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 CTAM Archives

Details: http://archive.org/details/mainecommunitytvarchives

List of Submissions: http://archive.org/search.php?query=collection%3Amainecommunitytvarchives&sort=-publicdate

Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/CTAM-Archive-Project/184144901703421

Through the generous support from the Maine Humanities Council and the Maine State Archives, the Community Television Association of Maine (CTAM) has received grant funds to begin an exciting, new archival project.

An invitation is being extended to all community television stations in Maine to participate by submitting existing video of historical events and topics unique to local people and places which will be cataloged and preserved on archive.org. Through archive.org these materials can be accessed from a centralized data base from anywhere there is an internet connection with a few key search terms. This will be a valuable resource for individuals, groups, schools, genealogists and all those who wish to research and preserve the local community history and culture.

Belfast Community Television has been selected as the site where this project will be coordinated by Archivist, Anne Allee with technical oversight by Ned Lightner, Station Manager.

Inquiries are welcome at ctamarchive@gmail.com

Programs for submission should be sent in DVD format to:

CTAM Archive Project
c/o Belfast Community Media
93 Main Street
Suite 3
Belfast,ME 04915

Download the following PDF files for more information:

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Special Note: The PDF and Excel spread sheet files containing listings of community television access centers in Maine have been removed from this resources page as we are now maintaining this listing in an expanded form as an interactive database that may be updated at any time by authorized access center managers.  Please visit the Centers page to display a searchable and sortable listing from which you may generate your own customized PDF file.  You may also wish to visit the Contact page to obtain a listing of e-mail addresses for Maine access centers and the Links page for a listing of centers with websites.

If you are an access center manager and you have not yet registered as a CTAM website user, please do so as soon as possible so that we may then authorize you to update your center's contact and other information.  You can even add your center's logo and a photo to be displayed with along with your center's detailed information.


CTAMessenger - CTAM's Newsletter

The CTAM newsletter is published three times each year - winter, spring/summer, and fall and is made available in PDF form on this website as well as emailed to Maine access channels and various other individuals and organizations on our mailing list. For more information or to submit stories, photos, or make suggestions please contact CTAMessenger Editor Brian Knoblock at newsletter@ctamaine.org. Advertising opportunities are also available for access related equipment vendors/manufacturers or service providers in both the newsletter and on this website.

PegMedia.org Media Sharing for PEG Stations

It started pretty simply.  The Maine show "Second Act" was being produced, but had lost the sponsor for distributing the DVD’s, so an alternative was needed.  That was the first step.

Then there were other Maine shows that needed distribution as well. Soon it became the "Rockport Distribution Initiative", duping and mailing DVD’s for a number of Maine shows.

But that got to be lots of work and lots of expense, so we tried electronic distribution. The time seemed to be right. Download speeds had increased and lots of content was available. Very quickly the DVD’s were outmoded and electronic distribution via an FTP site took over completely. Soon most of the stations in Maine that showed outside content were participating.

And then it turned out that there were stations and producers outside of Maine who also wanted to participate. To automate the process and to make it more useful, a web site www.pegmedia.org was created on top of the FTP site to be the entry portal.

The PegMedia.org site was not intended to be the end all site for PEG distribution. It’s a simple implementation. There are several other sites around the country under development and the PegMedia site might consolidate into one or more of those down the road.  But for now, it’s working, it’s growing, and it seems to be pretty effective.

If you’re community station, we welcome you to take a look at www.pegmedia.org and join if you’d like. It’s free to stations and producers. And if you know of other stations in Maine or elsewhere who might be interested, please help get the word out.

Newly Available for Download From PegMedia

UNC Charlotte TV Continues Its HD Reach Through Advancing Technology

Fri, 02 Oct 2015 17:26:27 +0000

By Nick Makansi, TV Program Director, UNC Charlotte

UNC Charlotte Television serves 500,000 households in the greater Charlotte area with unique television programming. The channel broadcasts diverse content – from science and international culture, racing and statewide programs. Additional live content comes from athletic events, campus events and speaker presentations on the main or uptown campuses. The channel aims to provide diverse content that’s not regularly carried on traditional PEG channels. The channel is distributed in HD on-campus, and in 16:9 SD on Time Warner Cable and AT&T U-verse to an audience of approximately 500,000 households. New to the channel is a dedicated livestream website (http://livestream.uncc.edu), with countdowns to upcoming live events and archives of previous live broadcasts.

The channel is owned and run by UNC Charlotte’s Broadcast Communication department. In addition to the on-air and online channel, the department’s producers develop content around University initiatives and programs, many of which are also aired on UNC-TV, the statewide PBS affiliate. The department also produces a weekly live webcast, highlighting projects and people at the institution. All of these productions air alongside third-party content to promote the university and its programs within the region.

The channel utilizes a centralized MAM solution for storing all of its digital assets, and is searchable through image indexing and text metadata. Additionally, the automated channel runs with a branded graphics border to promote the university. These graphic borders promote university programs related to the content on-air. Automation is run through Playbox with file transcoding and workflow processes through Telestream Vantage. Airable file formats include MPEG2 and the in-house standard, Avid Codec DNX-145 HD. UNC Charlotte TV also utilizes several levels of Tricasters and Dejeros, a IP/cellular-bonding solution for live event production. Vidoegraphers and producers primarily utilize P2 production cameras and Cannon C300 DSLR cameras in the field, and edit on Avid MediaComposer.

The channel looks forward to transforming and evolving with the next generation of television, and tackles new technology changes regularly.

FOR STATIONS: What video encoding format does your playback server currently take?

Thu, 01 Oct 2015 17:51:49 +0000

61% (46 votes)
3% (2 votes)
36% (27 votes)
Total votes: 75

For PRODUCERS AND STATIONS: Do you film and edit your videos in HD?

Mon, 28 Sep 2015 13:12:47 +0000

Not currently. No plans to film in HD.
4% (5 votes)
Not currently, but we have plans to film in HD.
6% (8 votes)
We film in HD, but edit in SD.
18% (26 votes)
We film in HD and edit in HD.
72% (102 votes)
Total votes: 141

 Resources - CTAM By Laws and Membership
The following documents may be of interest and may be downloaded by clicking on the download link.
 TitleCategoryModified DateSize 
CTAM Questions and AnswersFAQS9/23/200526.29 KBDownload
CTAM Vendor-Sponsor Application/InvoicePDF11/6/201231.38 KBDownload
CTAM Membership InvoiceMS-Word3/19/201492.00 KBDownload
CTAM By Laws - Amended 7-12-11MS Word8/3/201245.50 KBDownload
CTAM By Laws - Amended 7-12-11PDF8/3/201281.81 KBDownload
 Resources - Access Center Policy Manuals/By-Laws
 TitleCategoryModified DateSize 
SPC-TV Policy Manual (Rev. 12-1-05)Microsoft Word12/29/200597.50 KBDownload
Brunswick Cable TV Advisory Comm. By-LawsMS Word10/30/200656.89 KBDownload
 Resources - Technology Guides
 TitleCategoryModified DateSize Description
MMA Technical Conference SlidesZIP Archive3/25/2010607.99 KBDownloadMMA and CTAM presents Internet Streaming and Video on Demand Technologies for Municipal Meetings

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