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Editors Christmas Wishlist

December 15th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Tis the season to be want the things we cannot have. Maybe I should speak for myself. Here is a list of items that this editor would love to have this year for Christmas.

Editors Retreat

Why not? A chance to go to Miami, FL during the coldest time of the year and get together with world class editors and shoot the shit. This is what my old boss called tech porn. This years Keynote speaker is Christopher Nelson A.C.E. Editor, Mad Men & Lost. Mad Men is one of my favorite shows on TV and would be in awe to speak to him about the program.

Editors retreat is an intensive, interactive environment for TV, video and film editors that fosters creativity and the exchange of ideas at the highest level. Featuring:

  • Social Web Strategies: Marketing Yourself
  • Better Pitches: Techniques to Capture New Clients
  • Transforming to a Predator: Learning Producer Roles
  • On the Edge: Hottest Photoshop® Tricks, Latest Expert Final Cut Pro® Techniques, Latest Expert Avid Techniques and Hottest After Effects® Tricks
  • Setting the Mood with Color Correction
  • Working Workflows: Red and Beyond – New Formats and Deliverables
  • Secrets of Sound Mixers
  • Numerous case studies and actual projects discussions by leading editors

Now in its fourth year, the Editors Retreat has become an annual gathering for the post-production elite. Highly experienced editors from the worlds of film, TV and video come together to network, exchange ideas, share tips and of course, have fun! To ensure that only the best of the best attend, participation is subject to an application and screening process.

Running for 4 days and 3 nights, the Editors Retreat offers advanced sessions on post, visual and audio techniques and features valuable insight into emerging trends and technologies. An equal amount of time will be devoted to discussing the creativity, craft and business practices of successful editors.

This years retreat is less than 30 days away on January 13-16th.

You have to show your reel in order to register…not just register but they will contact you to let you know if you are in. If you are in you will be in with some big time editors. The grab bag is almost worth registering alone.

Each Retreat attendee will receive a gift bag worth over $5000! Gifts collected so far:
Megasuite from Digieffects $799
Plug-in from Automatic Duck $495
CGM DVE Favorites $199
Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 $799
Free Training Course from FMC $1,500
NAB Post Production Conference Pass $895
Music License from Free Play Music $100
FxFactory Pro from Noise Industries $399
Pond 5 Stock Footage Coupon $100

Canon EOS 7D


I want this camera. I use one at work and have fallen in love with it. I’ve only used it a few times with the default settings and the results are amazing. Rick Burnett, a good friend of mine, did a great post about the camera on his blog Asylum Studio Productions.

Capture Magic HD
Most of last year I shot with the HVX200. Love the camera, but when you shoot in 1080i with 2 16Gb cards you only have 36 minutes of footage to work with. That is why I need this software. So when I’m recording live shows I can record straight to my laptop and not worry about capturing later.

Capture Magic HD is a premier multiple camera, direct-to-disk recording, and monitoring system for standard definition consumer DV, DVCPro, and high definition DVCProHD and HDV.

Recording directly do disk minimizes the need to buy and carry new tapes. Gives you much more storage capacity, and lessens the chances of corrupt or dropped frames caused by problems with tape.

Capture Magic HD, using it’s own technology is one of the first available products to let you record and capture HDV on a Mac.

With time-lapse recording you can record spectacular video showing the awesome power of nature. This could be rolling clouds speeding through the sky; the tide sweeping in and out on a beach; or even the shadows of a lone sun beat cactus crawling across desert sands!

With Capture Magic you can also do stop frame animation by tweak each frame, and then when you are ready you can record that single frame.

That is all I’m asking Santa this year for Christmas. You may of noticed I did not ask for a new Mac…well I have the baseline iMac on it’s way not the quad core iMac. I had to get a new computer and the baseline iMac is faster than my laptop and I’ve tested out FCP Studio 3 on it and it flies. What is on your editors wish list?

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1 response so far ↓

  • 1 Phillip Gibb // Dec 15, 2009 at 3:14 am

    darn, I live the the wrong country.
    wish I could join you guys – not just for the gift bag.
    More so for the community and experience.


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