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Recent Blog Posts in July 2008

July 22, 2008
  PRATO NEVOSO
Posted By Erik Paulsen

This is the reversal of the previous photo.

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July 22, 2008
  PHOTOS
Posted By Erik Paulsen

The above pic was taken in Prato Nevoso, Italy. Our production trailer is on the right, with the uplink truck in the middle and our mobile studio on the left. In the background is the ski area that hosted the finish for Stage 15 of the 2008 Tour de France.

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July 22, 2008
  THE ALPS
Posted By Erik Paulsen
It's been a while since my last post. We've been traveling in South France and the drives have been long between finish lines for us, but now we've just completed our first big mountain stage which took us to Italy to Prato Nevoso for a day and then back into France for a rest day. As I write this we're in Jausiers and tonight/tomorrow we will head up to L'Alpe-d'Huez. The races get a little longer up here in the mountain stages, which means our ingest needs to accommodate for that as well. We're starting to do some housekeeping because we're gonna need a little bit more space for the final push to Paris.
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July 14, 2008
  HAUTACAM
Posted By Erik Paulsen
The last few day have been great! Long ones, but all and all great. My Avid is rock solid for the most part and the Interplay is working well. That old DME I talked about earlier is getting some action as well. I saved off a couple of VFX for our EVS ops to send their stuff through to give their bumps a different look. Our TD is also using it to treat the background to comp behind our commentators.

Today we're at a mountain top finish in Hautacam. We were able to take advantage of some recreation after lunch too. We all jumped on the "mountain luge" before getting back to cutting. Tomorrow's our off day, so I'll try to get some more pictures up.
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July 10, 2008
  THE FIRST WEEK OF THE TOUR
Posted By Erik Paulsen
The last few days have flown by! We have driven countless miles and the days are beginning to blend into one another. Our Avid set up is working nicely. We have had a few hiccups and tonight our Avid tech from Cap Cine will be replacing a fiber card to alleviate the issues we were experiencing.

I love having two airspeeds for ingesting material while I can continue editing on my system. I spend most of the mornings compositing elements for the live show and for our taped preview show,  and then I move on in the afternoon to going through footage shot for short-form, behind-the-scenes features and product demos. I'm also working on travelogues that we shoot for many of the locations we're visiting.

Today was our first taste of the mountains as we were set atop a decent-sized hill at the base of a ski area in Super Besse. We descended back out and are about an hour south in Aurillac.


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July 08, 2008
  DAY 1
Posted By Erik Paulsen
Today was a rather quick set day at the finish line of stage 1 in Plumelec. Once all the trucks were parked and powered there was a lot of time spent stringing fiber cable from our Unity, which is in a support truck, over to my edit suite that is situated in the main production truck, and out to the other two suites that are sharing a room in a section of our upwardly-expandable studio set truck that sits about 200 feet from where the server truck is parked.

 

In this snapshot, you can see my Avid Adrenaline set up sitting comfortably next to a good, old-fashioned Sony DME 7000 that I'm very familiar with from my days in a linear suite. But, alas, it's not really for me, it's there for the EVS guys to treat some of their stuff with that film/glow look we know and love!

You'll also see a lot of other ancillary equipment and patch panels due to my room's location in the main truck. There's also an EVS operator sitting just behind me along with an EVS producer, so I'll be doing most of my audio with cans on. To my right is the main production area and audio booth and to my left another EVS operator and our video shading area.

Everything seems to be working flawlessly. We head in tomorrow to begin loading all our support elements early in the AM.

More tomorrow.

Erik
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