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    Default Techy or Creative?

    I've just posted the below in another thread and thought it deserved it's own thread with a new question.

    "Are you more totally techy, cunninly creative, or a nice blend of both."

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    The 'art' of video editing is a strange beast. Clearly the digital video fimmaker must be a creative individual to produce imaginative and aesthetically pleasing work, but he is also has to be part computer geek these days!

    On the one hand you get the purely creative individual who struggles to deal with the learning curve of the software and ultimately outsources any hardware problems and invests in a plethora of guides and tutorials, on the other there's the techy guy that quickly learns the software but is ultimately let down by flair. And that's the problem with the 'lone gunman'. In any other aspect of filming and editing, you'd have a crew specialising in each aspect

    My problem is that I don't sit easy with either. I'm not a particualry techy guy, but feel at ease with both software and hardware (perhaps above average, but it doesn't really interest me sufficiently to keep bang up to date). I'm also not particulary creative, but have always liked to dable in the arts. Again, perhaps better than average but have no real commitment!

    I guess that's why I ended up studying Economics and French at Uni. A nice balance between art and science.

    The end result is that my videos end up looking decent but not spectacular!

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    I would say my bias is most definitely towards the techy side of things as this is my strength in my every day life too. I am a little creative (I think everybody is), but I won't ever set the world alight with my creativity. I like to produce well shot, decently edited, interesting videos. However, I know that no one is ever going to be totally blown away by anything I produce
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    A bit o' both I suppose. Definitely started off more on the geek side, but as i've been doing all these projects, i've started to learn that it's the final project that matters, most peoplw will be watching it to be "entertained" by the actions on the screen, so the last few "serious" videos we've done have been scripted more and planned out better.

    Edit: just noticed a typo. "Foinal"? :-)

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    Good question!

    Myself? Totally techy I think. I'm a s/w developer for a living so find I can pick up s/w like Premiere and the likes and learn to drive it easily and well enough I believe. The trick, though, for me is knowing what to do with it.

    Want proof that my technical ability outweights my creativity? Watch my competition entry when I post it.

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    I'm way more techie, but i do write and stuff.

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    If only I were either... But more techy than creative, I think.
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    Thought it was worth bring this poll back to life for the newer members!

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    I would probably have to say that my creative side outweighs my techie side.

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    Creative. Every time.

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    Creative, with a capital C.
    But, I am also known as the computer geek amongst those I know (most likely the one that knows how to solve a problem).
    That being said, most I know can format a letter - I can't, graphics are my thing.

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