After 30 years of roaming the country, reporting Scotland for a wide range of radio and television programmes, David Calder has retired from day-to-day broadcasting.

However, he has not hung up his microphone. He has created a local podcast for Portobello - the Porty Podcast - and is working on another - Spirit of Scotland - about Whisky, Gin and Craft Beer!

He's also invested in new technology to help firms use video as a marketing tool. The technology means that clients can provide the stills or video and David turns it into professional content!

Working with his wife, Penny, he provides workshops on media and communication skills, face-to-face in small groups or in webinars.

Consequences of Grouse

Posted by on 2 December 2010

“The Making of the Grouse Statue” video went down very well. It was the first time I’d seen one of my movies on a big screen. It looked great — even though I would have liked to have been able to project it in full HD.

What this project has clearly proved is that my current systems, both hardware and possibly software, are being stretched to creaking point. The near-ten minute video was taking almost an hour to render and my computer is starting to insert what I can only describe as “ghost images” into the project, in other words it occasionally inserted images from another file in the same folder and there was nothing I could do to remove them. This disks have been defragged and the system subject to routine maintenance but it does seem to have reached the point where I have to upgrade. So I’m taking delivery of a top-of-the range DELL (they say it will be delivered on Monday but in this weather who knows when it will arrive). I’m also hoping to turn the camera into a hybrid — in other words, it will record on both tape and now compact flash cards. There’s another light on the way as well. All of that should help to improve the quality of our productions.

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