Angi Bruss and Kyle Roberts shot this video in preparation of this week’s Big 12 basketball tournaments.
This didn’t go according to plan.
The OKC Chamber released a study this morning about the need for a new convention center. The study said the existing Cox Convention Center, 38 years old, is frankly holding the city back from earning more convention business. Mayor Cornett has been pushing for an improved convention center for a couple years. I heard him talk at length about this at his most recent State of the City address. Well spoken is Mayor Cornett.
Back to my small world. I expected to get the info for a quick video in advance of the study release. We would release a story online at NewsOK with a video around the same time. And I expected that to happen early in the afternoon.
So I’m in our green room this morning a little after 10 prepping for a Made in Oklahoma cooking segment with the Food Dude, The Oklahoman’s food editor Dave Cathey. His guest arrived early so we scrambled to accommodate and get ahead of schedule, which is always nice. Our studio was waiting for Sonya Colberg’s video interview with a local expert on stem cell research, a hot topic in the news with the president’s new policies.
Then we get word the Chamber study is now released. Early. No video ready. I have an outline of a script from Steve Lackmeyer’s story. Quick write-through. Fire up Studio B. Jacquelyn Farris rolls on the Black Magic software, which captures into a QuickTime .mov format. I bang through a quick read, Jacquelyn throws the file back to my laptop in my office.
A lot of our studio shoots go in this manner. We tape, then use post-production time in Final Cut Pro to add soundbites, b-roll, photos, audio and/or graphics. Same deal here. The video is about two minutes. Took about 10 minutes to edit, including building the Photoshop graphics and pulling pictures from our library of photos. The next steps included exporting and encoding into a Flash file and uploading to Brightcove to post on NewsOK. We turned the video in well under an hour.
MIO food segment will be online sometime soon, we often shoot our food segments in advance. Angi Bruss has a Wednesday morning shoot with Sherrel Jones on red beans and rice. We’ll post that online in a few weeks probably. Maybe sooner.
The stem cell video didn’t happen, I think it rescheduled for Wednesday.
Meanwhile Grayson Cook took a tour of the Cox Convention Center this afternoon, shooting video as Mike Carrier from the Convention Visitors Bureau gave us a tour of why the center needs to be improved. Grayson will edit and post that video on Wednesday morning.
Steve Lackmeyer writes one of the best, if not the best, blogs on NewsOK. You can find it at OKCCentral.com. Not surprisingly, it’s about Oklahoma City with a focus on downtown and Bricktown. It’s informative and exclusive, meaning you can’t find that stuff online elsewhere. At least, I haven’t anyway.
OKC Talk is also great, by the way.
Steve, a business reporter at The Oklahoman, is the authority when it comes to development. He has spent years talking to the movers and shakers of our city’s growth. He has written books about it, recently conducting a book signing for his latest.
Anyway, we are developing a video segment to accompany his blog. A few weeks ago, he told me he planned a story on the closings of some businesses on Memorial Road in NW OKC. I shot a quick video while driving up Memorial, from Circuit City to Starbucks. Not the best video you’ll ever see. Look for better soon.
Apple’s iPhone went on sale this morning. The first person in the world to buy an iPhone was 22-year-old Auckland student Jonny Gladwell, who queued in freezing temperatures in New Zealand for around 60 hours to be the first to buy it, at a minute past midnight over there.
Locally, the Apple store at Penn Square Mall in Oklahoma City had quite the crowd this morning. So did the AT&T stores on Memorial Road in NW Oklahoma City. You can purchase the iPhone from the Apple stores or from the AT&T stores.
Or online at Apple.com, which had a few malfunctions this week with its new data synching service. Some users were denied access to their accounts as Apple transitioned from .Mac to the MobieMe service.
Second thing to know. You should really not like this guy (I’m very much kidding). Or at least really, really envy him. He’s Sam Presti, the 31 year old General Manager of the Oklahoma City NBA franchise. He impressed The Oklahoman’s Mike Sherman and Berry Tramel as he spoke to the local media for the first time. You can watch Sherm and Tram’s take and the entire press conference, online at NewsOK.
And finally, RockLahoma continues in Pryor, Oklahoma. Imagine yourself surrounded by thousands of your sweatiest, perhaps dirtiest friends, all hand banging to some classic 80s hair metal. Mmmm….. The five day event continues through Sunday. The Oklahoman’s Matthew Strasen filed these photos from the festival. Looks like fun. Today’s headliners are Triumph, Extreme, Night Ranger and Living Colour. Talk about your Cult of Personality.
- The Oklahoman’s Wendy Kleinman reports new Oklahoma City Superintendent
Karl Springer signed on Monday to join the district under a one-year
contract at his request, saying he wants to be subject to the same treatment
and evaluation as teachers. Springer, a former teacher, has been the
superintendent of Mustang Public Schools since 1999, and has been working in
Oklahoma schools since 1977.
- The Oklahoma City NBA franchise opened its summer league season yesterday
in Orlando, losing to Indiana but sporting black jerseys with Oklahoma City
on the front. The Oklahoman left voice mail with Seattle judge Marsha
Pechman about how she would have ruled before the settlement was reached
last week. Monday she delivered a response through a law clerk. “She is not
going to reveal how she would have ruled,” the law clerk said.
- A cold front moved slowly overnight, bringing a chance of rain today and
Wednesday in most of Oklahoma. Today in OKC: Partly cloudy. Highs in the
lower 90s. Southerly winds 10 to 15 mph. Twenty percent chance of
thunderstorms. That increases to a 50 percent chance of storms tonight.
Where the Seattle Supersonics will play basketball next year could be decided by 6 p.m. U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman is scheduled to release a ruling then on whether the Sonics must stay in Seattle two more seasons or be allowed to move to Oklahoma City. Stay with NewsOK for the very latest updates.
Chesapeake Energy Corp. announced Tuesday a joint venture in the Haynesville Shale natural gas field that will make the Oklahoma City-company more than $3 billion.
The tornado-ravaged town of Picher appointed a new mayor Tuesday. Tim Reeves inherits a town that at the beginning of his term is looking for ways to close down for good.
The Mayo Hotel in Tulsa, a once-proud landmark turned eyesore, is getting a long-awaited makeover that will result in 72 apartments and 100 hotel rooms being added to downtown.
In OKC today: Mostly sunny. High near 94. South-southwest winds 11 to 18 mph, gusting to 25 mph.