The greater the FPS, the smoother the video motion appears. Full-motion video is usually 30 FPS or greater. Different formats of video files have different FPS rates. Slower FPS rates produce smaller computer files.
Shutter Speed refers to the amount of time that each individual frame is exposed for. For example, if you set your camera's shutter speed to 60, that means that each frame is being exposed for 1/60th of a second. Depending on the camera you are using and the frame rate you have selected, you are probably shooting at either 24, 25 or 30 frames per second and exposing each individual frame for 1/100th of a second.
As a rule of thumb, you want the denominator of your shutter speed to be approximately double the number of frames per second that you are recording .
Even though we generally set the denominator of the shutter speed to be double the number of frames per second, you can achieve some interesting stylistic effects by straying from the norm. Shutter speed can have a very noticeable effect on the look of your video, particularly when it comes to motion. A fast shutter speed such as 1/400th of a second will produce a series of crisp frames that have a choppy look when played back. A slow shutter speed such as 1/30th of a second, on the other hand, will produce a series of slightly blurred frames that have a smoother look when played back.

Happy Shooting! 

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Our Volunteer of the Year
Recently Graduated from RCC with a
Certificate in Production

We wish her well as she continues
her studies in Communication

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AF-TV Staff 

Executive Director

Scott Mercer


Assistant Director

Francesca Cerutti-Harris


Production Coordinator 

Frank Morello


Education Channel Manager

Michael Goodman  


Education Channel Coordinator

Derek Sacks  


Studio Operation Coordinator

Shavarsh Morrissey 


 Administrative Assistant

Laurel Moss 


Studio Assistant 

Jared Greenberg


All Staff