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View Article  ContentAgent and RED R3D Dailies Workflow

ContentAgent RED Dailies Workflow

View Article  Autoclav1.1 nominated as Best of 2008
They Fell, have nominated Autoclav1.1 for Best Album Of The Year for "Love No Longer Lives Here". This is the band I'm now playing with. The album rocks listen to it http://www,

Plus, congratulations are in order to Tympanik Audio for their nomination as Label Of The Year in new online reader's poll.

Please consider taking a moment to vote and show your support!
Thank you!
View Article  Motorcycle Emptiness

Missing guitarist 'presumed dead'

Missing Manic Street Preachers guitarist and lyricist Richey Edwards has been declared as presumed dead, a spokeswoman for the band has said.

The musician from Blackwood, south Wales, disappeared nearly 14 years ago.

Despite alleged sightings all over the world many believe Edwards, whose car was found near the Severn Bridge, took his own life at the age of 27.

His parents Graham and Sherry Edwards have been granted a court order for him to be declared presumed dead.

Edwards' father said he did not wish to comment on the matter.

BORN: 22 December 1967, Blackwood, south Wales
EARLY LIFE: Went to Oakdale Comprehensive with future band members and studied for a political science degree at Swansea University
MANICS: Joined after designing the cover for the band's first single Suicide Alley in 1989. He was also their van driver, 'Minister of Information' and later guitarist and lyricist
CONTROVERSY: Carved 4 REAL into his arm with a razor blade in an interview with the NME's Steve Lamacq in 1991
ILLNESS: Spent time in hospital in Wales and a rehab centre for treatment for alcoholism and anorexia in 1993/94
LAST SEEN: 1 February 1995 in the Embassy Hotel, London checking out at 7am. His car was found at services near the Severn Bridge on 17 February

The band's publicist Terri Hall said the move was "hugely emotional" for remaining band members James Dean Bradfield, Nicky Wire and Sean Moore.

The band are unavailable for comment as they are currently abroad, she said.

She told the Mail on Sunday: "This is the parents' choice and the band is happy to go with what the parents decide is best.

"We all dream Richey will come back one day. You hope he is still around somewhere.

"But it is no longer a realistic hope and if this offers some kind of closure then the band will be content with that."

Edwards, whose unused lyrics for the band are set to be used in new Manics material due for release next year, was last seen in London on 1 February 1995.

It is believed Edwards returned to his Cardiff flat, but then drove to the original Severn Bridge where his car was later found.

View Article  Unlimited Broadband

Too many companies are now abusing this word, typically these are companies offering internet services. An example would be of Company A offering mobile/home broadband with unlimited usage. Then in the terms & conditions there will be a clause that restricts the customer to download only 1Gb of data per month.

This is NOT unlimited.

Unlimited is defined as being: not limited, infinite or unrestricted.

If no current law prevents this, then one should be made to cover this grey area.


We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to Ban the use of the word 'Unlimited' if the subject in question is limited.

View Article  Dolby Digital Plus added to ContentAgent
It always nice to see your name in print....but can i remember saying all that :-)

Root6 version of the release is here along with cheesy handshake picture.

Dolby Digital Plus added to ContentAgent

Root6 Technology has added Dolby Digital Plus to the post-production deliverables on its ContentAgent repurposing platform.

Dolby Digital Plus is a next-generation audio technology for high-definition programming and media.

ContentAgent support will allow extremely low bit rate multichannel sound to be delivered via the web.

The content repurposing platform currently transcodes a host of other commonly used audio formats including MP3, AC3, AAC, WAV, BWAV and AIFF.

ContentAgent product manager Kevin King said: "We are already fulfilling client demand for multi channel audio as part of an automated workflow and it's clear that further advances such as Dolby Digital Plus will play an increasingly important role in the HD content experience."

"Dolby Digital Plus combines the efficiency to meet future broadcast demands with the power and flexibility to realize the full audio potential of the upcoming high-definition experience.

"Built on Dolby Digital, the multichannel audio standard for DVD and HD broadcasts worldwide, Dolby Digital Plus was designed for the delivery formats of the future, but remains fully compatible with all current A/V receivers. With Dolby Digital Plus, you get even higher quality audio, more channels, and greater flexibility."

ContentAgent is used by production companies and broadcasters – including ITV and Pinewood Studios - to re-purpose and convert video and audio content for programmes, archives and online.

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Autoclav1.1 2009 edition
Originally uploaded by akira_kev.
Autoclav1.1 2009 edition
View Article  Content Agent gets Red upgrade
Well this was the humble pie I was talking about here.
Being the Product Manager for ContentAgent this is a really exciting time to making encoding tools for Television and Film industry
Content Agent gets Red upgrade

Root6 Technology will use IBC to unveil an updated version of its Content Agent system that works with files from the Red One camera.

The re-purposing and content management technology will now have the ability to transcode raw Red R3D files and low-res proxies.

This will allow the automatic creation of digital dailies as well as offline editing, HD finishing and 4k mastering.

The new dailies workflow development can be fully automated, outputting to ftp, email, web, RSS or interactive DVD. It is due to be shown for the first time at IBC.

Associated metadata can be burnt-in or included as part of an XML file. In the case of DVDs, workflows can be constructed to produce individually branded copies for a director, DoP or cameraman.

Root6 Technology managing director Marcus Hume-Humphreys said: "Making the Red codec available on Content Agent ensures that the dailies community will have the flexibility to create and automate its workflow, producing appropriate and cost effective deliverables."

Root6 Technology is a division of reseller and systems integrator Root6.

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View Article  Time and Tide wait for no man
No I know how King Canute felt as the sea rose up, for years I complained and laughed saying it was vaporware, a public relations fantasy, a monumental advertiser lead dream.  I mocked and laughed at people even suggesting it would work that the vision would see the light of day but alas it came.

‘No one is so powerful that he can stop the march of time’

There comes a point in your life and you see something that makes you want to raise up, march for the cause, demonstrate against a goverment or join a rebellion you take up the arms and march and nothing is going to stop you. Once you have seen the light and crossed the line there is no going back as it was once said "
When the sword of rebellion is drawn, the sheath should be thrown away. "

I've only eaten humble pie a few times in my life but the announce I'm going to have to make on this blog next week will mean I'm stuff full for a long time. Look out for the ContentAgent press releases they are going to be very filling.

"Madam, if a thing is possible, consider it done; the impossible? That will be done." Charles Alexandre de Calonne 1734 - 1802
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Iphone doesn't bounce
Originally uploaded by akira_kev.
Iphone doesn't bounce
View Article  I swear the Underground is getting worse

This was the scene that greeted me at Mile End this morning well I say greeted I did have to let 4 trains go past before I took this shot. In all I had to let 6 trains go past before I could get on one. Ok normally if there are problems on the line etc ok. But there were no problems reported on the London Underground Website or by Transport for London. It seem more and more often I'm having to wait longer and longer for a train. I haven't changed my time i get in the morning it just seems that more and more people are getting the tube.

I like to be in on time and after a 45minute commute its always a push to do it these days. You can leave earlier and still have a 15 or a 20 minute wait to be able to get on a train.
Oh well what to do.
View Article  Walk in the Park
Well here I am sitting under a tree in the park just about to start reading war and peace on my iPhone. I thought I make my first ebook a challenge. Stanza is a great app and very useable.

Having just walked via speaker corner and taken a few picture. I never thought I'd get accuse of being one of her majesty finest by some random preacher. Oh well something to aspire to.

By the way Love No Longer Lives Here by Autoclav1.1.hasn't not been off the Zune all week. Awesome album All ForYou is an amazing track. You really need to check it out.

View Article  Iphone the work phone
Yes well i did it and as soon as I got back from the USA i went out and got myself my Iphone upgrade. I got to say they have done a lovely job of the UI and the App Store is great even if a bit battery draining at times. All together I'm impressed and i love the idea that I can now use my work exchange and my home exchange server and my odd gmail address on the same phone....What that, you say I cannot, but why Apple why? You can only have one exchange account on the Iphone on dear this will not do you mean i have to live with the same silly restrictions that ActiveSync has on the Windows Mobile platform, oh mother to betsy. Well I suppose we can use IMAP and get around that but workaround...tut tut...

Then today I notice something on the tube on the way in normally on my way into work I answer some emails delete some spam etc and generally get on with work. On my windows mobile phone you can work, delete move things around and when you next log in to the server it updates all the cached local changes with the exchange server.

Well working this morning I tried to move some spam to trash while on the underground, and up pops a error message

which I thought was strange why couldn't it move the message then I twigged that it must need network coverage to move the message. I tried when I was above ground and yes it worked...How strange and stupid that it can't cache what you want and update when you next sync.

You can see i simulated being underground in the picture above by turning the phone into airplane mode. I can't believe that the Iphone can't work the same as the WMobile and be able to delete and move message on the fly wioth no coverage and cache the results locally till you nexrt connect.

Well i thought i'd bring this up with Apple, so I rang and spoke to someone who told me

"that on the iphone it is different and even with exchange this has to be in coverage."

Different I said....very different...

So this got me curious about what i can do underground and what will and won't work as i want to use the iphone for work rather than the WMobile and travelling underground in London is daily occurance.

So what happens if we try and move a message from folder to folder with no coverage....indeed it greys out the move to folder icon if you have no coverage to move the file. COOL the lady on the phone said we needed coverage so they have greyed it out so i know i can't do it. OK Therefore under that rule and keeping withing the rules it should grey out/disable the Delete function so we don't get a error message by doing something stupid that we know will fail.

Sound like common sense to me but then would caching the changes and then syncing them up when you next push, like the Windoze Mobiles do.

Well it looks like you can't work with a Iphone with exchange anywhere there isn't complete wifi or 3G coverage. So if your thinking using it to travel to work in London, lets hope you take the overground. But Kev, Kev......It works in San Fransisco, sorry mate.....I'll pass on the Kool Aid this time.

0.02p worth

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leeds pride-4
Originally uploaded by akira_kev.
Saying it loud and proud at Leeds Pride 08....Tony has posted about the weekend on his Livejournal
View Article  Geordie Armed and Dangerous

Geordie Armed and Dangerous
Originally uploaded by akira_kev.

Oh but how much fun!!!
View Article  Sunday Morning in Texas

sunday morning in texas
Originally uploaded by akira_kev.

Time for a bit of fun.....
View Article  Queuing in Santa Monica

Queuing in Santa Monica
Originally uploaded by akira_kev.
People in LA really don't like standing near each other while waiting for the bus. Look at the equal spacing between them, is this a LA 'my personal space' rule.
View Article  Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag and smile, smile, smile
time to pack my bags as its time for the monkey boy to head across the pond, back to LA and then down to Texas, which should be fun as when i looked this morning it was 36C or 96F for our imperic cousins and I just love the sun. so expect the normal on off posting. stay safe

in the mean time, enjoy this poster from my trip to South Africa

View Article  more pussy cats in South Africa

View Article  300th post and a little bit of video
Well I'm just back from South Africa, so I thought I've give you a little bit of video I shot there on my Leica D-Lux3. Its making me hunger of a nice steak.
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Originally uploaded by akira_kev.
Hello from Johannesburg in South Africa, well its just about time to leave back for the UK. Africa as always has had it share of surprises...nothing like the local Police going on strike and closing down the freeways with tyres and the government police coming in and having a shoot out. Always entertaining. Nothing but good clean fun. See you all in Blighty
View Article  Response from the goverment
Looks like it was a bad landlord try to make the issue bigger than it was, it was only about they pub and not soho as a whole

You recently signed a petition asking the Prime Minister to "resist the ban
on outside drinking and maintain the liberal culture of Soho."

A formal response to the petition will be sent to you, and posted online,
once the petition has closed.

In the meantime, you may wish to know that Westminster Council has released
a statement on the subject of the petition as follows:

Contrary to internet rumours, Westminster has no plans to ban outside
drinking in Soho or in the city as a whole. This is an inaccurate and
misleading rumour.

Indeed, the council is actively trying to promote responsible
alfresco-style dining and drinking in certain parts of the city by creating
calm oases away from the hustle and bustle of the main streets.

We are, however, reviewing the licence for The Endurance pub in Berwick
Street following a long history of complaints from nearby residents about
noise from drinkers outside the premises. The Council has previously tried
to work with this pub to resolve this problem and we regret that this
review is now necessary.

The review by the council's licensing committee is due to take place on
June 26, 2008. We want everyone to be able to come to Westminster and have
a good time, but we need to ensure that the interests of residents are
protected and licensees must work with us to this end.

Petition information -

If you would like to opt out of receiving further mail on this or any other
petitions you signed, please email

linked to
View Article  the night before the night before

Pre Birthday bash
Originally uploaded by akira_kev.

Well a great night was had by all, thank you everyone for turning up, no doubt numerous pictures will appear on facebook and the like but I'll put some of my shots on flickr. click on the link to view.
View Article  Save Outside Drinking in Soho
We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to resist the ban on outside drinking and maintain the liberal culture of Soho.

This petition as been created by the licensee's of Soho. If you live, work or just visit Soho, and you are familiar with The Endurance Pub and want to support us against Westminster Councils objective for a complete ban on outside drinking and socializing then please sign our petition. It is the councils intention to enforce a complete ban on outside drinking in all licensed premises.

Submitted by Alan Drew of Hope & Glory Public Houses LTD – Deadline to sign up by: 12 November 2008 –
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The Cans Festival
Originally uploaded by akira_kev.
The Cans Festival
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building the ContentAgent stand at NAB 2008 in Las Vegas
View Article  SEIZE - Teacher

Any if you see someone you that looks like a long haired Geordie jumping at the back its not me honest
View Article  Blogging for the web and profit
Well haven't we been busy,  below is a graph of the traffic that my  blog has attracted since I started it back in June  2006 . It seems I now topping out my bandwidth and my blog was shut down by my  providers for going over one gigabyte of transfer usage a month. Looks like I 'll be moving service or transferring my package soon.
View Article  Basketball an American past time
Went to see the La clippers vs Memphis grizzlies last night, La won which was good but a weird game. most people more intrested on getting on TV than watching the game and the thought of drinking Budweiser again....eeeekkkkk
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Originally uploaded by akira_kev.
Just spend the weekend in Las Vegas, it was great as always just wish it could have been longer. Its amazing how much you miss people and how many memories come flooding back. But I'm writing this in Burbank, CA for a week of work which is always fun.....No doubt i'll have more pictures on the blog in a bit.
View Article  What happens in the IT Crowd
A part of me knows how these guys feel,

warranty that ya b***ards

why'd you have to go and let it die....

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Water Meter All fittied
Originally uploaded by akira_kev.
Well I've just got Thames Water to fit me a water meter, as I spend so much time away I thought it would help the old bank balance and the planet if I got one fitted.

Thames Water Leaflet on
and the request form online
View Article  Look out over London

East London yeah!!!!
Originally uploaded by akira_kev.
sometimes you look beautiful London, you really do.
View Article rebrands good old

Well its all in a name they say, Virgin Megastore rebrand as Zavvi....some time ago I blogged about the extreme poor customer service that I recieved from Parcel2go you can read the article on this link, well it seems they are going for a bit of a rebranding excerise and rebranding as Border HQ or if you like a web address. This I found out when I recieved an email from they email is below

Subject: BorderHQ
Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2008 16:36:57 +0000


Anneka Mercer (cc’d above) has asked me to contact you as are terminating their USA address service and offering their customers a free move to who will take over this service.
This is due to the huge increase in subscriptions and the need for dedicated customer services and to help ensure service quality is as good as it can be.

As a current customer of with part of a year’s subscription still left, has negotiated a deal whereby you will receive a full year’s standard subscription with at no cost to yourself.
You will be given a free Lite membership worth £19.99 and also will fix the renewal fee to £9.99 for a further year should you choose to renew.
If you increased your membership level in the following year then £9.99 would be deducted from your renewal fee.
See for details of the membership levels will be opening up a log in area where you can view any receipts and you can manage your own shipments online.

Also full time customer services advisors such as myself are at hand to help with any problems you may have.
Please email me if you want me to set this up but please take note that will be terminating its USA address services within 28 days and you will be unable to continue to use this service with


Kindest Regards

Chris Jones


 Well thats a bit of a turn up for the books Parcel2go terminating their service and going to a new company well maybe this company will be different. Well I hoped until I did a DNS lookup at and checked out who registered the website and shock horror Parcel2go and Border HQ have the same mailing address and low and behold its our old friend Anneka Mercer, know from such services as not returning your calls and being know as far as I was concerned "the biggest stumbling block at Parcel2go" when I had dealings with them. So a completely new company is it under the worst person I dealt with at Parcel2go, well BorderHQ better get themselves sorted at they don't seem to have registered under the Data Protection Act to hold peoples details and also Parcel2go or FAM Logistics as they like to be know seem to be giving peoples personal data away to new companies willynilly. Oh I feel a wheeze coming on. Watch this space.


The DNS results for Border HQ Ltd..

Border HQ Limited
Coe House
Coe Street
Bolton, Greater Manchester BL3 6BU

Domain name: BORDERHQ.COM

Administrative Contact:
Mercer, Anneka ****
Coe House
Coe Street
Bolton, Greater Manchester BL3 6BU
Technical Contact:
Mercer, Anneka ****
Coe House
Coe Street
Bolton, Greater Manchester BL3 6BU

Registration Service Provider:
UK Reg, *******
+44 1452 541252
+44 1452 538485 (fax)

Registrar of Record: TUCOWS, INC.
Record last updated on 13-Jan-2008.
Record expires on 06-Sep-2008.
Record created on 06-Sep-2007.

Registrar Domain Name Help Center:

Domain servers in listed order:

Domain status: clientTransferProhibited


Companies House results for Border HQ

Name & Registered Office:
Company No. 06361240

Status: Active
Date of Incorporation: 05/09/2007

Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Company Type: Private Limited Company
Nature of Business (SIC(03)):
None Supplied
Accounting Reference Date: 30/09
Last Accounts Made Up To:  (NO ACCOUNTS FILED)
Next Accounts Due: 05/07/2009
Last Return Made Up To:
Next Return Due: 03/10/2008
Previous Names:
No previous name information has been recorded over the last 20 years.

The list in the Register of data controllers for FAM LOGISTICS LTD

Registration Number: Z8622554

Date Registered: 28 May 2004     Registration Expires: 27 May 2008

Data Controller: FAM LOGISTICS LTD


Other Names:


This register entry describes, in very general terms, the personal data being processed by:


This register entry contains personal data held for 3 purpose(s)

Purpose 1

Staff Administration

Purpose Description:

Appointments or removals, pay, discipline, superannuation, work management or other personnel matters in relation to the staff of the data controller.

Data subjects are:

Staff including volunteers, agents, temporary and casual workers

Data classes are:

Personal Details
Family, Lifestyle and Social Circumstances
Education and Training Details
Employment Details
Financial Details
Racial or Ethnic Origin
Trade Union Membership
Physical or Mental Health or Condition

Sources (S) and Disclosures (D)(1984 Act). Recipients (1998 Act):

Data subjects themselves
Relatives, guardians or other persons associated with the data subject
Current, past or prospective employers of the data subject
Education, training establishments and examining bodies
Suppliers, providers of goods or services
Financial organisations and advisers
Trade, employer associations and professional bodies
Central Government
Employment and recruitment agencies


None outside the European Economic Area

Purpose 2

Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations

Purpose Description:

Advertising or marketing the business of the data controller, activity, goods or services and promoting public relations in connection with that business or activity, or those goods or services.

Data subjects are:

Customers and clients

Data classes are:

Personal Details
Family, Lifestyle and Social Circumstances
Financial Details
Goods or Services Provided

Sources (S) and Disclosures (D)(1984 Act). Recipients (1998 Act):

Data subjects themselves


None outside the European Economic Area

Purpose 3

Accounts & Records

Purpose Description:

Keeping accounts related to any business or other activity carried on by the data controller, or deciding whether to accept any person as a customer or supplier, or keeping records of purchases, sales or other transactions for the purpose of ensuring that the requisite payments and deliveries are made or services provided by him or to him in respect of those transactions, or for the purpose of making financial or management forecasts to assist him in the conduct of any such business or activity

Data subjects are:

Customers and clients

Data classes are:

Personal Details
Family, Lifestyle and Social Circumstances
Goods or Services Provided

Sources (S) and Disclosures (D)(1984 Act). Recipients (1998 Act):

Data subjects themselves
Suppliers, providers of goods or services
Ombudsmen and regulatory authorities


None outside the European Economic Area


View Article  Exposed! Bill Gates' last day at Microsoft