Since late last year when Adobe announced the next version of Flash player would support H.264 video playback, people have been excited at the possibilities. Finally, it looks like video on the web is becoming standardized to the point that you don’t need to worry about the end user being able to play your video or not. While the last few versions of flash video have made great strides in image quality and file size, it still does not compare to H.264.
I’ve always been a big fan of continuing education in whatever line of work you’re in. I think that especially applies to the media production industry. The pace that technology, formats, workflows, software and hardware are changing seems nearly impossible to keep up with at times. And it’s my feeling that if you’re not continuing to improve yourself and your skills, you’re not even as good as you were. You’re falling behind.
But enough preaching.
A pretty good percentage of the projects I do are for business meetings or large conferences. For example, every year my company (Edit Creations) edits most of the videos that are played at the annual International Lions Club Convention. This summer it’s in Bangkok Thailand.
For playback on site, sometimes there is one large screen and other times there are 3 screens. The screens can be all be the same size, or they can be a mix (usually a large screen in the center and smaller side screens that are matched).
In the past when editing shows like this the budget would dictate if we were going to edit one program and just play it on all 3, or create 3 different masters that would be rolled in sync. Obviously the later is a lot more work but the payoff can be amazing when you see it all together.
In recent years I have gleaned an amazing amount of knowledge from many others in the field of video production, much through the internet. From forum posts to web reviews to personal and professional blogs, there is now an unlimited amount of information to anybody wanting to know more. Nearly all of it free!
Now that I’m in my 20th year of working in this field (something I hate to admit) I’ve realized that I just might have a few things to give back that might help others. I have become who I am in large part due to the many people along my path that have helped out. I’ve always been appreciative and there are some individuals from my first year in the business that I still think of from time to time, wondering how they might handle one situation or another.
So it is my hope that the things I share here help others in one way or another. As the movie title goes, I just want to Pay it Forward.