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Bob Zelin
Bob Zelin
Orlando, Florida USA
Orlando, Florida USA

Bob Zelin is an old cranky video engineer that got his start in the professional audio business in 1977.  By 1981, he was fired so many times, that no one wanted to hire him, so he started his own company in 1982.  Lucky for him, he became the first freelance AVID technician in New York City, when the AVID first came out, and has since designed and installed thousands of studios in New York, Florida, and LA.  His desperation to stay employed started the "AVID facility" mindset, which replaced conventional on line rooms – to the dismay of countless linear video editors. This was completely against the original concept of the AVID, which was for a Media Composer system to be a nice, simple, self contained package, that could do off line editing.

The "Crazy Bob" reputation started when a customer support executive at AVID Technologies told NY dealers that any AVID system that Bob Zelin touched would be out of warrantee.  This led him to discover the power of the internet, and "going crazy" on people.  This AVID employee was soon released from his employment, but this event started the ranting on user forums that continues on to this day.

Today, Bob resides in Orlando, Florida, terrorizing southern editing facilities.  He hopes to one day become the janitor for AJA Video Systems in Grass Valley, CA.


 
You can find Bob Zelin hosting in Creative COW's SAN - Storage Area Networks, Maxx Digital, DaVinci Resolve, and RAID Set-Up Forums.

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Articles by Bob Zelin

Storage
G-Tech G-RACK 12: Fast, Easy, Expandable, A Winner

G-Tech G-RACK 12: Fast, Easy, Expandable, A Winner

Already having a great reputation for standalone RAID arrays, G-Tech makes a bold move into shared storage with the G-Tech G-RACK 12. With 120 TB, expandable to 480 TB, blazing speeds, a built-in server (no separate computer or metadata servers needed!) and incredibly easy set-up and management software, longtime broadcast and facility engineer Bob Zelin says that the G-RACK 12 is a winner. Bob doesn't say that often, so you're going to want to check out all the details -- and because it's Bob, there are a lot of details!

Review
Bob Zelin
NAB Show
Bob Zelin's NAB 2016 Review: Everything You Own is Obsolete

Bob Zelin's NAB 2016 Review: Everything You Own is Obsolete

Zelin Nation rejoices as the legendary Bob Zelin's legendary NAB wrap-up returns, featuring the unique insights of this industry-leading broadcast engineer into the stories that matter most. You won't find a better overview of shared storage, IO devices, converters, studio cameras, and Thunderbolt 3, because there aren't any. Check it out. Legendary.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Bob Zelin
Blackmagic Design
Blackmagic Design Teranex Mini: 4K Monitoring & So Much More

Blackmagic Design Teranex Mini: 4K Monitoring & So Much More

When Blackmagic asked broadcast engineer, systems designer, and all-around straight shooter Bob Zelin to take a look at the new Teranex Mini line, he told them no. Converter stories are too boring. Just one problem, though: his clients couldn't see pictures out of their SDI gear going into HDMI inputs of consumer 4K TVs. BMD promised that one of the Minis would do the trick, and it did -- but Bob was pleasantly surprised to find even more than he was looking for! Find out why he calls the Teranex Mini lineup a no-brainer, and what it might be able to do for you. Read more...

Editorial, Feature
Bob Zelin
SAN - Storage Area Networks
Affordable, Easy LTO Archiving

Affordable, Easy LTO Archiving

It's a simple idea: your stuff is precious, but there's too much of it to easily store. The world of LTO seems expensive and confusing, and straight talk is hard to come by. Well, it happens that Creative COW's Bob Zelin is the master of straight talk, and has had to learn a lot about archiving to help his clients meet their needs. Here's what Bob has found as he looks at the latest and greatest technology and projects for affordable, easy LTO archiving.

Editorial, Feature
Bob Zelin
Blackmagic Design
Building a Broadcast Studio with Blackmagic Design

Building a Broadcast Studio with Blackmagic Design

Master facility designer Bob Zelin has been building studios for his clients based around the offerings from Blackmagic Design, and he's here to tell you: this is for real. The pieces are here now, and they fit together beautifully -- and he's got even more clients lined up for Blackmagic-centered studios. Read on as Bob helps you put together a plan to build your own.

Feature
Bob Zelin
Broadcasting
NAB 2015, ZELINIZED: HD IS OVER

NAB 2015, ZELINIZED: HD IS OVER

Bob Zelin applies decades of engineering and facility design experience to finding products from the 2015 NAB Show that will make a real-world difference for you on a daily basis. Here's Bob's take on everything from thumb drives to 40GigE.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Bob Zelin
Archiving and Back-Up
Bob Zelin's NAB: Storage, Broadcast, Thunderbolt & 4K

Bob Zelin's NAB: Storage, Broadcast, Thunderbolt & 4K

The clients Bob Zelin's clients facility systems design business don't care about hype. They only want to hear the same thing you do: "Does this thing really work, and is it cheap?" The two aren't always compatible. Sometimes cheaper tech makes business harder, and hype is always in the way -- but you can count on Bob to call 'em as he sees 'em. At NAB 2014, Bob saw plenty, from plummeting prices for 4K to vastly expanding options for storage.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Bob Zelin
Storage
Thunderbolt 2 Arrays From Nestor: The Biggest Game in Town

Thunderbolt 2 Arrays From Nestor: The Biggest Game in Town

If you've needed a Thunderbolt 2 RAID bigger than 8 bays, you've been out of luck -- until now. Bob Zelin has taken the new Nestor NA333TB 16-bay Thunderbolt 2 RAID for a spin, and likes what he sees.

Review, Feature
Bob Zelin
Blackmagic Design
Bob Zelin Looks at the Blackmagic Design Audio Monitor

Bob Zelin Looks at the Blackmagic Design Audio Monitor

The Blackmagic Audio Monitor offers rack mount audio monitoring from an advanced 6G-SDI input, AES/EBU and analog audio sources in a compact and elegant package. Bob Zelin gives the 'eagle eye' look as he zooms in on its real-world application in XOS Digital's extensive broadcast media asset management system.

Review, Editorial, Feature
Bob Zelin
Blackmagic Design
Bob Zelin Looks at the Blackmagic Design SmartScope Duo

Bob Zelin Looks at the Blackmagic Design SmartScope Duo

Stop using the high price of HD waveform/vectorscopes as an excuse for not checking your video. Join Bob Zelin for a closer look at a real-world installation of Blackmagic's new SmartScope Duo, a practical, flexible, and yes, affordable approach to broadcast-quality monitoring.

Review, Feature
Bob Zelin
Archiving and Back-Up
NAB 2013: Bob Zelin: The Evolution & Revolution

NAB 2013: Bob Zelin: The Evolution & Revolution

Calling Bob Zelin one of the industry's most respected voices of engineering and systems experience is an understatement. (We might also have to add "most feared.") For over 20 years, he has been at the leading edge of building next-generation post houses and broadcast facilities using the latest, greatest, and most affordable new technology. He's also been around long enough to have seen through an awful lot of hype, so when Bob drops the "R" word, it's because he really believes it's revolutionary himself. His coverage of the 2013 NAB Show is once again don't-miss reading.

Editorial, Feature
Bob Zelin
NAB Expo
Zelinizing NAB 2012! Bob Zelin: The Future is Wide Open

Zelinizing NAB 2012! Bob Zelin: The Future is Wide Open

Industry leader, visionary, and wielder of baseball bats and shotguns Bob Zelin takes a look at the world through NAB-colored glasses and sees that, from now on, anything goes.

Editorial, Feature
Bob Zelin
Blackmagic Design
Blackmagic Design’s SmartView HD Monitor & Pocket Ultrascope

Blackmagic Design’s SmartView HD Monitor & Pocket Ultrascope

With new shows coming in the door for Pink Sneakers Productions, Bob Zelin looked to Blackmagic Design's new SmartView HD Monitor and Pocket UltraScope to make the configuration upgrades while maintaining a sense of budget.

Review
Bob Zelin
NAB Expo
You Ain't Seen Everything Yet!

You Ain't Seen Everything Yet!

With one of the most trusted, respected and feared voices in the industry, Bob Zelin gives a no-holds-barred look at some of NAB ‘11’s Best of Show.

Editorial, Feature
Bob Zelin
Blackmagic Design
The Blackmagic ATEM 1 M/E switcher: AMAZING

The Blackmagic ATEM 1 M/E switcher: AMAZING

When Bob Zelin saw the Blackmagic ATEM line of switchers at the 2011 NAB Show, he was blown away by the price and ease of use, and could hardly wait to get his hands on one. He was able to install a pre-release version of the ATEM 1 M/E Production Switcher for his clients at Matchpoint Studios in Tampa, FL, and the word you'll see repeated throughout his report is "AMAZING." Read on to find out why, and to see if the ATEM 1 M/E will work for you.

Review, Feature
Bob Zelin
Broadcasting
Avoiding Digital Delivery Disasters

Avoiding Digital Delivery Disasters

It used to be easy. A tape, an envelope, a finished delivery. Now there are many more ways for things to go wrong! Here are ways to keep your digital deliveries on track.

Editorial, People / Interview
Bob Zelin
SAN - Storage Area Networks
Fast Enough? Data-Driven Broadcast Infrastructure

Fast Enough? Data-Driven Broadcast Infrastructure

We can always can count on Bob Zelin moving fast enough to keep up with the crazy number of new options for data-driven broadcast infrastructure. Read on for Bob's review of his findings - enthusiastic and exhausted (er.. exhaustive) - at the super-charged, super-fast NAB 2010.

Review, Feature, People / Interview
Bob Zelin
SAN - Storage Area Networks
Changing the Game with the Blackmagic Design Broadcast Videohub

Changing the Game with the Blackmagic Design Broadcast Videohub

Bob Zelin is always willing to integrate the newest solutions for his systems integration clients. Only this one was VERY new... and if everything didn't go exactly right, it was game over.

Tutorial
Bob Zelin
SAN - Storage Area Networks
Build your own affordable SAN -- that works!

Build your own affordable SAN -- that works!

Want to let everyone in your shop use the same media at the same time? The Cows Bob Zelin shares the secrets for affordable shared storage that you can build yourself, and that WORKS. Start with big, fast storage from your favorite pro vendor, then follow along. Bob even shows you a few hazards to avoid along the way.

Tutorial, Feature
Bob Zelin
Adobe After Effects Techniques
Ask Bob and then stand back

Ask Bob and then stand back

If you don't want to know, don't ask. Bob Zelin is one of the industry's straightest shooters, and he'll tell you how he's seen things work during his 30+ years in the broadcast trenches.

Feature, People / Interview
Bob Zelin
Apple Final Cut Pro
Bob Zelin Looks at Dulce Systems Pro EX PCI-Express expander

Bob Zelin Looks at Dulce Systems Pro EX PCI-Express expander

WELL, it happened again. Today, I installed the new Dulce Systems Pro EX PCI-Express expander. This product is amazing, and this review will be very short, as it's such a simple product, that has been LONG OVERDUE.

Review
Bob Zelin
Media Formats | Media Capacities
Disk Drive Storage Systems: Where Are We Today?

Disk Drive Storage Systems: Where Are We Today?

In this Creative COW Magazine article, Bob Zelin talks about where we've come from, and what's ahead in professional storage.

Editorial
Bob Zelin
Adobe After Effects Techniques
The Importance of Monitor Calibration

The Importance of Monitor Calibration

In this article from The Creative COW Magazine, Bob Zelin discusses the imporance of monitor calibration, different monitor options and how to execute the calibration on these monitors.

Editorial, Tutorial
Bob Zelin
AJA Kona - Mac
Bob Zelin Looks at The AJA GEN10

Bob Zelin Looks at The AJA GEN10

The AJA GEN10 is a cost effective and flexible Blackburst and Tri-level Sync Generator. While reminding you of why blackburst and sync are very, very good ideas, Creative Cow leader Bob Zelin takes you through the GEN10's ins and 7 outs.

Review
Bob Zelin
Apple Final Cut Pro
SAS RAID from Dulce Systems

SAS RAID from Dulce Systems

Creative COW Contributing Editor Bob Zelin talks about the latest step in the Serial Attached Storage revolution: full RAID 5 protection with read speeds over 350 mb/sec. from Dulce Systems. At least that's what Dulce claimed. When he heard the rest of what Dulce had to say, Bob simply didn't believe them. When he put those claims to the test, he got a lot more than he bargained for. Will you?

Review
Bob Zelin
Adobe After Effects Techniques
Favorite Things for Video Production

Favorite Things for Video Production

In this editorial from The Creative COW Magazine, Bob Zelin unearths some of his favorite things that pass his grueling daily video production torture test. Lyn Norstad joins Bob for his own personal favorite.

Editorial
Bob Zelin
Convergent Design
Convergent Design HD-Connect MI Converts Firewire to HDMI..RS-422

Convergent Design HD-Connect MI Converts Firewire to HDMI..RS-422

RSystems installer Bob Zelin torture tests every device that comes into his orbit. If he says it works in the real world, it does. If he says that it doesn't, it doesn't. He tests the Firewire to HDMI conversion feature at two Orlando facilities, as well as the Firewire to RS-422 conversion. Does the HD-Connect MI make the cut?

Review
Bob Zelin
Adobe After Effects Techniques
Building a Professional Machine Room

Building a Professional Machine Room

You bought a new Final Cut Pro system to go with your Avid Media Composer or your other Final Cut Pro systems. You have an After Effects system with an AJA, Blackmagic or other card in it, so you can capture video and audio on this station as well. Your neighbor in the next office has a ProTools or a Logic system, and he wants to tie into some of your machines. You're on your way to becoming exactly what you didn't want to be - a facility. Oh no!

Tutorial
Bob Zelin
Art of the Edit
Building a Modern Professional Editing Room

Building a Modern Professional Editing Room

In this Creative COW magazine article Bob Zelin discusses what it takes to build a professional, modern, nonlinear editing machine room. Bob covers storage, monitors, scopes, audio mixers, routing, power, cables and more.

Tutorial, Feature
Bob Zelin
AJA Kona - Mac
Cal Digit S2VRHD

Cal Digit S2VRHD

CreativeCOW's Bob Zelin tests a Cal Digit S2VRHD with a host card for a PCI-X computer, and a PCI-E computer. He used the incredible AJA Kona System Test, to evaluate the drive speeds. He was determined to 'break it.' Did he? No. He determined that...''If you want to do uncompressed HD, for a fraction of the price of an Apple Xserve RAID, or other hi end SCSI or Fibre Channel drive arrays, THIS IS YOUR BOX.'' Read the rest to find out why.

Review
Bob Zelin
AJA Kona - Mac
AJA HD10AVA Converter

AJA HD10AVA Converter

CreativeCOW's Bob Zelin discusses how to turn your HDV VTR into a professional product using the amazing AJA HD10AVA converter. It takes the analog component HD signal from your Sony or JVC HDV VTR, and converts it to an HD-SDI signal that can go right into the HD-SDI input of your capture card.

Review
Bob Zelin
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