Meet CreativeCOW.net leader Jeff Bellune
COW Leaders : Jeff BelluneCreative COW Forum Host, Author
Jeff Bellune is a father of five, a Captain for Delta Air Lines, a technical consultant and owner of a video production/post-production company.
Jeff's interest in digital video on disc began when he discovered that he could get analog video into a PC with a minimal investment of time and money. He started out using Premiere 5.1 to edit the video into shows that were mildly entertaining. But he needed to distribute the edited video to an audience that had differing levels of technical knowledge and display capabilities. His audience at the time, admittedly, "consisted of me, my family and my friends."
Jeff turned to SVCD on CD-ROM. VHS was bulky, fragile and of disappointing quality. DVD burners were still prohibitively expensive for a hobbyist (in excess of $1000US) and blank DVD media were selling for more than $20US per disc. He began experimenting with the encoder settings in TMPGEnc and then stepped up to the excellent Ligos encoder to create SVCD discs that had good playback quality on TV sets up to 36". He says, "It took me months of tweaking encoder settings by trial and error to get to where I could examine a piece of video and make good decisions on what encoder settings would give the best results."
As the price of DVD burners and blank DVD media dropped, Jeff was able to start creating DVDs. "At the time," he says, "The available bit rate for MPEG2 files encoded for DVD seemed limitless when compared to SVCD." He began producing discs with far better quality than SVCD and with far less effort. The focus of his work changed from sorting out technical encoding issues to artistic content creation. And, he discovered, because of his solid technical background in digital video editing and DVD creation, there were people who were willing to pay him to make movies and put them on DVD. So he started his own business: Bellune Digital Video Services.
His first DVD authoring software package was Ulead's DVD Workshop, but he soon outgrew its limited selection of menu templates and he tired of its cumbersome workflow. He tried DVD-Lab, but was never comfortable with the interface. When Adobe Encore DVD was released, Jeff knew that he had found the authoring software that he had been looking for.
Along the way, he discovered that he really enjoyed helping other users through industry forums, and he admits that he probably learned more about Premiere and Encore this way than he could have with even the most expensive training course. He discovered something else, too: "Truth be told," Jeff says, "My technical skills far exceed my artistic abilities." So it is not surprising that he turned his attention to using those skills to help teach others. A book deal was the result. He is the author of The Focal Easy Guide to Adobe® Encore™
You can find Jeff Bellune hosting in Creative COW's and Adobe Encore DVD Forum.
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