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So, credit to anyone that can make what is happening here...
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Much better, I approve! :)
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Don't do this to often...

But shut up and take my money!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kznek1uNVsg
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So wrapping up my first video edit project on a Google Chromebook Pixel...

Went surprisingly well.  Used Lightworks, which I haven't used since their Linux Beta, and was impressed that after watching a 7 minute introduction video from them, I was able to throw this project together without much other research.  This went a lot smoother than I was expecting based off my experiences testing them for LInux, and overall it was a very good experience.

There are still some oddities I have to get used to, their concept of 'Join/Unjoin' and especially with a single mouse click has caused me a couple of small problems, nothing a CTRL+Z couldn't take care of, but still.  I am also having a bad AV sync issue in the preview, which I am wondering might come down to how audio in a Crouton chroot is routed out through CRAS to ChromeOS and then passed through.  I also had issues with the h.264+audio files coming off the GH4 where the audio seemed corrupted.  Transcoding on import took a while, but fixed that rather than just linking it.

Was disappointed that there wasn't any dynamics compression in their audio toolkit, but considering I have the excellent Mixbus and Ardour combination available, I am less than worried about that in the long run, and frankly I hate editing audio in a video editor as well.  But it did bring up a good question, I haven't yet figured out how to edit the audio tracks untied from the video it is imported with, but that is still to come.

I now need to look into how I want to run these video intros I am doing as a single man project moving forward.  I have a portable recorder I could hook up, and that is a definite possibility, but I am almost wondering about recording audio direct into Ardour/Mixbus as a possibility as well, this chromebook pixel is small enough it is viable I think, but I am still leaning towards the portable recorder route.

All that being said, I am still getting used to things like Lower Thirds in it, but I think I like how it is set up, especially as it becomes really easy to template things out for the long haul, which I like.  I would rather do slightly more work up front and have it easier in the long run personally.  Besides that for this 5 minute file, I finished it up in about an hour, after spending some time this morning familiarizing myself with Lightworks, so that says something for it.

#lightworks   #lwks   #pixel   #ardour  
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So a new experiment is coming.  My Macbook Pro video card died, and after waiting 3 days to get someone at the Apple store to even look at it (Seriously, why can't I just drop the thing off for someone to look at) it is finally being sent off.

In the meantime, while I am down a computer, and because I needed to replace my wife's laptop, I have ended up ordering a Chromebook Pixel.  So the experiment is going to be seeing if I can survive for my work on a Chromebook.

My suspicion is that via ChromeOS and Crouton/Linux I will be able to do most of my audio work.  Audio restoration might be a bit difficult, but that is the only thing I use regularly that I might not be able to do on Linux very well, referring to Izotope RX4 vs WaveARTs Master Restoration Suite, which I can run under WINE succesfully.  Izotope fails at the copyright step as it doesn't generate a machine ID, but IIRC the demo runs fine in Wine.

I will still have to use a virtual machine with Windows and/or OS X, EULA issues not withstanding, to do some things, like Dante Controller most likely, but more importantly Acoustical Simulations with EASE, or programming BiAmp or Lectrosonics processors.  However I suspect I can get by for the majority of my work on Linux these days, curious to see if I am wrong.
The new Chromebook Pixel. For what's next.
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I think you misunderstand a bit:)

When it comes to experience working in Linux on Audio professionally, I have quite a bit.  This includes doing audio for film, sound effect design, theater, etc.  My primary workstation runs Linux and I have enjoyed it tremendously.  I have been involved in the LAU and LAD community for quite some time, though lately not as much as I used to be, at least directly.  That isn't the issue.

There are still issues with certain plugin needs, audio restoration etc. that apply absolutely, but I think I can get around them.  So that isn't even as much the issue, and with companies like OvertoneDSP, OpenAV, Harrison, etc. I am not as worried about that.  The real question is going to be, can I find a way to do the REST of my work through this or not.

This includes things like programming DSPs from companies like BiAmp and Lectrosonics for sound systems, acoustical simulations in EASE, etc.  These all require specialized software that is not available on Linux, and with a limited built in drive space on the Pixel VMs get expensive fast, if there is no problem using them.  If there is a problem, then it is a whole 'nother issue:)
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Things that make you wonder if FedEx has it's stuff together....

9:19 am Delivery exception MECHANICSVILLE, VA
Business closed - No delivery attempt

Despite the fact that we have gotten TWO other separate FedEx deliveries today at this business....

#FedEx   #Fail  
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Actually this gets even better....

Let me preface this with, even on the labels on the packages, when I finally got them, it said Friday the 27th delivery.

But apparently when I got to the FedEx office to pick them up, I was told...

"Oh those are scheduled for delivery Monday"

Wait a minute, since when did OVERNIGHT, on packages that shipped out yesterday, mean 'After the next weekend'?

The packages were in the office, but hadn't even been sorted.  The first person I talked to refused to do anything because the package hadn't been sorted, and the best estimate on when they would be sorted was sometime between then and Monday.  Not a lot of help when I paid to have it delivered overnight on Friday so I would have it for an event on Sunday to replace a unit that died yesterday.

I then had to go spend a half hour on the phone on hold for the manufacturer of the unit that died, and had overnighted me a replacement in advance of my RMA of my dead unit, so good on them I was pleasantly surprised, but had to get the tracking number for that package to give to them to find out the exact same thing had happened to it.

Thankfully when I walked back in with the second tracking number, I talked to a much more helpful person at the front desk this time (Now in their defense, they were both friendly) that noticed the oddity, and had someone go digging for my packages to correct this.

When I finally got the package (With the correct date on their labels as I mentioned above) I was told that their weight had been changed and that changed their commitment date.  Which just makes me wonder, 'Who changed their weight' and possibly more importantly, when shipping overnight where it is obvious you need it NOW, what does that have to do with their commitment date?

So at least I got them, took several hours, but finally got them.  But dang I do wonder sometimes.
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Not much more to add to this one....
 
THE HARRISON OF DIGITAL AUDIO WORKSTATIONS

MIXBUS v3 RELEASED!

Harrison is proud to announce the release of Mixbus 3.
There are many new additions in this version, including:
  
• 3rd-generation "True Analog" mixing engine with new compressor/limiter modes
  
• MIDI Tracks and Virtual Instrument Support
  
• Multi-Core engine & 64-bit compatibility for dramatically increased track counts

Click below to view the Mixbus 3 Introduction video
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDLcCtm-RJA

Exciting new features and future development info is here
  
http://harrisonconsoles.com/site/mixbus.html 
The Harrison Team. 
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Yea for my fun... "Huh?" moment for today.  I just got this in my email....

"""Dear Valued Verizon Customer,

An outage has been detected affecting your ability to use your Verizon High Speed Internet services. This will limit your ability to use the Internet, including email, streaming music, and other services until the outage is resolved.
Our technicians are working to repair the outage and we estimate that your services should be restored by 06-27-2015 01:30 PM .
 
For more information and to request automatic updates regarding this outage, visit verizon.com/outage."""


This is just all sorts of win... first I was sent an email to notify me that I may not be able to check my email due to an outage (No phone call etc. was made).  Then I was directed to visit a website for more information on my internet outage...

On the plus side for them, my internet worked fine as far as I can tell.
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Well worth watching if you want to get an idea of problems in our education system....

John Oliver knocks it out of the park again...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6lyURyVz7k
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Ok not much of one for sharing things like this but I gotta... They didn't say a single thing I disagreed with...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4xxym2tyEM&index=5&list=PL86F4D497FD3CACCE
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For any of my former or current students...

http://qlabcookbook.com/

Mic Pool just posted this to the Theater Sound List (And I think the QLab List) and it is a great resource for some great ideas of things to do in QLab and how to accomplish certain effects etc.
adventures in QLab programming
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Hmm tasty...

Now to find someone in the US with these in stock, I may have to order some...

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2015/02/raspberry-pi-2-arrives-with-quad-core-cpu-1gb-ram-same-35-price/
Ubuntu and Windows 10 are both coming to Raspberry Pi 2.
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  • Atlee Community Church
    Audio Technician, 2009 - present
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
    Adjunct Faculty (Theater/Sound), 2010 - present
  • Freelance
    Live Audio Engineer, present
  • Freelance
    Sound Designer, present
  • Leviathan-AVC
    Audio Consultant, present
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    Theater Technology
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