Thursday, April 17, 2008

NAB fades into black

Well I made it through 4 days of walking and talking. I am so tired I could drop and not move for two days. Never thought standing with camera gear and talking to every stranger that walks by would be so tiring. This is a picture with Danny and his wife Shulimate at the DV TEC booth (which of course my spelling of Shulimate is way off I am sure, so sorry).

Sitting at the Aunties Annie Anne's pretzel store getting ready for a red eye flight back. Sorry about no updates, to tired to run around with the camera. I did have Nate Clarke tell me I made it on a podcast video clip walking in the background. I will post the link when I find it!

Didn't get to see much, but was impressed by Red, DV Multi Rig Pro (where I worked), final Cut Server, Adobe Premier Pro, Panasonic Cameras, people playing back hi-res footage from Macbook Pro Laptops at their booths, J-lab LCD Monitor and Red Rock Micro Matte Box.

Things not so impressive: Wedding shooters (sorry, I just call it as I see it), Japanese and Chinese companies at the show that don't speak english, short people (okay, I am tired and need someone to pick on), people in suits, 8 dollar cheeseburgers and people who have money to actually buy new equipment.

Thanks to Matt at Mcgee Digital for allowing a roommate to tag along (do you get the bill for the midgets?).

Fun time had by all. Now back to work that pays the bills!


Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Small update

Have been working the DV Tec booth and not made it out and about much. Will start to take pics and do some video Wednesday and Thursday. Hit the invite only Panasonic party Monday night (snagged a ticket from my old Pany rep in Minneapolis - I spent about $500k while in MN and he owes :-).

Thursday night is the big Final Cut Super meet. Lot's of great goodies. It all becomes a blur after a few hours. Not the place you want to wander around in.

More reports to come later. Will more than likely be post NAB.


Monday, April 14, 2008

John arrives in Las Vegas!

I have arrived for a few days in Las Vegas, NV. I will be working the National Association of Broadcasters convention for DV Tec. NAB has about 100,000 techies looking at the latest and greatest TV equipment. I hope to post some updates and new equipment reviews as I make my way around the convention .

More news to come later, right now I need to get to bed - it is 4:00am East Coast time!


Friday, April 4, 2008

John learning to edit on Final Cut Pro

Yes, it had to be done. I switched from the edit system I have used for the last 13 years to Final Cut Pro. And this is pretty much how my first day went. As I entered uncharted waters the help of "Final Cut Pro for Avid Editors" was a boost to my shattered self confidence. Sure the picture is a little dramatic and it actually turned out to go better each day - enough to say I finished my first editing project. Will see if I can post the project as it is material from a faith based org doing work in sensitive areas (yes, ignore the lightning bolts in the FCP window, this is serious stuff).

And I have figured out how to export the right aspect, so I can actually post clips now.