Category Archives: Column/Opinion

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What to Know and What to Ask When You Shop for Storage at NAB

The media and entertainment (M&E) industry, and especially the post-production sector, seems to be an aggressively targeted market for NAS and SAN based solutions, as in the past three years more and more vendors have made inroads into the market. … more »

The Case for Object Storage

Of the 798 episodes of the BBC’s Doctor Who that have been filmed and aired since 1963, 97 are missing. According to The New Yorker, old episodes were simply taped over when new ones were made: “In the 1960s and … more »

Cloud Computing in Post-Production

"The cloud" has existed for decades. Remember when the official graphic symbol for the internet was an "evil" cloud? Today, however, cloud is one of the most frequently used buzzwords. So many companies seem to offer a solution with or … more »

Does Amazon’s Cloud Transcoding Service Make Sense for You?

Last week, Amazon released a cloud video transcoding service called Amazon Elastic Transcoder. The service is priced at a significant discount compared to other cloud transcoding services, such as Zencoder, that run on Amazon Web Services. Many in the twittersphere … more »

Five Questions: “Saigon ’68″ Director Douglas Sloan

Documentarian Douglas Sloan strives to put a single moment frozen in time into a larger context in "Saigon ’68," a 15-minute short premiering this week at the DOC NYC festival in New York. It examines a notorious image from the … more »

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Monitoring 3D Better with Matrox’s MC-100

We have been doing 3D for about four years now here at DJ Woods, and still we find that during production we need different options for handling different alignment issues. Until recently, when we worked on set and needed to … more »

Stephen Dorff in Brake

Making Brake an Indie Success Story

Just like actors, cinematographers tend to be typecast. I think I’m good at coming up with creative solutions given limited resources, but I don’t know what makes producers think I can shoot a decent feature in only two weeks' time. … more »

Top 5 Ways to Avoid Catastrophe in Production and Post

Top 5 Ways to Avoid Catastrophe in Production and Post

As a consultant far too often I get called in to "fix" problems that could have been avoided with a little planning and understanding. The really big budget productions rarely have these issues because they can afford to deal with things on set and/or in post. But for low- and mid-budget productions, most of the catastrophic problems I see in production and post could be overcome by following these five important guidelines. more »

FX Experimentation with Xbox Kinect

Have an Xbox Kinect all wrapped up and waiting to go under the tree? Maybe you should get the kids their own and keep one for your work. more »

Opinion: Outsourcing Post Cuts Costs and Risk

In this era of economic uncertainty, outsourcing post-production services for on-going projects may appear, at first blush, counter-intuitive. After all, why shouldn't a production company or network with on-going projects create its own "in-house" post operation to reduce outlays, especially during tough budget-challenging times? Well, after the total cost of having in-house post production services and support are factored in, the real numbers may be surprising. more »