I’m working on a video project. I mentioned that yesterday.
It looked simple from afar. It’s complex up-close. There are many problems to be solved, but only once. After a workflow is established things get much easier.
I’m very lucky. By the time I got into TV, people had figured it out. There were expectations and formats to guide me. I wasn’t blazing a path.
This project (and, again, it’s not a big deal) started with identifying a niche. It hasn’t been done before. My job is figuring out all the steps.
The project needs maps. Not many. Nothing special. Very simple, by design.
Enter Bob, my friend from FSU. He produces a trove of maps every day. I asked nicely if he would produce one more set HDTV size? It’s a simulated radar forecast based on the NAM model with one hour resolution to 36 hours.
There is nothing like this on the Internet. It’s not needed there. These maps are made for standing in front of and pointing!
I asked Bob one more favor. Now his server delivers them to my server as soon as they’re rendered. Easy for my gear to grab and me to automate.
This is exciting stuff for me. The future I hoped for as a kid exists right now. Technology unlocks so many doors.
I can’t ever let it get ahead of me.