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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

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Andy Young, the subject of our cover story, is no stranger to multitasking. The secret to doing it well, he says, is to know how to prioritize. Young went to Madagascar with JVC's ProHD camcorder, threw it into some serious and extreme conditions--he even used it as a clothes drying rack after both he and the camera fell in a stream bed--and came back with HDV footage he needed to post in three different ways, including to an eight-minute film print. "Adding the film out meant we were going to get as much out of this material as we possibly could," he told me. "But I knew I couldn't compromise the original deliverables for large-screen HD and TV. I also just didn't have the time to mess around. I made a decision to shoot in 30p because you can pretty much capture and edit on Final Cut or Avid Xpress Pro HD exactly the way you would with MiniDV footage. I never would have done that if the film out was the most important thing. Slowing the footage down to 24p isn't usually an option for most projects, though it worked just fine for us." (To find out how he did it, turn to page 38).

I know none of you are strangers to doing more than one thing at once either, which is why you're probably already thinking of new ways to use some of the multitasking tools reviewed, explained and mentioned in this issue. Douglas Spotted Eagle says Grass Valley's Turbo iDDR, which he reviews on page 44, is such a welcome concept because it deftly blends the functions of multiple machines into one. "While this is designed to be three DVRs in one box--you can record and playback two additional streams at the same time--the bigger picture here really is how it all works together." Douglas says when testing Turbo he found another good use for his PDA's stylus--to more finely control the TFT audio or naming of clip bins during production.

There are more examples of creative problem-solving in this issue, from the graphics guy who uses a 3D animation package to juice up his After Effects work ("What I'm Using Now," page 10) to David Leathers' tutorial that shows you how to quickly turn one voiceover artist into two distinct voices (page 32). We've also got another one of Jim Tierney's great After Effects tutorials that shows you why you shouldn't ignore those built-in plugs inside AE 6.5 (page 30).

When you click on Tierney's tutorial online at, in fact, we'll give you access to a downloadable project file to help you move through the steps effortlessly. While you're there, don't forget to click through to, where you'll find news about current projects, company mergers and market feedback to new products that have finally made it onto shelves. You'll need Flash 8 if you want to sit back and enjoy the site's latest feature. In a recent video interview, shot by our friends at Crews Control, contributor Will Holloway talks with Panasonic's Jan Crittenden Livingston about the release of the HVX200. There's lots more video to come. Stay tuned!

Source Citation
Marchant, Beth. "Make way for multitasking." Studio Monthly 28.1 (2006): 6. General OneFile. Web. 29 Sept. 2010.
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