Making Television Steps

Step One – Membership

Becoming a member of FACT is easy! All you have to do is attend one of our orientation classes and live within our coverage area. If you live outside of our coverage area, don’t worry! You can still become a member by completing five hours of volunteer labor for FACT within six months.

Step Two – Training

Our training program is designed to help you create better media. In order to access any of our free equipment, you must pass our Digital Production 101 class. It’s a great opportunity to learn new skills and improve your media making abilities. So don’t hesitate to sign up and join us in the class, it’ll be a fun and informative experience!

Step Three – Production

By using FACT’s production equipment for free, the media you create will be featured on one of our two channels or on our website and social media pages. It’s a great way to get your work seen by a wider audience and gain exposure for your talents.

Production Options

FACT offers many options in helping you get your program up and running.

Make Your Own Program

Falls Area Community Television (FACT) specializes in helping individuals create their own media. We achieve this by providing members with access to our equipment, facilities, and training at no cost.

The Production Contract is a crucial aspect of community production at FACT. It serves as an agreement between you and us that outlines the terms of using our cameras, lights, microphones, editing equipment, and live studio facilities. In exchange for using our equipment, we require that any productions created must be aired on FACT’s channels. Members are permitted to use equipment and facilities for a limited period of time, provided that certain conditions are met:

  1. Equipment is only issued to members in good standing who have completed training on the equipment they are requesting to use.
  2. Productions created with FACT equipment must be aired on our channels.
  3. The producer must hold sole ownership of the program.

Use Our Equipment & Facilities

Falls Area Community Television (FACT) operates two studio locations, one in Bellows Falls, VT, and the other in Keene, NH. Both locations have a vast selection of production equipment available for potentially free use by the community, including studio spaces, portable 4k and HD video cameras, professional editing suites, and sound mixing suites.

Bellows Falls Studio
1 Hospital St.
Bellows Falls, VT 05101
Call: (802) 463-1613

Keene Studio
60 Winter St.
Keene, NH 0343
Call: (603) 903-0036

Equipment We Provide

Field Cameras

FACT has a wide range of 4K & HD video cameras in stock for member use.

Audio Equipment

At Falls Area Community Television, we pride ourselves on providing the highest quality audio equipment for your video recording needs. Our inventory includes a wide range of specialized microphones, including omni-directional, cardioid, directional, and lavalier options. No matter what your specific requirements may be, we have the necessary cords and adapters to ensure seamless compatibility.

In addition to our impressive selection of microphones, we also have a variety of field audio mixers and portable audio recording devices readily available in stock. These advanced tools, coupled with our knowledgeable staff, will ensure that your audio recordings are of the highest professional quality.

So whether you’re a professional filmmaker or an individual looking to capture a special moment, we have the audio equipment to meet your needs. Come and visit us today and experience the difference that quality equipment can make.

Editing Facilities

At Falls Area Community Television, we understand the importance of having access to the latest technology and equipment when it comes to video production. That’s why we’ve equipped both our Bellows Falls and Keene locations with state-of-the-art digital video workstations, allowing you to edit your video footage, mix sound, design graphics, and even create computer-generated imagery all under one roof.

Our workstations are powered by the industry-leading Mac and PC platforms and come pre-installed with the most advanced software on the market, including Davinci Resolve, Adobe Creative Cloud, and Apple Final Cut Pro X. These powerful tools will give you the flexibility and versatility you need to bring your creative vision to life.

Whether you’re a professional filmmaker, a student, or an individual with a passion for video production, our digital video workstations are the perfect resource to help you take your skills to the next level. Come and visit us today and experience the difference that quality equipment and software can make.

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Public Services Announcements

At FACT, we understand the importance of effective communication and providing a platform for community members to share their messages. The PSA can be in the form of a video, written text, flyer, or slide. If submitting a flyer, slide or video, it must conform to the 16×9 aspect ratio for HD broadcast which is a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. Additionally, you can schedule time at either of our two locations to have your PSA filmed in-studio.

Don’t miss this opportunity to share your message with the local community. Submit your PSA to Falls Area Community Television (FACT) today!”

Submit a PSA

Multi-Camera In Studio Production

At Falls Area Community Television (FACT), we understand the importance of high-quality production and broadcast capabilities. That’s why we offer our state-of-the-art digital video studios in both Bellows Falls and Keene locations, fully equipped to elevate your show to the next level.

Our studios boast three professional cameras, expertly designed lighting, and the ability to live-switch with our advanced Tri-caster digital switcher and 8-channel audio mixer. Whether you’re recording on DVD or digital, our versatile recording capabilities ensure that your show is captured in the best possible format.

Not only are our studios perfect for traditional TV broadcasting, but they have also been used for a wide range of productions, from film and photography to video and audio. With the ability to live stream your show to FACT’s cable subscribers on Comcast, VTel, and Spectrum, as well as on our website, Facebook, and YouTube pages, the possibilities are endless.

Don’t settle for anything less than the best. Take advantage of our cutting-edge digital video studios and elevate your show to new heights with Falls Area Community Television (FACT).”

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Get Your Program Televised

Falls Area Community Television (FACT) is dedicated to providing a platform for local voices and perspectives, by operating two dynamic cable television channels available on Comcast, VTel, and Spectrum. These channels serve the vibrant communities of the Greater Rockingham Area in Vermont and Keene, New Hampshire, and are accessible to over 20,000 cable-subscribing households.
As a member-driven organization, FACT offers a variety of ways for residents within our service area to showcase their unique perspectives and talents through programming submissions. Whether you’re a filmmaker, musician, or simply want to share a story that matters to you, FACT is committed to amplifying your voice and showcasing your content on our channels.

In-Studio Programming

At FACT, we pride ourselves on offering a wide variety of programming options to our audience. One of the most beloved and well-received formats among our viewers is our In-Studio Programs. These shows are fully produced in-house, with the invaluable support of our talented technical team. With the flexibility of either weekly or bi-weekly production schedules, and minimal technical requirements, these programs provide an excellent opportunity for creators to share their ideas and stories with our audience. Additionally, In-Studio Programs can be submitted as either a one-time “Special” or an ongoing “Series” program. Special programs are given a professional introduction and standard graphics to enhance the viewing experience.

Pre-recorded Programming

At FACT, we welcome pre-recorded program submissions from members and non-members alike. Whether you’re a one-time creator with a stand-alone program or a seasoned producer with an ongoing series, we have options for you!

Our “Special” program format is perfect for creators who have a one-time show that they’d like to share with our audience. These programs are scheduled based on the availability of time slots, so it’s a great option for those who want to get their work on air quickly.

For those who have a series of episodes they’d like to share, our “Series” format is the way to go. The series contract and time slot lasts until January of the next year, and the time slot may be changed at FACT’s discretion. This option is perfect for those who want to build an audience over time and share their stories in a more in-depth way.

Please note that while any resident in our service area can submit a special program as a non-member, series programs always require membership with FACT. We look forward to seeing what you have to share!

To Submit or Request a Program:

  1. Read and fully understand our policies, particularly our programming policies. You must agree to these policies or we cannot broadcast your program.
  2. Become a member. Only members may produce in-studio programming and prerecorded programs.
  3. Download and complete the program submission form and cablecast request. Incomplete forms cannot be accepted.
  4. Non-residents are required to obtain the signature of a local Greater Falls sponsor willing to take full responsibility for legal abuses contained in your program.
  5. Submit your completed forms and program as an MP4 file. No VHS or DVDs will be accepted. If you are requesting a live program, a staff member will contact you for training.
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Get Free Coverage Of Your Event

At FACT, we understand that sometimes organizations may need additional support to produce their programming. Under certain circumstances, we are happy to offer our expertise and resources to help make it happen. Whether it’s providing the people and equipment to cover events or assisting with content and publicity, we’re here to help bring your vision to life. If you’re an organization in need of programming support, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’re always happy to hear from you!

Requirements for Free Event Coverage

At FACT, we’re always looking for ways to support our community. That’s why we offer free video coverage for events that are open to the public and of relevance to residents in our service area. If you’re an organization looking to get coverage for your event, here’s what you need to know:

  1. The event must be open to the public
  2. Submit an Application
  3. Event must be approved by FACT Executive Director or Board
  4. The event must have demonstrable relevance to the communities we serve

Please note that FACT reserves the right to post and air on its website and cable channels without restriction. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us. We’re happy to help you through the process.

FACT TV Will Not Provide Free Coverage If

  1. The event is commercial in nature or intended to make a profit.
  2. The event does not have an audience in our coverage area.
  3. The event is already receiving coverage from other media operations.

To Receive Free Event Coverage

At FACT, we’re excited to offer free video coverage for eligible events in the towns and cities we serve. If your event is approved, as the sponsoring organization, you will be expected to:

  1. Accept full responsibility for the content of the program, talent, and necessary releases.
  2. Provide FACT with relevant details about the event, such as time, date and location, and any descriptions of the event including topic, speakers, etc.
  3. Provide FACT with any technical details relating to audio or lighting facilities that may exist at the event location.
  4. Make every effort possible to publicize the broadcast of the finished program on FACT’s channels and/or website.
  5. Acknowledge FACT for providing free video coverage of the event, either during the event or other appropriate means.

We understand that planning events can be overwhelming, so if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’re here to help make the process as smooth as possible.

What Your Organization Will Receive

If your organization is eligible for free video coverage from FACT, we are excited to offer the following services:

  • We will provide a camera and operator for up to 4 hours of production time, including setup and breakdown.
  • We will do basic post-production editing, not exceeding 5 hours, to prepare the program for our television channels. Additional editing time is available for an additional cost.
  • We will provide one copy of the finished program to the organization requesting coverage. Additional copies can be made for an additional cost.
  • We will share ownership and rights to the finished program with the event organizers. You may distribute copies of the program, however, if it is being sold, profits must be split evenly with FACT.
  • We will schedule the finished program to be seen on our cable channels and/or website, and will retain copies for future replays or other FACT promotional uses. Copyright of the finished program is held by the organization sponsoring the event. Requests for copies from outside parties will be directed to the organization’s contact person, who may choose to allow FACT to sell copies. Original footage recorded by FACT staff and volunteers is owned by FACT and may be purchased by the event sponsors at cost.

Please note that while we do our best to provide free video coverage of community events, there may be instances where we are unable to do so due to scheduling and availability of our resources. Additionally, while we strive to produce high-quality programming of community events, many of our production crew and assistants are not trained professionals.

If you have production needs that are outside the scope of these free services, or wish to produce programming that is not intended
for broadcast on our channels or website, you may consider hiring one of FACT’s professional production team members.

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Hire Us!

Some individuals and organizations don’t’ have time to learn video production & would rather pay to have a video produced for them. FACT offers several commercial service options, ranging from the rental of our production gear to full service production teams.

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