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Let he/she who Designs without Flaws Cast their Workflow to the Internet First
Posted: Thursday, May 30, 2013

Cast Their Workflow To The Internet FirstI am sure some wise old Broadcast Engineer should have said that. It wasn't me unfortunately. The statement did get me thinking however about just how fantastic we all are. If you read the trade press, the Broadcast books and journals then you find only good news:

You find information about the next best format or the next best technique or the latest protocol to suck video ever faster from server to screen.

How many times have you read an article that said "Don't do XXX - it's a dumb idea and won't work!"

In real life, it's the magazines and blog articles that drive the new technology, but it's the burned fingers of experience that tell you (or warn you) that an idea is dangerous. I see this all the time when explaining to IT folk about video. "Just put it in a database, it will be fine!" says the IT guy. "No," I reply, "that's a dumb idea. The it in your sentence refers to a 200GB MXF file. There are 50,000 of them to catalogue." You can imagine the rest of the conversation.

So here's the rub - why don't we share information about what doesn't work so that others don't repeat our mistakes? Are we all too proud? Will it hurt the circulation of magazines? Will it dent the credibility of a vendor to say "Hey, I tried this - it seemed like a good idea - and here's why it's not..."?

Let's hope not!

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