Facebook51Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Thurston Community TelevisionThurston Community Television (TCTV) has spent the past six months renovating and upgrading the community media center it operates in Thurston County. A state-of-the-art High Definition television studio is now available for use by community members to make video programs that are aired on the TCTV channels and shared through the Internet. The new facility will be unveiled to the community during an open house on Saturday, September 27, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.“We’re very excited about the opportunities this new facility offers,“ says Deborah Vinsel, TCTV CEO. “Our community can now create beautiful high definition video programs in our studio. The graphics (titles and credits) are beautiful. We can stream programming from the studio directly onto the Internet and import media from web services (like SKYPE) to include participants from other places. It’s an exceptional facility and it’s available to anyone who wants to become a member and take our classes. “The TCTV studio is located at 440 Yauger Way SW, Suite C, Olympia, in the same building as Comcast Cable on Olympia’s west side. There are lots of hands-on activities planned for the September 27 Open House. Attendees can take a tour, make an animation, shoot a video message, or record a voice-over to name a few. There will also be refreshments and door prizes. At 3:00 PM there will be a brief program in the studio to officially re-dedicate the facility.TCTV has been managing the public, educational, and governmental cable access channels and production facilities since 1986. The resources are made possible through service contracts between TCTV and Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater and Thurston County. TCTV services include video production training classes, studio and editing facilities, and portable equipment that can be checked-out by TCTV members. Membership is open to any individual, nonprofit organization, government agency or school. Members have access to low-cost classes and can gain unlimited access to the equipment and facilities by paying a small annual fee.Programming created through the TCTV facilities is seen on four local cable channels on the Comcast Cable system in greater Thurston County and on three channels on Fairpoint Cable system serving the area around Yelm. More than 20,000 hours of programming is scheduled by TCTV on these channels each year. Programming is also available through the TCTV website, www.tctv.net.TCTV is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.