Word Wizards Inc: New Website Launch

After over a year of development, Word Wizards Inc. is prepared to launch our brand new website. 100% of this website has been developed in-house by our highly skilled web design team. New design, new content, and new services are just some of the highlights of this important step for our organization’s future. We invite our clients and interested readers to explore our site and let us know what you think.

 


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Enjoy, and remember, we can do the same for your business too!

 




Final Cut X vs. Adobe Premier: What is the future?

Here at Word Wizards, some of us are passionately involved in a silent love affair with Apple products and software. The mac users among us have grown to rely on the unparalleled speed and incorruptibility of Apple based desktops and cinematic size monitors. I personally prefer to do my work on my MacBook Pro, which is synced and linked to all of my professional agendas, activities, contacts and projects. For streamlined, cross-platform integration, Apple is clearly the champ for pros and average Joes alike.

Apple has a unique way of providing software products that are easy to use for the novice and yet loaded with powerful tools for the professional user. Here at Word Wizards, we have been utilizing the advanced features of the Final Cut Pro video editing software for a long time. Using the previous version, Final Cut Pro 7, we even pioneered a completely new service for our customers called Video Logging Interactive (VLI). Using our proprietary VLI method, we log b-roll, add metadata, and sync our transcripts to the video; then we create a compressed QuickTime file of the media, which can be easily shared between members of the production team for instant access, anywhere, anytime. We once relied on Final Cut Pro 7 for this and other professional services, but then came Final Cut Pro X

The software engineers at Apple made a game changing decision when they developed the new version of Final Cut Pro that was released earlier this year. We here hold no criticism of the choice they made. However, it has impacted a significant number of small and large video production firms who were looking to FCP X as the future. The choice was to aim the new version of FCP to be more consumer oriented, abandoning some key features like Final Cut Server, and failing to upgrade the supported file types to reflect formats professionals are using (like P2 and proxy files). The bottom line is that the future of Final Cut looks to be more focused on consumers, as reflected by a recent TIVA meeting Word Wizards attended, at which the topic of FCP X for professional use was discussed at length. Our old copy of Final Cut Pro 7 still works like a dream, but soon it will no longer be “supported” by Apple as they gear up FCP X.

So what is a small transcription, logging, design, and 508 compliance company to do in the face of such ground-shaking industry changes?

Enter Adobe Premier! Already, our design team relies heavily on Adobe CS products for creative design projects. We have over 20 years of experience working with Adobe products, from Acrobat to Dreamweaver and beyond. The latest version of Adobe’s masterpiece of software tools, Creative Suite 5.5, does not disappoint. The Software engineers at Adobe are fully aware of the shortcomings of FCP X, so much so that they are offering a 50% discount for a limited time on Adobe Premier for those who switch from FCP. They even have a page dedicated to highlighting the benefits of choosing the newly upgraded Adobe Premier over the downgraded FCP X (Click here to visit that page).

Word Wizards, Inc will continue to provide our industry leading services using our tried and true methods. However, as the world grows and changes to reflect new innovation and technology, so must the business that want to stay relevant look towards the future. The future looks bright with Adobe Premier, and at half the normal price, it doesn’t hurt to gain a whole new set of tools to do our trade.

So who wins the FCP X vs. Adobe Premier 5.5 battle? I guess it depends on your point of view. Here at Word Wizards, Inc. we’re staying ahead of the curve and not taking any chances!




Word Wizards Launches Video Logging Interactive Service

Word Wizards Inc. was an original pioneer of the commercial transcription industry. We were one of the first firms in the world to offer transcription with time code, and have continued to innovate throughout our years in business. Our original service package of transcription and graphic design services has grown to include a laundry list of post production and design solutions.

Write up on the “new” transcription with time code service by Word Wizards Inc. in VIDEOGRAPHY Magazine, 1997

Word Wizards’ latest innovative service is called Video Logging Interactive (VLI). With VLI we seek to further simplify the post production process by combining our expertise in different areas like never before. This new project is years in development and enables our video production clients access to their transcriptions and logging meta data like never before. For more information on Video Logging Interactive, click here to see the VLI page on this website.




Word Wizards Now On GSA

 





After 2 years of applications, tests, reviews, and countless hours, Word Wizards Inc. is proud to announce our acceptance to the highly revered GSA (U.S. General Services Administration) schedule network. Getting approved for the GSA is no small task, and we are extremely grateful to the kind people at GSA that assisted us during the process. Now that we have been awarded GSA status, we are poised and ready to reach out to potential new clients and continue to grow our business. Visit our GSA page for details about our schedule, SIN #s, and anything else related to GSA projects.

 




Audio Description: Legally Required Starting November

 

Word Wizards Inc., now offers a complete solution for creating broadcast, internet, or YouTube media with Audio Description for blind and low vision individuals. We are working non-stop to help prepare our clients for the beginning of The 21st Century Accessibility Act’s enforcement in October of 2011. In October, video content providers under the laws of the U.S.A. Federal Government will be required to provide a significant amount video that includes audio descriptive media. At least 50 hours of audio description content will be required by ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, and the top five non-broadcast networks. Click the following link for more information regarding our Audio Descriptive Content Solutions.

To see an example of Audio Description in action, click the following link

http://www.longtailvideo.com/support/jw-player/22/making-video-accessible#Accessibilty_Example

Follow this link for an overview of the legislation as it appears on the website of The National Association of the Deaf.

http://www.nad.org/issues/civil-rights/communications-act/21st-century-act

 




Word Wizards Moves to Silver Spring

In March of 2011, Word Wizards Inc. finalized the move to a new Headquarters location on 16th street in Silver Spring, Maryland. The new office is bigger, better, and more efficient, utilizing the most advanced technology to maximize the effectiveness of our workspace.

Our new office building in Silver Spring, MD

When the business first opened in Bethesda, Maryland, we were located at 7900 Wisconsin Avenue. Originally, Word Wizards shared office space with another business in the same building. Within a short time, the organization grew to occupy an entire suite of our own.

Our former office building in Bethesda, Maryland

Word Wizards has continued to grow over the years and made the decision to move into a bigger office in the winter of 2010. As anyone who has moved an office knows, it was a big investment in time and energy. Now our staff has settled in, and we have begun a new phase of growth, development, and innovation here in our new home.