General Orientation & Workshops

Curious about KDRT, DCTV or DJUSD Channel 17, and want to learn how Davis Media Access can help you? Plan to attend our next General Orientation, Wednesday, April 11th at 6:30pm.

Potential volunteers must attend one of these, held monthly. They last about an hour and include the history of DMA, a tour of the facilities, and information on how to get involved. 

Anybody is welcome to attend an Orientation, but to use the facility for your own productions you have to live, go to school, or volunteer at an organization in Davis, California. DMA does not charge for the use of our equipment and facilities, and attending a General Orientation is the first step for getting involved.

DMA offers the following workshops in our Core Competencies series this month & next. These workshops are free to community members who have attended DMA’s General Orientation.

Final Cut Pro X: Audio Basics – Wed., Mar. 21 - 7-8:30 p.m.


Recommended that you take Camera Basics: Sound Recording first. Learn how sound works in Final Cut Pro X as well as the basics of editing and mixing the sound and music you’ve acquired for your video production. Sound is more important than video for all but the most cinematic productions. Learn how to make yours clear and audible so it serves your production.

Canon XZ-25 Orientation & Camera Basics: Lighting Tuesday, April 12, 7-8 p.m.

Learn the basics of operating and configuring the Canon XA-25, DMA’s workhorse HD camera. We’ll cover the automatic and basic manual configuration, as well as various audio options.

DCTV Television Studio Workshop – Wednesday, April 18, 3:30 - 5 p.m
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Required to crew for studio productions. Training for how to crew a DCTV television production. You’ll learn how to run a studio camera, be a floor manager, and run the studio audio board in the control room. You’ll also learn how to set up and tear down the studio for a production, including the proper stowing of cables, configuring lighting, setting up microphones, and flipping the On-Air switch!

DCTV Website: Reservations & Resources TrainingWed., April 18 - 6:45 – 8 p.m.


Required to participate as a volunteer producer at DMA. Training for how to use DCTV's website to make reservations, create show records, add episodes, and otherwise manage your production(s) at Davis Media Access. A review of available equipment and the requirements for checkout or use will also be included. Moving forward, this workshop and the skills learned in it will be required to make use of DCTV's facilities. Bringing your own laptop to follow along is suggested, but not required.

Introduction to Green Screening – Thursday, April 26- 7-8:30 p.m.

Training for how to use DMA’s green screen wall, as well as how to green screen footage taken with camera (yours or DMA’s), using Final Cut Pro-X.