poppy field

Having spent the best part of 40 years looking through a viewfinder of some sort, sitting in front of a computer editing photos or videos, producing websites and managing social media accounts, it’s a very strange feeling to now say when asked, “I’m retired".

Despite no longer taking on commercial paid work, it’s virtually impossible to suddenly stop what you’ve been doing for the best part of your working life so, for the past 24 months I’ve been taking on work on a ‘pro-bono’ basis for church, charity or voluntary organisations. I hope that my experience, skills and equipment can now be put to good use to those who perhaps, don’t have the budget or funding to produce what they want or need for their media requirements.

The following 'blog' items are a mixture, some from when I was working commercially and now, some new items that might be of interest.

Some you win, some you lose!

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I remember when we got our first NLE system in 1994 called Media100, it came with 2 17” CRT monitors, it made editing easier to be able to have so much screen space, as time went by and we upgraded computers, monitors and edit systems, I ended up using FCPX on 2 24” LCD monitors.

When I had problems with my ageing MacPro desktop, I was able to buy a 2020 iMac to run my new edit system DaVinci Resolve, my MacPro was consigned to a GP role, emails, web browsing etc. Eventually after tracing the fault to one of 4 sticks of RAM, I wanted to use it as a second ‘edit’ machine with FCPX for simple Facebook and website videos and looked to replace a faulty 27” monitor I now had on the system.

Browsing Facebook Marketplace (as you do!) I spotted an IIyama GB2888UHSU 28” 4K gaming monitor (3840x2160) for £160 which interested me, a young lad had gone to Uni and was raising funds by selling the monitor. A few weeks later it was still on Marketplace and the price had dropped to £120, I made a cheeky offer of £100 and they accepted!

Back home and hooked up it was a delight to use and edit with and looked good beside my 27” iMac, as I’m now retired with little or no income, this monitor would see me out....or so I thought!

Barely 5 months after I bought it, I was editing some photos for Facebook and it suddenly died - it was like a fuse blowing, OK the first thing to do was check and replace the mains lead, still nothing, I had found this monitor liked having an input to work so I changed the HDMI cable, then tried a DP cable - still nothing. Assuming it might be a heat related shutdown I left the monitor for around 3 hours and tried again - Still nothing, it was totally dead.

The annoying thing for me is I still have monitors in the garage that are 15 years old or more that still work fine, I even have an original first generation working 14” LCD that I use as a tele-prompt screen.

To replace the IIyama is going to cost over £350, well outside the cost I can afford these days, so I only have the memory of using such a high quality monitor for a short period of time and now it’s back to using a 1920x1080 HDMI TV monitor!


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