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This is all set to change in the coming months, as Tim is helping to shape the future of AlamDV and CSB-Digital, adding his unique programming skills to the mix and helping the big push towards the next evolution of CSB design. "I have been working on most of the underlying functions for our new products Chromanator and Digigrade, you'll see what they all do when we do our grand release next month," says Tim.
While most details are still under wraps, he can reveal a little more about the forthcoming programs: "I am currently writing a brand new video input/output program for our new products, which will enable you to import Microsoft DV codec avis at last, and hopefully others such as mpeg and divX."
The position of Project Programmer at CSB is always offering Tim new challenges. "My computing skills have grown tremendously since joining," he explains. "I already knew C++ and OpenGL quite well, but have since learned to use DirectShow, Quicktime, the iMovie plugin architecture and many image manipulation algorithms." All of these skills will be put to good use in the next generation of CSB products.
Having lived in Canada, the USA and Wales, how did Tim end up working in Norwich, England? "I have lived in Norwich for the past five years, since moving here to go to university. I studied Media Engineering, which was essentially computer science with lots of other modules, including graphics, film studies and management." Having finished his degree, Tim was looking for what to do next. At exactly the right time, an email dropped into his inbox from a company called CSB-Digital, asking for someone to help them with future projects. "I was very interested in computer graphics and film, so I applied." After a few meetings with the man known to us as Schwar, Tim was offered the job. "I now feel very lucky indeed to have landed such a rewarding opportunity. I work from home, which has its advantages - I can work when I like, and I don't have to travel to work in the rain!"
Despite the busy schedule getting Chromanator, DigiGrade and AlamDV2.5 ready for release, Tim does find the odd moment of freedom. "When I'm not working I enjoy going to pubs, clubs, and generally having fun. I've been known to be a bit wild, but that's usually because of the beer. I saw a thread on the forum inviting us all down to London to go clubbing, which would be sweet."
So if you feel like partying with the Wildman of CSB, let us know! In the meantime, you will shortly be able to see the first fruits of Tim's labours with the first sneak peak at our new technologies, coming soon...