PCTV Opens Studio In A Box

Thursday, Mar 31, 2016

The do-it-yourself, maker movement has seeped into television. Anyone possessing the seed of an idea and the desire to learn can create, produce and broadcast a show via Pacific Coast TV.

A mobile television studio sits in a corner of the Ted Adcock Community Center in Half Moon Bay.

The black casing is more reminiscent of an instrument case at band camp than the latest in accessible broadcasting technology.

“So, basically, it is a television studio in a box,” said Pacific Coast TV’s Zeke Edwards. “We have the cameras. We can do switching and we can do graphics. We can take in the audio and put it together and produce a show.”

The project has been championed by Half Moon Bay History Association President Dave Cresson as well as Pacific Coast TV’s Martin Anaya.

“If we are called upon to go teach video technique to elders or other underserved communities, the product is in a box,” said Dave Cresson.

He points out that the work can be done at the center or it can be taken anywhere in the community.

“There’s a broader umbrella. The philosophy behind this is the new interest in the technology of video,” continued Cresson. “It really applies to everybody, even those who grew up with 8mm film cameras.”

Modern technology makes professional production techniques possible for anyone, he said. A few courses is all it takes to get started.

“We do have classes here at the Ted Adcock Center,” said Edwards. “Our classes include camera operating — so how to take clean shots, how to capture audio, you know, make the lighting nice.”

The instruction includes how to put together graphics and the ins and outs of producing an actual TV show.

It’s an attempt to leverage the collective hive mind of those on the coast by enticing locals to make their own television shows about content they care about.

“One of the purposes for us being here is to get people from the community to produce shows about things happening in the area so they can actually put them up on air,” said Edwards. “That’s the hope: to get shows, to get content, to get people from the community to participate in making television about the coast.”

There is no age limitation on who can use the equipment, but younger kids might require a parent chaperone to assist in getting their project on the air.

“Except for the sound stage, this really is a studio that can do everything that PCT is doing live and on air,” said Cresson.

Pacific Coast TV will be hosting an open house in order to introduce Coastsiders to the studio in a box. It starts at 12 p.m. on April 9 at the Ted Adcock Community Center, 535 Kelly Ave. in Half Moon Bay. For more information visit or call 650-355-8000.


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