Always the glutton for more info about our industry (and met up with a freelance gig that has me commuting 2 hours a day) I’ve been listening to podcasts…more podcasts than I’d like to admit. In addition to the regulars, standards and finding some new music, I’ve been listening to shows that report about our industry.
Here are 3 shows I’ve listened to:
The DV Show – Very slick production and decent info. I’d like to hear them do a little less reading press releases and more expository in their own words.
DV Guys – These guys have been around for a long time (5 years or so – an Internet lifetime or 2). They stream the show live as well as make it available as a Podcast – bitrate’s a little low, but it contains a volume of info regarding news, releases, and tips for how to do things or fix things in your little corner of the world.
Pixelriffic – Only heard one of these, good-quality sound though. It was aimed at more of a newbie audience so I can’t quite attest to the usefulness of the info, time will tell.
“We need an image of a…”
How many times do you hear that? In this era of no budget for images, resources of free imagery are invaluable. I’ve used MorgueFile myself a couple of times. It’s great for finding high-quality images to use for pre-visualizing or comp’ing a piece, but all the images aren’t always available for free & commercial uses, so I’m always on the lookout for other sources.
A recent link popped up in del.icio.us/popular that adds to the growing list of free-image resources online: Pixel Perfect Digital. The images are high-quality and lend themselves nicely to being used as backgrounds or foreground elements. Most appear to be sized 1280 x 960 and above which makes them well-suited for SD video work (& they should be easily adaptable for HD work as well). BTW, make sure to check at the bottom of the Pixel Perfect page for a list of other free-image sites to check out.
As I was typing this post, this link, popped to the top of del.icio.us/popular: Where To Find Great Free Photographs. After briefly reading through it, I find it covers the options out there much better than I have the time for on this subject. Well worth a read for more in-depth info about several options out there.
UPDATE: 6/13/06 – found this more up-to-date listing at about.com