Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A big media week in Bristol

The 'big media week' began of course with the March wefcpug on the Monday.  As a starter course, I ran through the headliner items as I saw them from the BVE show last month:  this turned out to be not so much a presentation but a rolling discussion. 

There are a couple of developments since, as it happens:
- amongst the cameras launched, the AF-101 from Panasonic has a published evaluation from Alan Roberts, which pulls no punches.   Find it here.
- the new disc recorder, the Atomos Ninja, which shows great promise, has yet to appear on the 'shelves'.  According to the urbanfoxtv blog, deliveries were being held pending a hardware upgrade/bug solution.

Our main course (which, for timing reasons, came before and after the starters) was a race between various routes to compress for the web.   It's all (with sample videos) on Richard's wefcpug website.

And so to Thursday night,  the glitz and glamour of Bristol's own TV awards ceremony, the RTS West of England awards, which this year were held at the spanking new Showcase Cinema de Lux in Cabot Circus.   Read all about the awards elsewhere  but raise your glasses please to wefcpug member David Neal, who this year had the daunting task of editing and playing out the clips reel to an audience of 250 of Bristol's media moguls.  No pressure there, then.

Although I wrote 'clips reel' not only (as you'd expect) were the clips edited on FCP, they were played out from the mac too - via HD-SDI to one of the cinema's 4k projectors.  Only the week before, we were told, the last of the cinema's film projectors had been stripped out.   The future is disc-driven!