YouTube is a great tool for finding and sharing videos. You can find your favorite song, upload your silly dog videos, or watch your child’s school performance again on the NCTV channel! If you’ve never used YouTube before, all of the features might be overwhelming. This post will lay out some of the basic features, and a some uses you perhaps didn’t know about.

  1. Creating a YouTube Account
    If you have a Gmail account the good news is you already have a YouTube account ready to be activated! If not, no problem, simply go to, click “Sign In” (in the top right corner), and then click “Create Account”. Once your account is created you can add a channel icon and banner to personalize your page if you’d like.

  2. Uploading a video
    Once you’ve made your account and have your channel ready, you can start uploading videos. In the upper right corner, click the upward pointing arrow. Select your video file from your device, change the title and description as necessary, and click publish when that's all set. After it's completed uploading it will give you a unique link to the video. 

    Any videos you upload should belong to you, or you should have written permission from the owner to upload it. This includes all elements of your video, such as any music or pictures in it. If you try to upload something you do not own YouTube will often flag your video and it might be taken down. More about copyright and infringement on those rights can be read here. Once your video is uploaded you can share the link with others, or post it on social media if you want to show it off!
    • Note: YouTube’s Audio Library ( is a great tool for finding music and sound effects to use in your videos that will not infringe on any copyright! Just be sure to note if attribution is required, and if so give the artist and song name credit in your video.

  3. Searching for a video or channel
    Once you have uploaded your videos, or perhaps you just don’t have anything to share yet - you can search for and watch others’ videos. You can pretty much find anything you want, just decide what you’re in the mood for, put some terms in the search bar, and click search. You can find your favorite song, find a yoga video and do some exercise, find a tutorial on how to fix your car, or just watch some funny animal videos - the options are endless.

  4. Creating a playlist of your favorites
    A great feature of YouTube is being able to create a playlist of videos you want to easily come back to. You can make as many playlists as you’d like too! If you have songs you’d like to group together this would be useful. Or maybe you’re trying to eat more vegetables - you could add cooking videos to a playlist. To add a video to a playlist click the + symbol next to the words “Add to” (below the video), and then choose the playlist you want to add it to, or choose the “Create new playlist” option and give it a label.

  5. Liking and Subscribing videos and channels
    If you find a video you really enjoyed you can express that by hitting the thumbs up “like” button (or if you really dislike something you can give a thumbs down). This input can be helpful to the creator, as can commenting, should you want to share some feedback. If you find a channel you really like you can click subscribe to be notified when new videos are uploaded by that user to their channel. Subscribing is another great way to show support of the people who create videos you enjoy. Here’s a link to the NCTV Channel if you want to practice using these "Like" and "Subscribe" features ;)

If you have more questions about how YouTube works, or you would like to learn in person, you can contact or visit NCTV. Much of what we do is video production, but we are also happy to help people learn about technology. So many things are intertwined today, and knowing how to navigate the web can lead you to exploring more, and sharing more with your community.


AuthorJen Jacobs

At Norfolk Community Television we try to emphasize the Community. Community is about bringing people together, whether they are Norfolk residents or from somewhere nearby. NCTV is a place for people to express their interests and unique perspectives, and the staff is here to guide with direction and technical knowledge. We appreciate our volunteers and we encourage anyone interested in dedicating some time to the organization to reach out.

Today we are taking time to acknowledge the effort of one our volunteers who goes by the name “Beef”. Beef joined us a little less than a year ago, and we are impressed with how much he has learned, and his commitment and consistency. We wanted to learn more about him, and how his experience here at NCTV has been going.

Jen: What is your background?
Beef: I am the former Vice President of IS Infrastructure and Operations for Caritas Christi Health Care Systems, 6 hospital group. Responsible for 7 data centers and all related departments. Also, I am a 6th Degree Black Belt in the art of Shaolin Kempo Karate, member of the regional Master Board, Usui Reiki Master/Teacher/Master of Masters. Have created a Wellness Group in Natick. Introduced a Stress Release class for the nursing staff that was approved for continuing education at St.Elizabeth's Medical Center.

Jen: What did you know about creating video content before NCTV?
Beef: Very little, I have been interviewed and participated in productions with a local cable station.

Jen: What brought you to NCTV originally,  how did you first discover us?
My wife wanted to do a story on a local firefighter and brought it to Norfolk Cable, after it was filmed it needed to be edited so she volunteered me!

Jen: How have you, or how do you plan to, incorporate your own interests, like Reiki and Martial Arts, into your projects at NCTV?
I have been teaching martial arts for over 30 years and taught people from all walks of life, and I thought focusing on individuals and their talents and how it relates to their martial arts or Reiki would be an interesting video project.

Jen: What are you hoping to accomplish while volunteering at NCTV?
I have learned taking raw video and making it into a visual story is interesting and not as easy as it sounds, I want to get better at doing this.

Jen: Is there anything else you would like to mention?
The people at NCTV are really great to work with.

Jen: Where can people learn more about you (website, Facebook page, etc.)?
My martial art website is and my IT website

It has been a pleasure getting to know Beef over the months, and we’re so happy to have him as part of our community. Currently he’s working on his own project, which he filmed and is finishing up editing now! We’re excited to see how he’s gone from editing footage we needed help with, to producing his own videos with minimal guidance. We expect he will only continue to improve, and we can’t wait to see what else he comes up with. Check out what Beef has edited so far!

We’re always seeking more people like Beef, who are interested in video production and have some time to volunteer. We try to create a welcoming environment where people can learn without any stress or anxiety - we believe people are their best creative selves when they are relaxed and comfortable. Even if you can only offer a couple hours here or there, we’re happy to have you! 

If you’re interested please reach out to Jen or Katy who can help you find a time to come in and tour our cozy little studio. Our contact information is here; you can email, call, text, or send a letter if that’s your thing! 

AuthorJen Jacobs

As we all crawl back to reality after a much needed long weekend full of flags, fireworks, friends, and feasts, let’s take a moment to appreciate one of the many liberties afforded to us here in the US: Freedom of Speech.

At its core, freedom of speech affords us all the right to say what we want to say and not be censored by the government or anyone else. This freedom of speech can open a door, stir the pot, churn up the ground, and lead to real changes in the community and beyond. 

At NCTV, we take freedom of speech very seriously. You have a right to your opinion and it's our job to help you build your own metaphorical soapbox to stand on so you can shout your views to your peers. We, as an organization, are merely here as a conduit through which your opinions can be heard. We do everything in our power to teach and facilitate, without imprinting or censoring your views with our own. With that being said, ANYTHING is fair game to say in a program aired on NCTV with the exception of the following:

  • Advocate for the violent overthrow of government: Violence can get tricky quickly, but advocating for the peaceful overthrow of the federal government is a-okay!
  • Libel and slander: This can be a gray area and if you’re unsure whether something could be considered libel or slander, we are happy to talk it out with you to help you better decide.
  • Infringe on another’s copyright or anything else illegal: We can’t show or condone illegal acts and infringing on another’s copyright tends to be an easy one to forget in our industry! We’re happy to help answer questions if you have any about this topic.
  • Selling or advertising: Selling or advertising would jeopardize our status as a nonprofit. We’re happy to work with producers and for-profits to make sure they offer entertainment, information, and/or education without crossing the line into advertising.

To learn more about NCTV and the services we offer, check out the ‘services’ and ‘FAQ’ tabs on our website or give us a call! We want to give everyone the chance to have their voice heard!

AuthorKaty Woodhams
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GarageBand is an application for macOS and iOS that allows users to create music and podcasts. It certainly is a fun little application that can provide endless entertainment if you know what you're doing. On second thought, maybe I shouldn't even use the word 'little' to describe it because GarageBand can be as big or as small as the user wants.

One of the most satisfying things to do in GarageBand is playing around with the premade loops. You'd be surprised how nicely many of the loops will sound together. There are no rules when you're doing this, so try putting down a jazzy drum rhythm with some Afghanistan Sand Rabab and see how it sounds! Eventually, you might have some music for verses and a catchy hook. Then you might want to try adding some vocals to the tune. Luckily, there are a plethora of different vocal effects as well. You can make yourself sound like a robot or you can set yourself up with enough echo and reverb to sound like one of the most epic divas! Although, your vocals will only sound as good as the microphone that you have attached. 

There is so much within GarageBand, it might take years to master. You could take a basic premade sound and change the pitch, the modulation, and add all sorts of different effects. Then after all that, you can change can completely change the EQ of the whole song. Now with musical USB keyboards, it can be all the more easy and enjoyable to create your masterpieces.

If you'd like to learn more about GarageBand, NCTV will be hosting a workshop this Tuesday, June 6, 2017. We will go over the interface and some basics and then we'll see where it goes from there! And we even have a musical USB keyboard this year. We would love for you to join us! If you're interested, you can sign up at

AuthorAndrew Barker

Around this time each year, we get a lot of questions about how to make slideshows for family and friends. Whether it is a graduation, wedding, retirement, or celebration of any kind, here are a few tips and tricks when it comes to creating slideshows in some of our favorite programs (in no particular order)!

Photos App (Mac)
Free on Mac computers - replaced iPhoto
This is a great and easy solution for off-the-cuff slideshows where you don’t need too much control over where the individual songs start and stop. It also has some awesome graphic effects (themes) that it fits your photos into so you can look super professional at your next gathering. 

Pros: Sweet graphics options, fairly user-friendly, can pull music straight from iTunes library, can rearrange photos to suit your needs, can play directly from photos app or export a movie file for sharing and uploading

Cons: No control over music placement other than what order, limited titling ability, can’t change the duration of individual photos, only mac based


iMovie (Mac)
Free on Mac computers
If you want greater control over music placement and/or want to add additional titles, iMovie might be the right option for you. You’re able to start and stop songs wherever you want to as well as add titles anywhere in the slideshow. This program still can utilize themes for a uniform look or you can start from scratch and create your own with all of the funky transitions you want. This program has a great balance of assistance and allowing the user to be creative.

Pros: More control over music, can add more titles than in the photos app, can vary transitions between images, mixed media (photos, videos, titles, etc.), draws from Photos app and iTunes, can control amount of time each photo is on individually or as a group, auto or manual Ken Burns effect

Cons: Limited control over title placement


Adobe Spark (Web)
Free for all users online (also has paid features for Adobe CC customers)
This is the coolest thing that I never knew about! I stumbled upon this while researching for this post and actually found it really helpful. It seems like an online version of iMovie which is great because it will have the advantage of being cross-platform (able to be used on many different operating systems). Click HERE to go to Adobe Spark.

Pros: Online, can connect to other services like google drive and dropbox for media, can use their music or your own, uses themes and effects for a polished look, can add voiceover, can mix media (photos, text, and videos)

Cons: Looks like you can only use one song (valuable for short slideshows but not for long ones), can only upload one photo at a time unless connecting to an outside service like google drive, unable to change title position or size, some titles cut off when it goes to two lines, branded with a free account (mention of adobe spark in a watermark or at the end of the slideshow)


Kizoa (Web)
Free for all users

This is another online based slideshow creator that we just uncovered and it seems pretty cool! It is also pretty user friendly and boasts features such as animated effects and a great array of title options. You can use their copyright free (and YouTube approved) music or your own tunes from your computer. You can find Kizoa by clicking HERE

Pros: Online based so anyone can use it, allows customization while offering built in effects, easy to use with tutorial screens each time a new tab is opened, can use multiple songs

Cons: Unable to adjust music levels, have to create an account to download creation, could get bulky if making a very long slideshow

The above are some awesome options for creating truly stunning slideshows, but if you want total and full control over every aspect of the production, we would recommend using either Apple’s Final Cut Pro XAdobe’s Premiere Pro, or other paid applications such as Filmora. These are paid video editing applications but you’ll have every feature you could even dream of when creating slideshows! If you’re looking to make a slideshow that we can also air on our channels, you can even use our computers and software for free to create your masterpiece! 

Even if you aren’t creating something that you’re ready for the town/world to see on our channels and YouTube, we’re still happy to answer any questions you have along the way!

Have you used any of these editors or do you have another that you love? Tell us in the comments below!

AuthorKaty Woodhams

So you’ve scheduled the interview, or got a cast and crew together for your short film, or decided you’re finally going to capture a timelapse of the sunrise from that beautiful mountain top. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, it’s important to remember you cannot predict what will happen during a field shoot. As with many things in life, being prepared is the number one goal here, so I’ve put together a list of reminders that can might help save the shoot.

1. Know the Location
What are you filming or photographing? Plan the shots ahead of time best you can, so you can determine what challenges may come up. Are you filming indoors? What will you do if the lighting is no good? The best scenario is knowing or going to the location to plan before the shoot, so you can get a feel for it, and bring any equipment to make up for issues you can foresee.

2. Make an Equipment List
There are few things worse than showing up to your location with everything but the memory card. Do yourself a favor, after you have assessed the location and your needs, take ten minutes to write down or type up a list of equipment. If you like pictures, draw out the set and the components to help you visualize if there’s anything you’re forgetting. Allow yourself time to pack up the equipment and check-off the items on your list as you gather them. Oh yeah, charge your batteries at least the night before, and don’t forget to check if the tripod has the quick-release plate attached!

3. Expect the Unexpected
Bring backups of anything within reason. Never rely on the one memory card or battery. You never know when technology is going to decide not to work, so you want to make sure you’re ready for anything. If you’re using a light kit - try to bring extra bulbs, if you’re bringing anything rechargeable - bring the wired charger (and maybe look into a car charger adapter so you can plug in there if you have no other power source). 

4. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help
We’ve all been there, we think we can strap eight bags on our shoulders filled to the brim with equipment, and still maintain our footing. Some shoots will only require a few items, and that’s reasonable to rely on only yourself. But, when a shoot calls for more than a camera and tripod bag, it might be good to seek out a friend - remember you paid good money for your equipment, and you won’t be very happy if something breaks because you tried to do it all yourself.

Know your needs before the shoot and prep, prep, prep! Take the time to turn on equipment if it’s been a while, and make sure there aren’t any dubious error messages popping up (like that time you forgot to reformat your SD card). It’s better to take the time to organize your thoughts and items ahead of time, than it is to feel rushed and anxious about something last minute. A successful shoot of any kind starts with the proper planning!

AuthorJen Jacobs

Norfolk Community Day is quickly approaching! On Saturday, June 3, 2017,  Norfolk will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the first Norfolk Community Day. And what better way to celebrate than by continuing the tradition of family-friendly fun and entertainment? The NCTV staff and members of our board will be there with cameras in hand covering as much as possible. So, come visit us while you're enjoying all that Community Day has to offer.

While specific events haven't been announced yet, there are always a few annual favorites that one can expect. Like any good party these days, Community Day will typically have several inflatable games, such as the Moon Walk and Obstacle Course. The kids, or anyone for that matter, can also get their faces painted. In addition, the petting zoo, silent auction, Grade 1-6 art contest, and Norfolk Recreation's Touch-a-Truck, in the past, have always piqued the interest of the community. However, if the glory of victory or big cash prizes is more your style, you may want to try your luck in the Pie Eating Contest or Golf Ball Drop.

No matter what ends up happening, the NCTV crew will do our best to cover all the official events that we can. All of the various entertainment acts have been covered, such as Good Tymes Banjo Band, Inspiration, the Kathy Ryan Dance Studio, and the incomparable Henry the Juggler. In the past, after the plethora of footage was edited, we've had finished products that have run for around four hours! Let's see if we can have an even longer program this year! 

Oh and I must remind you all to come visit our booth, too. We'll have plenty of free/purple items for you to take home. We hope to see you there!

AuthorAndrew Barker

Every May, NCTV packs up a ton of equipment and heads on over to the KP Middle School to film Norfolk’s Town Meeting! With a few debated articles on the docket, we expected it to be a long one this year. It was a very well-attended event and was run very smoothly thanks to Norfolk’s Town Moderator, Jay Talerman.

One of the most exciting parts of this year’s town meeting from NCTV’s perspective was that we were able to stream LIVE on YouTube! Technology is always advancing and we discovered that we had the capability just a day before the meeting and were so excited to test it out. We had a larger than expected audience on YouTube during the live event and very much appreciated the feedback we received about the quality of the live stream! We hope to use this technology for future town meetings, too!

To watch the meeting, head on over to YouTube! It will also play back on our government channel soon.

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If you have any questions or comments about our coverage, leave them in the comments below or e-mail us at! We’re always interested to hear what people think!

AuthorKaty Woodhams