Archive for the ‘Workflow’ category

New Book for Assistant Editors

June 18, 2012

Jonathan Moser has posted a stellar review of the new book “The Assistant Editor’s Handbook” for Post Magazine. Written by Kyra Coffie, the book seems to cover just about anything you might want to know if you’re looking for a job as an assistant editor in an Avid-based editing room. Check out Moser’s review on the Post Magazine site, or take a look at the book at Amazon. You can learn more about it and download a free chapter at Coffie’s site.


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.

Intuit Relents — Sort Of

December 22, 2011

If you are one of the many people who have been unhappily looking at the end of Quicken on Lion, Intuit’s Aaron Forth, General Manager of their Personal Finance Group, offered you some hope today. The company is working to make Quicken 2007 compatible with Lion, with an expected release date of “early Spring.” How they are planning to do this has been left intentionally vague. I’ve spent some quality time over the last couple of months comparing Quicken Mac, Quicken PC under emulation, and MoneyDance, and I was reluctantly ready to move to the PC version. (I’ve been running it under Crossover, which is unique in that it doesn’t require Windows, but it’s quirky and not for everybody). Now, if you can wait till Spring, you may not have to switch. For details, check out Quicken’s Lion FAQ.

Pre-NAB Editors Lounge Video

April 8, 2011

Video from the Editors Lounge Pre-NAB Panel Discussion was posted yesterday. I was part of it, and we covered a lot of interesting stuff, including the new FCP, the future of the editing UI, 3D, the lack of HDCAM-SR tape stock due to the tsunami, and many other things.

The other participants were Terry Curren, Mark Raudonis, Lucas Wilson and Michael Bravin, and the panel was moderated by Debra Kaufman. It was co-sponsored by Alphadogs and Keycode Media.

The video is in four 15-20 min. segments. So the two hour panel has been expertly trimmed to about 80 minutes.

Check it out at Vimeo.

Part 1 – Final Cut Speculation and Predictions
Part 2 – Evolution of the Editing UI/Editing Outsourcing
Part 3 – The End of Tape/Thunderbolt/Camera Evolution
Part 4 – 3D/Questions and Answers

Pre-NAB Editors Lounge

March 1, 2011

Later this month I’ll be participating in the what I hope will be an insightful and provocative Pre-NAB Editors Lounge Panel Discussion, hosted by Terry Curren and his company AlphaDogs in partnership with Key Code Media. The Editors Lounge is a great place to meet other editors, get questions answered, and generally stay current. And the food ain’t bad, either. This event will also feature a demo of Sony’s new OLED production monitor (list price, just $26,000).

Panelists: Debra Kaufman, Lucas Wilson, Mark Raudonis, Michael Bravin, Terry Curren and me.

Date and Time: Friday, 3/25 at 6:15 pm

Location: Key Code Media, 270 S. Flower St, Burbank, CA 91502

Complete Details are Here

Media Copy

February 26, 2011

With cutting rooms more and more portable, many of us like to take a portion of a project’s media home and work on it from there. In Media Composer this can be a real pain because it’s so hard to identify the media files that go with a large group of clips. There’s a way to do it that I described in a previous post, but it’s complicated, and Avid should have simplified it long ago. Now Wes Plate and his company, Automatic Duck, seem to have done what Avid couldn’t with their program Media Copy. With Version 3, just released, you can identify a bin or bins and ask the program to collect all media files associated with all the clips in those bins and copy them to another drive. That seems simple enough, but we’ve been waiting for it so long now, it seems damn near miraculous.

Fair warning — I haven’t used the program, so I can’t speak for its reliability. But Automatic Duck has made some supremely usable utilities over the years and I suspect this one is no different. Thanks to Oliver Peters for drawing my attention to it and to Wes for getting it done.