Shirin Mozaffari

CCTV , Cambridge MA
I am a documentary filmmaker and an educator, graduated from School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an MFA. I am responsible for CCTV's media and technology training program. I also organize members and interns to shoot and edit coverage of community events in Cambridge.
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April 10, 2014 - 11:12am Cambridge Uncovered is a quarterly studio series produced as a collaboration between CCTV’s production department and the NeighborMedia program. The program is designed to be an informative panel discussion touching on elements relevant to the Cambridge Community. The first episode of Cambridge Uncovered, titled "Arts for the Ages" was shot on Friday, March 14th. Guests included, Cinthia Pineda and Mohammad Sayed, participants in CCTV's Youth Media Program and Peter DiMuro, Executive Director of the Dance Complex in Cambridge. NeighborMedia participants included Siobhan Bredin and Beverly Mire. Production group members involved in the production included Rocco Calvi, Anjan Biswas, Erik Brown, Sahar Hakim-Hashemi, and Maria Boykova. Cambridge Uncovered, Episode 1: "Arts for the Ages" Showtimes CCTV Cambridge Channel 9: Fridays, 6 to 7 p.m., April 11 to May 2 Saturdays, 8 to 9 p.m., April 12 to May 3 Sundays, noon to 1 p.m., April 13 to May 4 read more
April 3, 2014 - 1:15pm Stephanie wrote:Dear Shirin, I did a multi-camera shoot over the weekend, but unfortunately forgot to white balance both cameras. As a result, the clips shot with the main camera look perfect, but the ones shot with the secondary camera are blue/green and washed out. Is there a way that I can match the color of the clips in FCPX? Thanks, Stephanie Dear Stephanie, Yes, you can! And it is actually fairly easy to do in FCPX. As you know already, you can always, automatically and manually color balance in FCPX. I will discuss manual white balancing in another article, but if you want to do it automatically, select the clip in the timeline that has color problems. To correct problems in exposure or color cast, select Balance Color from the Magic Wand menu. The keyboard shortcut is Option+Command+B. To disable or remove, this correction, uncheck Balance Color. Although Auto Balance Color does a pretty good job of color correcting, for files that are too dark or saturated, you will be better off manually white balancing. Now in order to match color between two clips -- select the clip with bad color, then, go back to the Magic Wand menu and select Match Color (see picture attached). The... read more
March 6, 2014 - 12:58pm Thanks to many helping hands, Cambridge held its 4th Many Helping Hands / Cambridge MLK Day of Service on January 20, 2014 in Central Square, Cambridge at City Hall, Cambridge Senior Center, and the Cambridge Family YMCA. Hundreds of volunteers came together to work on service projects that touch the lives of thousands in need in Cambridge. The volunteers spanned in age from 2 to 92 years old. They came from different backgrounds, different neighborhoods, different faiths, different ethnicities. They came to work together following Dr. Martin Luther King’s exhortation: “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.” For more information about MLK Day of Service email : read more
February 20, 2014 - 3:57pm Happy Valentine's Day from CCTV! Watch Cambridge residents give shout outs to their loved ones. Video shot by Sahar Hakim-Hashemi, Kent Thompson, Todd Rapisarda, Steve Sillari, and Bil Lewis. NeighborMedia Journalists: Beverly Mire, Kristina Kehrer, and Estefania Moralejo. read more
February 4, 2014 - 11:37am Dear Producer, I am a bit confused about the export settings with FCPX. Can you elaborate on how to create a master file and how to export directly onto Vimeo and Youtube. Thanks,Sarah Hi Sarah, To export your finished timeline in FCP X, you will need to use the ‘Share’ options. Go to File > Share When you hover your mouse over share, a sub menu pops up with some share option, to get even more options, select “Add Destination” Depending on how you use FCP-X, you can share your project file in a few different ways. Let’s look at them one by one Creating a Master There are two ways you can do this. You can use the: 1. Master File, or 2. Export File Both these options are kept separate, though they do the same thing. The Master File option is unchangeable, while the Export File option can be customized. When you click either, a master file window will pop up. Once you click Settings, you can choose the following: 1. Format – Video and Audio, Video only or Audio only 2. Video codec 3. Check box to include Chapter markers. 4. Open with – You can select Quicktime to playback your file immediately after export, or ‘Do Nothing’, etc. Once you have customized your options, click next... read more
January 23, 2014 - 3:25pm Do you have an idea for a project that needs just a little extra push to get started? Are technical difficulties preventing you from finishing a project? Are you in the middle of a project and are having a bit of trouble wrapping things up? Do you just need to discuss CCTV’s policies and procedures in relation to your production contract? All CCTV members with a current production contract are now eligible to sign up for a half an hour one on one advising session with the Production Coordinator, Shirin. Whatever your needs may be, we will help you along in your process in order to make your ideas come to fruition! The dates/times are Wednesdays, 7-8pm and Thursdays, 1-2pm. Please or 617-401-4006 to sign up for a half hour time slot. read more
January 16, 2014 - 2:12pm CCTV is developing a quarterly series, titled “Cambridge Uncovered”, in collaboration with NeighborMedia. The Program is designed to be an informative panel discussion touching on topics relevant to Cambridge community. We are currently looking for members who are interested in getting involved in the production of the program, including directors, technical directors, camera operators and sound facilitators. No experience in studio production is necessary. We will be upgrading the studio system later this month. so the crew will be trained on how to operate the studio. This is a great opportunity to get hands on production experience and to collaborate with other members at CCTV. If you are interested in taking part in the production of this new and exciting program, contact Shirin at shirin@cctvcambrige. org or 617-401-4006. read more
January 15, 2014 - 1:45pm Dear Producer, I am new to FCP X and am currently working on my very first project on it. I am keeping my original clips in a folder on a drive, along with my FCP project. While organizing the project, I re-named some of the clips. Next time I opened the project file, I noticed that all the clips look red and they are disconnected. I know how to reconnect media in FCP 7, but not 10. Can you help me reconnect the files? Would I still be able to connect them even though I have changed the name of the files? I would hate to have to re-start the project as I have already spent many hours working on it. Thanks, Max Dear Max, This is a very common issue and usually occurs when the editor either moves, renames or in any way alters the original clips. In any case, manually relinking clips in Final Cut Pro X is possible as long as the files have the same resolution and codec as the original files. They must also have the same frame rate and similar audio channels. Follow the steps below to reconnect your media. In the Event Browser, select the clips you want to relink, 1. Choose File > Relink Event Files 2. The Relink Files window appears - To locate all the matching files: Click... read more
December 20, 2013 - 1:31pm Dear Producer, I was shooting a concert with one of CCTV's JVC HD cameras over this last weekend. I had maybe 90 minutes of video files that looked great. But there is a problem with the very last video file of that day - and it's the best part of the concert! This file would not open in Final Cut Pro. FCPX would show an error message that said "Unsupported file type". QuickTime, MPEG Streamclip, and a bunch of free programs I downloaded off the web couldn't open or fix it either. Do you know how I can save this file? I'm going CRAAAZZY! Thanks,Mr. Videographer Hi Mr. Videographer! This problem occurs when the camera operator does not turn the camera off before removing the battery or the SD cards, and since the trouble is with only the last video file of the day, I am guessing that is what happened. To avoid this problem, make sure the camera is turned off before inserting or removing a card or changing the batteries. Good news is that there is a way to recover your file! Follow the steps below. Put your card back into the JVC Hd camera. Go to main menu -->media-->restore media The camera will take a few seconds to repair your media, and then you should be good to... read more
December 18, 2013 - 7:55pm Watch this video to learn about production opportunities at CCTV and how you can take advantage of them. read more