Bruce A Johnson

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.

REVIEW: Sony MCX500 Portable Video Switcher and RM-30BP Remote Commander

REVIEW: Sony MCX500 Portable Video Switcher and RM-30BP Remote Commander

It has been interesting to watch the recent upswing in multi-camera remote micro-production.  For quite a while, video cameras kept getting more capable and less expensive, but the…

NAB 2017:  Musings on Miracles

NAB 2017: Musings on Miracles

Behold: a miracle. This is my well-worn Sony EA50-U camera.  It’s a APS-C chip with an Alpha/E-mount, and I have used and tortured…

NAB 2017: Contour Design Rollermouse Red plus

NAB 2017: Contour Design Rollermouse Red plus

For as long as I have been editing non-linearly, I have been searching for usable alternate input devices to replace my mouse.  I’ve used the Contour Design…

NAB 2017: Unity Intercom

NAB 2017: Unity Intercom

For all of the emphasis on portable multi-cam field production at NAB 2017, it’s astounding how many people just never think about two of the most important…

NAB 2017: Sound Devices MixPre 3 and MixPre 6

NAB 2017: Sound Devices MixPre 3 and MixPre 6

Sound Devices is announcing not one, but two new members in it’s MixPre family, and not only will they mix your shoot for you – they will simultaneously…

NAB 2017: Three Blackmagic Design Announcements

NAB 2017: Three Blackmagic Design Announcements

Continuing the “NAB Of Portable Multi-Camera Field Production” theme, Blackmagic Design offers up two new switchers and an incredibly easy way to get your show on the…

NAB 2017: Atomos Sumo

NAB 2017: Atomos Sumo

It’s been inspiring to watch the emergence of Atomos over the last few years as a leader in monitor/recorders.  At NAB 2017 they announced their biggest product…

NAB 2017: Google Video Intelligence API

NAB 2017: Google Video Intelligence API

About 15 years ago I was involved in an experiment at work, trying to involve computers in logging, cataloging and sorting video content.  Due in large part to the weak…

NAB 2017: Fotodiox Pro Factor LED Lights

NAB 2017: Fotodiox Pro Factor LED Lights

Our old friend Bohus Blahut is back at NAB with some LED softlights that have impressive output and a full feature set.  Check out the Factor lights.   &nbsp…

NAB 2017: Sling Studio

NAB 2017: Sling Studio

The onslaught of portable multi-cam field production continues at NAB 2017.  This time it’s Sling Media, fathers of the SlingBox, with a self-contained, wireless product that…