And so a new year begins! We start off 2016 with an issue that offers a fairly mixed
bag of subject matter, from a comparison of digital audio workstation (DAW)
software, to a look at South African broadcasters local content strategies, to a
breakdown of the gear and techniques needed for successful mobile journalism.
The January edition is traditionally the one that contains our audio feature and this
year we asked our regularly contributing technophile Ian Dormer to size up some of
the many DAWs available on the market at the moment. He had previously done a
similar exercise with grading software, and this had proven very popular among our
readers. In this case, the results are a little less conclusive, showing that the choice
of DAW is really a matter of personal preference for the audio engineer. Read the
story on pages 26-28 and I encourage all you audio experts out there to share your
opinions with us either on social media or by contacting me directly via email.
Screen Africa made a concerted effort last year to start creating our own video
content. We experimented with a number of methods until acquiring our own mobile
journalism (MoJo) kit. This set-up enables us to shoot on the go using an iPad and a
number of accoutrements, and for a team that works predominantly in the written
word, has made the process of news and interview video creation incredibly user-
friendly. On pages 34-35, we go through our kit and some of the other toys
available, as well as getting some tips from Visual Impacts Marius van Straaten on
how best to master the art of MoJo citizen journalism turned professional.
One of our main aims during 2016 is to increase our level of interaction with our
readers and improve the flow of feedback to and from the industry. We kicked this
off at the end of 2015 when we hosted a gathering of post-production artists and
technicians in Johannesburg to discuss the challenges faced by the post sector and
how to overcome them. We hope to host several similar events throughout the
year, bringing various people and sectors in the industry together for frank
discussions on how common problems can be solved and how the industry can be
strengthened. Watch Screen Africas various platforms for announcements about
future discussions and feel free to offer suggestions as to how you can contribute to
them or even to recommend a topic that you think desperately needs to be
I hope you enjoy this issue and I wish all of you the very best for the year ahead.
By Warren Holden
From the editorIn my last editors note I asked if the industry was sufficiently aware of audience preferences
and had effectively tackled the challenges...