Archives For April 2012

Attending NAB 2012

April 14, 2012 — 2 Comments

For the 16th straight year, I will be attending the National Association of Broadcasters show (better known as NAB). I’ll be in Vegas all this week.

I could go on at great length about the reasons I go to NAB, which have not changed in all this time, but the short version is: PEOPLE.

That’s right. PEOPLE. Information seeking is not a primary reason why I make the trip. If information about new equipment, software, etc. is all you seek…you can stay home and get it on the web. Sure, the trade show lets you touch-and-feel the stuff, but honestly, it’s really all about PEOPLE. Skipping NAB because you don’t want to purchase new stuff is, in my opinion, completely missing the point. Behind every product, service or new technology are REAL PEOPLE.

Rarely does a day go by where I am not interacting with people in the production community via the internet. Whether on the IMUG or AE-List, Twitter, Facebook, Skype or good old telephone, I have relationships with other professionals in this business, some on the “vendor” side, some on the “user” side, that keep me going. They also fuel my passions for this business.

Going to NAB provides an opportunity for face-to-face interaction with all those wonderful REAL LIVE PEOPLE who make up this crazy business. I discovered years ago how powerful these encounters are, and how positively they impact the online relationships that continue year-round. That is where the real power of our community is fully realized. NAB is the single largest gathering of people “like us” all year.

 

Events like the MediaMotion Ball are the culmination of that wonderful community. In the end, it is the entirety of the reason why I, and the entirely volunteer team behind it continue to do it. Other events that provide opportunities for users to meet and mix, like the Supermeet and other meet-ups also advance the community.

At some level, we’re all gear-heads, we love the latest software, hardware, toys and tips. We also like to talk shop with each other…that’s all in the mix, but that stuff is fleeting, it will all be old news in a short time, but PEOPLE and RELATIONSHIPS? They last forever.

I look forward to sharing time, face to face with as many wonderful colleagues as possible. You guys and gals all make me BETTER. Here’s to a great week!

Adobe CS6 is Announced

April 12, 2012 — 2 Comments

Hey Everyone, the rush of prep for all things MediaMotion Ball combined with one last pre-NAB project that just took forever to complete…. has left me with precious little time to write up an extensive report in time for today’s big Adobe CS6 announcements. Of course I will have my own things to say about various features of this comprehensive suite in the future. Just can’t get it done before NAB.

Fortunately, some good friends have written up fantastic articles/created videos, etc. on the matter and I am recommending them to all of my readers/viewers.

I may add links to this post later as well so check back!

After Effects CS6 (P)Review

Chris and Trish Meyer

 

My top 5 (or so) Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 features

Scott Simmons

 

Adobe CS6 Is Announced

Steve Oakley

 

After Effects CS6: New Features Workshop

Learn What’s New and How It Affects You

Todd Kopriva

 

Adobe “What’s new in CS6 Production Premium?” video page

Jason Levine

 

After Effects: New 3D Features in CS6

John Dickinson of Motionworks

 

After Effects New Feature Highlights (video)

Angie Taylor

Flanders Scientific, Inc. is a direct-sales provider of professional broadcast and post production monitors. I have just spent about 1 month with their top-of-the-line LM-2461W reference monitor while preparing this video review. Part of this video is educational regarding the need reference monitoring, and then my impressions of this specific monitor. Along the way I offer a few opinions.

The LM-2461W sells for $4995.00 US and is sold direct (they have other models too)

Here is my video review of this monitor:

Summary:
The Flanders Scientific LM-2461W clearly represents excellent decision making in product design. Delivering impressively on all of the fundamentals at a breakthrough price point and yet managing to deliver value-added features well beyond anything else in its class.

Disclosure: I requested a temporary review unit of this item for a few weeks in order to prepare this review. I encourage you to review my general ethics statement.