About Lumberjack System
Our goal is to make the process up to where you start being creative - the organizing and pre-editing - as automatic or simple as possible.
Lumberjack System was created by the founders of Intelligent Assistance Software: Philip Hodgetts and Dr Gregory Clarke.
Intelligent Assistance Software, Inc. is an innovator in technology and systems for producers and editors dedicated to building tools to make working with metadata in digital media easier. With products such as SendToX, XtoCC, Sync-N-Link X, Producer's Best Friend, Sequence Clip Reporter and Change List X/CC, the award-winning company has been on the forefront of editing and workflow management software since 2007. For more information, please visit IntelligentAssistance.com
Lumberjack System was created out of the production experience gained by the co-founders during the production of 2012's Solar Odyssey reality television series. While the journey didn't go as planned, Greg and Philip continued to use Lumberjack on their productions - and those of their friend Cirina Catania - and refine Lumberjack System ahead of the May 2014 launch.
Cirina was so impressed she joined the team!
When it became obvious that we needed an offline, iOS logger, we turned to another of our friends, Robert Desauger, to take on that role. Since then, Lumberjack has continued to add new features and new apps growing into the most comprehensive keywording and pre-editing system for Final Cut Pro X.
Lumberjack System, Inc
11450 Aucas Drive
Chatsworth CA 91311
Email for information or support: philip@LumberjackSystem.com
Philip Hodgetts, President of both Intelligent Assistance, Inc and Lumberjack System, Inc., is an expert in pre-post, metadata-assisted editing and metadata-based post production workflows. As an industry analyst he has had a remarkably accurate track record on predicting developments within technology. An experienced and highly-respected trainer and industry expert, Philip has written extensively online across a wide range of topics.
He is the author of “The HD Survival Handbook,” and “The New Now: How to grow your production or post-production business in a changed and changing world” among other titles.
Philip has presented at many conferences and seminars including Keynote addresses for the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the New York DV Show, the National Association of Broadcasters, Streaming Media East and West, Seybold and many others.
Dr. Clarke combined the intellectual focus necessary to achieve a Doctorate in Medical Science with his passion for computer programming to become Executive VP Technology at Intelligent Assistance. He has been instrumental in the development of Intelligent Assistance’s ground-breaking algorithmic approach to automating the editing process, creating technically competent and complete edits based only on metadata.
He is currently chief architect of the entire Intelligent Assistance software product range of more than a dozen apps, including the ground-breaking Final Cut Pro XML Translation tools.
As cofounder of the Open Television Network he implemented the technology that powered the Open TV Network site. His insight has been invaluable for the development of the Lumberjack System.
Writer/Director, Cirina Catania, is the Founder and Lead Creator at The Catania Group, a partner in Lumberjack System and a creative evangelist for companies such as Blackmagic-Design and OWC. She is currently in post-production for the documentary “Cowboy Country,” and filming “Kionte Storey, Athlete,” about a Marine Corporal wounded in Afghanistan who is now training every day in the hopes of gaining a slot on the International Paralympic Team. In her spare time, she produces Larry Jordan’s Digital Production BuZZ and mentors other filmmakers. Cirina is one of the co-founders of the Sundance Film Festival and is an active member of the Producers Guild of America and the Writers Guild.
Cirina has chased lightning for National Geographic, filmed Danny Glover in South Africa for the UN Goodwill Ambassador Program, shot avalanche control training footage for the National Ski Patrol, written and directed 48 branded shorts for Chivas Regal and MSN; and post-produced the Mi3 Collector’s Edition DVD’s. She has written, directed or shot for reality TV series such as, “Untold Stories from the ER;” “Ancient Aliens,” “Southern Steel;” “Worst Case Scenario;” and “Merge.” Cirina previously worked for eight years at MGM/UA and United Artists in the worldwide theatrical division as VP Worldwide Marketing.
Robert DeSaeger, CEO and CTO of the Health Communication Research Institute, Inc., focuses on creating high quality custom HIPPA-compliant software applications for medical professionals and health care organizations. He is an expert in complex data basing and in Force IOS, and Shinobi controls. He can be contacted throught his business site.
Like all good software stories, this one starts with a personal need. Summer 2012 we were planning to travel the Great Loop waterway on a solar powered boat, and make a reality TV show about it.
That wasn’t quite complicated enough, I wanted to use the then-new Final Cut Pro X, because "no-one could use it professionally" according to common wisdom, and I wanted to prove a point.
And I wanted to edit as we went.
Clearly the problem was logging. During the day we’d shoot on boat stories and off boat stories. If the evening was for logging, building the show meant no sleep!
I fairly quickly realized that creating keyword ranges as we shot, would be the way to go. Unfortunately no-one had created any software for the purpose, so we had to create our own. The result became Lumberjack.
Our summer did not go according to plan, but the idea of Lumberjack that was generated continued to be developed.
Ready to toss a line for tow-in at sunset after using all power,
and falling short of port
Since then, we refined Lumberjack into the comprehensive System it is today, and we continue to add new features at no additional cost to our subscribers.
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