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Terry Goyette TV-Bay Magazine
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by Terry Goyette
Issue 97 - January 2015

Using non-linear editing software (NLEs) and digital audio workstations (DAWs) are staples of multimedia editors around the world. Many professionals use an NLE on a Windows PC or a Mac such as Adobe Premiere, FinalCut Pro, Sony Vegas or Avid Media Composer or edit music or sound with a DAW such as Pro Tools, Adobe Audition, Logic Pro, Propellerhead Reason or others. Professionals are not the only ones editing. We are now in the age of prosumers (consumers using pro equipment) using HD smartphone cameras uploading to YouTube as well as hearing music produced on home computers with programs like GarageBand and sharing with their friends on social media. There are many keyboard shortcuts to remember, and not always easy ways to navigate these programs with a mouse or keyboard.

One thing many editors agree on is the need to jog and shuttle in the timeline. Jog and shuttle are movements of the cursor along the window (timeline) that shows the sequence of video or sound. This movement, as well as the ability to execute commands easily without looking at their keyboard or moving their mouse is paramount. Jog and shuttle devices with buttons that provide these functions will work with one or two NLEs, but won't auto switch when the application in focus changes, say from Premiere Pro (video editor) to After Effects (special effects program). Color coated keyboards with shortcuts printed on the keys are good for one app, but may be useless if another app doesn't share the same shortcuts. Everyone seems to agree they need less clutter at their editing station or desk and greater productivity. Professional control surfaces may be the solution, but can cost thousands. Many editors don't have the space on their desk, need a portable solution and need something that is cost effective.

Large control surfaces may work for those who can afford them or for those who have the space on their desks. Some of these control surfaces may be overkill for someone wanting to do simple things not only like jog and shuttle, but copy, cut, paste, save, mark in and out points, import and export with the touch of one button instead of many at the same time. Spending thousands of dollars probably aren't in the budget for most people, and with more editors working in the field or in a cafe or kitchen table as in the case of prosumers, a device with a small footprint that compliments a laptop or smaller computer is a better fit. Color coated keyboards with shortcuts printed on them work for some applications, but don't have the flexibility to auto switch to another configuration. Again, laptop users don't want this option because it would require some kind of skin to be added to their keyboard.

For over ten years, the Contour Design Shuttle products have been the choice for professionals as well as prosumers and even beginners editing their videos and sound. The USB connected ShuttlePRO v2 and ShuttleXpress controllers compliment a mouse and keyboard by adding additional functionality to the computer. Contour Design's software is the key to its simplicity as well as it's power. The ability to execute commands with the touch of one button instead of pressing multiple buttons at once, as well as setting the inner jog wheel and shuttle ring to actions such as scrolling or zooming, gives any program user an advantage. Settings for the most popular editing applications are included, as well as many Internet and office programs such as Microsoft Office, Mozilla Firefox and many others.

The ShuttlePRO v2 has fifteen programmable buttons as well as an aluminum inner jog dial and spring loaded, rubberized shuttle wheel housed in a sleek, ergonomic design. Each button can not only be set to a different keyboard shortcut such as Control-S for Save in Windows or Command-P for Print on a Mac, but the Shuttle software can also create macros that perform many functions with the touch of one button, which is a ShuttlePRO v2 only functoin. For example, a user is editing a video and would like to save the project, switch to a new view, export the video to his hard drive, then upload a copy of the video to his YouTube account. This would require many menu pulldowns with the mouse or presses of the keyboard in a particular order and time. Contour Design's software makes it easy to create one macro to do all of those things, one after another in the order of the user's choosing.

Contour Design's other controller, the ShuttleXpress has most of the same functionality of its bigger sibling the ShuttlePRO v2, but in a compact, five button design. Its smaller footprint makes it perfect for users who just need a jog dial and shuttle wheel and less buttons than the ShuttlePRO v2. Both Shuttle devices are a cost effective and space saving alternative to bulky control surfaces or clumsy multi-colored keyboards.


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IP for everyone and 4k everywhere - that will be 2018
John Smith -new My first prediction for the coming year is that the use of IP to move broadcast content will increase dramatically.  Ultimately, it will become the commonplace, just as the use of IP has become part of our everyday, consumer lives.  Live sports are closely linked to this growth, as conversion of broadcast signals for transportation across established telecos networks enables content to be viewed in real-time, regardless if it’s in the next room or across the globe.
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Steadicam M-1 Volt: Tried and Tested
John E Fry Early in November some of us lucky Steadicam Operators from around the UK were invited to try out the new Tiffen M1 Volt, which is essentially an electronic motorized horizon assist unit attached to the gimbal of the latest Steadicam M1. Is it a good idea? As experienced Steadicam Operators, directors or producers, why would we be interested? Let’s investigate KitPlus fans!
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Epictech makes headway: A case study
Daniel Harker Barnes Founded in January 2014, EpicTech Media have been providing high end video production to companies and musicians across the U.K. for over three and a half years. When approached earlier this year by the band Bodkin Lane, we relished the challenge of producing a video of their charity concert, in aid of Headway (www.headway.org.uk), despite the challenging size of the venue. 
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The Outlook for 2018
Duncan Payne January has arrived…and the New Year promises great opportunities for those prepared to seek them out, with the one certainty that change is constant.
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Playing with Pink Floyd
KitPlus For the founder of London-based Hangman, James Tonkin, this has indeed been a summer to remember. After sixteen years of working in the same suites, he designed and moved his team into a new future proofed facility in Kew Gardens created specifically for the manipulation and delivery of formats in up to 8K HDR.
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Canon C200: Tried and Tested
Ben Sherriff There are many reviews about this camera online and a heap of incredibly detailed comparison and behind the scenes footage that will really give you a full insight into what it can do. So first a disclaimer - this review is less detailed and based on my personal reading of what this camera means for Canon and all other camera manufacturers and us – the users of these technologies. So, what’s all the fuss about?
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Empowering connectivity choice in the field
Yvonne Monterroso Reliability, flexibility and ease of use are the key requirements when covering the news and live events, especially when the location could be anywhere. Connectivity is one of the biggest concerns in the field when the pressure is on to capture a key event – if you cannot establish a reliable transmission path to send your video back to the broadcast studio, there is no story.
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A new AEON in Wireless 4k
JP Delport Whatever production companies are doing right here, right now, today, with wireless HD production tools, they want to do right here, right now, today with 4K UHD. That’s great, but common wisdom would share a host of challenges around 4k UHD, not least, the fact that 4K UHD requires 8x the processing power to transmit, then demands additional horsepower (and bandwidth) to accommodate the data and controls, wireless or otherwise, and of course, when you ramp up processing power, you ramp up heat generation, which needs to be efficiently evacuated.
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2018: A Changing of the Guard
Peter Savage 2 The guys at KitPlus asked me if I could write about what I think is going to happen in 2018 – a feel, or mood, piece of what we might see this year. I’m not sure why they asked me but perhaps it’s because I’ve been around the industry a long time. Anyway, to look forward I think sometimes it’s best to look back as history has a habit of repeating itself.
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Class: Do we still need standards
Bruce Devlin - new On the 1st January 2018, I officially took on the post of SMPTE Standards Vice President. The role has responsibility for all of SMPTE’s standardisation activities and it fills me with equal measures of excitement and terror.
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State of the Nation
Dick Hobbs - new This morning I was eating my healthy muesli and idly listening to Radio 4 when someone came on who claimed to be from the Oxford University Computational Propaganda Project.
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Panasonic GH5: Tried and Tested
Tim Bearder My journey as a filmmaker began with a select number of enthusiastic BBC reporters picked out and trained in the concept of Personal Digital Production by the American Video Journalist Michael Rosenblum.
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TVFutures: Learning is the key
Abbie Neill If you asked me the question ‘where do you see yourself after you graduate’ three years ago I would have probably answered  ‘in a lot of debt, but if you don't think about it, it doesn't exist because three years is a long time right ?’. WRONG! These three years studying Television and Broadcasting at the University of Portsmouth have been the quickest three years of my life. Back when I started I didn't really have any idea what I wanted to specialise in and the dreaded four letter word AVID used to be my biggest enemy. However I persevered through the 3792871 hours of lectures learning how to use the software, how it functions, neither did I think I'd be a one woman match of the day by graduation'.
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Studio Invate - Case Studio
KitPlus Studio INVATE is a video company based in Bangkok, with an inventive reputation. Its public persona is everyday commercial work, such as producing highly creative videos, live broadcasts and commercials, for companies ranging from large industrial brands and retail businesses to educational institutions. But in between the studio and on-location work for clients, the company’s crew of 14 employees and a few dozen freelancers enjoy live-streaming video game tournaments.
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Taking the lead in the HEVC and 4k revolution
Malcolm Harland There’s probably a good reason that BVE is held in late February — it offers you a few weeks to set your annual plans in place. Then, once you’ve decided on the opportunities you want to take advantage of and improvements you want to make, you have a chance to visit this massive exhibition to see the latest technological innovations that will help to bring your plans to fruition.
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Innovation in cameras moving to 4k
Tony Valentino For a number of reasons, wireless camera links needed time to migrate to 4K. However Broadcast Sports International, BSI, designs their own cameras and builds their own hardware and their transition to 4K is already complete.
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