I floated this thought on the color forum, but this is probably a better venue. There are many of us who have been using FCP for quite a while and have learned enough to cover whatever job we have at hand.
What would be terrific would be some talented artists who could on an hourly basis, with some sort of minimum, walk us through a specific task in Color, Sound Tack, Motion, & DVD SP, and I suppose even FCP consulting would be a value.
I think these individuals could set their price, and do a lot of good for the entire production community plus be compensated well for their time.
I know I and my editors run into tasks all the time that require a great deal of time to work out on our own and would be more than willing to pay for consultation to achieve the task.
I have a feeling we’re not the only ones out there that feel this way.
Your idea is a valid one. I am only marginally computer literate (and a much better photographer), and I spend an inordinate amount of time going through manuals, reaearching the web, and reading every book and watching every DVD I can get my hands on to develop my own work flows.
When a new, and potentially advantagous app like Color comes along, giving us tools akin to a full color grading suite, well, I cant tell you how exicted I got at NAB when I first saw it. But when I first tried it out, the road blocks were popping up everywhere.
As a start, our wonderful Mr. Biscardi will soon have his DVD out. I will be one of the first to order it. I’m still waiting for my Apple Pro Training Series book on Color.
So, if a few of us got together, pooled our resources, and brought one of the experts to our area, or we go to them, we could maybe be up to speed in a short time, and benefit from our shared knowledge, as we do here on the Cow.
As I mentioned in the Color forum, I already have service contracts with several clients to provide tech support / advice for FCP, Motion, After Effects, Color and also AJA Kona setups.
The by the hour thing wouldn’t work here because they call when they’re stuck on something so it’s never something arranged. We just have a flat yearly fee and I either help them with a problem or walk them through a task.