It's not often that these opportunities come along, so I was delighted to be asked to support the editors working for HBS, the host broadcaster at the International Broadcast Centre in Rio for the FIFA 2014 World Cup!
Along with fellow trainer Chris Roberts, we were responsible for providing training and workflow advice and support to the world cup editors for Adobe's range of professional video tools (Premiere Pro, Prelude, After Effects, SpeedGrade, Audition and Media Encoder).
The editors were selected because of their broadcast background and skills (not least their ability to be away from home for long periods of time!), and predominantly had FCP and AVID experience. So our task was to help them transfer their storytelling skills to the suite of Adobe applications used at the World Cup.
We also worked alongside key members of Adobe's Premiere Pro development team on site. David MacGavran, the Senior Engineering Manager, for Premiere Pro has written a great blog about his experience in Rio, and it was great to work with him and his colleagues.
I have to say a huge thanks to the staff and management at HBS, and a special mention goes out to the guys from MOOVIT, who provided essential engineering, support, coding and development on-site, including creating innovative systems to connect the EVS servers to all the Premiere Pro and After Effects edit suites, and a custom application to manage the launching of Premiere Pro project files for multiple users.
Here's a video interview Adobe filmed at the IBC Exhibition in September 2014, about my experience in Rio.
And here are some pics that hopefully give a flavour of what it was like at the International Broadcast Centre in Rio.
And yes... despite that fact that Chris and I had to provide training cover for every day during the Wolrd Cup, I did manage to escape to the beach... in this case Copacabana!