Technical Writing and UX Writing


API Developer Docs
Guides for developers for configuring and extending how Shotgun integrates with Digital Content Creation Software

Dynamic filesystem configuration

In the guide, you will learn how to configure dynamic folder creation, automate file naming, and automate saving files to the appropriate place in your filesystem. You will also learn how to add a custom entity to your project's configuration that facilitates adding a new folder to the supported filesystem and how to add a new variable to the file naming configuration.
About the guide

Modifying a project’s configuration allows for Toolkit to automatically create the proper folder structure, name your files, keep track of versioning, and allow apps running on Toolkit to manage saving and retrieving them. 

One of the hardest things about managing a pipeline is keeping track of the myriad of files created with any size production. A Toolkit pipeline allows for automated filesystem management, creating folders relative to the data in Shotgun by using a configured folder structure. When setup is complete, Shotgun will automatically write files and save them to designated folders using standardized naming so artists can focus on content creation and not filesystem management. The pipeline configuration comes with a default set of folder and file naming conventions that can be edited and extended to meet the needs of any production. This guide will provide the knowledge necessary to edit and extend the file system.

South Lake Tahoe Community College

Facilities Master Plan
Researched, wrote and edited the 2022 Facilities Master Plan for Lake Tahoe Community College.

Executive Summary

Lake Tahoe Community College (LTCC) has a rich history and a compelling vision for
the future. With its unique program offerings and beautiful environment, LTCC is currently emerging as California’s premier destination community college. Along with charting LTCC’s vision for the future, the purpose of this Facilities Master Plan (FMP) 2021-2027 is to reengage with the past, documenting the historical beginnings and original vision that brought LTCC to where it stands today. This FMP is intended as a living resource that can be updated, referenced, and linked to other resources as an aid to those working to realize LTCC’s vision for the future.

Significant progress has been made toward planned facilities since the publication of the 2014-2020 Facilities Master Plan. New buildings have taken form, and ongoing construction projects dot the campus. The Lisa Maloff University Center building, completed in 2018, is a flagship project critical to the bachelor’s degrees that partners of LTCC offer on campus. A multimodal transit center, the Mobility Hub, was completed in 2019 and provides transportation to and from the main campus entry point while reducing personal vehicle trips. The Early Learning Center building, completed September 2021, is home to the Tahoe Parents Nursery School and other college programs. Ongoing construction projects include a new equipment storage facility, upgrades to existing facilities’ indoor air quality, quiet study spaces, and campus security. The current “Remodel for Efficiency” project is resolving long-standing issues with ventilation, allowing for ADA compliance, updating antiquated equipment, improving technology and connectivity in the classroom, and providing updates to student service areas, offices, labs, and classrooms. Measure F bonds, state funds, and the generosity of benefactors have made all of this possible.

Developing the 2027 FMP involved a robust, weekly collaboration with the facilities management team and a series of coordinated interviews with educators, department deans, administrative staff, past presidents, and longtime supporters of LTCC. Capturing the history of and stories surrounding the development of LTCC was a major goal of this FMP, as was rigorously documenting existing facilities’ conditions and assessing the ongoing needs of these assets. Not budgeting for deferred maintenance costs has a demonstrated history of leading to higher downstream costs.

This FMP presents priorities and budget projections for investing in updated infrastructure, repairs, maintenance, and upgrades that will lead to long-term savings in operational costs...


Renewable Energy

LTCC is currently researching and pursuing a diverse set of technologies in an effort to achieve lower energy costs, energy resilience, and net-zero carbon energy consumption. According to LTCC’s Measure F bond project list, LTCC aims to modernize deteriorated energy management systems and build new energy systems. Some of the projects include upgrading interior and exterior lighting controls, geothermal systems, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, and replacing irrigation systems with more energy-efficient ones.

A primary focus for meeting these goals is to create energy-efficient building systems that reduce energy demands. For energy demands that remain, the possibility of using renewable energy technologies, such as microgrid battery storage, solar photovoltaic panel arrays, geothermal heat pump systems, and biomass fuel conversion, are options. The purpose is to diversify the acquisition, generation, and storage strategies and allow LTCC to maximize benefits from the energy required to operate the campus.

Micro-Grid Battery Storage

The energy storage industry has grown dramatically in recent years. This, combined with renewable energy generation, becomes a critical part of a resilient carbon-free energy strategy. According to research performed by Wood Mackenzie on power and renewables, nearly 12,000MWh of energy storage could be installed in the U.S. during 2021, and the market will continue growing significantly over the next few years. There is currently a Federal Investment Tax Credit for the storage of energy harnessed from solar photovoltaics.

Solar Photovoltaics

Solar power must be part of any discussion of renewable energy generation. Solar panel installation in the Lake Tahoe Region has always prompted debate regarding the financial efficacy of panel performance in snow, forest, and mountain territory. Much of this depends on individual site conditions but, with proper rooftop orientation, panel tilt angle, and open solar exposure, a solar PV installation would be a viable contributor to the campus’ energy mix. The proposed Tahoe Basin Public Safety Training Center site offers many of these advantages, and the project is designed to include a 96 kW system on the south-facing roof.

Ground Source Heat Pump System

Ground source heat pumps employ geothermal technologies for heating and

cooling applications using the earth’s relatively consistent temperature. The Earth stays cooler than the air above it in the summer and warmer than the air above it in the winter. A pump circulates liquid in tubes to specified depths and warms the liquid in the winter or cools it in the summer. This helps regulate the temperature of a building.

While it would require a significant amount of land area to be effective for the entire LTCC campus, ground source heat pumps are an excellent way for individual projects to capture geothermal energy. The new prop yard and paving area that is planned for the Tahoe Basin Public Safety Training Center presents a unique opportunity to install this technology on campus. Earthwork will be required in a wide area, and embedding ground source heat exchanger loops could be a less disruptive operation than it would be elsewhere. 

Biomass Conversion

Biomass is renewable organic material that comes from plants and animals. Biomass conversion is the transfer of organic waste material to useful energy, and direct combustion is the most common method for converting biomass to useful energy. All biomass material can be burned and the heat used directly for heating buildings and in steam turbines to generate electricity.

Biomass conversion is another energy technology available to LTCC. Due to the ongoing tree thinning and site clearing projects, there is a continuous source of available wood waste on campus. The wood trimmings need to be processed into cordwood, wood pellets, or wood chips, which can then be used to feed the mechanical boilers.

While the specifics of this energy technology are still being refined, LTCC is currently examining locations for a biomass conversion facility. The intent is to build a test case at either the Tahoe Basin Public Safety Training Center or the Equipment Storage Facility and integrate it into the building’s hot water supply, returning space heating systems or building a system that will convert the heat to electricity and help charge a battery microgrid

Resilience and Emergency Power

Currently, the LTCC campus is powered by natural gas, the backup emergency power generator is propane, and there will be a move to a new natural gas generator for backup. Battery packs can be easily added to the new natural gas system as part of a reserve power supply. The batteries from the electric buses utilized throughout campus are a potential source for use in a reserve power system and could create a reuse opportunity—when car or bus batteries age out of being useful for transportation, they can still hold enough power to be used in a battery farm. Repurposing electric vehicle (EV) batteries extends the life of a battery, delaying when it reaches its end of effectiveness and needs to be recycled. EV battery recycling costs may exceed the value of the recoverable materials. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, “When an EV battery pack reaches the end of its useful life in a vehicle, it is still likely to retain more than two-thirds of its initial energy storage capacity.” By reusing EV bus batteries, LTCC could potentially help mitigate wasteful pollution from the manufacturing of new batteries and save money by reusing the batteries.

Reliance on emergency generators alone does not provide a broad and resilient enough infrastructure to assure the energy self- reliance desired by LTCC leadership. Adding a combination of solar energy and biomass conversion, and maintaining a fully powered microgrid of batteries, will provide the type of system that may meet that desire. Renewable resources will be the main source for charging the grid and, at times when there is a lack of renewable resources, the microgrid could rely on the larger commercial grid to recharge. Charging could take place during the night for use during the day, taking advantage of off- peak energy rates. This type of structure may create a more cost-effective system. 

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White Paper
ATI FireGL Workstation Graphics - Automatic Application Detection and Configuration

Introduction Today’s workstation-class graphics processing units (GPUs) have surpassed CPUs in terms of complexity and, in some cases, raw processing power. This processing power has enabled software developers to create algorithms that were once thought to be too computationally expensive. Software applications that have taken advantage of these operations provide intensive visualization capabilities and realism that was not possible only a few years ago.

Despite the best efforts, software developers put forth to ensure software applications achieve the maximum performance possible from system hardware, application performance ultimately rests in the hands of the end user.

To achieve the highest level of performance possible, the end user must consider 3 factors:

1. Raw workstation hardware performance
2. Application software performance
3. Workstation configuration

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An online movie studio powered by a social network where filmmakers can connect, collaborate and get paid for projects.

Product Specification For
Studios Controls and Permissions for Projects, Shots, and Takes 

Roles and Permissions (See Member Levels for details on different member access) Roles and Permissions determine who can Manage specified aspects of a Project.

A Producer is the only one who has authority to: 
      Set View Permissions 
      Create Shots
      Open, or Close a Shot 
      Manage Crew/Team 
      Final a Shot

Project Permissions allow specified users to view a Project and comment on a project.
Need [Help?] link

Project Permissions consist of
Only You

Only Your Crew 
Only the Crew of This Project can see it.

All of Your Friends
Your Friends and The Crew can see this Project.

The General Public
Everyone, even your mom can see this Project.

Shot Permissions allow specified users to view a Shot, upload Assets to a shot, upload Takes to a Shot and comment on a shot, Asset, or Take associated with a Shot.
Need [Help?] link

Shot Permissions consist of
Only You

Only Your Team
Only Team members can see this Shot.

Your Crew
Only the Crew and The Team members can see this Shot.

All of Your Friends
Only Your Friends, The Crew, and The Team can see this Shot.

The General Public
Everyone, even your mom can see this Shot.

 “Open/Closed” status sets permissions for uploading Takes to a Shot: Need [Help?] link

If a shot is “Closed” then only a member of the Team can post Takes. Users who have permission to view the Shot can make comments on the "Closed" Shot.

If a Shot is “Open” then any user who has view permissions can post takes and comment on the "Open" Shot.
      (V2.0?) For future release, there may be the ability to set more granularity for comments - Only You, Only Your Team(s), Only Your Crew(s), All of Your Friends, General Public

Only the Producer can set if a Shot is Open, or Closed.
The Team on a Shot, or a user who commented, can receive a Beer if a Shot is Closed.

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Thomson/Grass Valley

Online Tutorial
Shout Motion Picture Film Restoration Software

Before starting the lessons, read through this Getting Started section to become familiar with the tutorial configurations and the typographic conventions used in the text. The only prerequisites for using this tutorial are a familiarity with an SGI workstation and a basic understanding of how to work in an IRIX environment.

Shout Overview
Shout is a resolution independent, software-based image restoration toolkit. It uses unique image analysis, defect analysis and repair algorithms specially designed for use with high-resolution image data originated from film.

With Shout, you work on an entire scene at once. The interface walks you through the process of analysis, repair, retouch and render.

Shout is unique in offering an automatic analysis of any defects in the image, and proposing repairs for those defects, which can be subsequently confirmed by the operator.

Refer to the customer manual for the minimum suggested requirements to run Shout and the installation guidelines.

Tutorial Configurations
This tutorial includes four clips that are used in the lessons. These clips are copied to the system when the tutorial is installed. When the tutorial is launched a link to these clips is created in your home directory, the Shout software is automatically started and configured to find these clips. Any images you render will be created inside your home directory.

Each lesson is divided into sections that are listed as navigation links at the top of each page when a lesson is opened. The lessons should be performed in the order listed.
Bullets indicate when a task is to be performed. For example:
  • Click the left mouse button
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Thomson/Grass Valley 
GUI Technical Support Document
Shout Motion Picture Film Restoration Software 
Shout 2.1 Linux GUI Support

With version 2.1, the Shout GUI can now run on properly configured Linux PCs. This document covers hardware and software requirements for the Shout Linux GUI and includes specific steps for configuring a Linux system for optimum Shout GUI performance. Note: Shout 2.1 for Linux is in Beta and is not a full release version.

Hardware Requirements
CPU: Pentium III or better (Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon recommended)

RAM: Minimum 512MB for GUI only; 1024MB for GUI and single server thread on the same machine

Disk: No special requirements

Graphics: X server with accelerated OpenGL support required;

nVidia GeForce or Quadro chipset recommended.

At least 128M of RAM on the graphics board is recommended.

(GeForce4 Ti 4400 w/128M RAM is a good, inexpensive choice.)

Screen size: 1280x1024 or larger

Tablet (if desired): Wacom Intuos (same hardware as SGI); no additional driver software required.

Software Requirements

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AJA Video Systems
Video Capture and Conforming Software, switchers and routers
Release Notes 

Release Notes – AJA Windows XENA Software Version 4.2

If you are installing for the first time please read the “ReadMeFirst.pdf” located on the installation CD. This software release adds new features and improves the functionality of the XENA LS/LSe, HS, LH/LHe, LHi and 2K/2Ke cards, as well as the Io Express from AJA.

Requirements and Recommendations  
Before running this installer, uninstall all previous versions of AJA XENA or AJA Windows software.

Instructions for Windows XP
  • Go into Add/Remove Programs
  • Select the XENA Retail software and click ‘Change’
  • In the dialog box that appears, select ‘Uninstall’
Instructions for Windows Vista/7:
  • Go into the Control Panel and click ‘Uninstall or Change a Program’
  • Right Click on the ‘XENA Retail’ software and select ‘Change’
QuickTime™ 7.6 or higher must be installed.

Operating Systems Required: Windows 7 (64-Bit) is recommended for best performance.

Windows XP 32-bit and Vista 64/32 Bit are also supported.

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