Now that I have SHAKE down (kinda…I get the basics and do a mean green screen) I am off to learn yet ANOTHER application called Curious World Maps. This software is basically very advanced Google Earth…allowing you to not only create maps, but overlay graphics, get in REAL CLOSE is you have that certain areas high resolution photos, and move three dimensionally. This software is pretty much only used by news organizations. We will be the first to use it in a non-broadcast news way. It is touted as very simple and fast to use but it has SEVERELY STUMPED ME. I have been struggling to do simple things, but just not getting it. It just isn’t intuitive. After Effects is intuitive, Motion…somewhat intuitive, but if you worked in AE, it isn’t at all. But my producer was able to manage to get the maps made, so I’ll be DARNED if I give up. But man, while working the x800 graphics card died and I have to resort to the stock Apple card, and maps are going VERY slow. sigh.

EDIT: I figured them out. I got the program figured out. After I tired to just give up and send a map still to AE for all my work, I stumbled upon an entry in the manual that just made everything click…so now I got it. Whew.

I am learning a lot of other programs, and doing so much in this show…which I am still editing. Yes, the one that prompted me to start this blog a year ago, The Mexican American War, is still in post. I have been stalled on Act one for 2.5 months. That is a LONG time. I edit one hour shows from start to finish in 5 weeks, two hour shows take 10-11 weeks. There are just a lot of issues. Music, maps, organization of the script…re-writes. This Act talks about how the war was started, and that is a very complex thing to tackle in 14 minutes, so there has been a lot of re-writes. Plus I have been playing with other software, so…

One year ago…last year…I was just an editor. An offline editor that cut the show to time and sent the show out of house to be onlined. One that had a graphics guy making graphics and doing all the green screen. I did some pretty full temp sound mixes, and I had the chops for finishing (having been an online editor for 2 years) and I knew basic motion graphics via After Effects. I edited using an Avid at whatever production company would have me. I had a G4 and two cheesy CRT monitors and a DVCAM deck for the few side projects that I had going.

Now…a year later…I am a full service post person. Offline, online, color correction, motion graphics, green screen comping, map creation and final output to tape. Everything BUT the sound mix. I have a solid G5, two Dell 24″ monitors, a Decklink HD card, PVM-14L5 color correction monitor and 13 hard drives…four of them in a 2TB Raid inside my computer for uncompressed HD work. I am a one man band post facility now.

MAN how time flies…Now if I can only get on to Act 2 or 3…