Re:Frame San Francisco: Session on Tapeless Workflow with Dennis Lennie
October 20, 2009 -- Dennis Lennie is first up on Tuesday and he's talking about the advantages and information needed when recording to tapeless media, such as SD, CompactfLash, P2 cards, etc.. The Advantages of tapeless media is many - including speed of transfer, speed of editing, and access to metadata. Of course the downfalls are having to learn about codecs, transcoding, and compression.
Dennis has the task of talking about a very unsexy subject, tapeless media. But for anyone using a camera that captures directly to media cards it's important to learn and understand more about the steps and options in order to come up with an effective workflow.
There were some glitches with the transcoding process during his presentation, but the technical issues served to remind all of us (or me) that even the pro's deal with the same glitches that we run into.
Workflow varies so much between individuals due to the wide variety of camera's and recording formats, not to mention the multiple ways of achieving the same end result. Due to the varied options we are faced with when starting to work with tapeless media, it was good to see a workflow from someone with the Dennis' background.
Dennis worked as a location lighting cameraman for 10 years before joining the BBC where he was nominated for a Royal television Society award in 1998. Over the past four years Dennis has worked closely with camera manufacturers and is a evangelist for tapeless media, so insight into his workflow was very helpful.
Re:Frame has selected speakers that can educate us in all aspects of shooting, editing, and marketing. Each topic is as important as the other whether or not the learning process is as interesting. I definitely had to force myself to pay attention during Dennis' session due to the technical nature of the talk - but with his knowledge and the many great tips offered by the attendees I learned quite a bit.