Teleweb from Gerd Leonhard

Have you seen the video below? Basically it’s everything I have been harping on about (sorry about that) in just 8 minutes!

Gerd Leonhard, Founder and CEO of The Futures Agency, Media Futurist, Author and fellow blogger explains the future of television now that the internet has arrived.

He talks about how in 2 – 3 years television sets will automatically connect to the internet and how social networkers are the next broadcasters. In just 5 years you won’t be able to seperate TV and the internet!

It’s good to see that there are professionals with the same thoughts as I have…perhaps I’m not a loon after all!

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Strictly Come Dancing….is back! Not sure you knew ;-)

glitter ball

Well firstly apologies for the lack of blogging over the past few weeks.Ā Not sure whether you have heard but Strictly Come Dancing is on and it feels like if I’m not working or travelling, I’m sleeping!

I’ve therefore decided to write weekly blogs….genius! That way you still have something fascinating and intriguing to read at dinnertime šŸ˜‰

Anyway it’s been a massive learning curve since early September.

DV deck

At first, I edited together the Strictly promotional trails thatĀ aired on BBC 1 just before EastEnders.

It was crazy having to have my edited stuff tech reviewed and as for ‘editĀ suite’ or should I really say, a laptop withĀ headphones and a borrowed digi deck for playout. Nothing like Multiplatform.

playout stack

Laptop

The best bit was passing the tech review everyday. As theĀ trails were being broadcast on television, they had to be checked before going out; making sure the sound wasn’tĀ too high or low,and that the brightness didn’t peak.

Considering I didn’t have speakers or a surround sound toĀ work with, it meant being even more careful. But a bit of colour correction here and there and making sure the sound touched yellow seemed to work.

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Next Week:
Read about the camera crew that are following me around this Friday…that’s right, I shall be in front of the camera for a change…eek!

Digg.com

Well it appears that Digg has had quite the facelift whilst I have been away at Manchester Pride and I think that I have been introduced to their version of the ‘fail whale’ from Twitter.

What is this called though because ‘Fail horse and cart’ doesn’t have quite the same ring to it!!? What would you call it?

Fail horse and cart?

Manchester Pride 2010

Its just one more sleep before I head back to the North for Manchester Pride. I’m heading there with one of my best friends Andy Heald.

Manchester Pride 2010
The tickets have been picked up and I’m waiting for the Official Manchester Pride Twitter account to come alive with all the gossip and news about acts, performances and offers.

This year we have the delights of Kelis, Beverley Knight, 4 Poofs and a Piano and Adam Rickitt as well as getting ready to go out with the sound of Ultimate Big Brother playing in the background.

Last year the drama included loosing my chips, making BEST friends (but theb breaking friends) with randomers in one night, and of course more chips.

A bowl of chippies

This year I’m expecting more fun and frolics.

You can keep up to date with all the Pride gossip with their official twitter. Or you can always follow me for some very special tweets and pix! *wink*

The views and opinions expressed in this article are that of my own and not my employer.

Peggy Mitchell leaves Eastenders

Exciting news!

On Monday evening as I sat there getting ready for Eastenders, a promo for the montage I edited popped up on television.Ā  Prime time television!


I couldn’t believe it. Not only was my dream of Multiplatform and Linear coming together coming true (and Lord knows I’ve been piping on about it for long enough!), but I was actually part of it!

Why not watch it again!

There’s more exciting news on the horizon.

Looks like I’ll be doing a bit more editing that will be broadcast come September.

Make sure you follow me on Twitter or Tumblr and I’ll keep you up to date regarding the promos. I promise, I’ll try to refrain my excitement!!

The views and opinions expressed in this article are that of my own and not my employer.

Jury Duty Bingo

If you don’t already know, I have been away for the past two weeks on Jury Duty (which by the way is FANTASTIC and so much fun!)

The first week we got a case with a chap who had two counts of ‘violence occasioning actual bodily harm’.

This case took four days and we came to a unanomous verdict of gulity for both counts. He’ll be going dahhhhhn.

The second week we got a case with another chap who had two counts of ‘violence with the intent to cause GBH’

This case got thrown out of court after it appeared his health may have been a deciding factor to the attack…it left a lot of the jury questioning the decision quite heavily but I suppose that’s how it sometimes pans out.

Anyway, during the two weeks I noticed various things about the courtroom and how people spoke / addressed others.

Therefore, I have come up with Jury Duty Bingo, so if any of you out there have the fortune to be called up to serve, take this along with you and see if you can get all 9!

Jury Duty Bingo

I’ve also scaled it the same size as a pad of paper which you get to write on in court so you can tuck it nicely in between the pages ;o)

Not all will be said. For example the ‘disobediant open black gown’ corresponds to the gown the barristers / ushers etc wear and the amount of times they have to pull it back onto their shoulders! Watch out for that one.

The thoughts and opinions expressed in this article are that of my own and not my employer.

Top Gear editing

Mondayā€™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 compliedā€¦like in Flight of the Navigatorā€¦. ā€œcomplianceā€.

Thereā€™s no rest for the wicked thoughā€¦

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, itā€™ll be getting even more actionā€¦ohhhhhhhhhh

Stay tuned!

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