[Tig] Video Post and Transfer founder Neil Feldman passes
domrom at optonline.net
Thu Aug 6 14:16:33 BST 2015
Very Sorry to hear about Neil. We had exchanged some emails about his
fight with cancer and he was very optimistic and courageous in his
battle with it.
I first met Neil when Metaspeed was in development. I was at Duart at
the time and I flew down to Dallas with my engineer to take a look at
it. Neil was very proud of what they had done, boastful some would say.
He had every right to be, in it's day it was a nice piece of engineering
and we all made good money while those Ranks crawled along at 6fps.
Neil and I remained friendly over the years, hanging out at SMPTE,NAB
and ITS meetings and the occasional phone call and email exchange. He
was one of the people that has made this industry so interesting and fun
for me all these years.The independent owners like Neil are what made
this business a great career, they had vision and daring, they made
decisions on the fly that corporate CFO's we suffer with today for all
their accounting degrees cannot make. It was truly about the client and
the quality of the work.
We lost an important piece of Telecine and Post history with the passing
On Thu, Aug 06, 2015 at 05:12 AM, Ted Langdell via Tig wrote:
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> Dallas's & Transfer colorist Steve Franco reported on his Facebook
> page Tuesday that Video Post and Transfer founder Neil Feldman had
> passed away in the Washington DC area, where he resided for a number
> of years.
> He was 62, and surrounded by family at his passing.
> Longtime friend and Dallas business associate Paul Christansen posted
> a link to Neil's obituary in the Washington Post.
> On his own Facebook page, Christensen noted the contributions that
> Feldman made to the Dallas post community and post production in the
> United States:
> The http://www.videopost.com website remains up although it hasn't
> been updated since 2008.
> The "About" page notes a number of contributions to the post community
> and film transfer:
> "Video Post & Transfer is a comprehensive creative group providing the
> best in Film-to-Tape Transfer, Film Processing, Broadcast Design,
> Digital Effects Design, Post-Production, and Audio services. Using the
> latest equipment, our nationally-recognized team will assist in
> realizing your vision with efficiency and artistry.
> In the last decade VPT has grown to include a state-of-the-art
> negative film-processing lab; Hothaus Creative, an award-winning
> design, animation, and creative group; N2O Editorial, an outrageously
> inventive off-line editorial boutique; and & Transfer, the Southwest's
> premiere telecine boutique with Spirit telecines, daVinci 2k color
> systems and up to 4k film scanning.
> Neil Feldman is the CEO and owner of the company, which began in 1981
> as the first video post-production facility totally dedicated to
> independent producers. VPT has since carved out a national reputation
> for technical innovation in the post-production industry, pioneering a
> number of firsts in the field:
> • First Independent Post-Production Facility in the southwest to offer
> 1" Type C editing
> • Installed the first Dubner CBG-2 computer graphics/animation system
> • Introduced the Montage (first non-linear videotape editing system)
> • Built the nation's first all digital on-line editing bays
> • First with both digital audio and video in the same suite
> • Custom built in-house color correction systems
> • Created world's first film-to-video system based on film edge
> numbers that correlated to video frames
> • Invented the Meta-Speed Digital Servo System for telecines
> • At the forefront of High Definition Television"
> In 2000, Feldman pushed into the Los Angeles market with the first
> innovation TK Millennium flying spot scanner with up to 4K capability:
> In 2011, Feldman decided to retire, and the film transfer division was
> sold to new owners. The deal closed in August, 2011 and The new
> owners announced their acquisition in October:
> Feldman's bio on the video post website reads:
> "Neil Feldman studied Electrical Engineering at Case Western
> University in Cleveland Ohio. He graduated with Honors in 1977 with a
> BSEE. Upon graduation he also received the "Theta Tau Award" given by
> the Delta Chapter of Case Institute of Technology. While an
> undergraduate he was also elected to both Etta Kappa Nu (Electrical
> Engineering) and Tau Beta Pi (Engineering) honor societies.
> While at Case Western Neil served for two consecutive years as the
> General Manager of radio station WRUW-FM. He was also a founding
> director in the effort to establish a full service public radio
> station (WCPN) in Cleveland. Upon graduation Neil went to work for
> Motorola, Inc. at their Portable Products Division in Plantation,
> Florida. He participated in the design of the PT-500 series of public
> service VHF transceivers. Later he was selected by the Paging Products
> Group to be one of two engineers sent to Austin, Texas to work on the
> first generation Motorola CMOS family of microprocessor products (the
> 146805 IC series). During this period he designed the MC146818 and the
> MC146819 CMOS Real-Time Clock chips. As part of this effort he was
> awarded his first patent (#4,366,560) for a unique automatic
> Power-Down Detection circuit issued on December 28, 1982. Neil left
> Motorola in 1980 and briefly served as Chief Engineer for Third Coast
> Video in Austin. During this time period he became one of the few
> individuals in America to ever win a case under the FCC's Fairness
> Doctrine (involving the public television station in Austin.) In April
> 1981 he moved to Dallas, Texas to begin a new company called Video
> Post and Transfer.
> Neil is a member of the IEEE, SMPTE, SPIE, SBE, and the ITVA. He has
> served in a variety of positions within SMPTE. He was Dallas Section
> Chairman for two consecutive terms. He was then elected as one of the
> Governors for the Southern Region in 1990-91. He served as an At-Large
> Governor in 1992 and then was re-elected Southern Governor in 1993-94.
> He became Financial Vice-President in 1996-97. He also served as the
> National Membership Chairman and on various committees (Education,
> Sections, Financial and Fellows) during those years.
> Neil is also an active amateur radio operator (W3CAF) and private
> We hadn't noted his passing elsewhere, and thought folks here would
> want to know and share some thoughts.
> Ted Langdell
> tedlangdell at gmail.com
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