We’ve been a bit quiet on the website. Mainly because Hilleke has taken a break to raise our young son and go back to Uni, while Mike has been picking up the slack for the company.
But we thought it was time for an update. Mostly because we’ve been upgrading gear again. Our suites now come with extra RAM and harddrive space, and the fresh new Adobe CC set of products. These handle 4k footage with ease. Beautiful!
Check out the Projects tab to see what else we’ve been up to.
With the future of Final Cut Pro pretty much decided (and Premiere not quite stepping up yet to take it’s place), Mike has been keen to get his hands on an Avid suite. We heard that Big World Zoo were selling off the old Blue Bike Avids and jumped at the chance to snap one up.
Mike was involved in the initial purchase of these suites, way back in the Cuba St days, so it’s a bit of a homecoming of sorts. We’re in the process of upgrading the PC (more RAM, up-to-date OS and much more internal storage – whoever thought a 75Gb internal drive would do? – gpr!) and will also update the old Avid Xpress HD software to the latest version of Avid MC 6.5 (with 7 due out soon).
It’s still a pretty grunty system, running 3.6GHz processor and a graphics card to make most gamers envious. With a couple of (Ultra)Sharp monitors, it will make a beautiful little suite.
Once it’s all state-of-the-art up-to-date awesomeness, we will be looking at hiring it out as well. Get in touch if you’re interested.
In addition to this, we now have a beautiful 23″ monitor hooked up to the iMac, and very little desk space left… time to start looking at a bigger office!
Mike’s currently up in the big big smoke (aka Auckland), editing a series for Toyota Racing Series at Volt TV. It’s a pretty tight turnaround – they shoot the race over the weekend with a multitude of cameras, bring back the footage on Sunday night, getting it ready for Mike to cut and deliver by Friday. It airs on Sky Sport on Friday night (with repeats throughout the week) and repeats on Prime on Saturday 2.30pm.
Here’s a preview of race two:
TRS press release
Check out our latest efforts… and one of the first with the new gear:
This video was commissioned by Greater Wellington Regional Council to help promote safer speeds and “looking both ways” when crossing.
Many thanks to Emma and Pat – they were both great to work with!
A bit of flagrant self-promotion here…
Mike has spent the past few months slaving away tirelessly on the kids TV show that is ‘Small Blacks TV’. For those of you who do not have rugby-mad-children, Small Blacks TV is a kids show about rugby, starring most of the All Blacks and many rugby-mad-children.
It’s a proper half hour show (i.e. actually 30 minutes long not ‘commercial half hour’ which is closer to 23 minutes these days) and Mike has been the sole editor for the bulk of post. Alot of work for one lonely editor! So he’s worked bloody hard, and the show looks brilliant. According to everyone involved it’s been a big step up from past years and full credit to the team for all their hard work.
Small Blacks TV is on Sunday mornings at 7.30am on TV2.
Check out the Small Blacks site here or watch the show on Demand (warning: ads!).
These have been around for a while, but I spotted them again the other day on an editing blog
I occasionally visit, and thought they were worth sharing. Origins of these clips, and more here
So, a little over two weeks ago, Mike and I succumbed and bought ourselves a new MacBook Pro. This had been on the wish-list for quite sometime, never quite making it to the top, but fate – and a job – intervened and one was acquired promptly. Now, after Mike’s two week stint at Comic Relief, I finally get to have a little play with our new Macky (or ‘little macbook’ as he prefers to be called).
Of course, with any new piece of equipment you need the necessary accessories. Our old satchel style laptop bag was just too heavy with all the gears in it, so I went on the look out for a laptop backpack, which was big enough for a 15.4 inch widescreen laptop and had compartments for other stuff (drives, cables, etc)… plus was waterproof, well-padded, and not hideous to look at. The winner on the day… eventually… was Crumpler’s Pyjama Pride. I still haven’t worked out what all the zips and gadgets, attachments and pockets are for, but it’s beautiful! And big… but then it has to be to fit all our gear!
It may seem that I love the bag more than the mac…. and in a way this might be true. Having worked on brand new Mac Pro towers for the past year, breaking in a new mac isn’t quite as exciting to me as it used to be… but a new bag… well, the girly geek in me just loves new bags. And combining bag shopping with gadget-y storage type stuff… well, if this editing/film thing doesn’t work out, I think I’ll be knocking on Crumplers door asking for a job!
But the new MacBook is here to stay, in all it’s lovely sleek Apple glory. Everyone join me for long drawn-out sigh of contentment… *aaaahhhhhhhhh*