Production Equipment and Facilities

Production Equipment and Facilities

We offer access to production equipment, facilities, and resources for making your own media.

Below is a list of our production equipment and facilities. Use of gear and facilities is available free of charge for members working on productions to be shown on CCTV's channels, and is available at commercial rental rates for non-CCTV use. To determine if you are eligible for free equipment use, read about the Production Contract.

CCTV Live Studio

The CCTV Live studio is an open forum for the expression of ideas, politics, culture, news, and more. This user friendly, single-camera studio enables any Cambridge resident or organization to have a 27-minute or 57-minute live program on Channel 9 without elaborate equipment training. Any Cambridge resident may have a one-time CCTV Live show without becoming a member. Access Membership is required for an ongoing weekly or monthly series. Slots are available on a first come, first served basis. To request a Live slot, please submit a request form.

Live Multi-Camera Studio

We have a 25' x 25', three camera, fully lighted, digital video studio and master control room. A six member crew can operate the studio with our Broadcast Pix Mica digital switcher, 24 channel audio mixer, Inscriber CG system and record on portable SSD cartridges. This studio has been used for film, photo, video, and audio productions and we have the ability to go live to Cambridge cable subscribers.

Portable Cameras and DSLRs

Our digital video cameras range from 3-ccd JVC HD camcorders to Canon DSLRs. Our camera equipment is always changing and upgrading, see our rate card for a complete listing.

Portable Audio Equipment

Our audio equipment is specialized for video recordings, and we have a variety of microphones (omni, cardiod, directional, lav) with any of the cords or adapters you may need. We have field audio mixers and portable audio recording devices in our stock as well.

Computer Labs and Classrooms

Our computer labs are fully outfitted with professional digital video editing packages and digital photography tools, as well as top of the line web production and encoding tools. It's also a great place to check your email or browse the web if you don't have a computer of your own. Our labs are open daily on a drop-in basis and staffed by trained interns who provide hands-on computer assistance as needed. All drop-in hours are free to CCTV’s Affiliate and Access members. Non-members must pay $5.00 per visit, except Sunday and Tuesday. Learn more about computerCENTRAL.

Private Editing Suites

Our digital video editing workstations are Mac OS X platforms running Final Cut Pro X software. CCTV will also lend you temporary use of a portable firewire hard drive in order to store your video media while you are editing.