Last week, we talked with five female industry leaders and, as you'll discover, there are many causes and a variety of suggestions on how to fix this imbalance. I strongly encourage you to listen to the show - it was a
series of conversations.
Here's the link
was held last week at the Paramount Studios in Culver City, CA. Sigh... How can you not get excited seeing all the wildly bizarre gear we use in production? Just walking around the lot made me want to get back into production - with or without a script - just to play with the gear.
So many toys. I was pleased to see the crowds of people visiting booths. There are many challenges to our industry, but there is still an underlying passion for cool gear. Well, and telling stories. But CineGear is for the geek that lurks inside all of us.
Thinking of "geekness," there's a new website for measuring Internet access speeds:
, who works for them, wrote me to say: "We donate $0.01 for each user that runs a test with funds raised going to Computers 4 Africa and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Billions of speed tests are run annually. If just 1% used our speed test we could raise millions for charity."
When I asked him to describe their website, he wrote: "Our mission is to help consumers make more savvy decisions when they subscribe to tech services such as VPNs, antivirus and security products, cloud backup, password managers and more. First and foremost we are a pro-consumer website providing information, tools and comparison to help consumers in the US, UK and further afield to research and compare tech services. The
brand and website is owned and operated by UK-based Comparitech Limited." Clearly, they have an agenda, but it's a good cause.
Today, in fact, celebrates being a geek, or, perhaps more accurately, a developer. It's time for
Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference
. There are lots of rumors about what they will announce, but I'm always much more interested in what they actually
announce. I don't expect anything related to video or media (the world of developers is much bigger than our small slice of the market), but I am curious to see how Apple views the future.
To give you something to do while waiting for the keynote, I have
three new articles
for you this week: two tutorials on
and an in-depth product review of the
new Drobo 5D3
direct-attached RAID. Drobo marches to the beat of its own drummer and this product is no exception. It's worth learning about.
this week is a two-fer -
green-screen keys in
Adobe Premiere Pro CC
Apple Final Cut Pro X
. I'll show you how these work, how to optimize your settings, and allow you to compare the two packages to see which one works the best for your projects. Registration to our live events is
sign up here
Well, I'm looking forward to spending the week thinking about robotic cameras, DMX-controlled LED walls and more cool camera attachments than I can count.
at the webinar on Wednesday, then chat with you next week. In the meantime,