Facilities & Equipment
Video and editing equipment (as well as the use of the channel) are available exclusively to Lower Merion and Narberth residents as well as to non-profit organizations actively serving the community of this Township and Borough. The great majority of requests are for taping local events and that's why your Public Access in Lower Merion and Narberth is a show and tell 'go-to' operation with portable equipment. Also, you can videotape an interview in your home, your neighborhood, your non-profit office or a public space in Lower Merion and Narberth. You must produce ID proof of residency and must learn and prove your ability to use Public Access equipment. After receiving one-on-one tutoring, here's the list of equipment available to you depending on your knowledge and experience. Contact the administration office for more information.
Additional equipment for experienced professional users:
Editing equipment: If producers don't have their own computer and editing software, they can edit by appointment at the Public Access home-office. The equipment consists of a Sony deck, Apple computer, iMovie or Final Cut Express editing software. Sony DVDs.
Television Playback System
Public Access programs are viewed on Comcast channel 99 and Verizon channel 34. To get videos to television, each video is recorded to an automated playback system made up of hardware and software, including a seven-day digital spreadsheet schedule that is updated weekly. Even though your Public Access owns and operates the replay system, the equipment is located at the Comcast building in Bala Cynwyd where it's connected to the cable line that digitally transports the video data to your home. Comcast subscribers can view Public Access programs within the Township and Borough; however, Verizon subscribers can view Public Access also throughout the Main Line by going to channel 34 and scrolling through the Township names and finding their own Public Access channel.
Facilities & Equipment text by
Irene McNeil - updated August 2011