A Place For Placements - TVFutures


Luca Di-Maio TV-Bay Magazine
Read ezine online
Download PDF
Download PDF

I've been interested in media all my life… making short films with my mates in Windows Movie Maker when I was little... I never really knew where I wanted to go career wise, but I knew I always liked video production. So it will come as no surprise that I chose a degree that would provide that outlet, and I hoped that dedicating three Years to studying BSc Television and Broadcasting at the University of Portsmouth would turn my fantasy career, into reality.

Learning to operate and use industry standard cameras has been interesting, and working in a television studio environment was educational, but it was when I began editing on AVID Media Composer that something magical clicked. I’d used other software before, Premiere Pro is a great NLE don’t get me wrong, but AVID was something else, It seemed to set the rules. Difficult from the offset, but through an initial phase of sheer frustration, followed by a brief love/hate period, I was sold. This program became so enjoyable to me to use, the intricacies of it, that, when learned, allows you to do pretty much anything, and it reminded me of my initial love and passion for editing.I had fallen in love with editing all over again.

Most University of Portsmouth courses offer a ‘sandwich’ placement year option, but I was never interested. Why? Honestly, I just wanted to get on with the course, but one fateful morning an email came through promoting a years placement as an editing technician within the University. I tried to imagine myself in the role, but then I laughed it off, could I really do this? I'd be guiding students just like myself around the labyrinth that is AVID, helping them learn to love it like I did, and I began to wonder why couldn’t I do that? Well, it turned out that I could.

After applying for the job, going for the interview, and successfully landing the job, I felt I became a different person. I'd got to learn the software at a far deeper level, but the other responsibilities taught me so much more. The social skills that came from working with adult colleagues, and the responsibility of being present and available from 9 to 5, really changed my priorities. I swapped laziness for opportunities, and being in this “work-mode” spurred me to try and excel at everything I did. The daily routine helped me alot. I found myself in a better sleeping pattern, I was going to the gym every evening, and finding time for activities that might normally be lost to a late-morning lay-in. I was now working where I’d spent two years studying! If I had any fear of how I was going to be treated I needn't have worried, and the respect I was shown as a colleague has created friendships that will no doubt last me beyond my time studying in Portsmouth.

I’d be the first to admit that I may not be hugely academic, but vocational courses and work experience like my placement offer a real chance of learning life-long skills. The joy that I experienced helping others with AVID issues and giving video editing advice in general was second to none. The more experience I gained from the job, the better I was able to identify these little issues, down to the tiniest problems to the last minute deadline stress. I pride myself in that I could always (mostly) help find a solution, and I’ll always cherish the feeling of accomplishment, proudly walking back into the office knowing I’d possibly saved someone’s day. Like a savvy bartender, I came to know the “regulars”, the hard workers, the serial editors who would always be there, heads down, focused on a frame of footage, or giving the perfect look for a shot.

So the real perks of the job as they say, even though it sounds a little bit cheesy, is the friends and professional colleagues you make along the way. Beyond the friendship is the life skills, work experience, the sheer professionalism of performing at a high level, the list is endless! To sum this all up I’ve got to say that I’m relieved I didn’t delete the original email informing me about the job opportunity, because my applying for the job has been life changing, and to have missed that opportunity would have indeed been a tragedy.


Tags: iss140 | portsmouth university | avid | nle | media composer | Luca Di-Maio
Contributing Author Luca Di-Maio

Read this article in the tv-bay digital magazine
Download PDF
Article Copyright tv-bay limited. All trademarks recognised.
Reproduction of the content strictly prohibited without written consent.

Related Interviews
  • Avid at BVE North 2011

    Avid at BVE North 2011

  • DigiBox show AJA, AVID and the new BirdDog full NDI PTZ camera at BVE 2019

    DigiBox show AJA, AVID and the new BirdDog full NDI PTZ camera at BVE 2019

  • Datavideo on the Holdan stand at BVE 2013

    Datavideo on the Holdan stand at BVE 2013

  • Avid at IBC 2012 Part Two

    Avid at IBC 2012 Part Two

  • Avid at IBC 2012 Part One

    Avid at IBC 2012 Part One

  • Datavideo at IBC2011

    Datavideo at IBC2011

  • Avid at IBC2011

    Avid at IBC2011

  • Nugen Audio at NAB 2014

    Nugen Audio at NAB 2014

  • Altered Images at BVE North 2011

    Altered Images at BVE North 2011

  • Brainstorm Multimedia at IBC 2015

    Brainstorm Multimedia at IBC 2015

  • Sony Camcorders at BVE 2014

    Sony Camcorders at BVE 2014

  • Brainstorm on BroadcastShow LIVE at IBC 2013

    Brainstorm on BroadcastShow LIVE at IBC 2013

  • Aframe Cloud Video at IBC 2013

    Aframe Cloud Video at IBC 2013

  • SIS LIVE and their products ManPak and DriveForce at IBC 2013

    SIS LIVE and their products ManPak and DriveForce at IBC 2013

  • Yospace: Advert Insertion at NAB 2013

    Yospace: Advert Insertion at NAB 2013

  • AJA at BVE 2013

    AJA at BVE 2013

  • Marquis Broadcast at NAB 2012

    Marquis Broadcast at NAB 2012

  • Brainstorm at NAB 2012

    Brainstorm at NAB 2012

  • Editors Keys at ProVideo2011

    Editors Keys at ProVideo2011

  • Holdan and Teradek at BVE North 2011

    Holdan and Teradek at BVE North 2011

  • IPV at IBC2011

    IPV at IBC2011

  • Forscene at IBC 2014

    Forscene at IBC 2014

  • Lightworks on BroadcastShow Tour May 2013

    Lightworks on BroadcastShow Tour May 2013


Related Shows
  • KitPlus TV featuring mini remote heads, new ATMOS facility and choosing the right camera for you.

    KitPlus TV featuring mini remote heads, new ATMOS facility and choosing the right camera for you.


Articles
Control, as easy as pressing a button
Bazile Peter

A fundamental issue with control surfaces in modern broadcast operations is that they are, for the most part, old fashioned.

The ease, responsiveness, and functionality of touchscreens, especially in Smartphones are now commonplace. Attributes that are largely absent from touchscreens are typically buttons, sliders, and dials found on many control devices associated with human machine interaction.

Tags: iss142 | densitron | monitor | tactile | Bazile Peter
Contributing Author Bazile Peter Click to read or download PDF
Synced Across Multiple Screens
Christof Haslauer Live TV viewing habits around the world are changing. This is especially true with audiences under 30 who prefer to consume Live TV on their mobile devices rather than on a large screen TV. One of the major reasons for this change is the lack of options for personalisation of content on Linear TV.
Tags: iss142 | ott streaming | rtmp | nativewave | native waves | Christof Haslauer
Contributing Author Christof Haslauer Click to read or download PDF
An Argument for the Z Cam
Jake Ratcliffe Z Cam first dipped their toes into the cinema camera market back at NAB 2018 with the release of the E2 and since then they have proven themselves as one of the go-to camera manufacturers for affordable and unique camera solutions. Their family of cinema cameras has since evolved into a set of 6.
Tags: iss142 | cvp | cvpgroup | micro four thirds | e2c | zcam | full frame 6k | tilta | smallrig | 8sinn | zacuto | rvlvr | Jake Ratcliffe
Contributing Author Jake Ratcliffe Click to read or download PDF
Working with Remote Workflows
Alex Macleod At the time of me writing this article there is literally no other subject of conversation going on at the moment. The creative industries are on the verge of a complete shutdown, and it’s a seriously scary prospect. The fear & uncertainty is very real.
Tags: iss142 | mediacity training | premier pro | nle | editing | motion templates | Alex Macleod
Contributing Author Alex Macleod Click to read or download PDF
Why Routing Control
Mark Davies Routing control sits at the very heart of all advanced control systems. A well-configured system that manages signal routes throughout a facility and groups multi-level actions into a single control surface allows for much richer and focused production. Using one-touch panels, operators could route video, audio and data signals between the various elements of a network, perhaps to route a camera signal to a vision mixer, as well as through other processors, before it arrives at its destination. Users could adopt routing control to trigger an external event, a complete reconfiguration of a multi-router setup, route several sources simultaneously, or make set routes or multiple routes via a single button press.
Tags: iss142 | es broadcast | tsl products | remote production | tallyman | Mark Davies
Contributing Author Mark Davies Click to read or download PDF