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Mark Suszko
Do you use Pathfire in your shop? Tell me about it?
on Dec 31, 2007 at 3:19:49 pm

I'm interested in your user experience and work flow using Pathfire or ThenewsMarket to send out or bring in spots and news footage packages. Any gotchas or good/bad experiences?


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aefarris
Re: Do you use Pathfire in your shop? Tell me about it?
on Jan 26, 2008 at 3:36:55 am

I use pathfire everyday for news. Haven't had any bad experiences. I receive in MPEG2 codec. Service works great. It ought to since its CNN



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Mark Suszko
Re: Do you use Pathfire in your shop? Tell me about it?
on Jan 28, 2008 at 3:09:41 pm

Alan, can you take a minute to give me some more details on how you use it? If you work at CNN, I'm guessing you are using it more to receive things from the outside, like VNR packages submitted by various industries, commercial interests, or governments? What kind of stuff do you get the most of thru this system? How hard or easy is it to use? Are you paying anything for the stuff or is it all paid for from the sender's end? What's your workflow like?

Sorry for the blizzard of questions, but I need user opinions to help me research if this is a good way to go for our own needs.

"Oh, you wanted to RECORD that?"


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alan farris
Re: Do you use Pathfire in your shop? Tell me about it?
on Jan 28, 2008 at 9:18:06 pm

I'm video news editor so I use it mostly for receiving news material for daily broadcast. There website is very easy to use. Its has search fairly easy user interface. I cant give you an answer about pay thing, thats handle by the station I assume. My workflow goes like this. My producer gives pathfire/CNN for origin of video. I go to pathfire website sign in, find my video route it in to my computer. When I select my video in pathfire it creates a dub by downloading the video into preselected format set by station. As soon as dub is done I pull up Avid (I'd rather use FCP, but if it wasn't for the instability of windows engineers wouldn't have a job right?--easy people just a joke.) and capture my source. The whole process only takes a couple minutes. Not really sure if that answers your questions, but thats how I use it. You should contact pathfire to see if they can help you out, or locate someone by you that uses the service so you can see it in action.

-Alan



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alan farris
Re: Do you use Pathfire in your shop? Tell me about it?
on Jan 28, 2008 at 9:27:57 pm

Follow this link for a technology overview of pathfire, it even gives you a little tutorial of how it works. Includes some screen images as well

-Alan http://www.pathfire.com/child/techover/technology_overview.html



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