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A 1981 graduate of the Boston University College of Communication, Bruce A. Johnson got his first job in broadcast television at WFTV, an ABC affiliate in Orlando, FL. While there, he rose through the ranks from teleprompter operator to videographer, editor, producer and director of many different types of programming. It was in the early 1980’s that he bought his first computer – a Timex/Sinclair 1000 – a device he hated so much, he promptly exchanged it for an Atari 400. But the bug had bitten hard. In 1987, Johnson joined Wisconsin Public Television in Madison as a videographer/editor, and still works there to the present day. His responsibilities have grown, however, and now include research and presentations on the issues surrounding the digital television transition, new consumer technology and the use of public television spectrum in homeland security. He freelances through his company Painted Post MultiMedia, and has written extensively for magazines including DV and Studio Monthly.

NAB 2013: Steadicam Curve

30+ years ago, I trained as a full-sized Steadicam operator, and have the bad back to prove it.  Now one of the smallest cameras you can buy has…

REVIEW:  Blackmagic Designs Hyperdeck Shuttle 2

REVIEW: Blackmagic Designs Hyperdeck Shuttle 2

(Music cue:  Also Sprach Zarathustra) (Lights come up on a monolith, perfectly rectangular and black as death) OK, maybe I’m being a bit melodramatic.   However…

REVIEW:  ProDAD DeFishr

REVIEW: ProDAD DeFishr

It wasn't that long ago that getting a point-of-view shot was a major undertaking.  About a decade ago, a producer I work with wanted to…

The Cure for the Slippery HDMI?

The Cure for the Slippery HDMI?

A few weeks back, I took a look at the Sony NEX-EA50H NXCam camcorder.  Alongside all of its many charms was a “feature” that several of…

REVIEW:  Vinten Vision Blue5 Fluid Head and Tripod Legs

REVIEW: Vinten Vision Blue5 Fluid Head and Tripod Legs

Tripods tend to fall into that broad category of items that we never notice when they work, yet can’t live without when they don’t. And there…

First Look & Semi Review:  Sony NEX-EA50H NXCam Camcorder

First Look & Semi Review: Sony NEX-EA50H NXCam Camcorder

I’m a TV guy. I’ve been shooting and editing in broadcast television for over thirty years now, and along with you have seen astounding changes in…

Sensor Size Described…

Sensor Size Described…

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NAB 2012: Trucolor Ohm Space Light

Next time you need to flood a room with soft light – in whatever color temperature – you should give the Ohm a look…

NAB 2012: EZ-Jib

I’ve always been intrigued by jib arms, and usually put off by their high prices. EZ-FX might have a solution to that problem…

NAB 2012: Profoto Reflector Umbrellas

When I walked past these the first time, I thought they might be antennas left on the Moon to shoot signals back to earth. But a little research proved to…

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