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Moving To A New Server

Dear Readers,

My blogs are moving to a new server (with a new upgraded design). During the next 24 hours, you might experience some issues with accessing the site. These are temporarily setbacks that should be solved shortly.

Thanks, and see you with a new blog soon.

Kfir Pravda

Friends, Weeds, HD and Final Cut Pro

200810151907.jpg Ben Kozuch called me a while ago to inform me that he is doing another post production event in Israel. Ben is the co-founder of Future Media Concepts, Apple certified training center with several branches worldwide, one of the producers of NAB, and a major player in the certified training area.

When I went to see the speakers, I liked what I saw- especially seeing David Helfand as a keynote speaker. You can see the rest of the speakers here.

The event covers many topics, but personally I am waiting for the ones about advanced editing techniques, HD workflow, and advanced keying. The speakers are also top notch. It is not a cheap deal – but it worth it from my perspective, as it is not that common to see trainers of this caliber in Israel. If you are attending – come and say Hi.

Disclaimer – Pravda Media is a marketing partner of the event. And we always market things we believe in.


Unified Communications Experts meet in San Francisco

200810141607.jpgIMTC is having its annual event on the 12th and 13th of November. The event is focused on unified communication and the way it supports business processes in the enterprise, as well as the blurring lines between corporate systems and online applications.

We have great speakers at the event – starting with Joe Burton, CTO of unified communication group in Cisco, Matt Collier, SVP of LifeSize communications, Ty Wang, Senior director of Product Marketing at Oracle, Sridhar Vembu, CEO of Zoho, Hakon Dahla, CTO of Tandberg, and Anatoli Levine, IMTC President. The event covers both cutting edge technologies (such as the world beyond H264, Scalable video coding today, and conformance methodologies) as well as business issues such as unified communication beyond click to call, social networks and the enterprise, Multimedia and tele-health and many more.

It is an exciting event, taking place in an exciting location – St. Regis hotel in San Francisco (personally I am asking myself where is the nearest Apple store, after today’s announcements). I am moderating several panels in the first day, and will be there through the event.

If you are in this business, or want to meet in San Francisco, you should come and say Hi. Here is the agenda, and you can register here.

BoinxTV Offering Low Cost Alternative for High End Post Production Tools

BoinxTV, a software video mixer with high end features, is about to be released in November 11th. The product, by the award winning company Boinx, is pushing the envelope in semi-pro video productions and live events.

The product enables users to mix up to three sources (pre-recorded media, or live cameras), add transitions, lower thirds, overlays, logos, and live elements to the video feed and record it as a quicktime file or upload it to Apple’s podcast producer.

When you launch the software, you can chose a show template – news, hi-tech, sports, or blank template.

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Based on your choice, a complex and unintuitive interface is opened, that allows you to define which overlays should be used, titles, lower thirds, transitions and logos.

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Though filled with options and out of the box graphics, it took me a while to learn how to operate this tool. Having said that, it is still much simpler (and cheaper) then learning After Effects or other post production tools.

This application is very appealing to churches, local football teams, schools, and other communities looking for a cheap and easy to use tool that will give their video production a bit of a boost. The same goes for video podcasters. However, it has some major disadvantages:

1. It doesn’t support live broadcasting – unlike CamTwist, BoinxTV is only for recording media, not live broadcasting. This is a major disadvantage as its live mixing abilities are impressive, and could make the life of blogtv and ustream broadcasters much simpler, and improve their production value.

2. The interface is not easy to use at all. it took me a while to get the UI concept – even though Boinx make some amazing apps.

3. Many of its features can be found in free alternative, though online, such as Mogulus.

4. And on a personal note, I don’t really like applications which promise too much before they are able to deliver it. They do make post production easier, for a very specific segment of users, but this is still not a substitute for post production applications such as After Effects. Therefore, their notion of “Say Goodbye to Post Production” is a little overdoing it in my opinion.

You can follow the application’s twitter account, watch an interview with the company, and read more about the application here.

Memories Are More Global Than You Think

At Geekcon 2008, Myself and a small team did a project called All I Remember. We wanted to capture the memories that are a part of almost every culture – first kiss, first love, parents, songs and so on. As a part of the project, I filmed some of the participants, and edited it to a short, Hebrew speaking piece. The whole process took less than 10 hours (shooting and editing) in one day or so, so everything is a bit rough. However I believe it delivers the experience we all felt while doing this video.

I hope you’ll enjoy it – and if it brought a smile to your face, or made you remember your own related memories, please leave a comment…

Just For Fun – Things To Do While Rendering

If you are in the editing business, and don’t have a super computer, you know how annoying it is to wait for your computer to render your piece. So I’ve compiled a short list of things to do while rendering:

1. Look at the progress bar and think about your life.

2. Read that book you always wanted, but never had the time for

3. write a blog post about things to do while rendering

4. Play bubble shooter

5. Clean your editing room. Table could be a good start

6. Make dinner

7. Watch YouTube clips

8. Clean your iPod from those songs you never listen to

9. Call your parents

10. Look at the progress bar

11. Go to Apple’s website and fantasize about buying an 8 core Mac Pro.

12. Fix your wife’s Windows based computer and remind yourself how happy you are that you have a Mac

13. Look at the progress bar and think about bad things you want to do to your processor.

14. Do pushups and sit ups. After rendering multiple effects you will be closer than ever to a six pack

15. Drink coffee. and then another one – this time very slowly


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