How can I learn more about the technology of my industry?
May 13, 2011 3:26 PM Subscribe
How can I get more tech-y?
posted by Spyder's Game to Technology (9 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I work as a television editor on AVID and Final Cut Pro. I know these two pieces of software quite well. What I don't know is...all the other stuff.
Boss: Good cut! Let's crunch that down to something that can be read on [big boss'] laptop!
Boss: We need to rip this DVD and take a scene from it.
I'd like to replace my answers with "You bet, boss! Here's what you do..."
I'm pretty good with making the pictures pretty, and the audio sound good. Good at putting visuals together with sound and telling good stories, but ask me what codec is best for exporting a 30 min sequence, and I'm lost. Ask me what's the best method of ripping a scene from a DVD on a Mac and I'm lost. AVID goes down, and I'm flummoxed. I know many editors who will climb behind the system and fix the damn thing on the spot. I know many editors who can discuss codecs and resolutions and release notes with you ad infinitum. I'm just...not one of those people. I have no passion for it. I like putting shows together. It's like a puzzle, and I'll learn the tech I need to do it. But I'd be a lot more valuable to a company if I can expand my reach a bit. So I'm trying to learn more of the tech that will help me become a double threat in my industry. Help me compete with "those guys!" Where can I learn this stuff? How do I keep current on the newest and latest? Is there a way to develop a passion for this kind of thing? I'm tired of being a one-trick pony, and nervous that I may not be viable much longer if I don't keep up.