Meet Timothy Duncan
COW Leaders : Timothy DuncanCreative COW Magazine Writer, Web Writer, Contributing Editor
Timothy Duncan may be a newcomer to Vegas, arriving at version 3.0, but he has been a deep explorer into the world of NLE's since the very early days of Avid and EMC2. His experience covers a broad range of linear/nonlinear editing, engineering, systems design, color correction as well as multi-camera video and film production. His earliest memories are of WBBJ-TV, an ABC affiliate located in Jackson, TN, where he began coming to the studio at age 2 and started running prompter at age 8. By age 12 he was editing, directing, and producing the number one rated religious program carried on the station for his local church. At age 16 he designed a portable multi-camera system and traveled the country doing 1 hour television specials for churches. He graduated from Riverside High School as Valedictorian, turned down offers to teach communications at Evangel College, and Southeastern University, instead choosing to move to Nashville and attend electronics school and get a business degree. Having been around engineers who made him think most engineers were too lazy to work hard up front to make it easy for the end user later, he wanted a degree which would enable him to do just that. Timothy's first job in Nashville was at Elite Post (later to become Henninger Elite) where he became known as the "whiz kid" editor. He has experience editing many types of videos from music videos for MTV, VH-1 and CMT to national adds and nationally distributed television programs. He has also authored DVDs, Web Sites, and enhanced CDs for such notable clients as Dreamworks. As many editors do over the years, he played musical chairs with the major edit shops in Nashville and ended up being a free-lancer who was comfortable in practically every room in town. In the early 90s, he became a contractor for Northern Telecom (which later became Nortel Networks) where he built and designed a D2 edit suite that allowed the editor to sit face to face with the client. He also was an early beta tester of Pro-Tools and Ensemble Designs.
As an early Avid adopter, creating pre-read lists by hand before programs existed to do it, Timothy dreamed of finishing entire projects directly on computer at full resolution. He installed the first Avid in the southeastern U.S. which had the broadcast video board and Pinnacle 3D effects. Knowing there had to be a more cost effective and higher quality option, Timothy has devoted the rest of his life searching for the perfect NLE system. His tour has taken him through Media 100, Plumb, DPS, Pinnacle, Newtek, Matrox and various editing applications and beta programs including After Effects, BorisFX, Avid, EMC2, Premiere, Video Action NT, Speed Razor, Online Express, Final Cut Pro (he was an original beta tester for version 1.0), Incite, and now his most favorite application: Vegas Video. On top of all the video production, Timothy managed to find time to run a systems integration and service company selling customized turnkey video editing systems, and also launching Incite in the U.S., providing the first level of dealer and end-user technical support and training.
"After spending years on alpha and beta teams begging the developers for simple editing features, it only took a few minutes playing with VV to realize that their developers were very, very different. It was obvious to me that the people in charge did indeed have a full understanding and total grasp from the editor's point of view." Timothy beams and with a southern drawl continues, "Editing in VV is an absolute pleasure. Normally when I edit with other applications, I have a little counter in my brain keeping track of all the extra and un-necessary steps I have to take over and over. In VV, I just edit. If only VV talked directly to uncompressed SDI I/O hardware... that would be my dream system."
...No more hair pulling!Currently, Timothy runs Zap Digital Media, a full media production company based in Nashville, TN.
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