PIT Training and Drone Flying at NWTC!

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Helped out at a staff event recently where the NWTC Public Safety folks gave some people a wild ride in the Precision Immobilization Technique at our Universal Driving Facility. I was showing some fellow faculty members the finer points of drone operation, and we were able to get some pretty dynamic footage of the PIT training in action. I cut together a short video for all to enjoy!

Not too often I get the opportunity to film an actual car chase, then edit it into a sequence. Final Cut Pro X worked well for cutting and grading some of the footage shot in log profile.

Interesting iteration from DJI, the Mavic Air.

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Great initial write up about the specs of the new device from DJI. Also interesting that they put the product directly in between the Spark and Mavic Pro. Are they over-iterating? Why put a whole new product out, granted with some neat tech updates, rather than put those updates into the existing products at their next version update?

Anyway, good article here…


Sony Catalyst Production Suite… yes, Sony still has an NLE.

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Surprisingly enough, Sony still has an NLE. After selling off Vegas, apparently they weren’t ready to leave the NLE space. It seems odd to me, and I’ve never used it, but from the articles, reviews and just poking around the site, it looks like the interface is a mashup of… you guessed it, Premiere, FCPX and now I’d even add in Resolve.

Review from provideocoalition.com of the latest update to Catalyst.

I’m just wondering, how many people in the post production industry actually use this? Is it functional? From the tiny bit that I ever used Vegas, it wasn’t a bad tool, just different than the primary tools on the market. I’m usually the first to download the trial of an NLE and kick the tires, or as I tell people, try and break it, find out the weak points, make it crash, etc. But I’m less inclined to even give this a go because, well, it’s Sony software. I own Sony cameras, don’t get me wrong, they make some of the best imaging hardware out there, period. But software has never been their strong suit, so I might have to let this curiosity pass, at least for now.