Scientists teach Monkeys to Edit Video

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Mike Kujbida, Sep 4, 2004.

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    Mike Kujbida Guest

    This was posted to the Sony Vegas forum last night.

    Was Professor Marvel right after all?

    Scientists at the Yerkes Primate Research Center in Atlanta reported today
    that they have successfully trained Rhesus monkeys to perform video editing

    The development was hailed by the anthropological researchers as an enormous
    step forward in bridging the evolutionary gap between lower and upper
    primates. In a related move, members of the television production industry
    also applauded the development, citing significant cost reductions it could
    achieve in the field of video post production.

    Dr. Emil Bermon of Emory University in Atlanta lead the team of geneticists,
    behavioral scientists and video engineers that successfully trained a group
    of six monkeys in advanced editing techniques in less than three weeks. The
    monkeys easily mastered Sony's Vegas NLE software and even graduated to
    operation of hardware digital special effects generators and complex,
    multi-buss production switchers. "About the only thing they couldn't do was
    make dubs and submit their time sheets." Dr Bermon stated. "They were
    especially adept at digital effects, though. I think they were amused by the
    funny lights."

    Industry officials in the TV production centers of Los Angeles and New York
    were clearly excited about the news, although for decidedly different
    reasons than the scientific community. One operator of a video editing
    company was quoted as saying the prospect of monkeys editing could revive
    the declining trade. "They'd work for bananas. It's a sensational idea."
    Another pointed out the advantage of placing monkeys in editing sessions
    with ad agency clients."Finally, the agency people would be working with
    someone who could understand where they were coming from."

    The scientists in Atlanta were quick to point out that monkeys would not be
    ready to start assuming senior editor positions at the nations video
    post-production studios until sometime in the future; perhaps as early as
    next spring.

    Based on the success of this project, Dr. Bermon and his team are preparing
    to ask Congress for additional funding. "We've been studying the
    responsibilities of the commercial director, and we're convinced our chimps
    have what it takes to produce spots that sell." The research team expects to
    have a reel by the end of next summer, and are exploring possible
    Mike Kujbida, Sep 4, 2004
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    Ken Maltby Guest

    Tsk - Tsk, What would PETA say?? I think you may have
    tripled ALFs membership!! But wait the professional video editors
    are probably already ALF members.

    Ken Maltby, Sep 4, 2004
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  3. ....and there are already plenty of monkeys who think they can direct
    Chris Phillipo, Sep 4, 2004
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    Ken Maltby Guest

    M.M..... Mickey Mouse - Michael Moore -- Coincidence?
    Ken Maltby, Sep 4, 2004
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    Mike Kujbida Guest

    Sent this to a friend of mine (owner of a local post house) and his response
    "Sure, but put them on Final Cut and Avid and I bet they scream and yell
    like the rest of us."

    Mike Kujbida, Sep 4, 2004
  6. Hmmm, well, their last press-release says something about
    gene-manipulation to make promiscuous animals monogamous. Nothing to
    do with mokeys and editing. Are you sure it wasn't the great Marvel
    himself who posted this? Oh wait, can't be, he would post it on the
    Movie Maker forum ;-)


    Martin Heffels, Sep 5, 2004
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    Gary P Guest

    This answers a lot of my questions about "Catwoman" and a few other movies
    I've seen recently.

    Gary P, Sep 6, 2004
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    kay & wand Guest

    i've been doing it for peanuts for ages......

    kay & wand, Sep 6, 2004
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