CTAM Is Now On Archive.Org

 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

Search PegMedia for Shows and Episodes

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 02:25:24 +0000


PegMedia Now Supports HD!

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 14:24:36 +0000

We've been working on this for quite a while because we wanted to be sure it was as functional and reliable as possible. We now have HD support up.

This will be a new era for PegMedia and the stations who use the content. This will put us on par with the commercial stations in term of quality for those of us who have HD connections or stream HD signals.

As you know, each producer can have one or more shows. Each show can have one or more episodes. In the past, the video for the episode was only in HD. Now each episode can have both an SD video and an HD video. Or just one format if so desired.

You will notice most of the screens have changed substantially (yet are still familiar) in that they have both information on the SD files and also the the HD files. We see there still being a need for both resolutions going forward for the next few years, gradually going to all HD.

There is a simple color coding for resolution related information. SD is in GREEN and HD is in BLUE (think BluRay).

One technical difference is that while all SD files will be in MPEG2, all HD files will be in MP4, which is a much better encoding method and consistent with software and streaming that uses HD. It will also allow you to easily identify which files are SD and which are HD.

For Producers: You upload your HD video files on the bottom of your show page, the same way you have uploaded you SD shows in the past. You will be able to add an HD video to an existing episode or create a new episode with just an HD video.

All the base functionality should be in place. We will be tweaking it as we go to make it as easy to use as possible. We will be adding functionality for those who have synthesized HD with higher resolution MPEG2 to transfer over to MP4 and retain their download statistics.

We will also be adding functionality in the near future so that only an HD upload will be necessary and we will automatically generate the SD format.

The software has been extensively tested, but there are always a few things that slip though. If you find a problem or have suggestions, please email PegMedia.org at gmail.com.

Thanks for your patience and we hope you'll find this useful in your endeavors to continue to bring a large variety of interesting programming to your viewers.

For information on how to render you HD videos, click here http://www.pegmedia.org/index.php?q=node/8315.

Rendering Your Videos for PegMedia Upload

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 16:21:23 +0000

In order for stations playing your video to have the best quality when broadcasting them, it's important to consider the parameters you use for rendering the video file from your editor.

For HD/MP4 files:

For HD files, resolution must be 1080P (1920x1080) or 720P (1280x720), NON-INTERLACED. 1080P is highly recommended. Generally 720P should be used for legacy footage which was shot at a lower resolution.

HD/MP4 rendering guidelines:

H.264 video progressive with AAC audio
File Extension: MP4

Audio Encoder

AAC, Stereo (L R), 48 kHz

Video Encoder

Width and Height: 1080P - 1920x1080 (preferred) or 720P - 1280x720

Bit Rate: 1080P 8-10 Mbps, 720P 8 Mbs
Codec: H264

If you are just going to render in HD and let PegMedia render the SD for you from the HD, you need to keep your titles and primary action within the "Title Safe" area. Most video editors have an option to set that outline on your rendering window for guidance.

For MPEG2 Files:

File Extension: MPG

Audio Encoder

Sample Rate: 48Khz
Codec: MPEG Audio

Video Encoder

Width and Height: NTSC 720x480
Encoder: MPEG2
Bitrate: 3-8 Mbs
Codec Type: MPEG2
Frame Rate: 29.97

 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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