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Tech Talk Radio Show 26 of 2011
Transmission date: June 27, 2010
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Ep 26 of 2011
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Sitting on the sidelines of technology and watching it evolve, must be a popular and interesting past time, after all, Luddites of the world certainly out number nerds and fast adapters put together. One observation would have to be how complex and highly technical industries needing specialist operators and sophisticated equipment, has been marginalized and now in the realm of enthusiasts and home users.

One industry which comes to mind is the film and television industry. Both production and post production equipment has change dramatically over the past decade. Even delivery methods have changed. TV stations are in the final phase of going digital, where multiple TV channels can be squeezed into the same radio space as one analogue channel, and the latest movies are being delivered to your local cinema on hard drives instead of film – a process saving the distributors plenty.

In production, cameras, lenses and recording equipment prices have fallen significantly in the past decade especially when you look at the bang you get for your buck. Also, the sensitivity to light of today’s modern cameras means that the days of vast lighting rigs and lengthy setups has more or less gone.


In post production, the editing equipment is now faster and easier to use that it has ever been. Sure the big names are still making the gear, and you’ll be sure to find the names Sony and Panavision on a set and in a post house, but the last decade has seen new comers to the game, such as Red, a brand of camera made by a sunglass entrepreneur, and edit systems made by Avid and Apple.

As technology is so affordable to both professionals and hobbyists, anyone can become a film maker, and the only thing that sets professionals and enthusiasts apart, is experience. Online sites like Youtube and Vimeo have become portals for both professionals and enthusiasts to show their wares. It’s amazing what can be achieved with a $3000 camera and today’s modern Mac or PC.

If you’ve got a good story, the equipment you use to tell that story can be quite irrelevant to the impact of the final product. So really, in today’s high tech, high resolution world, all that stands between you and the silver screen is passion and enthusiasm, …and a few bucks. So what are you waiting for?

This week on Tech Talk Radio

Mac OS X 10.6.8 is out, and you need it for Lion, Twitter plans bolder advertisements, just when you thought it was all over, the Winklevoss twins open a fresh Facebook case, Apple release Final Cut Pro X, and Australia’s National; Broadband Network takes another step closer with Optus and Telstra joining the club.  First up, here’s Dr Ron with this week’s news round up from the Tech Talk Radio news desk.

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