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 2017: BirdDog

NAB 2017: BirdDog

Users of Newtek’s Tricaster line of video switchers have got a very powerful tool in their Network Device Interface, or NDI.  Here’s a device that can…

NAB 2017: Freecast

NAB 2017: Freecast

Video distribution on a set with direct links to social media? For less than $600?  Sign me up! &nbsp…

NAB 2017: Rip-Lock

NAB 2017: Rip-Lock

Few things are worse on a shoot than having your cables spilling all over the place.  Rip-Tie has been around for a long time, and they have just upped…

NAB 2017: Motocrane

NAB 2017: Motocrane

This is one of those “only at NAB” kinds of things – a camera crane designed to fit on just about any car.  Yes, even your 2007 Dodge…

NAB 2017: Vufine Close-Field HD Monitor

NAB 2017: Vufine Close-Field HD Monitor

If you are flying a drone or running a gimbal, this tiny piece of kit makes more sense than you may think – and it’s incredibly inexpensive to…

NAB 2017:  Datavideo HS1500T Cat6-Based Video Switcher and Cameras

NAB 2017: Datavideo HS1500T Cat6-Based Video Switcher and Cameras

  I had a feeling coming into NAB 2017 that affordable multi-camera switcher packages would be a “thing,” and I am being proven right in all sorts…

Blackmagic Designs Ursa Mini 4.6k with the B4 Lens Adapter

Blackmagic Designs Ursa Mini 4.6k with the B4 Lens Adapter

NOTE:  Please go to the addenda box at the end of the article to read about an embarrassing mistake and credits for all the help I got in creating this…

Lenovo P40 Yoga Laptop/Tablet

Lenovo P40 Yoga Laptop/Tablet

It took me a long time to get happy with editing video on a laptop. For quite a while, due to low-power mobile processors and underwhelming video systems, the…

Lenovo ThinkPad P70 Mobile Workstation

Lenovo ThinkPad P70 Mobile Workstation

I guess it would be overstatement to call any 17” laptop “small,” but the Lenovo P70 I’ve been testing feels almost compact compared to many other large laptops I…

Review: Video Devices PIX-E Monitor/Recorder

Review: Video Devices PIX-E Monitor/Recorder

I’m not going to kid you.  I’m no fan of cameras that make you jump through hoops to perform essential functions, and there is no more essential function…