Maine Media is known for our world-class faculty, unmatched educational programs, lobster dinners under the dining tent, and of course, the coastal view. As we begin our 39th season of classes, the school has upgraded the film technical department with new top-line inventory including the Canon XF305 and XF300 professional HD camcorders.

The new Canon cameras will dramatically improve the ability of MMW students to create professional-looking videos in all manner of production including documentary pieces, single-camera narrative film production, and multi-camera shoots. The Canon XF305 and XF300 Full HD camcorders are well suited for MMW’s educational programs due to their exceptional image quality and rugged reliability as well as a complete set of professional features including dual XLR inputs for superior audio recording and Canon’s own XF codec featuring a high 50 Mbps bit rate with 4:2:2 color sampling and compatibility with the top non-linear editing systems on the market today.

Canon’s featured workshops are at the core of MMW’s program offerings, ranging from Basic Cinematography, Digital Cinematography, and HDSLR Filmmaking, to master photography classes with Gregory Heisler, Joyce Tenneson and Douglas Kirkland. The relationship is a reciprocal one for all: absolute beginners, high school students, advanced amateurs and industry pros all benefit from hands-on experience with the breadth of technology provided by Canon. The company’s technical representatives also visit the campus and listen to feedback from users in the field and classroom.

In recent years, Canon’s greatest impact overall has been on the film and multimedia programs, with cinematography students coming to Maine to train with Canon EOS Digital SLR cameras, and to explore the options available with the latest HD camcorder releases. Students enrolling in a range of multimedia workshops, from Introduction to Multimedia, to Bob Sacha’s Multimedia Master Class, also receive the dual benefit of advancing their skills and learning the latest Canon equipment.

Chris Lehmann, film faculty at Maine Media, gives high marks to the Canon XF300 and XF305 camcorders, saying “Our students benefit from their versatility, ease of use, and user-friendly interface. The combination of having the functions on the body of the camera, and use of two XLR audio inputs, makes this a go-to camera for the majority of the classes we teach. Our students can quickly learn the basics of these cameras in a day, and within a week-long course become efficient and effective shooters.”

“We are happy to lend support to the educational efforts and teachings happening at the Maine Media Workshops and see the full range of our imaging products utilized to help educate students. These workshops help exemplify the full range of possibilities with Canon products from image acquisition with our EOS digital SLR cameras and XF professional camcorders to output with our large format imagePROGRAF and PIXMA Pro printers and high-quality Realis projectors,” stated Peter Tvarkunas, education director, Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. 

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.           

Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. Its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), a top patent holder of technology, ranked fourth overall in the U.S. in 2010†, with global revenues of more than US $45 billion and is listed as number five in the computer industry on Fortune Magazine's World’s Most Admired Companies 2011 list.  Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. At Canon, we care because caring is essential to living together in harmony. Founded upon a corporate philosophy of Kyosei – "all people, regardless of race, religion or culture, harmoniously living and working together into the future" – Canon U.S.A. supports a number of social, youth, educational and other programs, including environmental and recycling initiatives. Additional information about these programs can be found at To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting

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