Recommended Reading: Starting Your Own Business?

Emyth Book CoverTen years ago starting your own post production business was a pretty big undertaking. Just the initial investment in equipment alone could set you back over $100K for a very modest setup. Add to that the cost of office space, the build out, office furniture and equipment and business insurance, and it was out of reach for all but the most well funded entrepreneurs.

But due to the progression in technology and the drastic drop in prices, nearly anybody can open a little boutique of their own. And in fact, more and more editors are opting to leave their full time job to pursue freelance editing, while also having their own system setup in an extra room or their basement. For many post houses, filling a senior editor job has become a difficult task, with so many of the talented editors deciding to make their own path.

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Tech Note: Importing AVCHD with Final Cut

If you have one of those new tapeless camcorders, chances are pretty good that it records in AVCHD on a memory stick, hard drive, or DVD disk.

Final Cut Pro still does not nativly support AVCHD, but will automatically transcode it into ProRes by default, or the Apple Intermediate CODEC (if you’re using iMovie it’s Apple Intermediate by default).

If you’re already used to importing P2 media using the Log and Transfer window inside of Final Cut Pro, then the process is the same using AVCHD. However, some have had problems (myself included) with Final Cut continuing to crash during the import.

Very often this problem stems from having the QuickTime component Perian installed. Perian allows QT to play back additional file types that would not otherwise be supported. However it seems it does cause a conflict in this case. The quick fix is to remove the file “Perian.component” from you Library/QuickTime folder. Once you do that, importing should resume as normal.

Apple has an official tech note on the problem as well.

Updated Tuesday; February 26, 2008

About a week ago Perian 1.1 was released. My hope is that this fixed the problem, but I have not had time to test it. If you have let me know what your experience has been.

Using Flash Player with H.264 Files

Using Flash Player with H.264 Files:

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.

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From Cell Phone to Email, Free and Easy

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.

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Editing for Watchout

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.

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