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April 10, 2007 - 1:03pm Co-presented with the Alliance for Justice in the Middle East (AJME), Harvard University Where: Harvard University -- Center for Government and International Studies, Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA What: Four teenage photographers from the Balata refugee camp are touring the US, showing their work and speaking about their lives. Includes a photography exhibit from the Picture Balata workshop. Presentation at Bowie-Vernon Room (N262) Photo exhibit, musical performance, and reception at Fisher Family Commons, First Floor Entry: FREE- Donations encouraged Picture Balata : : read more
April 10, 2007 - 11:51am We kicked off the second installment of our Project Documentary class last night with wonderful presentation on ants and myrmecology, the study of ants by CCTV intern and ant scientist Amy Mertl. Little did we know that ants were so important to ecosystem. Nor did we know that ants have extremely complex societies that in many cases are more specialized than human societies. Also, did you know most ants a person encounters are female? Our second Project Documentary topic is, as you must have inferred by now, ants. Cambridge and Boston are great places to make a film about ants due to the number of great local scientists and ant collections at the area universities and musuems. The video is will be an interesting look at some of the best myrmecology in the world. We'll be posting video rough cuts, sample b-roll, thoughts and more on our collaborative group blog at If you are interested in following along, you can subscribe to the RSS feed or just watch CCTV's homepage for the highlights. If you have any questions or would like to know more about the video, please contact jason[at] Also, if you would like to take a look at the... read more
April 9, 2007 - 6:56pm Stefan Cover: Curator of the world’s largest ant collection Gary Alpert: interactions between ants and other insects, pest control Corrie Saux Moreau: ant evolution Megan Frederickson: studies ant/plant interactions E.O. Wilson: world’s most famous myrmecologist! James Traneillo: professor of sociobiology Kari Ryder Wilkie: studies ant diversity and conservation, ant-themed digital Mario Muscedere/ Noah Frank: study ant brains James McLurkin: swarming robots modeled after ants read more
April 9, 2007 - 6:06pm Welcome to the first class of the Project Documentary: Ants. This is the second edition of Project Documentary. Last year, we produced a film about Citizen Journalism that has been featured at Harvard's Citizen Media Conference, Lucy Parson's Bookstore, CCTV's Web Channel and Cable Channels, on-line and more. We are excited about the possibilities that this class presents. To watch last year's installment, view: read more
April 5, 2007 - 12:41pm "Contested Streets" film screening @ Liveable Streets Date: Apr 4 2007 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm Location: Liveable Streets Office/Gallery 70 Pacific Street, Cambridge, MA Cost is $5. Bring Your Own snacks. Beer and other drinks provided. Doors open @ 6:30pm. LivableStreets Alliance (LSA) is a Cambridge based non-profit organization that touts "urban transportation has the power to make Boston a more connected, livable city. We challenge people to think differently and to demand a system that balances transit, walking, and biking with automobiles. We promote safe, convenient, and affordable transportation for all users in urban Boston. Streets that are enjoyable to use will better support neighborhoods and small business districts. LivableStreets believes that to remain a competitive, world-class city, Boston needs a world-class transportation network – one that makes our city a better place to live, work, and play." LSA is hosting a screening of Contested Streets. "CONTESTED STREETS explores the history and culture of New York City streets from pre-automobile times to the present. This examination allows for an understanding of how the city - though the most well served by mass transit... read more
April 3, 2007 - 3:39pm Now that some folks have been using the auto-cross posting option with, I wanted to add this helpful hint into the mix. I noticed many of our bloggers are using the flip style player from blip. Though that does work great and is the default, did you know you can change the style that blip posts your videos on our site? Some of the other player styles imbed the video and look a little bit nicer. Here is how: Log in to your account. Select "Distribute" button on the left side of the browser. Click "edit" button next to the drupal blog you setup to auto cross post. (I recommend the following:) Playback Style: "in-line" Preferred Format: "Flash Video .flv" Centered Player Let me know if you find a style that works for you. Cheers! read more
April 2, 2007 - 3:17pm The Cambridge Media Map debuted at the Cambridge Arts Council “2007 Grant Recipients Celebration” at Cambridge City Hall. Selected as one of 25 grant recipients, CCTV’s media map was displayed among an impressive array of events and programs that include classical music, theatre, dance, literature and more. The goal of CAC’s Grant Program “is to encourage a vital role for the arts in the lives of Cambridge citizens in all of the City’s neighborhoods. Here is what the Cambridge Arts Council had to say about our media map: “Tour Cambridge’s dynamic arts, culture, and history with Cambridge Community Television’s (CCTV) Internet-based video map of Cambridge. Visitors to the site will be able to click on points on the map to bring up Quicktime and Flash movies related to that location.” The media map currently features ten videos ranging from historical documentaries about East Cambridge to a lively tour of quaint Huron Village with author Jay Cantor. We are currently accepting video submissions for the map. If you have a location-based video you would like profiled, please email Jason Crow, Community Technology Coordinator: jason [at] State Representative Alice... read more
March 29, 2007 - 11:42am Is that Woody? Nope, it's novelist Jay Cantor visiting the charming characters of Huron Village. TurnHere, Inc., produces Internet video for a variety of businesses across the globe including media, real estate, small businesses, travel and financial services. Our 2,000 filmmakers shoot and produce Internet videos in more than 50 countries that emotionally engage viewers with compelling, authentic stories. With deep backgrounds in media and video production, our in-house team of producers work with our partners on creative treatments and leverage the talent of our filmmaking network. We help our partners distribute their videos across the Web to a variety of partners including Google, Yahoo!, AOL and MSN. Founded in 2005, the company is privately-held and based in Emeryville, California. read more
March 29, 2007 - 11:30am Is that Woody? Nope, it's novelist Jay Cantor visiting the charming characters of Huron Village. TurnHere, Inc., produces Internet video for a variety of businesses across the globe including media, real estate, small businesses, travel and financial services. Our 2,000 filmmakers shoot and produce Internet videos in more than 50 countries that emotionally engage viewers with compelling, authentic stories. With deep backgrounds in media and video production, our in-house team of producers work with our partners on creative treatments and leverage the talent of our filmmaking network. We help our partners distribute their videos across the Web to a variety of partners including Google, Yahoo!, AOL and MSN. Founded in 2005, the company is privately-held and based in Emeryville, California. read more
March 27, 2007 - 5:42pm El Planeta, a Spanish language newspaper, recently ran an article titled “Latinos mal connectados a la red” (translated roughly to “Latinos Poorly Connected to the Internet”). The article cited a report released by the Pew Hispanic Center that concludes there is a correlation between Internet connectivity and language, especially among the immigrant populations. For instance, according to the report only “32% of the Latinos surveyed that only speak Spanish are connected to the Internet, in comparison with 78% of the Latinos who predominately speak English or 76% among bilinguals respondents.” The study also emphasizes the importance of the education level. 89% of those with college degrees are connected to the Internet in comparison with 70% of those who have secondary school diplomas and 31% of those with only basic education through primary school. We use the Internet to communicate with loved ones, find jobs, sign up for Medicare and many other important daily tasks. Though many people take connectivity to the Internet for granted, the Pew Hispanic Center report poignantly underscores the need for access to the Internet among the Spanish-only speaking population. “The... read more
March 21, 2007 - 5:35pm Most blog posts or videos on-line have a small image that gives a preview of the video. We call these small images “thumbnails” and they are the easiest way to promote the content of your video. To make a thumbnail, you’ll need an image file (JPEG, TIFF, GIF, etc.), an image processing program, a webhost (you can use CCTV to host one thumbnail per blog post) and a couple minutes. Process Your Image for the Web There are a few software applications suited for making thumbnail images. For Mac OSX, I recommend Xtralean’s ImageWell. This free program is well-suited make great looking thumbnail images. For advanced users, use Adobe’s Photoshop “Save for Web” functionality. Inkwell for MacOSX: Photoshop for Mac or PC: Size & Type Does Matter Smaller file sizes (not necessarily smaller images) work best on webpages. Here are the specifications I recommend: Photos JPEG – 200 pixels wide x 150 pixels tall, 72dpi Graphics - logos and icons GIF – 200 pixels wide x 150 pixels tall, 72dpi Post Your Image to the Web If you create a blog post on CCTV’s website, you can host the image there. Also, if you are... read more
March 16, 2007 - 3:45pm Angel Naphtalie tells you about a new coffee house that has opened in Cambridge, MA. It's called "Andala Cafe", located in the heart of Central, near the Police Station and Enterprise Car Rental, behind the First Baptist Church in The Square, corner of Franklin and River street. Can't miss it!...Nor would you want to, once have gone inside and experienced the home away from home feeling that "Andala" offers. Make sure if you stop in, you ask for "Sammi" the owner, and tell him Angel sent you, and you saw it on the web. Enjoy! - Your friend Angel Naphtalie read more
March 12, 2007 - 12:11pm Your blog and blog can mimic each other by setting up your account to autmagically cross post to your cctvcambridge blog. If you are having trouble making this work, don't fret, I am here to help. Just drop me a line at jason at I can even do it for you, if necessary. Here is how: Log-in to your account. Click on “Distribution” Click “External Blogs” Click “Add Blog” Under blogging system type, select “Drupal,” click “Next” In the admin location, type: and then click, “Next” The “API Endpoint” address is: Enter your log-in information, your username and password for Select from the drop down menu, “YourName: blog" To edit the way the post will look in your cctvcambridge blog: Go to your account and select “Distribute” Click on “Jason: blog” account and click “edit” Decide on how you want it to look working through the form. You can see a preview of the final product at the bottom of this form. There are options for a flash player, a quicktime link and many others. Click “Save.” From now on you can choose to... read more
March 9, 2007 - 3:34pm I found this photo on "flickr" photo sharing website. You can see me on the left and Tony Shawcross, Executive Director of Denver's "Deproduction" community media center. It reminded me of an amusing moment. In the middle of the frame there is the famous $100 laptop pioneered by MIT's "One Laptop Per Child" non-profit association. According to their website, "The mission of this non-profit association is to develop a low-cost laptop—the "$100 Laptop"—a technology that could revolutionize how we educate the world's children. Our goal is to provide children around the world with new opportunities to explore, experiment, and express themselves." Sadly, the two of us needed approximately five minutes to figure out how to open it up. This, however, is not a flaw, but an intentional kid friendly design. From OLPC's literature, children open it up right away. Figures. Photo credit:BB07: Attendees vs. the OLPC. Originally uploaded by Geoffrey. read more
March 8, 2007 - 11:25am The latest addition to our CanoScan family of scanners in the ComputerCENTRAL lab is the CanoScan 9950F. According to CNET editor Rebecca Viksnins, the scanner’s “blue-backlit power button and shiny, black body make it look more like a BMW than an office machine.” This machine, however, is much more than just any old scanner. The 9950F is a multi-function, digital imaging solution for any photo fanatic. Users can scan, copy, create .pdf (Adobe’s portable document format), and email image with the touch of a button on the front panel. The included adaptors can also handle slides, film negatives from 35mm up to 4 x 5 in. formats. Bring in up to thirty frames of 35mm film and the included software will batch process them. For film enthusiasts who understand the importance of resolution, the 9950F can scan at an incredible 4800 x 9600 dpi color resolution, 48-bit color depth and over 281 trillion possible colors. I didn’t there were 281 trillion possible colors. The only feature it lacks, I guess, is a cup holder. Here is a quickstart guide for use in our lab: CanoScan 9950F Quickstart. read more
March 6, 2007 - 7:34pm The following techniques for promoting your show largely apply to local Cambridge residents promoting their cable television show. BeLivers take note. For those producers who want promote their show on the Internet, that tutorial is forthcoming. However, you can take these concepts and easily apply them to the web world. Remember, the best promotion is still word-of-mouth. Identify Your Audience: Who do you think will be interested in your program? Whom do you want to reach? How can you best reach them? Create Cohesive Promotional Materials: Flyer (typically 8.5” x 11” or larger) Handbill (postcard-size flyer) Business Card (free printing at Press Release Public Service Announcement for Radio and/or Television Broadcast Develop mailing/posting list for your promotional materials: Make a list of local businesses that have agreed to allow you post flyers Gather contact information of local newspapers, magazines and radio stations, including name, email address, telephone number and physical address. Distribute Your Promotional Materials: Email or snail mail your press release to contacts Make follow-up phone calls to contacts Post flyers in business windows... read more
March 2, 2007 - 2:36pm Here are some real easy examples of ways to use tags. The first one is New England Stories. It's as simple as stated on the website: "[o]nce you have a video you want to submit, head over to and post it with the tag newenglandstories. The site's admin, Steve Garfield, will then recieve notice, either through RSS or by manually searching, that a new video has been posted with the tag "newenglandstories." This video can then be published and displayed on the New Englad Stories website either automatically (via RSS) or by hand. Check out the webpage: created by Steve Garfield New England Stories is inspired by Minnesota Stories: created by Chuck Olsen read more
March 2, 2007 - 1:51pm Felicia Sullivan started the conversation about tagging conventions on the ACM listserv. I am interested in if anyone wants come up with some general guidelines. Once we agreed upon them, I we could send it out as a flyer and start creating RSS feeds based on them. Below is a suggestion for tagging conventions for public, educational and government access: Thus, a video from Cambridge Community television would be tagged like so: pubaccess ne ma cctvcambridge Thought this would help the discussion move forward. read more
February 28, 2007 - 4:47pm CCTV is hoping to have 100% digital playback from our video server by September 2007. To facilitate this transition, we are taking a number of steps. The first step is to translate your Final Cut Pro projects into MPEG2. This is a relatively easy transfer from a full resolution Quicktime movie (.mov) to MPEG2 using Mainconcept Encoder. Linked here is a .pdf tutorial I made to help people with making an MPEG2's for server playback. OR Be on the look out in the future for Final Cut Studio that has MPEG2 exporting built into its Compression program. read more
February 26, 2007 - 12:09pm This was posted by Mike Wassenaar, Executive Director of St. Paul Neighborhood Network, on his blog: "Here’s something fun from 2006. George Stoney, NYU professor, filmmaker and community television innovator, came to the Twin Cities as a guest of ACM Midwest and Macalester College. During the week, he met with students at Macalester, and presented a screening of Getting Out, his recent film on incarceration and men’s lives. In part one, we talk about Challenge for Change, the Alternative Media Center and the development of U-S access centers: In part two, we talk about creative, structural and political issues affecting community television:" read more