Event DV by Event DV Top 2007Sometime back in the early ’80s, at the end of what must have been either the first or last 60 Minutes broadcast of the year, Andy Rooney opened his segment by saying he felt foolish wishing viewers a "Happy New Year" because, as everyone knows, Dec. 31st isn’t really the end of the year, but sometime in the middle. As the son of academics and, more recently, the spouse of one, university calendars have always had more impact on my life than the Roman calendar, and the publishers I’ve worked for have always had their own fiscals. In the CD and DVD industry where EventDV predecessor EMedia plied its trade, we all set our clocks by the Japanese fiscal, which runs (roughly) April to March, and, of course, Japanese companies like Sony, Panasonic, and Canon play fairly dominant roles in the video world as well. The international dateline of the video industry has traditionally been NAB, which falls sometime in April, although in recent years quite a bit of the action has shifted to IBC (even though very few videographers I know attend IBC, for the last two years major announcements like the latest versions of Sony Vegas have come out of that show rather than NAB). And how will we ever ring in the new year at NAB next April without Avid? read more...

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