It’s All in the Editing: Cutting-Edge Equipment and Technology Make or Break TV
Source Newsroom: Manhattan Center
Newswise — When it comes to television production, good editing should enhance the story, not change it. A great editor, with access to great equipment and technology, is a vital player in the success of any show. As those in the industry will attest, a venue that “has it all” in one place—with state-of-the-art recording and production studios under one roof—is simply ideal, and can’t be beat for ease and headache reduction.
Consider Bravo TV, which has made a fortune from good editing. It is no secret that reality shows can be made and broken in post production; it has become as important a part of the troika as picking the right cast members to creating the right environment.
But there is so much juicy footage to air that a hat’s off must be given to the editing team at Bravo—and all the other successful reality shows—especially when it comes to the much-anticipated reunions. The shows’ members are voluntarily put through the wringer for an entire day and most of it ends up on the floor. What audiences see are two or three neatly chiseled episodes at 39-42 minutes each, excluding commercials. Then oftentimes the members don’t like what they see and cry “bad editing.”
“Blame it all on the editing," chuckles Marvin Williams, who knows how crucial editing can make or break a program. Certainly Williams knows the challenges. As the Director of Video Engineering and Operations at Manhattan Center, the most advanced independent television production facilities in New York City, he has edited television shows, concert footage and more.
Over the past 20 years, Manhattan Center has helped launch Newstalk Television, one of the pioneering efforts in daytime talk television; Cablevision’s Metro Channel; ESPN’s two-hour live daily show, Cold Pizza; and FX’s “Totally Biased” with W. Kamau Bell.
Today, in 2013, Manhattan Center—which operates New York City’s most advanced independent recording studios and television production facilities, along with its acclaimed public venues, the Hammerstein and Grand Ballrooms—has added Al Jazeera America (AJA) to its extensive roster of high-profile television clients that have sought the unique benefits of its studios, equipment and personnel.
Manhattan Center is extending to AJA the exclusive use of its redesigned and upgraded TV1 studio, in addition to its adjacent newsroom, for the production and broadcasting of AJA’s 24/7 cable news network that launched nationally in late August. Manhattan Center’s TV2 will continue to be available to other clients, in addition to its array of post-production suites.
With Williams in charge of video engineering, Manhattan Center is likely to remain a magnet for those in the television industry looking for the best in editing talent and resources.
About Manhattan Center
Manhattan Center (MCStudios.com) houses New York City’s most advanced independent production and recording facilities as well as the famed Hammerstein Ballroom and Grand Ballroom. Its state-of-the-art TV1 and TV2 studios are equipped with Ikegami HD cameras mounted with Canon and Fujinon HD lenses. Manhattan Center is the facility of choice for a distinguished list of recording artists, composers, concert promoters, municipality and political parties, television events, fashion shows, corporations, not-for-profits, record companies and worldwide and local organizations.