Great feedback and some excellent questions ... this is why I like posting on RedUser .... some very smart cookies once we get past the Kool-Aid brigade ... let me try and address some of the concerns and issues you raise:
1) why now? it is true that powerful mobile computing solutions have been available for a while ... however, there are two pieces of software that are only just coming onto the market that will have a major impact on our industry .... Express Dailies from ColorFront and Resolve 9 from Blackmagic ... for the processing of digital dailies, these two pieces of software offer unparalleled price performance ... they really are game-changers ... at the DGA Digital Day we had Technicolor next to us and LightIron across the lobby BOTH demoing Express Dailies .... if young Mr. Cioni and old Mr. Technicolor are both adopting Express Dailies as their dailies software you know there has to be something special about it .... if it was just our little boutique, then yer, so what? ... but Tech and Li as well? .... in England there's an expression we use to describe something special ... believe me when I say, Express Dailies is the dog's bollocks!
2) as well as Express Dailies we've been beta testing Resolve 9 for the last month or so ... we use Resolve in all our color suites now as our main final coloring tool .... with the introduction of audio and video syncing plus many new cool features as well as the new GUI and a 64 bit code re-write you now have an extremely elegant and powerful piece of software that every one can afford ... Resolve 9 Lite is FREE and full Resolve 9 is $999 ... we demoed Resolve 9 to 400 editors at the LAFCPUG meeting last week ... as many of you know, Editors are a tight fisted bunch of SOBs .... but even they can afford Resolve 9 Lite .... actually some of them wanted to know if there was a special discount for editors if they downloaded the Lite version ... and you think I'm joking ... if you already own Resolve 8, the upgrade to Resolve 9 is totally free ... it'll be available on the Blackmagic site pretty soon ... Peter will let you know when it's available for download.
3) at the DGA Digital Day, as well as a ton of Directors visit our booth we also had some very senior ASC and Local 600 DPs visit (many experienced ASC DPs are also Directors) .... we showed them both Express Dailies and Resolve 9 and what those two apps could do for them on-set ... they all got it ... so much so, that they've now asked us to organize a private training season for their members ... why is this significant? ... which group of professionals is at the forefront of technological change and the adoption of new digital technology on set? ... you guessed right... ASC DPs and Local 600 camera operators and DITs ... hell, Jim and Ted have just spent real money on advertising the EPIC in the ASC magazine .... something they said they'd never do a couple of years ago! If ASC and Local 600 ICG members are interested in learning a powerful piece of software like Resolve 9 for them to be able to personally use it, there has to be a reason ... these are smart people who want to stay abreast of the digital revolution.
4) in terms of hardware, sure we've had mobile computing platforms for donkey's years ... but this new Retina Display Macbook Pro laptop from Apple is another game-changer for our industry ... two GPUs - one with CUDA cores plus Thunderbolt I/O plus USB3 plus a screen to die for .... what do you think the ASC chaps said when they saw Resolve 9 on the Retina Display screen and the 27 inch Thunderbolt display .... there's another English expression which I won't repeat here which totally captures their amazement ... answers on a postcard please :-)
5) the other driver behind this dramatic sea-change to on-set and near-set post has nothing directly to do with the technology i describe above .... there's another bunch of people involved in TV and movie production that have some say on the choices people make ... they're called PRODUCERS ... you know, those beastly people who sign the checks (cheques in real English) and hand out the dosh (dough in American English) .... these Producer types don't give a tinker's cuss about technology ... they happen to be focussed on something a little more old fashioned .... you know, that funny stuff called CASH and THE BUDGET .... so why are they interested in the ramifications of Moore's Law, I hear you ask? .... well, we've been demoing on-set and near-set post to these guys over the last month and for TV Episodic shows, at least, there are considerable cost-savings to be had by implementing on-set and near-set post solutions ... so though producers have no idea who Gordon Moore was or why Moore's Law is disrupting their lives every eighteen months, they sure as hell can count the beans that Mr. Moore is saving them .... Michael Cioni moderated a fascinating panel in the DGA main hall called the 'Pros and Cons of Near-set Post ' .... it was one of the best session I've attended (and I've been going to the DGA Digital Day for seven years) ... the guys he had on his panel are all at the cutting edge of implementing these new working practices and workflows .... the financial savings PLUS the increased creative control they all described were mind-blowing .... where these guys have been, many will follow ... if Michael is around, it would be great to hear from him on his thoughts and insights on the panel discussion ... it really was a session that every in our industry should try and watch if the recording becomes public.
So, if you combine the mixture of hardware and software innovation described above with the potential cost savings and increased creativity for Producers, Directors and DPs you start to get a feel of why things are about to change rapidly ... the DGA Digital Day may not be totally representative of what's going on in other parts of the world and the content creation industry in general, but it surely is a a harbinger of things to come .... strap on your sea-buckles and hold on tight ... Moore's Law driven technology change is about to tear down the walls of production and post!