Monday, April 29, 2013

Dissecting the Video: Networks Around the Globe

Building networks orbiting the globe in Adobe After Effects compositing system.
Building networks orbiting the globe in After Effects.
More often than I like, I have clients who want a video but don't have much of budget. Basically, it's a step above "Video Services Provided for Free" and unless it's for an established client, I steer clear of these projects as well. In discussions for one such a project, I started thinking of a visual to illustrate one of the messages in the proposed video.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Avid Editing Tips and Tricks - Part III

Editing the Site Settings in the Avid video editing system.
Site Settings in the Avid video editing system.
As a long-time Avid editor, I've picked up a few tricks over the years. I've started to accumulate those tricks in the Avid Tips and Tricks series of blogs. Both Avid Tips and Tricks - Part I and Avid Tips and Tricks - Part II have been very popular, so this week is the third in the series of tips for the Avid Media Composer.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Top Video / Film Announcements at NAB 2013

New tools for video and film professionals.
Last week was the one of the biggest trade shows for film and video production. The NAB trade show is the one to watch for announcements about all the new film and video technology.

This year was no different, with a number of exciting announcements coming out of the show. Here are the top three announcements that I find most exciting.

Monday, April 8, 2013

NAB Twenty Years Ago

The author after the NAB tradeshow in Las Vegas for Avid Technology.
The Las Vegas Convention Center after NAB tear-down.
Today is the first day of NAB. For those of you unfamiliar with NAB, it stands for the National Association of Broadcasters. Held every year in Las Vegas, NAB is the biggest show of the year for companies that build tools for video and film. All of the biggest players such as Adobe, Apple, Avid Technology and Sony usually make their major announcements at NAB.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Video Services Provided for Free

If a video production request doesn't come with a budget, it's usually not worth doing.
If a video doesn't have a budget, it's usually not worth doing.
This may sound like a joke but it isn't - there are some companies out there who will ask for a video production and have no money to spend. I'm not talking about very small budgets, but ZERO budget. Sometimes these requests are made with promises of future business, but my advice is - walk away.