Ojai Film FestivalAmidst the natural beauty of resort community/artists’ colony Ojai, California, a variety of cultural festivals – musical to theatrical and beyond – are enjoyed amongst a population of 8,700. Themed “Enriching the Human Spirit Through Film”, the 12-year strong Ojai Film Festival invites “entries from filmmakers all over the world,” explains founder/artistic director Steve Grumette. Each year, approximately 50 to 70 selections – from animation to short documentary to full- length narrative - comprise the 4-day, 4-venue, late October screening/awards ceremonial event.
For easy submission conversion of HDCAM, Digital Betacam, Betacam SP, and DVD over to Blu-ray disc for screening, Grumette relies, time after time, on the Roland VC-300HD multi-format video converter. Blu-ray entries are fed into the converter, as well, for program inclusion.
“We’re using the VC-300HD converter,” says Grumette, “in conjunction with the JVC SR-1500HDUS Blu-ray disc and HDD recorder (connected by FireWire cable). Together, the two units make a marvelous real-time conversion tool.” A 24” ASUS monitor completes the setup. 3 to 5 films comprise each 2-hour program.
“The Roland VC-300HD requires virtually no installation,” reflects Grumette. “The 5-minute setup is as easy as that of a home DVD player.” He finds the unit to be “enormously time-saving, whereas conversion via computer can take as much as 5 hours as long to render. The Roland converter couldn’t be more convenient to use,” he adds. “You just hit ‘play’ and ‘record’ on each respective device, and your off and running.”
Up until time of VC-300HD acquisition, Grumette had been hoping for such a configuration, yet hadn’t known it existed. “I’d come across one extremely expensive unit that was way out of our price range.” After some research, award winning film industry veteran Grumette realized that the “VC-300HD would do exactly what we needed it to do. And it takes any format, as well as NTSC, PAL – and any frame rate or resolution.” He’s also impressed with the unit’s small footprint, and claims it took a very short time to learn how to use it, as well.
Grumette sums it up: “We haven’t had any problems with the unit. It’s superb, and it’s also unique – I don’t know of anything else that accomplishes what the Roland VC-300HD multi-format video converter does for the same purpose.”