COVIDEO Festival Welcomes Your Submissions

CMCM presents the first (and hopefully only) COVIDEO Festival.

What are you doing to cope with COVID-19? Gardening like crazy? Cooking up a storm? Getting out of Dodge? Share your pandemic perspective!

Create a short (2 minutes or less) video on your smartphone, then email it to: programming@cmcm.tv. CMCM will create a compilation and show it on Marin TV.

Spread the word! Not the virus!

CMCM Offering Curbside Service

After three months of required closure due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Community Media Center of Marin is now able to offer curbside equipment check-outs/ins on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 12 – 6 PM.

Camera-certified members who wish to check out equipment may do so by making a Reservation on the CMCM website. Please call the Front Desk at (415) 721-0636 x14 when you arrive. A Station Assistant (wearing mask and gloves) will bring the equipment to your car.

Equipment picked up on a Tuesday must be returned that Saturday; equipment picked up on Saturday must be returned the next Tuesday. Should a pick-up or return be delayed, members must call CMCM immediately at (415) 721-0636 x14. Please leave a detailed voicemail message if necessary.

Workshops and studio usage is still not possible at this point. But as soon as Marin County authorities give us the "green light," CMCM will re-open with required protocols in place for the continued health and safety of our staff and members. Stay tuned!

Cabin Fever? Share a Video with Marin TV

Spending too much time at home alone? Fire up your smartphone or laptop and share your tips for coping with the rest of Marin. Are you gardening, cooking, woodworking, writing a screenplay? Got a program or news story you want to discuss or share? You can submit programs to air on Marin TV electronically without having to leave home, then tune into Channel 26 to see the results.

If you post your videos to YouTube, Vimeo or DropBox - just send us the link. If you want to upload files to our dropbox, just ask.

We have a handy form you can fill out here to submit programs! https://cmcm.tv/online

Virtual Media Mixer TONIGHT -- Wednesday, August 5

Long time no see!

Reconnect with CMCM members and staff at a Virtual Media Mixer TONIGHT -- Wednesday, August 5 (7 - 8:30 PM). Host Mariposa de Los Angeles will be joined by CMCM Director of Operations Jill Lessard and Director of Education & Production Omid Shamsapour to fill you in on what's been happening at the center while we've been shut down due to COVID-19, and answer any questions you might have.

This Virtual Media Mixer will be held via Zoom -- everybody's new best friend! Please register by emailing jill@marintv.org. We'll send you the link to join the meeting a day or two in advance.

Hope to "see" you soon!

"Time To Zoom" Workshop August 26

Time to Zoom? Proceed with Omid!

In these days of social distancing, everybody's new best friend is Zoom. Feeling shy about inviting this video communications platform into your life? After this FREE one-session workshop on Wednesday, August 26 (7 - 8:30 PM), you and Zoom will be feeling like "besties."

Let Omid Shamsapour, CMCM's Director of Education & Production, guide you through the basics of this cool communications technology -- via Zoom, of course! -- so you can stay connected and be productive during this challenging COVID-19 crisis. You'll be feeling comfortable and confident in no time. And isn't that what best friends are for?

Sign up for this FREE "Time To Zoom" presentation -- offered for the second time due to popular demand! -- by emailing jill@marintv.org

RockSteadyFest Virtual Concert SATURDAY @ 6 PM

RockSteadyFest presents a Virtual Concert of Local Marin Musicians on Saturday, September 19 at 6 PM on Marin TV Channel 30. Tune in!

RockSteadyFest believes Recovery and Healthy Living and Having Fun are the best ways to handle stress during these hard times, and want to remind everyone that they are not alone. Join us in Celebration of Recovery Month and Support Your Local Artists.

"marINSANITY" returns via Zoom Monday, August 17

"marINSANITY," Marin TV's crazy funny stand-up comedy show, returns Monday, August 17. Want a few laughs? Who doesn’t these days? Join the fun via Zoom at 7 PM for some laughs, compliments of the Bay Area's best and brightest comedians. Sign up to get your Zoom "invitation link" before 6 PM on Monday by emailing jill@marintv.org. We hope to see you in our virtual audience!

Drake High School 2020 Graduation - Relive the Ceremony on Marin TV

Congrats again, Pirates! And again, and again ...

By popular demand, Marin TV will replay the Drake High School 2020 Graduation ceremony, which aired live on the Education Channel (Comcast 30) on Friday, June 12. The original cablecast and live stream reached an international audience of friends and family members, from Marin to Madrid, Oakland to Aukland, Toronto to Tokyo.

Watch the pomp and circumstance encore on Marin TV's Education Channel 30 or online at marintv.org/30 on the following dates (all times are Pacific Standard):

June replays:
Fri, June 19 (3-6 PM)
Sat, June 20 (12-3 PM)
Fri, June 27 (3-6 PM)
Sat, June 28 (12-3 PM)

July replays:
Fri, July 3 (3-6 PM)
Sat, July 4 (12-3 PM)
Fri, July 10 (3-6 PM)
Sat, July 11 (12-3 PM)

The Community Media Center of Marin offers kudos and well wishes to 2020 grads throughout the globe!

Drake High School Graduation LIVE on Marin TV Friday, June 12 (2:30 - 6:00 PM)

Congratulations, Pirates!

The Sir Francis Drake High School Class of 2020 isn't letting the COVID-19 pandemic ruin their graduation plans. Seniors will receive their diplomas in an innovative "Drive Through" ceremony at the school on Friday, June 12 from 3:00-6:00 PM

Respecting social distancing protocol, Principal Liz Seabury, with Assistant Principals Chad Stewart and Nate Severin, will pass out diplomas to graduates, who will demonstrate their Drake Pride as they step out of their cars dressed in green caps & gowns.

Drake's ComAcad students will crew the production under the supervision of instructors John MacLeod (Director at XRLibraries and Marinovation Learning Center) and Omid Shamsapour (Director of Education & Production at the Community Media Center of Marin). The ComAcad team will then be assigned a Summer project to edit the live footage and create a final graduation piece later in the year. Stay tuned!

Don't Settle for Bad Sound. Like Your Mic!

"There's a reason the A is listed first in AV. It's audio/visual not visual/audio," says Master Communications Group, a highly experienced team of Minneapolis video production professionals.

"Amateur producers often focus too much on the video side of a project and forget the importance of the audio. Poorly recorded sound will kill a video more than poor video quality. When you watch a video and the audio quality is not good, the first thing your brain says is, 'The picture looks bad.' Here is just a short list of what can make an interview sound like Charlie Brown's teacher:

• Using a camera mic for the interview
• Improper placement of microphone
• Wrong microphone chosen for the task
• Using a phone to shoot the interview

The bottom line is: your video is only as good as your sound.”

Our friends at PhillyCAM (Philadelphia Community Access Media) have created a few short videos that will help you choose and use the best mic for your video. Watch and learn!

Boom Mic Tutorial
Handheld Tutorial