Tuesday nights at 11pm on July 15, 22, 29
and August 5th 2003
Highlights from the July 2003 meeting of
the OCA at Chapman University
Features the entire main presentation by Dr Randii Wessen
of CALTECH JPL on "the Future of US Planetary Exploration"
Introduction piece to the OCA Outreach program showing scenes
from the "Night in Fullerton" and the Newport Interpretive
Featuring an image sequence provided by members of the OCA's
Below are some stills taken from the video.
This was the very first episode to
benefit from direct involvement of members of the newly formed
OCA SIG called OCATV. Four OCA members helped with the taping
of the June meeting and they were Brian and Jim Norman, Reg
Salcido and Steve Condrey.
The introductory / narrative segments
were taped for the first time in the studios of Pyros Pictures
in Costa Mesa. Greg acted as the Director of Photography and
he took charge of the lighting issues. He got the credit as
DP on the TV show... apparently something that Greg has been
looking to get for some years now. Glad I could have helped
The studio segments were taped in
front of the Blue-screen that Greg has setup in his studio.
In looking for some cool props we came across a half-moon
thing that has apparently been used in several Sci-Fi movie
special effects. It added a nice feature to the shot.
I had captured various content from
a number of Outreach events this year. I managed to use the
content in this show. I also taped some content from one of
the outreach/presentation events that I run at the Upper Newport
Bay Interpretive Center.
I wanted to highlight some of the
great astrophotos produced by our members so I asked the AstroImagers
group if I could use some of their images on the web site.
I assembled a collage of photos into a short (couple of minutes)
segment. I think this came out very well and I will definitely
be doing more in the future.
In the taping we used two cameras. One is
a SONY TRV900 and the other is a SONY TRV22. The smaller TRV22
has "nighshot" capability that is used when the
lights go down in the meeting. This time the lights actually
stayed up enough so that we did not need to switch into this
mode. We use my own wireless microphone that the speakers
wear around their neck.
This is where I spend most of my time
each month. It takes quite a while to digitze all the video
and then edit it into the final show. I continue to use a
product call Vegas Video as the post-production editing tool.
This is a great product that allows me a great deal of felxibility
in the editing process. I also use a music scoring system
called SonicFire PRO. This allows me to score original music
to any specific length I choose. I used this to create the
audio for the opening disclaimer, the final credits, and the
COX needs the show delivered to them
on a special U-Matic 3/4" tape. This is a larger format
than the VHS tapes that we all normally use (which are 1/2").
This tape system is more robust that VHS and is what Channel
31 uses on their broadcast equipment. For Episode 1 I had
to take my final show that I had recorded back onto Mini-DV
tape into their studios and transfer it to a 3/4" format
using their equipment. This time around Greg Pyros has allowed
me to borrow a 3/4" recorder that he had available. That
made the process far easier this time around.