The present and future of post production business and technology | Philip Hodgetts

With Lumberjack System we don’t focus enough on Story Mode. Of late Transcript mode and Magic Keywords have taken the main focus, and of course the primary real-time logging and pre-editing tools are well known by now.

But Story Mode is ultimately move valuable if the project continues more than a one or two day shoot. Story mode lets us send Lumberjack logged Final Cut Pro X Events or Libraries back to the Lumberyard app to create string-outs from all the footage.

This recently became very valuable for a recent project: extracting the conversations on Final Cut Pro X from nearly 20 episodes of Lunch with Philip and Greg for an upcoming documentary.

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The Wall Street Journal (firewalled but details available here) reports that Apple is planning to join its competitors in original programming.

The shows Apple is considering would likely be comparable to critically acclaimed programs like “Westworld” on Time Warner Inc.’s HBO or “Stranger Things” on Netflix.

I would say the move was inevitable, and predicted it seven years ago in Dec 2009. More from the WSJ”

Nonetheless, the entry of the world’s most valuable company into original television and films could be a transformative moment for Hollywood and mark a significant turn in strategy for Apple as it starts to become more of a media company, rather than just a distributor of other companies’ media.

In Episode 76 of The Terence and Philip Show, Terence and Philip tackle the very broad subject of ‘creativity’. Settle in because there will be tangents!

 

Jan/17

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Zach Arnold’s 5X Challenge

Just over five years ago, I challenged myself to drop my blood pressure without medication, largely to prove a point to a doctor I’ve never been back to! Since then I’ve been able to recover my physical strength and fitness, so I would encourage everyone to make some effort this year to not sit still at our desks!

Zach Arnold – of Fitness in Post fame – has put together Optimize Yourself, a new program that he promises will give you 5x the energy, productivity and creativity. Even if you don’t join the Optimize Yourself program, do something to improve your fitness this year.

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2016 was a year of consolidation and growth for Greg and I: citizenship, green card, artificial intelligence and a house and yard dominated the year. 2017 looks like being another interesting and exciting year.

Philip and Greg 2017. Thanks to Kay Stammers and Tristan Parry.

Philip and Greg 2017. Thanks to Tristan Parry.

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By some odd co-incidence, after a run of guest one at a time, we have two pairs of guests in a row: this time Ryan Velin and Mads Larsen Nielsen.

Mads Larsen Nielsen

FCPX Post System Integrator, Metronome Mads Larsen Nielsen has 15 years of editing experience. As network system integrator he has handled more than 100 documentaries and large scale television productions. Since arriving at Metronome Productions 3 years ago, he has been responsible for developing network and server environments and optimising workflows for Final Cut Pro X productions.

Ryan Velin

Head of Final Cut Pro X Post Production, Metronome Ryan Velin has been an editor at Metronome Productions for more than five years. For the past 4 years he has been in charge of implementing Final Cut Pro X into post production and is now entirely committed to coming up with new ways of working and the implementation of new technology all revolving around Final Cut Pro X.

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The latest in our lunch series is with Ronny Courtens and Nouch Demeulenaere recorded during IBC in September 2016. Ronny has had an amazing career across Europe, from Olympic broadcasting to mainstream television. Nouch is both Ronny’s assistant and a video artist in her own right.

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FinderCat is happy because his Keywords will travel with the media files.

FindrCat is happy because his Keywords will travel with the media files.

I’d like to introduce you to our first new piece of software for about two years: FindrCat. FinderCat is an easy-to-use app that converts your Final Cut Pro X Keywords into Finder Tags, so you can then filter and search for your media via Finder. In a world of Media Asset Management (MAM), and Digital Asset Management (DAM) this is a ‘no M’am’ asset organization tool.

The biggest advantage is that the FCP X keywords now travel with the media files, and will return to FCP X as keywords when re-imported, on any system.

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Nov/16

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The Value of Metadata: an anecdote.

I guess it won’t be any surprise that I have a lot of metadata entered in my Aperture photo library. In fact the lack of metadata support in Photos is the reason I can’t migrate there.

The real value of metadata is to help find photos, but sometimes the right piece of metadata is beyond value. For some paperwork related to my current husband’s ‘green card’ I needed the date of birth of my former wife. I could not remember it, but looking in my photo library, I found one taken on her 23rd birthday.

Of course I have the original date set on my photos, even those that I scanned from prints or slides. Because I had added the metadata when I knew it, I now had the all-important date I needed, and was able to file the paperwork.

Never underestimate the value of metadata!

Nov/16

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Apple’s Production Future

Robert Cringely has never backed away from controversial ideas and in among a rant about Apple losing its ‘mojo’  he proposes that Apple buy up all the ‘Hollywood’ writers as an end run around Studios. And that’s an idea I proposed about seven years ago in my piece What if Apple or Google simply bypassed Networks and Studios?

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