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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June 26, 2014 - 5:27pm Zach Anderson ( Production Training Mentor) is an Emerson College BFA Film Production Student from Suffield, CT, expecting to graduate in the Spring of 2015. Zach has worked on a variety of projects including short narrative fiction, short documentary, event video, weddings, commercials, and television pilots. He has a passion for Producing and all things under the umbrella of filmmaking, and is excited to bring his expertise and skills to the CCTV family! What he can help You With: Camera Shooting, Technical Assistance, Editing with Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Photoshop, Video Uploading for Web, iMovie, iDVD, DSLR Shooting, Audio Capture/Microphone Set-Up, Post-Production Troubleshooting, Pacing, Script Revision, Lighting Set-up, Script Formatting Available hours - by appointment Mondays - 5:30 - 9:30 PM. Other times available by request. You can contact Zach by email at read more
June 19, 2014 - 1:03pm Prominent Ugandan LGBT activist, John Abdallah Wambere, spoke at the Cambridge Pride Brunch, at the Cambridge City Hall on Saturday, June 14, 2014. Watch John Abdallah Wambere's remarks here and stay tuned for the video of the full program which includes remarks by Mayor David Maher, the GLBT Commission John Gintell and Aren Stone and award presentations on CCTV channels. read more
June 12, 2014 - 5:07pm In an effort to bring attention to different areas of Cambridge, Cambridge Community Television has created short video segments profiling different neighborhoods in the city. Cambridge residents host segments in which they give a tour of their neighborhood and talk about any development, real estate, and health issues while highlighting their favorite spots. In this video Mark Jaquith introduces East Cambridge. Video shot and edited by Shirin Mozaffari and Joanna Tam. Motion graphics by Menglei Han. Hosted by Mark Jaquith. read more
June 5, 2014 - 11:56am Eric writes: I recently shot a dance rehearsal using CCTV's JVC cameras. Everything seemed fine during the shoot, and the image looked good on the LCD screen, but when I went home and transferred the footage onto my computer, I realized that the footage was extremely grainy. I am pretty sure that I did not have the gain on high and cannot figure out how this could have happened. Do you have any idea of why this could have happened and is there any way to salvage the footage? Hi Eric, Sorry to hear that your footage has come out grainy. It seems like your gain setting was high without you noticing it. In JVC-GY HM600 camcorders, there are two different ways of setting your gain, one is on the body of the camera, which give you three settings, low, medium and high, the other method is to change the gain level in the menu system by going to Menu --> Camera Functions --> Switch Set --> Gain You will find that there are three gain positions, Gain H (high), Gain M (medium), and Gain L (low). The gain value of each position can be set. Increasing the sensitivity causes the footage to be grainier. JVC-GY HM600 camcorders preserve the settings of the previous user even if the... read more
May 16, 2014 - 2:11pm In this post, we take a quick look at how to create a freeze video footage in FCP X, as well as how to change clip speed. To create a freeze frame, follow the steps below: 1. In the Timeline, put your playhead on the frame you want to hold and select the clip 2. Use either the Retime menu in the Toolbar (pictured), or Modify > Retime > Hold A color coded retiming editor appears on the top of the clip (pictured) Green indicates the portion of the clip that runs at 100% speed and red indicates the portion of the clip that is frozen. 3. By default, a hold frame lasts for two seconds. Drag the right handle of the red retiming bar left or right to decrease or increase the freeze. To change clip speed: 1. In the Timeline, select a range, a whole clip, or a group of clips whose speed you want to change. 2. To apply a preset speed setting, choose Slow or Fast from the Retime pop-up menu in the toolbar (pictured), and choose a speed from the submenu. To apply a speed setting manually, choose "Normal 100%" from the Retime pop-up menu (or press Command-R) to display the Retime Editor above the selection in the Timeline, and drag the retiming handle. If you drag the retiming handle to... read more
May 15, 2014 - 5:35pm Cambridge Community Television's production interns took to the streets to capture the video messages of loving children of all ages to their mothers for Mother's Day 2014. CCTV crew: Maria Boykova, Sahar Hakim-Hashemi, and Zach Anderson. read more
April 25, 2014 - 11:42am A question that I get frequently is how to move Events and Projects used by Final Cut Pro X. Below is a step by step guide on how to move your FCPX files quickly and safely. Before you move anything, make sure that you quit Final Cut Pro! Otherwise, everything gets confused. Once FCP is quit, locate your Final Cut Events or Final Cut Projects folder in your hard drive using the Finder. Events are stored in your Final Cut Events folder and projects are stored in your Final Cut Projects folder. Open the Final Cut Events folder, and you will see an individual folder for each event. To move an Event, simply drag the ENTIRE event folder from its current Final Cut Events folder into the Final Cut Events folder on a different drive. It is important that you drag the entire folder and not just some of its contents. If you do not have a Final Cut Event folder on the drive where you are moving the project to, you can create it. Just make sure that you copy and paste the EXACT title Final Cut Events from one drive to another. Also, keep in mind that you can only have one Final Cut Events or Final Cut Projects folder per hard disk, so before creating a new folder, make sure that one does not... read more
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