After 30 years of roaming the country, reporting Scotland for a wide range of programmes on radio and television, David Calder is moving into a new sphere - online training.

A director of the online video production company,, he's been asked to advise firms on how best to use video as a marketing tool. So he's created a course that covers everything from the kit you might need to the content of the videos, from creating a digital marketing strategy to optimising and promoting the videos you make.

Working with his wife, Penny Haywood Calder of PHPR, he will also be producing a series of webinars on Public Relations as well. And to complete a trio of services, he'll be developing a series of media and communication skills courses as well.

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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