teaching avid
Quasar Consultants David East

David East CV

After leaving school, I started my way through life budding roses and driving trucks. I studied Astrophysics at Queen Mary College, London and a year after finishing my degree, I left England to see the world. After working on oil rigs for a few years in Asia and Australia, I returned to the UK and joined the BBC to work as an editor.

Work History: Starting out as a tape operator at BBC Enterprises, I moved to BBC Elstree, where I learnt all aspects of broadcast production operations from cameras, sound, studio operations and ultimately editing. I moved to BBC News and Current Affairs at Television Centre and started working as an editor for National News. I soon migrated to some of the long form editing – Newsnight and the weekly current affairs programmes such as The Money Programme and On The Record, a weekly political round up programme with Jonathan Dimbleby.

In the early nineties a new form of editing arrived on the scene – digital non-linear editing with Avid being the system of choice at the BBC. I became on of the main evangelists for the system and started training most of the editors in the department. By the mid-nineties the BBC was Avid’s largest customer and I was involved in development discussions as well as working as a trainer and demo artist for Avid from time to time.

I Joined Avid in 1995 and moved back to Asia where this type of editing was just taking off. I lived in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore and taught Avid editing and television making techniques all over Asia and Australasia.

During this time I worked with large broadcasters such as CCTV in China where I trained Avid Symphony to their senior editors and film makers such as the Peter Jackson Film unit in Wellington where I worked on the first ever use of Avid HD systems in the production of a movie – King Kong.

I now work as a consultant in Asia, Europe and the Middle East and recent developments in the technology mean I spend much of my time teaching Asset Management systems such as Avid Interplay to large broadcasters and post production houses.