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Saturday, May 2nd, 2009
12:15 am
[labellamafia494]
ahoy
Hi there!
I used to be much more involved in fandom and realised LJ is a good networking tool to boot..so I've been dusting off my ol' journal and looking for communities such as these. Looks great, if non updated for awhile...anyone around? I'm interested in producting/directing for television, especially the new web-based networks and interactive television. However, I'm finishing up a "general" arts bachelor at McGill (I have a theatre background) instead of doing the tv/film/radio BA. I've kept wondering if that was a mistake - school doesn't offer me any contacts or internships, so I've started looking for those myself.
What about those of you in 'the biz'? What have you studied? What tracks did the ones around you follow? Any tips?
Wednesday, March 5th, 2008
9:12 am
[kamomil]
anyone who is knowledgeable about PAL/NTSC conversions?

We have a graphics package that has arrived in PAL, eg. still images that are 720x576, but it has to fit into our NTSC sized chyron, 720x480. Do I squeeze it, or crop it?

The show has to be converted back to PAL for a version that airs in Europe, so I'm worried about making it look twice as bad if we don't convert it to NTSC properly in the first place.

thanks!
Monday, December 31st, 2007
1:00 pm
[kamomil]
We use Chyron Infinits at work. I'm sure that someday we will replace them with a Windows based CG, so I've started screencapping the material, both video and key signal, and combining them together in Photoshop.

I've discovered that when I use the key signal as a matte in Photoshop, the transparency is not at the same level. I figured the transparency looked a little light, but I've done an A-B type of comparison, and they are not the same. :/ I have figured out how much to adjust the key signal in Levels to make it approximate what the Chyron is sending out.

Or should I leave them alone, the transparency will look the same anyhow when they are transferred into another CG?

Anyone have experience transferring material from Chyron to another CG? How do other CGs handle key signals?
Tuesday, May 1st, 2007
10:55 pm
[moskevyu]
DirecTV Frustration
Thanks for taking the time to read this.

I am posting out of frustration and was wondering if someone could clarify something for me.

Over the past couple of years, I have applied for several Broadcast Operations Center openings with DirecTV. Each time they've advertised an opening, they asked people to apply via their online applications process. What frustrates me is no one seems to get the application. I'm experienced enough. I certainly meet the qualifications for these jobs, but no one ever contacts me. What bugs me even more, is they consistantly relist some of these jobs on a continual 4-6 week cycle. To me, that means they haven't gotten enough responses? Am I right?

Is there a trick to getting my info to HR? Is there a keyword I need to add that gets their attention? Is there a fax number to send backup paper resume? I have no intention of bothering people. It's even fine if they don't think I qualify after all, but I'd like to know I'm actually getting through. I really don't think the present method is getting me there.

BTW - I'm talking about DirecTV's Op Center in Castle Rock, Colorado.
Wednesday, April 25th, 2007
10:02 am
[thetar]
king-tv news in fulltime hd
SEATTLE - If you watched KING 5 News Monday morning on a high-definition television, you've seen a big difference.

This morning we threw the switch to become the first and only station in Seattle to broadcast local news in HD.

If you have an HD set, we'll look brighter, wider, and sharper than before. You will see the local KING 5 newscast in full wide-screen, including news graphics. The studio, newsroom and weather center cameras, as well as the Seattle Towercam (located on Queen Anne) will also be in full HD.

http://www.king5.com/topstories/stories/NW_041607hd_beginsSW.10f07231.html
Saturday, March 17th, 2007
12:12 pm
[kamomil]
how do you pronounce "Infinit" (as in Chyron)?
Sunday, January 28th, 2007
10:02 pm
[thetar]
oops



http://www.myfoxmilwaukee.com/myfox/pages/News/Detail?contentId=2203162&version=2&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=TSTY&pageId=3.1.1

this is the first station i worked at and when i worked there they had only one truck.
Thursday, December 21st, 2006
1:45 am
[kjas]
FCP - continuous play in background?
I'm looking for a bit of advice in regards to Final Cut Pro..

I'm doing a lot of transcribing, but need to have Final Cut running in the background while I type into Word (or the like). Is there a way to keep video playing in the background when you move onto other applications? 

Quicktime will play in the background, and it does the same in imovie, but it will not give me accurate time codes (goes by length of clip instead).. and I need to be able to turn off separate audio tracks on the footage, so I need a way to do that.

any help or direction to software (freeware?) to help will be greatly appreciated.. I'm pretty stuck at going the long way around things right now..
Friday, October 20th, 2006
5:01 pm
[kamomil]
I'm a CG op, and I was wondering what other folks at other stations use - Chyron? Inscriber? Deko? Anything else?

We use Chyron Infinits and Maxines, and we use QNews automation to load info. However we still have jobs as ops, because... we need to fix a lot of spelling and kerning etc. For some reason, we have Dekocast to run the animated bugs in master control.

What CG does your station use, and is the operator happy with it? Is there automation?

x-posted
Monday, September 4th, 2006
1:20 am
[moskevyu]
Steve Irwin - Animal Planet Hero

Steve Irwin's animal loving lifestyle apparently caught up with him.

Dead at age 44 -- Which is a very long life considering how he spent it.

Friday, March 3rd, 2006
1:34 pm
[kamomil]
hey, I just joined.

I work doing chyron for news at a TV station in Toronto, we do local daily news in several different languages. I've worked at the same station for 4 years, first 6 months in the sattelite taping area (not an unpleasant job for me as I have a ham radio licence and I liked moving the dishes, but I didn't like the overnight shifts) but the rest of the time I've been on chyron for news. I like it.
Wednesday, January 4th, 2006
1:04 pm
[cmonkeyfish]
Starving Artist!
I neeeeed a job! the design show i was working on ended a few weeks ago. anyone know of any set dresser positions in the Toronto area?
Friday, November 4th, 2005
6:52 pm
[purelikeketchup]
project based rates (editing)
Question... so I'm working on a project for a friend of a friend (industry pro though) and she's requesting I invoice her for the whole project rather than using a day rate, because she's has a lot of problems with editors flaking out half way through and yet still getting paid their $400+ day rate.
So my question is, how much should I charge for the project.
I don't know too much about it but here are some details.
- The start of the project is going to be transferring Avid files to FCP, I know how to and I'm helping her look into post houses that will accomodate us (neither of us has an avid system)
- It's basically a sizzle reel for a pilot pitch, so it's short (about 3 minutes) but it needs to be hot and amazing and blah blah blah. In short, it's a reel (I've heard people charging $3000 for personal reels).
- There won't be any graphical creation like AE or anything, just because I'm not highly skilled in that area and wouldn't want to deliver something shitty... I'd just rather leave it out.
- I also need to help her with the creative/story-telling part of it. She's producing it, but she's very open to creative input and would rather go with someone elses idea (the whole "the grass is always greener" mentality)

Um, that's about all I know right now about the project. Last time I did a piece for her I charged $300/day (my day is between 8-12 hours). So... in short, hehe, does anyone have any recommendation about how I should determine what to charge her for the project? And please don't say always charge higher, blah blah blah, I know that, but I want a practical method of determining what to charge for what. If this doesn't make sense... well then... I'm fucked, haha!


xposted cause I'm impatient
Sunday, October 16th, 2005
10:07 am
[maxwolf22]
Just joined
Well, seeing as I just joined the community a moment ago, here's a little about me:

Been working in the tv business for a little over 4 years. Got my B.S. in broadcasting a couple years ago. I was working with the univ. distance learning program while I was in college, after that I got a job at the local NBC affil. as the weekend audio op. It's a small station and these days I'm one of the 3 TD/Directors at the station. Our production supervisor is possibly leaving so my short term goal is to get that promotion ;)

And now a story about how much fun it is to work at a station with no budget and equipment from the early 80's!

Last weekend I was dubbing down a package in prod. control when all of a sudden my monitors went wonky. I looked over at the Program/Preview monitors and they were going nuts as if they'd lost signal. Well, after about 5 seconds I figured out that the primary power supply to the switcher was offline. OK, this happens fairly often. So I go ahead and reboot the entire system. No dice. All the LEDs are dark so I call up the engineer on-call. He shows up about 8:30pm (we have a 10:00pm show to put on). Turns out that a 15A fuse blew and we didn't have any on hand. He tried a different fuse and blew out the +5V battery! So now we won't have our switcher until tomorrow morning! But of course, we're used to jury-rigging everything so about half an hour later he rushes back in with a little Sony 6-input switcher. We spent the next hour rewiring production control into this tiny little switcher. Now, I was scheduled to floor direct that day but our weekend director is only 5 or 6 months out of training so she looks at me and goes "Do you know how to operate that thing?" with a look of worry....

As it turns out, I used to operate as a "one-man band" a few years back on a JVC 10-input that was almost identical to that thing! So we get everything set and routed about 17 mins to show and I was reassigned to TD. We pulled off a flawless weekend show with less than 1/4th of our typical video inputs! Sure, it wasn't as flashy without the DVE's or M/E busses, but for a while there we weren't even sure we'd have a show!

This kinda stuff happens about once every 2 or 3 months ;) I've also directed in the dark, dealt with 2 power-outs due to weather where the generator didn't kick-in, more equipment failures than I can count, and absent-minded talent! Can't say I don't love every moment of it though... If any of you wanna know what a day in the life of a small-market director is like, I'll be happy to share (hint: you do the jobs of at least 5 people).

Current Mood: amused
Thursday, September 15th, 2005
9:31 pm
[floridapeach782]
Question
Does anyone know anything good or bad about WOAY in Oak, Hill - West Virginia?

Thanks!

Current Mood: anxious
Wednesday, September 7th, 2005
3:46 pm
[cac2372]
newbie
Hi everyone! *waves* I'm new to the community and to TV broadcasting in general - and I need HELP!

Please don't hurt me - but I'm posting to ask a question. I'm the IT Asst. Manager where I work and my boss (who controls IT and CCTV) just told me that he wants to rewire the cable to our 1000+ TVs and while he's thinking about it... He wants me to figure out a way to control the channel and sound on these TVs from our control room. (We currently have someone run around with a remote in hand) I've been surfing and googling all day, but the problem is that I just don't have enough (or any) TV/broadcasting background to even know where to begin. Can someone help me? I don't necessarily want companies, but even just the hardware/software I would need. I'd greatly appreciate a jumping-off point.

If anyone is upset that I posted here, please just respond and I will gladly remove the post. Otherwise I might be posting in the future, if I'm right and my boss wants me to do both IT AND CCTV this winter, for help or mentoring - or to blow off some steam!

Current Mood: nervous
Friday, September 2nd, 2005
1:26 am
[achernow]
new community
A friend of mine (deadsexyjammy) started a new community...



katrinarelief is a new community hoping to aid in the grassroots efforts to help the victims of hurricane katrina.

The goal of this community is to connect people that want to help out, but aren't sure what to do. The group will be a source for information about the various organizations that are currently engaged in relief efforts, as well as a forum for the sharing of ideas about how private citizens can get involved. If you are a part of any local efforts to get aid down to the affected areas, please join this community.

It is important that we all band together to help the people of the Gulf Coast area to begin to rebuild their lives. It may take years, but each small step helps.

If you have any questions, feel free to email the maintainers at: gulfcoastaid@gmail.com

Feel free to pass this on to anyone that may be interested.



Thought I'd pass it on.

-A

(xposted all over LJ)
Thursday, August 11th, 2005
3:54 pm
[lieber]
hello from RUSSIA
Hi guys! I work on Russian state TV. Some 15 ago we started with Santa-Barbara. Several years ago we had a Latin soap boom. Right now home-produced soaps rule, we get TV shares of 50+% and the soap production is literally blooming. So. What I would be very interested to know is: Could a Russian soap be interesting for the audience in your country?
Monday, August 8th, 2005
12:44 am
[achernow]
A moment of silence....
ABC World News Tonight's anchor, Peter Jennings, had lost his fight with lung cancer. (MSNBC, CNN)

-A
Sunday, July 24th, 2005
12:40 pm
[radiofreq]
Well, after several (enough) years in the broadcast industry...I say, so long.

A quick - off the top of my head - benefit to saying goodbye:

* NO weekends

* NO Holidays

* Raise

* NO traffic/sales people (see: stupidity)

* FREE gas/vehicle - plus, I don't have to drive my guzzler!

* Actual opportunities to advance and learn more!

I have been looking forward to this day for many years.


-radiofreq


Current Mood: accomplished
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