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Training FAQ

  • Q: If I already know how to use a camcorder, do I have to take a training?
    A: BCTV offers "flash certification" for producers with some video knowledge or who were trained at another access center. Contact BCTV to set up a "flash certification."

  • Q: Can I bring my own camera to the training?
    A: Yes, though the training will be geared toward BCTV's video equipment.
  • Q: If I was trained at BCTV years ago, or another access center, do I have to be re-certified?
    A: BCTV offers "flash certification" for producers with some video knowledge or who were trained at another access center. Contact BCTV to set up a "flash certification."
  • Q:What computer skills are required?
    A: If you are planning to take an editing training, you should have some familiarity with the basic MacIntosh interface. Instructors will be using terms such as "right-click" and "Go to the File menu."
  • Q: What happens if I miss one session of a workshop?
    A: In order to be "certified," you have to attend both sessions of the class. You can make up a missed session later in the year, or you can set up an individual training with staff to cover the material you missed. As an incentive to attend both sessions, BCTV requires a refundable deposit that is returned to you after completion of the class.
  • A: I have a good idea for a program, but I’m not a technical person.
    A: Video making is easier than it seems with today's technology. You can set the camera on "auto" and get your program on the channel with minimal editing. If you don't want to learn how to do it yourself, you have a few options: recruit someone who is technical to take BCTV's trainings; or click here to post your event or idea to BCTV's list of Production Requests. You may find a volunteer producer who shares your interests.