Top Gear editing

Monday’s are generally a nice day regarding editing.

Transcoding Top Gear ready for editing

I simply have pull out show footage up from Top Gear; put an endboard and BBC DOG (digital on-screen graphic) on the clip. Then, having exported the clip to the correct specifications I publish it with iBroadcast; the way in which the BBC now uploads clips.

Editing with Final Cut ProMost of the time I have to play the waiting game as every clip has to be signed off, or complied…like in Flight of the Navigator…. “compliance”.

There’s no rest for the wicked though…

While working on the Top Gear website, I was also working on Eastenders, editing together some montages which are always great; especially when you put some upbeat music on them!

Click here to see one of the Peggy montages.

It seems that my new gel keyboard cover is getting quite the workout at the moment. Come September though, it’ll be getting even more action…ohhhhhhhhhh

Stay tuned!

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My New Keyboard

I have recently been lucky enough to get an FCP keyboard cover for my MacBook and it’s working out very nicely!

Final Cut Pro Keyboard

I can use the keyboard like a piano whilst working with AVID but for some reason, with Final Cut Pro, the keys have never stuck.

However that will change now!

The best thing about it is that it’s not another piece of large kit you have to find another bag for in order to carry it around, like my mouse or external hard drives.

It simply fits nicely on your keyboard, doesn’t put any pressure on your laptop screen when closed and the rubber backing means it doesn’t move an inch either in transportation or during usage.

Wow! It seems I have been watching a little too much CNET.

Anyway, back to editing now. Stay tuned for another new blog out very soon.

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Inspiring those Television types

As of the 1st July, it has been announced within the BBC that all television teams, or Linear as we in Multiplatform call them, have to deliver one clip per programme. This is to go on their APS website page.

As a result, there have been a number of ‘Masterclass’ sessions.

In one, they asked me to speak a little bit about the importance of a website and how it can be used to promote and keep the audience engaged.

I gave them the example of Big Brother. They use their website to release exclusive news, and by ‘exclusive news’ I don’t mean, “the housemates are in the garden”. I’m talking about the real juicy gossip that you would usually leave for the television programme.

For example, (and bare with me if you have nothing to do with BB11) even before Big Brothers Little Bother aired the news that Ben would be performing a stand up act in front of the eviction audience, Emma Willis did an exclusive video for the website! Click the flower below to see said video:

Big Brother 2010 flower logo

In my experience, that’s one of the best ways to use the web…to constantly remind people when a show is on, where to watch it, and what to expect…it’s like the new generation of Radio Times. But with moving pictures!

So here we are…to the future of Multiplatform. I hope a larger audience will understand the true potential of it!

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‘Summer’ Holidays

It appears that at the moment I am on a kind of summer holiday at work. I still have deadlines I have to meet, but I’m not working my usualy 10 hours a day!

So blogs about filming and shoots won’t be coming as thick and fast until September time.

Saying that, I have been thinking about what I could do and I shall be editing together a short video this weekend.

I’m calling it, my initiation into London Town…the things a northern lass should know about that London.

Until then, enjoy this picture of a London beetle I found! My finger is there to help show the scale of it.

A beetle taking a stroll in London

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My Wordle Blog

For a little experiment I decided to see what a wordle of my blog would look like.

The results are below:

my blog wordle

Thanks to http://www.wordle.net/.

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5D fun to come…

It appears that the next few weeks will be somewhat quieter compared to recent months.

I am therefore taking this opportunity to get my showreel up to date again and have a go at using some new equipment. I’m sure people in the office won’t mind me filming them.

So I am booking in some time with a 5D which you can see in the picture complete with a rig!…although I don’t think I can get the rig. There also seems to be a little wait to hire the 5D. Not sure why that could be!?

The full article by Adam Wilt, with information from the NAB 2009 can be found here. It even includes Airstar’s reflective balloon which floats up and bounces ground-based lights from it instead of using a crane. 

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“How do I get into the Media?”

Z5 view finderHaving filmed the BBC Three Live Insight event last Thursday, I found most of the audience asked me about getting into the media industry.

The answer I gave to all is to apply for work experience at the company you want to work for.

Unfortunately, there’s no magic formula as you may have already read in a previous blog I wrote about how I got into the industry.

I too didn’t have any connections with people who already worked in the media industry.

But like many people who now work at the BBC, I applied for work experience and during that month of employment I spoke to Production Managers about possible runner jobs, either in the office or on set, coming up in the future.

Luckily, my ‘work experience’ contract kept getting extended. I think it was because I treated the experience as something that could end as quickly as it had started…and I was nice and cheap for the production ;o)

Whatever reason it was, I worked in Linear (TV) for a few months before applying for a job in Multiplatform. That’s how I managed to work for the BBC.

If you show passion and commitment, I don’t think you can go far wrong.

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Eurovision 2010 Final vlog

During the Eurovision 2010 Final, I kept a short vlog about what goes in to making a website for a live show.

And here it is……..

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Filming for Audience Insights

Filming the Audience Insights day in BBC London was great fun although quite exhausting!

The day began at 8am when the four camera operators; Anna, Andy, Josh and myself, sorted the Z5 kits and got ready for a morning of flash mobbing.

Camera D; My Camera

The 50 young people arrived and we split into four groups; one camera with each group…logical! The groups then went to different areas of the BBC and made people aware of the Audience Insights Portal now available online.

Filming the Flash Mobs at the BBCFor the morning session, we simply followed each group with handheld Z5’s (although I took my monopod… obviously! Everyone who knows me, understands how much I love that thing for observational filming).

After a 17 minute lunch (yum!) we set up for the afternoon question andFilming the Question and Answer session answer session.

For this, three  BBC controllers met with the 16 – 24 year olds to discuss everything and anything; from their personal experiences to their programme ideas.

It was a fantastic afternoon session to film.  We filmed it much like a usual audience setup. Two cameras either side of the stage, one at the back as a wide shot of the whole stage, and then one focused on the audience.

I am quite excited about editing it all together… all 14 tapes!

Skecher and Camera

I think the best part of the day for me was getting to meet and record a voice over with Kirsten O’Brien. I used to watch her present CBBC with Ortis the Aadvark and I couldn’t believe I was sat next to her! Ahh it’s the small things I guess….

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Audience Insights

This week I shall be filming an in-house BBC auidence insight event.

The day will consist of following four teams who are taking part in a flash mob in different locations. There are four crews following the four flash mob teams. After a morning of observational filming, we’ll be at a question and answer session with some big names in BBC.

The first bit of filming will be done with a z5 and monopod.

This is the monopod I use when filming

I always tend to use a monopod to counteract the camera. I know there’s other better devices for such a deed but for me, the monopod technique works really well and I always stand by the idea of maknig equpiment work for you. That’s why it’s invented after all!

I’ve been working closely with the event organiser and the afternoon session will be filmed by three static cameras and one roaming; a lot like a stage show such as stand up or theatre productions.

It’ll be a good day, allowing me to use the Z5 again. I have also put my alarm on to remind me to TAKE PICTURES!