September 10: NEW CAMERA Orientation- for Current Volunteers


Wednesday, September 10, 2014.   6:00pm-8:00pm.

Davis Media Access has purchased 3 new Canon XA-25 cameras.   These "camcorder" type cameras are meant to replace the aging GL-2 and Canon Vixia cameras in our field checkout inventory- although all cameras will still be available.   

The Canon XA-25 is a great video camera- I recently recorded and edited this piece using it- check it out here:   

The camera has 2 XLR audio inputs, great large CMOS sensor (1/2.84"), a 20x optical zoom, amazing image stabilization, and touchscreen menu access.   It also handles slow-motion very well (although I haven't tried it yet!) due to proper overcranking- the footage shooting frame rate that is faster than the playback frame rate- very cool!   Lastly, the camera records your footage using MP4 or AVCHD formats (or both codecs simultaneousy!) for later editing, all onto SD cards.

This New Camera Orientation on September 10, from 6pm-8pm (we will be offerring a few more) is ONLY offerred to volunteers currently in good standing and who have DCTV Field Camera certfication.   No RSVP needed- just show up at the station!   

This means if you have not already checked out a camera from DMA, you are not elgible to attend this New Camera Orientation.   

If you are new to DMA, consider attending a General Orientation.


A Note from the Director

Dear DMA community,On July 31, KDRT's Eclectic Dinosaur, Lee Renault, passed away in his sleep. Aug. 8 would have marked his 9th year doing a weekly radio show. From his own personal music stash and the truly impressive vault of trivia in his head, he spun tunes and stories Tuesday afternoons at 3 for 9 years. I helped him engineer his show that first year, but after that he flew solo, and KDRT filled his retirement years with much joy. He loved to brag about me, and liked to tell people that I helped start a radio station so that he could have something to do in his "dotage." He could talk your ear off, never met a stranger, and had a perpetual mischievous gleam in his eye. If you even mentioned that you liked a particular show, song or artist, chances are very good that you'd soon after receive a CD of the same. Lee was a lot of things to many people, and he was, of course, also my dad, my rock, and my hero. I've been grateful and appreciative and DMA's wonderful staff, board and volunteers for stepping in as I've stepped out this month to help my mom transition. I'll be on sabbatical through August and look forward to resuming my schedule at DMA beginning Sept. 2. Look for news then of fall election coverage, upcoming workshops, and more. For those who have asked, we're planning a memorial Sunday, Sept. 7 at 3 p.m. at the UU Church of Davis, 27074 Patwin Road. Thanks for all the kind notes and good wishes--long live the spirit of the Eclectic Dino. In community,Autumn Labbe-RenaultExecutive Director

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Programming Highlights: DCTV's In The Studio

Sterling Anderson: A Writer’s Roots:

Davis native Sterling Anderson talks about his journey to Hollywood and what it took to become a successful film and television writer. Alex Silva-Sadder hosts this episode.

UCD Experimental College:

Have you thought about taking a class just for fun? You can, at the UC Davis Experimental College! Classes are open to anyone, not just UCD Students. You can take a class, teach a class, or even suggest a topic. Tyler Shaffo hosts Rhoda Coscetti, Director, Dr. Erin Melcon, Operations Advisor, and Dr. Richard Schubert, Chair of the Advisory Board

Watch episodes of In The Studio here: 

Get Involved with Davis Media Access

Curious about KDRT, DCTV or DJUSD Channel 17? Would you like to learn how Davis Media Access can help you? If you want to get involved, volunteer, or use equipment, you must first attend a general orientation. The next one is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept 3 at 6:30pm.  The orientation includes the history of Davis Media Access, a tour of the facilities, and information on the many aspects and opportunities provided by DMA

To learn more and sign up, go to

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