Produce a Show for AIM

The first step is completing your membership, followed by mandatory attendance in our main prerequisite workshop, Introduction to Community Media. Once you fulfill these two requirements, your path to production begins!

You are encouraged to use AIM equipment and facilities to produce programming for our channels (Comcast 69 and Verizon 38 in Arlington County). Be sure that you are certified in the necessary workshops to do so.

Here is a step-by-step guide for when you are ready to produce a show at AIM:

Before you Begin Production

  1. Complete a PDF icon Program Information form (PDF).

  2. Schedule a meeting with AIM production staff. AIM staff is available to consult and assist in the planning stages of your project.

  3. Gather volunteers for your crew. 

    1. If your shoot takes place in the AIM studio, your volunteers must be certified in Studio Production.

    2. If your volunteers will be handling AIM portable equipment, they must be certified in Field Production.

    3. If your volunteers will be using AIM editing facilities, they must be certified in Premiere Pro.

  4. Reserve equipment and facilities. Call us at 703-524-2388 to make a reservation. See our  Equipment and Usage Fees (PDF) for a complete list of price sets available for volunteer producers.

Post Production and Once Your Program Is Complete

  1. Submit your volunteer hours. After every shoot, edit session or other production activity complete a PDF icon Volunteer Hours form (PDF)and submit it to AIM. This is important, as volunteers can use accumulated hours to substantially reduce usage fees for their own productions. A member may earn volunteer hours by volunteering on other producer's programs, but you may not earn volunteer hours for your own program.

  2. Give AIM credit. All programs produced using AIM equipment or facilities must contain the following closing credit: “Produced through the facilities of Arlington Independent Media”. A 5 second animated tag with that information is available.

  3. Export your program into a digital file that abides by AIM format standards. See our PDF icon Video Format Chart (PDF) containing the specifications for accepted formats.

  4. Ingest your program at our facility.

    1. Bring your finished program to our facility saved to an external storage device that is functional on a Microsoft PC.

    2. Ingest your program at our ingest station, following the instructions provided there.

  5. Complete and sign a PDF icon Channel Use Agreement Form (PDF). This form gives AIM permission to air your program on our channel.

Once your program is ingested and the necessary Channel Use Agreement Forms are signed, your program will be scheduled to air on our channels (Comcast 69 and Verizon 38 in Arlington County) based on what time slots are available.


Producer Resources

PDF icon Talent Release Form (PDF)

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