Monday, February 18, 2008

the nowhere woman



At Nortel Networks we had this thing called a "Chyron" in our video studio. It was an absurdly expensive and primitive digital box for overlaying text and graphics onto video. All keyboard commands, almost no GUI. About $30,000 I think.

They hired a woman to run it. She was a Chryron specialist. At every opportunity she would moan about how our Chyron wasn't as good as the Chyrons she was used to using on "the network" jobs she did.

Anyway, since it didn't create graphics on its own, she tasked one of our print artists to create some icons and bars to lay text on. When they imported them to the Chyron they all had a halo around them and they called me in to look at them.

I said they'd need to have a proper alpha channel to look right and proposed the workflow that she could do to get that. She would have none of it however. She knew nothing about CG, nothing about channels, nothing about file formats, nothing about R, G or even B, and she didn't want to know.

She ended the conversation with "well, I'm going to call my friend who works at the CBS affiliate in Phoenix. He can solve this. He's a real professional."

Other co-workers who had contact with her had similar experiences. She wouldn't know what to do and insisted that it was someone else's lack of knowledge that was the problem.

So no one missed her when she got laid off after about a year.