January News from the Open Media Foundation

January 2014
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In this Issue
January Classes
DOM Producer Spotlight
DOM Equipment Profile
First Friday, January 3
OMF Video Spotlight
Colorado Channel
New OMF Team Member
 January Classes
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Tuesdays, January 7, 14, 21, and 28

Wednesday, January 8

Thursday, January 9
Wednesday, January 15

Thursday, January 16

Saturday, January 19
Wednesday and Thursday, January 22 and 23


Saturday, December 25

Wednesday and Thursday, January 29 and 30

Saturday, February 1

Tuesday, February 4

Wednesday, February 5

Thursday, February 6
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Final Cut Pro X Workshop
Final Cut Pro X Workshop
Producer Spotlight: Bill Freud
Bill Freud (center) with Nancy Ulrich and State Senator Greg Brophy


DOM producer Bill Freud is co-producer of the show  Far More Colorado, an interview show which provides a forum for people making a difference in Colorado. Bill is the recent winner of the Top-Rated DOM Show Independent Voice Award, given at the 7th anniversary celebration of DOM in December, for his show Heartfelt Christmas.
How did you become interested in creating media?
My mother, Farmor, first got me interested in television.  She worked for over 20 years at a public access station in Fairfax, Virginia and watches DOM via streaming media.  I purchased my first video camera in the mid 1990s when my children were born. After making a number of home movies and covering their elementary school events, friends began asking me to produce video for weddings, anniversaries, and other special events.
DOM Equipment Profile - Steadicam Merlin



Have you ever wanted to add a Steadicam to your video project? Steadicams have been used since the 1970s to add smooth camera movements, even in rough terrain. Denver Open Media has a Steadicam Merlin available for rental. You can also learn how to operate the Steadicam by taking the Intro to Steadicam Workshop at OMF. The class covers basic operation of the Steadicam, with and without the accompanying arm and vest. And the class also comes with a free Steadicam rental from DOM!
 First Friday at Denver Open Media, January 3
On the first Friday of each month, DOM hosts a free community event with local performance groups, musical acts and nonprofit partners. These events are broadcast live on Comcast Channel 57 in Denver as well as streamed on DOM's website.  Events are cablecast and streamed live in Denver Open Media's Studio A.  

Join DOM on the First Friday of 2014 with a live musical performance by Denver indie/folk band Far Off Coast. The band is made up of indie veterans Jodi Jones and Landon L. Gow, along with bassist George Hirtle and violinist Laura Kasch. Check out some of their songs on their Facebook BandPage.




Friday, January 3
Doors at 6:30 pm
Live Show 7 - 9 pm
Denver Open Media Studios
700 Kalamath Street, Denver, CO
and beverages by Breckenridge Brewery
OMF Video Spotlight: Ashoka - Start Empathy
Ashoka - Start Empathy Video
Ashoka - Start Empathy Video

Start Empathy, an initiative of Ashoka, is a community of individuals and institutions dedicated to building a future in which every child masters empathy.
Empathy is the ability to understand the feelings and perspectives of others, and to use that understanding to guide one's actions. It is critical both to individual human development and to our collective ability to solve problems and build a stronger society.
Start Empathy is not out to build a single program, curriculum, or silver-bullet fix. Rather, they are working to unleash demand for empathy as a core 21st century skill - collaborating with social entrepreneurs, educators, parents, and key players in the media, business, and academic sectors to make empathy as essential as reading and math in early education. Start Empathy believes that success will take all of us, and will require rethinking how we parent, educate, and raise our children in a world that is changing faster than ever before.
The above video was made for Ashoka by the Open Media Foundation. For more about OMF's video production services, contact Brandon Stiller at brandon@openmediafoundation.org.
Coverage of State Legislature Begins on January 8

The Colorado Channel, operated by the Open Media Foundation, will begin live coverage of the Colorado State Legislature on January 8. The first day of the 2014 session will feature the State of the State address by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper.
The Colorado Channel is available on Comcast channel 165 in Denver. Live and archived sessions of both the House and the Senate are also available on coloradochannel.net.
The Colorado Channel's website video is powered by the Open Media Project, a project of the Open Media Foundation.
Intern with the Colorado Channel! Want to help with the live coverage of the Colorado State Legislature? Consider an internship with the Colorado Channel. Visit openmediafoundation.org/internship and look for the State Capitol Production Intern position listing.
Meet Susannah McLeod
OMF's New Manager of Nonprofit Video Production
Please join us in welcoming our newest team member, Susannah McLeod. Susannah started at Open Media Foundation as a Production/Editing intern. After learning what OMF does for the community, she was stoked to join the team. Susannah also works as a producer and co-host of a travel show, Sus & Chlo on the Go.
Cables - Have You Lost Your Connection?

Most people don't consider how important a small thing like a cable is to their production. Most people throw them in a bag or squish them into their camera case without considering that they could be hurting their production quality. Cables are essentially very thin wires with a rubber or plastic coating and some insulation to protect them but as you know, the cables need to be flexible so the protection is somewhat limited. Most wires, upon being bent over and over again in multitudes of different directions will break or lose their ability to effectively act as a conductor. So, in order to slow the pace of wear and tear it is important to wrap and store cables correctly.


Many of you who have already taken the Intro to Studio Production class have learned the professional way to wrap cables. This "Over/Under" technique takes some practice but it is well worth learning if you want to safeguard your equipment and be seen as a professional among your peers.


Here is a video to help you with this technique:


The Art of Wrapping Cable


Once you get it down, you will be wrapping your garden hoses and AC cables this way too! It keeps them from getting tangled as well as preserving their useful life.