HOLLYN-wood Techy Talk

HOLLY-wood by Norman Hollyn

I’ve got a post percolating about the use of the iPad in education but it’s not really ready yet. In the meantime, I wanted to spend a post or two talking about some more tech-y things.

It’s so damned easy to get swallowed up by the technology in post production nowadays. About five years ago, no editor that I know was using the term “workflow” and now it seems that that is all we talk about. Codecs? Why should I know about them? Well, honestly, it’s because that knowledge helps us to do our job better. When I was a wee assistant editor, I made it my business to learn how the film optical houses did their job, as well as the labs. I learned about white core mattes and black core mattes, so I could talk more intelligently about them when I was conveying our requests.

Now, take that and multiply by a thousand. I’ve talked before about how we need to know VFX, sound design, color correction and much much more in our editing rooms. Sometimes it seems overwhelming. Luckily, there are tools out there to help us do our jobs better. read more...

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