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Brady Betzel

Brady Betzel is an Editor with Bunim/Murray Productions in Van Nuys, CA. He can be reached at:
Authored Articles
Review: VAIO's Z Canvas
Published: February 4, 2016

Over the last year I’ve been asked to review quite a few mobile and desktop workstations. From Dell to HP to more DIY custom workstations by Cerise, they have all been monsters in terms of power and speed. From systems with 20 cores to touchscreen UHD screens, I have been seeing some awesome systems. When asked to review VAIO’s entry back into the professional workspace, I was all ears. A long time ago, I worked at Best Buy in the computer department, where I had to lug those huge purple CRT monitors off the top shelf to go along with their matching towers. It was crazy. Now with the VAIO Z Canvas, you have more power and better picture quality weighing around 2.5lbs!
Review: Cerise custom workstation
Published: January 15, 2016

Over the years I’ve been asked many times to review workstations, from Dell’s Precision series of mobile workstations to HP’s leading workstation workhorse the z840. I don’t think I’ve met a mainstream workstation that I haven’t liked, but what makes the difference for me between a good and a great workstation is the personal attention that comes along with the purchase. This is where a company like Cerise Computers grabs my attention. Another factor is the ability to put any part into a computer that I want. Usually, if you go with a mainstream workstation maker, they allow for options, but they can be limited to only what they deem “approved.”
Review: HP's z840 workstation
Published: August 14, 2015

Over two years ago, I reviewed the HP z820 Red Edition workstation. It was incredible, to say the least, and it made me rethink the possibilities in post production. With 4K becoming a serious contender in post workflows everywhere by the end of 2013, HP had developed a monster workstation. 
Review: Dell's M3800 Precision Workstation
Published: November 10, 2014

If you were around in the 1990s, you probably remember the commercials that burned the saying, “Dude, you’re getting a Dell!” into your mind. If you don’t remember that, you most likely don’t remember other things that make me feel old, like Beavis and Butthead. Other than fixing a couple of Dell computers while working as a computer repairmen at a local Best Buy, once I graduated from high school and moved on to college, I kind of forgot about Dell. 

Review: "Edit Better" by Jeff Bartsch
Published: October 24, 2014

When I realized that I wanted to change college majors from Computer Science to Multimedia in the early 2000s, I went on a Barnes and Noble tear. I went directly to the TV/Film/Radio section and searched for every book on video editing I could find. Not surprisingly, I found what many consider to be the Bible for video editors: “In the Blink of an Eye,” by Walter Murch, which is definitely a book every aspiring and working editor should have read, whether you agree with it or not. 

Review: Glyph external drives
Published: October 8, 2014

Lately it seems that the innovation in external hard drives has really taken off again. From the awesome achievement of packing 64TBs of storage into an eight-bay Thunderbolt 2 RAID that isn’t any larger than a standard desktop tower to the lightning-fast external Thunderbolt 2/USB 3.0 SSD drives, one thing that stays consistent is the warranties. With new technology, it’s hard to test real-life reliability from years of constant use and punishment, so a good warranty is critical in my mind. 
Review: Wacom's Cintiq Companion
Published: July 21, 2014

In June of 2012, I reviewed my first Wacom product, the Intuos 5 medium-sized pen tablet. Once I got over the initial despair of ditching my mouse for a pen, I found myself experiencing a whole new level of creativity and a very-welcomed loss of wrist pain. More recently, I was looking on the company’s Website and found the Cintiq Companion and Cintiq Hybrid tablet PCs. I’ve always wanted to try a Cintiq product, but they weren’t quite what a video editor or motion graphics designer like me really needed; until I saw the Companion. 
Review: G-Technology's G-Dock ev with Thunderbolt
Published: June 5, 2014

Right off the bat, I’m going to say that this external hard drive setup is exactly what every production needs. Almost every show I have worked on snail mails the footage, checks and backs up the footage (hopefully), and finally sends the footage back to the mother ship to be ingested and edited. If all goes according to plan, you should have at least one if not two backups in different locations in case of a disaster, and the ability to transfer your footage to your NLE storage of choice.
Review: GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition
Published: March 6, 2014

If you’ve been working in post for more than a few years, you’ve seen the momentum shift from tape to tapeless.
Review: Blackmagic Design's UltraStudio Pro & SmartScope Duo
Published: October 8, 2013

It wasn’t so long ago when you had to travel into the office to do some video and effects work because of the demanding hardware requirements. Today, you can go pick up the latest Mac Pro or HP 8770w mobile workstation and have your own multimedia powerhouse at Starbucks. With super speed USB 3.0 you can run external hard drive RAIDs and specialized I/O hardware on your dining room table. 
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