Basic Classes

Arlington Independent Media offers a series of introductory and intermediate classes geared towards new members. These basic classes are appropriate for media makers with all levels of skill and experience. We offer basic classes in On-Air Radio Broadcast, Field Production, Studio Production, and Editing, and much more. Check out our class schedule for a full list of everything we have to offer. Certification may be awarded upon completion of each class. Certified members are eligible to volunteer on AIM productions and rent equipment.

In order to take any basic class you must first become a member with AIM and take the Intro to Community Media workshop. In three hours this prerequisite course will cover media literacy, community media and our production process here at AIM. If you haven’t already taken the Intro to Community Media workshop, sign up for an upcoming section and let’s get started!  


BASIC AUDIO PRODUCTION

This three-week course explores the basic function and operation of AIM’s state-of-the-art audio suite. Fundamentals of audio production like sound theory, signal flow, microphone types, and workflow are covered along with specialized instruction in the operation of equipment necessary for recording of basic content. Operation of the Raven console, monitoring equipment, Tascam recorder, video recording, and introduction to Pro Tools are among the areas covered in this fast-paced class. Upon completion, members are certified to reserve, operate, and volunteer in the AIM audio production suite. Introduction to Community Media is a prerequisite for this class.


BASIC EDITING

This two-week, three-hour course provides a firm grasp of the video editing process. This course is a prerequisite for our Premiere Pro editing classes. Suitable for beginners as well as those with previous video editing experience, this course covers post-production workflow, technical standards and various editing styles and theories. A basic understanding of editing is an essential skill set for any producer or video artist. This class also includes a step-by-step guide to the AIM programming ingest equipment and procedures, and serves as a prerequisite for the Premiere Pro editing class.


CAMERA GRIP

A perfect supplement to the AIM Digital Cinema workshop, this two-week course teaches basic function and best practice techniques of operating AIM’s complement of camera support equipment. It covers the set-up and operation of standard grip equipment including: tripods, camera slider, doorway dolly and track, pocket jib, and Steadicam Pilot AA camera stabilization system.

Upon completion participants are certified to use AIM camera grip equipment. Field certification is a prerequisite for this course.


DIGITAL CINEMA PRODUCTION

This three-week course teaches the basic principles and techniques of shooting with the Canon C300 digital cinema camera. The workshop covers the set up and operation of the camera, including proper assembly of the body, matte box, lenses, and follow focus for both tripod and handheld configurations. This course also demonstrates best practices for shooting a digital cinema production and introduces students to the Canon C300 production workflow. Upon completion, participants have the opportunity to become certified and eligible to check out the Canon C300 camera.  Field certification is a prerequisite for this course.


FIELD PRODUCTION

This six-week, three-hour course covers the basic principles and techniques of field video production. Upon completion, members are certified to use AIM portable production equipment. Suitable for beginners as well as those with previous video experience, this course covers basic video technology, pre-production planning, scripting, and field shooting. With a small class size and access to the latest in video equipment, students enjoy hands on experience and guided instruction from a staff producer. Over the six-week course students will learn video terminology and cover topics such as lighting set-up, audio recording, storyboarding and more. Field production culminates in a final project produced by the class, often a short informational video relevant to the Arlington community. After completing the course, participants are awarded field certification, making them eligible to check out field equipment from AIM.


INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNITY MEDIA

This class is a single three-hour workshop that covers media literacy, community media and our production process here at AIM. Introduction to Community Media focuses on the basics of media literacy as well as the rights and responsibilities of a community media producer. A significant portion of the workshop is devoted to AIM procedures and programming guidelines. This workshop is a prerequisite for all other AIM classes and the use of AIM production equipment and facilities.


LOCATION AUDIO

In production, the importance of capturing clean, high-quality audio cannot be underestimated. This two-day course will cover basic concepts and best practices for recording superior audio in the field. Microphone selection and technique, field mixers, recording devices, monitoring, and common audio problems are among the topics covered in this fast paced course. Successful completion of this course is necessary to reserve or use AIM’s Field Audio Package. Introduction to Community Media is a prerequisite for this class.


MOBILE FLYPACK

This two-week, three-hour course teaches the basic principles and techniques of multi-camera, mobile production. It covers setting up and cabling, operating the camera, mixing audio, and directing a live event. Upon completion, participants have the opportunity to become certified and eligible to check out the equipment and volunteer on flypack productions. Field Production is a prerequisite for this course.


ON-AIR RADIO BROADCAST

This hands-on course explores the function and operation of the WERA-LP radio broadcast booth. Basic signal flow, microphone use, operating audio sources, transitioning, and production workflow are among the areas covered in this fast-paced class. Introduction to Community Media is a prerequisite for this class.

This workshop is required to produce or engineer a program in AIM’s WERA 96.7 FM radio booth.


PREMIERE PRO

This three-week, three-hour class is an in-depth introduction to the techniques of nonlinear editing with Adobe Premiere Pro CC. This class covers all the basics of creating a project in Premiere Pro, including inputting source footage, assembling and trimming sequences, editing audio, creating titles, and outputting a finished program.  Students are guided through hands on exercises and have access to additional practice time outside of class.  Upon completion, members are certified to reserve and utilize the editing stations at AIM.  The Basic Editing class is a prerequisite for this course.


PRO TOOLS

This two-week workshop covers the essentials of audio editing in Pro Tools 11. Organizing your tracks, interface navigation, importing source material, manipulating clips, correct metering, use of short cuts and tools, adding music and effects, mixing, and export are among the areas covered in this fast-paced workshop.


STUDIO PRODUCTION

This six-week, three-hour course covers the basic principles and techniques of television studio production. Upon completion, members are certified to reserve, operate and volunteer in the AIM studio. Get hands on experience in a professional television studio under the guidance of an informative instructor. In this course students learn how to use the studio cameras, production switcher, character generator, studio audio, and lighting equipment. Each student has the opportunity to experience various crew positions, with the final class culminating in an original program created and produced by the class. Completion of this course certifies AIM members to reserve and operate the studio for their productions, and to volunteer on the studio productions of other AIM producers.