Learning Curve

Finally I think we (DTT) are in a position to begin releasing into the wild the first of our eLearning modules for broadcast engineers and technologists beginning with Broadcast IP workflows, Lenses, Exposure and Apertures and Mobile & 5G.

However as a result of the whole process I am beginning to appreciate the accuracy of some oft repeated “truisms”…

The 80/20 rule for instance – when I embarked on what has turned into a mission – the development and delivery of eLearning modules for broadcast engineers and technologists I didn’t really appreciate the complexity of what was involved.

What have I leaned?

It does indeed take 80% of the time for complete the last 20% of a project.

In my case recording the VO should be done earlier in the process so the re-versioning of the graphics etc. doesn’t mean so much upheaval.

That powerpoint is a much more flexible tool for creating graphics, animation etc. than I appreciated, and there are some very good resources out there that more creative people than me are willing to share – and thankyou to them for that.

In a similar vein there is a wealth of knowledge and support for Storyline 360 out there on YouTube and the like – and again a shoutout to them for making my life so much easier.

So from happily sitting in a diner in Birmingham 15 months ago happily saying “Oh yes, I want to create a portfolio of eLearning for broadcast engineers and all I need is the content” and thinking that that was it – well that meeting was something of a Joycean epiphany.

Having now learnt to create and author eLearning with all the triggers, edit timelines and zooms and so on. Commission and edit Voice Overs combine with music beds, edit out (and insert) some words and phrases missed in the original version and create graphics and animations – yes I know this is all basic stuff to you gifted creatives out there – but to me it has been a learning curve as steep as a Pyrenean Col.

What have I learned?

There are some people out there who are very generous with their time and expertise sharing their knowledge on various social media platforms.

I understand better why many of the video and audio editors I have met are the “strong and silent” type.

Why content creators tend to be slightly mad…

But perhaps for me the biggest takeaway is just how bright you have to be to become, and succeed as a broadcast engineer. I have spent months going back and forth with NMOS, Forward Error Correction, IP workflows, SMPTE 20xx, PTP and so on and so on… and now better understand the complexity of taking a picture of some chap kicking a football or dancing the tango on a Saturday night and delivering it to a screen near you…

Chapeau to you all!

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