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I am a digital imaging technician and editor with more than 15 years of experience in the film and television industry. I have traveled the world working with various production companies on popular network reality series, such as TNT's "72 Hours," National Geographic Channel's "Ultimate Survival Alaska," and MTV's "Are You The One?" I'm also the editor for Theory Studios, an online animation studio that produces short cartoons and VFX. I came up in the industry as a camera operator, but in the past five years I have moved into data management.

The nature of my work means that I'm often responsible for ingesting a variety of formats and codecs from an array of different cameras in the field, so I need a viewer that allows me to check timecodes for production and postproduction, apply LUTs on the fly, and check picture and sound for quality control. Many times I found myself using a different viewer for each codec.

For example, if we were shooting Sony XDCAM, Canon MXF, GoPro H.264, and Alexa RAW all in the same day, I would have to use different viewers for each of those codecs, often having to transcode proxies for viewing. Some of the viewers couldn't play back sound, and others wouldn't even display simple timecode. These drawbacks simply made my job harder and more time-consuming than it needed to be.

All of that changed when I began using Imagine Products' HD-VU2 native file viewer, because HD-VU2 does all of the above and more in one application. There were times when I had to use four or five different viewers to accomplish what HD-VU2 does in one. I can now apply LUTs for the director of photography right from HD-VU2, and being able to make necessary adjustments in the field helps save time in postproduction. I can also create playlists of different videos or even separate the footage into shooting days and save it from within HD-VU2, making it quick and easy to reference previously shot material.

Another great feature in HD-VU2 is the ability to search the entire library and effortlessly locate specific clips. Before I used HD-VU2, I would have had to search through pages of logs manually to locate a specific clip on a drive, then go through the drive to find the clip, then open the clip in the appropriate viewer €” a viewer that might not have audio and timecode playback capability. Now I can randomly search all of the clips in my library without having to open multiple programs, saving me time and potential confusion.

One of my favorite functions is the Frame Snapshot feature, which allows me to take a quick screengrab of the current frame in the viewer. We use this all the time in the field to add stills quickly to producer notes for the network and for continuity purposes.

HD-VU2 is my viewer of choice when managing multiple codecs and formats in the field and in the studio. Whether I'm working on network TV series, short films, commercials, cartoons, or documentaries, HD-VU2 always seems to find its way into my workflow for quickly checking my shot material. Typically I use HD-VU2 in conjunction with Imagine Products' ShotPut Pro, which lets me offload cards to multiple backup locations simultaneously. ShotPut Pro saves me time and gives me field-proven assurance that my data is being transferred and backed up securely and efficiently. HD-VU2 allows me to quickly and easily organize that footage into playlists, check timecodes for my logs, and implement quality-control measures to ensure that our cameras and audio equipment are functioning properly in the field.

HD-VU2 was especially helpful when working with Catalina Entertainment on the National Geographic Channel show "The Raft." I was tasked with creating a data-management workflow for Canon XF-105, Canon 5D, Sony PMW-200, and GoPro video cameras; Fujinon point-and-shoot cameras; and Sound Devices 664 field production mixers for audio recording.

This show was intended to replicate the challenges one would face being stranded on a life raft in the middle of the ocean after a disaster. With the production taking place entirely on the open ocean, often with no land in sight, we were confronted with the seemingly impossible task of shooting two rafts simultaneously 24 hours a day. Often the rafts and crews were more than 20 miles (two to four hours) apart. I was on a vessel that went back and forth between the two crews, and my job was to collect and download media (when I wasn't acting as first mate).

ShotPut Pro and HD-VU2 were invaluable in handling and viewing all of the different formats and codecs on this show. Their simple interfaces proved especially helpful when processing and viewing media on the go from the hull of a boat, sometimes in swells of 10 feet or more! Using ShotPut Pro and HD-VU2 with an Areca 32 TB RAID Thunderbolt 2 system, a 15-inch MacBook Pro Retina, a Lexar Professional HR1 hub with exchangeable readers, and Sonnet SxS Thunderbolt readers, I was able to duplicate and deliver more than 48 terabytes of raw video footage without any loss of data.

I've been a longtime user of Imagine Products applications, and I keep going back because of the quality and support. Not only can I count on the software to work when I need it most, but I can't tell you how refreshing it is to send an email to the support team and get an answer the same day €” often from President Dan Montgomery himself! In fact, Montgomery has helped me in the past by adding features I have needed in the field on the fly. It feels good to use a product that the president of the company stands behind and supports so positively and wholeheartedly.

The bottom line is this: HD-VU2 is dependable and fast. It has cut down the time it takes to process large amounts of video data, allowing me more time to do quality control and handle production requests. I have tried just about every other data-management solution on the market today, and I always come back to HD-VU2 and ShotPut Pro. The ease of use and reliability of this software can't be beat. There is nothing that comes close at this price point.

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IP or not IP, that is the question
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IP Prompting
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Growing a news agency from the inside out
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Plan to be smart at IBC
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Boradcast playout on-site and in the cloud
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Power linking just got better
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The party is not over until the video is online
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Class - Treat your virtual machines like cattle
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The AWS Summit 2017 in London

For several years I have felt that I should attend the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Summit in London, but never quite found the time to do it. After an exhilarating and educational day, I will now regret that I didn’t go sooner.

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50 years in and the show must go on
John Smith -new At IBC we always look forward to meeting old faces and new. For those more recently acquainted with the broadcast industry, you may not realise IBC was born half a century ago in London. In 1967 the show, held at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, attracted just 32 exhibitors and 500 delegates. However, its popularity grew and the exhibition quickly upgraded with a move to the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, followed by the Wembley Conference Centre, before moving to Brighton.
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The ITTP - A Review
Graham Reed Five years ago a group of practitioners who were concerned about the poor training provision and a lack of common skills standards in the broadcast industry formed the ITTP. Since then there have been many meetings with senior industry figures and representatives from training organisations and educational establishments.
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Managing colour from aquisition to delivery
Ollie Kenchington

Start with calibration

The right colour management process can be the difference between being certain of what the end results are going to be, and having to spend time fixing things in post production.

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A 360 degree view of fashion
Michael Parsons Im often asked, what do you do when the students arent around?, and the simple answer is, as it would be from any university technical support member of staff, I get involved in passion projects and these help me to stay up-to-date with the kit and keep my hand-in with video filmmaking.
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Multi-camera fly-away for live music production
Aaron Dunleavy A specialist in multi-camera concert films and music documentaries, Toward Infinity began working with Trickbox TV around 18 months ago. Run by Producer, Director and Editor Tim Sidwell and Producer and DP Jeremy Mason, Toward Infinity is a creative collaboration that works with top flight venues including: Royal Albert Hall, Wembley Arena, the O2 Arena, Shepherd's Bush Empire and the London Forum, with artists in all genres.
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