Review: Decimator Design MD-Cross V2

There are great bits of kit, which perform their allotted task amazingly, are designed and built well and offer good value for money. Then there are indispensable bits of kit, which meet all of the aforementioned criteria, but that also fall into the ‘never leave home...

You get what you pay for.

I did a small job for a local school a few days ago, videoing their GCSE Drama performances, in preparation for moderation. Essentially this was very simple and involved only a single camera and shotgun mic. Because pre-designed stage lighting was used throughout, I...

Mobility

The pitfalls of designing web pages on desktop platforms, in the mobile age. Over the last few days I’ve been putting together a website for a small theatre company, who are taking a production of John Godber’s Bouncers on tour later this year. Nothing...

Smooth?

While staying with my in-laws over Christmas, in between bouts of excessive eating and drinking; I had the odd and at first confusing experience, of watching a shiny new HD TV, where the motion interpolation or motion smoothing option had been switched on by default....

Video CVs

One of the trends I’ve been watching, out of general interest, but also as a service I might soon offer, is the rise of the video CV, or resume as it’s known in the US. The concept is quite simple: alongside a regular word processed CV, a candidate sends a short...

Sign of the Times

To finish off the year with something practical and enjoyable, I’m holding some lighting workshops for kids doing Media Production at my school. The idea is that they circulate in groups and have to capture stills of various lighting setups: Broad Side, Short Side,...

Twas the week before Christmas.

I guess if you’re going to be in a school, this week of the year is about as good as it gets. The traumas of mock exams are over for year 11, the chances of Ofsted calling are as good as zero, the unceasing hostility between unions and management has been replaced,...

Just over a year.

It’s been just over a year since I finally decided enough was enough and that I was beginning my countdown to retirement from teaching. With around eight months to go, there’s still doubt in my mind as to whether this is a good idea or not, but the...