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.

Broadcasting Dead? Yeah. Right.

Every time I hear people saying “broadcast television is dead!”, I like to think of weeks like this. Weeks when tens of millions of viewers all tune in…

The Job I Want At The Olympics

In case you haven’t heard, there is this little event going on over in China right now… …it’s called the Olympics. Judging by the…

REVIEW:  Petrol PMLCB-2 Production Backpack

REVIEW: Petrol PMLCB-2 Production Backpack

Flying with equipment in the 1980’s was a piece of cake. We used to pull up to the curb at the airport with eleven cases of gear, and…

“John Adams” and the Power of Words

Forgive me for more jabberings about the excellent HBO series “John Adams,” but I recently bought the 3-DVD set. And what a set it is! I remember…

REVIEW: proDad Vitascene

REVIEW: proDad Vitascene

While I tend to be a pretty conservative editor, the time comes for all of us when we need some flashy effects to grab a viewer. Light blasts, aggressive color…

What Does Your Future Hold?

I really like reading Chris & Trish Meyer’s stuff. I certainly wish I had a list of credits as long as theirs. And they are nice folks to…

Now I Know The RED Is For Real!

Skeptics begone! Naysayers away! The RED ONE has been adopted by a major studio! And that studio is… Digital Playground. “Digital Who?”, you ask? Digital Playground is…

The Best Headline I’ve Seen All Day

OK, what do you imagine when you read this headline? LifeSize HD video systems turns any room into a telepresence room First thing in my head: The Holodeck from Star…

Just Another Day…

It started out as just another day. I was at my desk, fixing some broken links on a DVD I’m authoring. Then, the phone rang. The voice on…

How Do You Watch Your TV?

An interesting article from TVTechnology.com shows that in the US, LCD flat-screens are selling at a rate that buries the competition by an eight-to-one ratio. But…