Archive for the ‘Quality of Life’ category

Editor’s Lounge Videos Posted

April 15, 2012

If you’re not going to make it to Vegas this year and are looking for a bit of pre-show analysis, check out the Editors Lounge Pre-NAB Panel Discussion Video. It features Terry Curren, Michael Kammes,  Mark Raudonis, and I talking about such things as how the growing move to tablet devices and internet distribution is changing life for content creators. But we get into the gear, too, with a discussion about FCP-X, Premiere, Media Composer, Lightworks, and, yes, even the resurgence of the typewriter. Masterfully moderated by Deborah Kaufman, it makes for interesting viewing (and looks crystal clear at full res).

That Post Show — A Little Squirt of Dopamine

January 25, 2012

Last week, I participated in another episode of Kanen Flowers’ “That Post Show” podcast — this time covering the skill-set you’ll need in order to succeed in the real world of the professional editing room. The episode is entitled “Squirt of Dopamine” and also features Mike J. Nichols, Paul Zadie and, of course, Kanen. I think you’ll find it interesting listening. Check it out via iTunes or get it from the shownotes page.

Long Work Days and Your Heart

April 8, 2011

In another sobering reminder that long work days influence your health, a paper published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine reports that people who worked 11 or more hours a day were 66% more likely to have a heart attack or die of one than those who worked 8 hours. Or course, the paper only demonstrates an association — they’d have to do a different kind of study to prove causality. But 66% is a pretty unsettling number.

NY Times Article / Abstract of Original Article

Screen Time is Bad for Your Health

January 13, 2011

In a new large-scale study examining the relationship between screen time and heart problems, scientists found something dramatic. Just sitting in front of a screen for four or more hours a day correlates with a doubling of heart disease risk compared to less than two hours. And it was associated with a 50% higher death rate, as well.

The study, led by Emmanuel Stamatakis at the University College of London and published in the January 18th issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, looked at “leisure” screen time, what the scientists called “recreational sitting,” and followed study participants for four years. Whether the same correlation would be found regarding work-related screen time wasn’t studied, but it doesn’t take much imagination to assume that there would be a link there, as well. We editors spend way more than four hours a day sitting in front of a screen. And we do it for a lot longer than four years. What is it doing to us?

Here’s a more complete look at the research. And here’s the abstract of the original article.

Recess, Anyone?

November 29, 2010

Now that y’all are back from stuffing yourselves with stuffing, here’s a weird news item: researchers have been experimenting with having sedentary workers take two 10-minute exercise breaks every day. It turns out that in carefully controlled experiments, the energy and focus you gain from a couple of short breaks more than outweighs the time you lose taking the break. People come back refreshed, are able to focus better and are measurably more productive. Work-related injuries, including repetitive stress problems, go down, too. What makes the whole thing strange is that people take the break together: a work group will all stop at the same time and do something similar to yoga or stretching. Several companies have adopted the technique, and trials are going on at 70 places in LA.

As we in post production spend more and more time staring at screens, physical problems only increase. I can’t really see us ever doing such a thing, but maybe for that very reason I get a kick out of imagining everybody in an editing building stopping twice a day to work out.

Details are in this NY Times article, which is derived from a book describing the idea — “Instant Recess.”

Interview on Hollywood Reinvented

November 13, 2010

My friend Larry Jordan, editor and creator of the new blog Hollywood Reinvented, has just posted an extended video interview with me. Topics covered include digital editing in general, Final Cut vs. Media Composer, the need for editors, and the future of post production. It’s all nicely edited into tasty, bite-sized pieces (if you let it play, it’ll move from clip to clip without interruption). The full post is here. I hope you enjoy it.

In the Coal Mine

June 16, 2010

I’ve been thinking a lot about this crazy period we find ourselves in. I watched my musician friends get creamed by the digital revolution. People who had good steady livelihoods became salesmen to survive, or accepted big cuts in pay. We all celebrate the democratization of technology, but there’s a dark side. When everybody has access to the tools, the craft gets devalued. The film business used to be recession-proof. But something different is going on now.

What we’re seeing is the democratization of distribution. When live video from a spill-cam a mile under the gulf is more interesting than talking heads on CNN and Fox, you know the world has tilted on its axis. With an iPhone you can shoot, edit and distribute on a device that fits in your pocket. That is the wind that is blowing through out world. What will media look like when the storm passes? What stories will we tell? I’m sure I don’t know. But the ride isn’t over.

On that happy note, come on out to the LAFCPUG meeting tonight and take a look at Media Composer 5. I’ll be presenting, along with Steve Kanter, who will offer some Final Cut Pro tips for Avid-ites. It promises to be an ecumenical evening and a fitting way to celebrate the group’s ten-year anniversary. The raffle will include a copy of MC5 and a raft of other stuff, as well.