I started in Post Production eight years ago with a drive-based workflow built around Final Cut Pro. The last two years, since Apple's introduction of Final Cut X every show I've worked on that has gone to Air has come out of Avid's Media Composer/Symphony.
I spent all of 2011 as a Producer on a reality show. We had dual Xserves running Xsan on a 64TB Promise Raid. 40TB worth of raw and transcoded footage, thousands of files, multi-cam editing up to twelve streams with 8 seats of Final Cut Studio running day and night. Total downtime? Half a day because of user error. What does all of this mean? It means getting the job done. Now that Xsan is included with Lion and Lion Server, it shouldn't be ignored.
On Friday I had the good fortune to stumble across one of the very hard to find iPad 2's in the world. After a couple of days, I'm still trying to figure out how it will fit into my workflow. The kids however, know exactly how to put it to good use. I'm still digging through apps and settings, but I'll have more posts related to the iPad in the near future.
I create a lot of text files. I want them backed up to the web and I want access to them all the time. I've tried Evernote, Google Docs, and an army of note apps on my iPhone, but none of them meet all of my needs. About a year ago, Merlin Mann mentioned a solution using Simplenote, Notational Velocity and Dropbox. It's amazing. Here's a link explaining how to set it up. I couldn't live without it. Thanks Merlin.
I've been in St. George, UT for the last three weeks working on Ben Banks, an indie feature being made by some of my close friends. The film is coming along, the crew working ridiculously hard in the plus one-hundred degree temperatures. Meanwhile, I've been tucked into a dark corner of a condo managing the backup, transcode and sync of hundreds of files. Like the mail, it just keeps coming. Sometime last week the repetitive motion started getting to me and by coincidence my mouse, a logitech I purchased three years ago started to go south. Enter Apple's Magic Trackpad. My biggest concern was that it was lacking a few key mouse functions related to Spaces and Expose that I rely heavily on. I had read about JiTouch, a preference pane that adds those features so I grabbed that and started working. The second concern was that the Magic Trackpad wasn't going to be accurate enough to hit all the tiny buttons in Final Cut Pro. That has not been the case for me. I have been using the Magic Trackpad exclusively for the last couple of days and after a slight learning curve it's working great. The best part, my wrist seems to be doing much better. If you have had experience working with the Magic Track Pad let me know what you think @magicalmacs on twitter.