Author: Michael Kammes

Hello gang: Need your tech fix? I've got just the thing - a new web series. It's called "5 THINGS", and it's is an independent web series dedicated to answering the 5 burning tech questions about technologies and workflows in the media creation space.  Tech stuff I dig, and how it's used. Concepts, workflows and products.

Newtek's TriCaster family has transcended being used solely for live production, and is now found in many creative projects where post production is needed.  The hurdle is now getting the media generated by TriCaster into various editorial platforms for editing. I've drawn up a handy-dandy guide for planning and using this media within Avid Media Composer and Symphony.  This is valid for any of the current TriCaster models which support Quicktime wrapped ISO recordings.

I set the bar relatively high for myself with my 3D wedding proposal. It was a cool notion, I'd never seen it done, and that seemed like a good enough reason to do it. The drawback to this is that I had to 1-up myself for the wedding...but how? There are an estimated 2,100,000 weddings per year in the U.S. alone; coming up with something unique and geeky would be tough. Something unique, geeky *and* media based. What I had not seen before?

So, from the michaelkammes.com camp: big news - Kate Miller has agreed in principal to spend the rest of her life with me, and that suits me just fine.  It's a good thing, or so I'm told.  I personally think she's nuts for spending 3 years with me, let alone the next 70.  But as soon as ink hits paper, she's mine and I'm hers, and our geek powers shall set you free. And while I've known for a while she was the one, how I was going to do it that would be good fodder for dinner parties and for post production industry acronym discussions - that angle eluded me.  GEEK, NERD, + MARRIAGE PROPOSAL Google searches seemed to pop up cool ideas, but nothing that married (ahem) my life choice of Post Production with my life mate choice of Kate. Then it dawned on me: 3D.  It's future viability in this world aside, it offers a technical and logistical challenge, and would be something she wouldn't see coming.  2 things which could be a whole 'lotta fun to exploit.

Head any good tech news lately? Smoke is changing.  Everything. <2017: link is dead> Smoke has had a long and illustrious career, but for many years was only available to those with deep pockets - and a willingness to use Linux.  Several years ago Smoke for Mac (or as we call it, "SMac") was released, and although it lacked some of the features it's Linux big brother had, it gave many users the opportunity to begin the foray into high end finishing.  At $14,999, it enticed many users.  What the low price hid, however, was that a complete system that met the basic requirements - and gave you a pleasurable post experience, bumped the total price up to $30,00 or more. So, at NAB 2012, Autodesk announced an update to their Smoke software application with a few big massive selling points: