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  1. Where have all the amateurs gone?

    by , 04-24-2013 at 05:39 PM (The Digital Director Experience: Video Editing Fundamentals)
    Perhaps I'm imagining it, but I'm sure amateur videographers used to be more, well, amateur. It seems everyone's a filmmaker these days. Take a visit to one of the many DSLR forums and you'll find a talking shop of DoPs and guerrilla filmmakers. Where have all the amateurs gone?

    Technology has changed dramatically in the ten years I've run this site. It's not just that cameras are more affordable, or that software is easier to use. it's all the other social interaction changes. Hobbyists ...

    Updated 04-27-2013 at 06:22 AM by Marc Peters

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  2. Optimising a laptop for video editing

    by , 04-24-2012 at 09:02 PM (The Digital Director Experience: Video Editing Fundamentals)
    If you've read my ramblings before, you'll know all about my unhealthy obsession with laptops for editing. The editing elite dictate that laptops shouldn't be used for editing. These people clearly live in a house with an editing studio featuring 50 screens and a separate hard drive for each video file.

    I always judge my system performance on whether I want to throw the laptop out of the window. I'm not really interested in shaving 5 seconds off my boot time, or live previews of 25 ...
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  3. Space, Geeks and wasting money

    by , 04-11-2012 at 06:48 PM (The Digital Director Experience: Video Editing Fundamentals)
    I've been sniffing around ways to waste money over the last few days. You know how it is. You fool yourself into thinking you need that new bit of kit, when really what hou need is to get out and be productve. My latest obsession is backing up, and boy can you spend a pretty penny on external harddrives. So it's proven an admirable a perfect way to waste a few hundred quid. Thing is, it's probably one of the rare times when my passion for spending is justified. I've been caught out by drive failures ...
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  4. Editing without a computer

    by , 04-08-2012 at 06:56 PM (The Digital Director Experience: Video Editing Fundamentals)
    Iíve been a reluctant iPad convert, but itís slowly pushed out my laptop over the last year. I now rarely use my PC for anything other than video editing. And itís not just the iPad, but the apps themselves that make the iPad a real alternative to using a PC. The apps often outperform their bloated PC counterpart, and at a price that suits almost anyoneís budget. So could I do without my PC? Is there an app that can compete with a PC for video editing? Could an app take a fresh approach to editing? ...

    Updated 04-08-2012 at 06:59 PM by Marc Peters

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  5. Money can't buy you creativity...

    by , 01-15-2012 at 06:49 PM (The Digital Director Experience: Video Editing Fundamentals)
    If you're anything like me, you'd happily spend a small fortune on video gear. And it's easily done - software alone can set you back a few grand. We probably talk about the latest fad more than we'll actually used it. But how do you justify spending (or as my wife would say, "wasting") money on new gear, particularly when you're just replacing a perfectly good camera.

    My last "upgrade" was a DSLR. I managed to persuade myself that a DSLR was a logical step, especially ...
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