Saturday, 25 November 2017
 

Technical Writing

Steve has a flare for technical writing, which is due largely to the fact that he enjoys it so much. He has an unusually clear writing style that makes the complex seem simple and the arcane seem familiar. Beyond an in-depth knowledge of digital effects, his chosen profession, he is also well read in the sciences with an excellent understanding of a wide variety of scientific disciplines from Astronomy to Zoology. This deep background provides a firm foundation for virtually any technical or scientific topic and adds an innate understanding to help tell any technical story.

Steve's main technical writing credit is, of course, his very well received book "Digital Compositing for Film and Video" (Focal Press). The main praises of the book are its depth, comprehensiveness, and clarity. Beyond his own book, Steve has written a white paper about the Digital Intermediate process for DIP Revolution, the makers of a new software color corrector for the Digital Intermediate industry. In addition to these publications, he has written innumerable in-house procedures documents and training programs for the staff.

Steve's wife, Diane, is a major technical writer in her own right who writes user guides and training courses for many clients on the subject of video post production. However, occasionally Diane will need some added "technical muscle" for her writings and will tap Steve for an assist. As a result, Steve as written the sections on Digital Mastering and CIE chromaticity for Sonic Foundry, as well as the chapter on MPEG compression for the book "How Video Works".

Diane Wright writes

Diane Wright's technical writing credentials are quite extensive and range from writing selected chapters for a video production book to the entire user's guide for video equipment to preparing training courses then teaching them. In addition to learning the various software products and writing about them, Diane also does her own photographs and illustrations. She does her own digital photography and screen grabs, which are then formatted in Adobe Photoshop to add callouts or other graphic elements. One of Diane's biggest clients is Weynand Training, the leading professional film and television training organization used by all of the networks in Los Angeles. Following is a summary of Diane Wright's technical writing credits.

Client

Project

Description

Steve Wright

"Digital Compositing for Film
and Video"

Assisted in editorial functions and provided digital pictures for the book

Steve Wright

"Compositing Visual Effects:
Essentials for the Aspiring Artist"

Performed editorial functions, designed cover and chapter graphic headers and provided digital pictures

Apple / Weynand

iLife & iWorks Quickstart Guides

Wrote quickstart guides Apple's High School Educators Program for iLife applications including iChat, iDVD, iMovie, iPhoto, iWeb and for iWork applications including Pages, Keynote and Numbers

Quantel / Weynand

QEdit Pro

Wrote user guide & training program for the editing module

Kodak's Cinesite

Assimilate 2k RT Playback (Scratch)

Wrote user guide for the digital intermediate 2k playback system

Weynand Training

NewsEdit by Grass Valley

Wrote user guide & training program for news editing system. Conducted training classes for KABC, KNBC, KGO-TV, Telemundo

Weynand Training

SD to HD Training for Disney

Prepared training course & taught staff at Disney Channel

Weynand Training

"Secrets of Videoblogging"

Technical editor for book, tested and reviewed procedures.

Weynand Training

"How Video Works" 1st & 2nd Eds.

Wrote three chapters for this book & updated entire book with current digital video practices. Digital photography & illustrations.

Weynand Training

"Final Cut Pro 4"

Wrote the glossaries as well as tested & reviewed tutorials

Weynand Training

"Final Cut Pro 6"

Tested & reviewed tutorials

Weynand Training

"Final Cut Express"

Wrote the glossaries as well as tested & reviewed tutorials

Weynand Training

"Final Cut Pro for Avid Editors"

Helped to prepare manuscript for publication

Weynand Training

Std Def/HiDef videotape ops

Prepared training material & conducted classes for ABC, CBS, FOX, Image International, the Finish Line, RIOT and many more!

Weynand Training

Digital Mastering & QC Operations

Prepared training courses & taught video staff at Sonic Foundry

Weynand Training

News playback

Prepared training materials & taught video staff at KCAL

Dr. David Viera, JD
Clark Broadman Co.

1986 Entertainment, Publishing
and the Arts Handbook: Volume 4

Assistant editor on a collection of articles for volume 4 dealing with copyright law, Intellectual Property rights, RICO, & contracts.

 

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