Tuesday nights at 11pm on September 9, 16th,
23rd and 30th on COX Channel 31 (30 minutes)
Highlights from the August 2003 meeting
of the OCA at Chapman University
Highlights of the What's Up by Chris Butler (mostly the excellent
information on the Mars opposition and viewing tips)
Highlights of the main presentation by Scott Kardel, the public
afairs coordinator of the Palomar Observatory.
The taping of the August meeting went
without a hitch with the support of the OCATV SIG members
(Jim, Brian Norman, Tom Kucharski and Reg Salcido).
The introductory / narrative segments
were taped again in the studios of Pyros Pictures in Costa
Mesa. Greg again acted as the Director of Photography and
he took charge of the lighting issues although this time the
other OCATV SIG members did the initial setup of the lighting
as Greg was away from the studio on the setup night.
We setup the studio on Wednesday August
20th and returned the next evening to tape the narrative pieces.
This allows us to iron out any bugs with the setup without
it impacting or pressuring the time for doing the taping.
This time we again used a computer program as the TelePrompTer
running on my laptop. We mostly ironed out the bugs we had
last month with the use of the teleprompter and the taping
went very smoothly. We also spent quite a bit of time making
sure the cameras were positioned so as to show me looking
directly at the camera in both the close-up and the wide shot
(last months episode we accidentally had me looking away from
the camera on the wide shot).
In the taping we again used two cameras.
The main one was my new SONY VX2000 and the other was my SONY
TRV22 that has just been repaird by SONY (free of charge even
though it was out of warranty... thanks SONY!). We really
needed the "nightshot" mode this time as the lights
did go down completely in in the What's Up Segment. We'll
have to watch for this happening in future as even with the
special I/R lamp on the TRV22 the video captured in almost
complete darkness does not look all that good. For the main
presentation we brought up the house lights somewhat so we
did not have to run in the nightshot mode.
This was the second time we have created
a 30 minute program.. I am still shocked at how much time
it takes me to scrub through the video and to pick out the
segments to keep and those that will be cut out. By the time
we got to the taping of the shows narrative/introduction I
had not yet decided on exactly what bits of content would
be in the final show. We could have dedicated the show to
the Mars close approach or we could have gone with the highlights
from both. This "lack of decision" on my part meant
that we taped the narration so that I could choose either
approach in final editing
The editing process was again severly
restricted due to my availability and I did not quite manage
to do everything I had planned/wanted to do. With a major
computer hardwar issue with my primary editing system I ended
up delivering the tape of the show very late to COX.
Tape delivered to COX on August 29th.
Reg Salcido, Jim and Brian Norman,
Jim and Brian Norman, Reg Salcido,
Tom and Kristin Kucharski, Greg Pyros.