Tag: #mochat

#mochat 79 – Red Giant Universe

On our last #mochat, we were lucky enough to have Harry Frank and Ruth Pierich from Red Giant Software to answer a few questions about Red Giant Universe. A few point brought up during the chat…

  • It’s still in beta, so abuse it and submit bug reports.
  • Everything GPU based.
  • Updates cab be turned around really quickly.
  • No Autodesk support… yet.
  • New plugins can be voted on by premium users.

And the next day, Ruth posted this link for prospective developers of Universe plugins.

Read on for the full transcript…

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#mochat 76 – NAB Survival Tips

This week on #mochat, we talked about surviving NAB with co-host Toolfarm, who also has their own page of extensive tips. Kylee Wall also shared her article on Creative COW for thriving at NAB. At the end of the chat, we were able to give away 5 Toolfarm t-shirts to @Motionworks, @qsjcraig, @steveHardawa, y@kyl33t, and @EllsDynamic. @FakeGreenDress was the lucky winner of a $100 Toolfarm.

Here are just some of the tips shared during the chat.

  • Monorail is your friend
  • Wear comfy shoes
  • Bring a water bottle with filter
  • Coffee lines will be really long—bring your own caffeine if you can
  • There’s a little grocery store behind the Flamingo—get snacks there
  • Cuban & Dominican places across form Sahara are cheap & good
  • WiFi & Cell service might be scarce
  • List of free WiFi hotspots
  • Bring a portable charger along with a wall charger
  • Bring a power strip & make friends
  • Be sure to visit to small booths
  • Don’t commit to too many events
  • Wear something with your Twitter handle
  • Meet people… lots and lots of people

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#mochat 70 – Rates & Billing

This week on #mochat we discussed the fragile topic of money—billing & rates. It worked out well with no one feeling pressured to reveal specific numbers.

For most people, learning what to charge is an ongoing process, with few figuring it out right away. What helped people was talking to others in their area to get a sense of what their rates are. Experience, type of work, and location are all factors. Fortunately, an anonymous (and interactive) survey from Coroflot can point you in the right direction, too.  One of the big points to consider is that by freelancing, you need to not only cover your own salary, but also expenses like equipment, software, and taxes.

On billing, people vary between charging per hour or day and a flat rate. It seemed to depend on the client and personal preference. Whether or not to charge for rendering also came up.

Read on for the full transcript of this week’s #mochat…

[photo by Andy on flickr]

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