2018-01.1: Intro to NCE “Light It” decoders

06 Jan 2018

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09:20 - January 2018 Act I - Intro to NCE “Light It” decoders (2018)
Description: 

NCE recently introduced its new “Light It” decoders to the hobby, and these versatile circuits pack a lot of lighting options into a tiny space.  Ed Wilson introduces us to what they can do for modelers.  Part 1 of 4.

Also in the January show:
- The Backshop Clinic:  Background trees
- Eric Goodman’s Santa Fe Railroad
- Notch 8:  Running boards for freight cars

Comments

bart's picture

Or are these videos getting shorter and further apart?

I know this episode is actually an infomercial for NCE, and that's just fine.  It's interesting!  If not for this video, I might not even know this product exists.  But, but, but...  just a teaser?  It says "also in the January show:  Trees, the Santa Fe and Running boards"  Are we going to have to wait until next month to see another short clip about this product?

I hereby cast my vote for doing these sessions all in one sitting!  The way you're doing it now is like eating peanuts one at a time!  Well... no, I guess it's not.  It's impossible to eat just one peanut!  Anyway, I know you understand what I'm trying to say.

Bart

I agree 100% with Bart.

Ron

TMTV Station Agent's picture

"Or are these videos getting shorter and further apart?"

Neither.  In the past four years we have consistently produced shows that are 70 minutes to two hours in duration each month, which is more than the 60-90 minutes that we promised.  And we release four segments every month, (plus bonus material).  That's at least one every week.  That has never changed.

Some viewers don't have the time or patience for a 45-minute segment.  A good length is 20 minutes, but things don't always work out that way.  So we get a mix.  But in the end, we deliver more content than we said we would.

I understand your frustration, but unfortunately if we covered everything you can do with the LIght It product in one segment then there would be no time left for anything else in January's show, and I'm sure there would be many viewers who would not be happy with that either.

As far as the segment being an "infommercial"... who is better to demonstrate the features of a new product than the people who develop and manufacture it?  Perssonally, I find this product to be versatile and super-affordable.  It has already changed my approach to including lighting on my own layout, and for these reasons I'm glad we could bring it to our viewers.

Having said all this, I'm glad that we have enthusiast viewers who just can't get enough peanuts!

Barry, TrainMasters TV producer/editor

 

joef's picture

Barry and I have talked about this and I face the same “problem” with MRH magazine. We sometimes get articles that are very comprehensive and I choose to split them up into two or even three parts across multiple magazines. Could we do it as a single huge article?

Yes but then you would either get a 500 page magazine (each page takes a given amount of staff time to edit and format, you can’t escape that). Or we would have to reduce the number of articles in an issue to fit in the monster piece. If someone is not interested in the topic, splitting it up into smaller segments so we can get more variety into an issue is the better choice overall.

I also need to find the best place to cut a big article and that’s based on two things: 1) how much space do I have? 2) what is a good breaking point so we have reached a natural pause? Sometimes this will make part one very short and little more than an elaborate introduction — so be it if that makes it fit. 

We aren’t trying to be coy or deliberately do some kind of baiting, we’re just trying to be practical with the overall balance of an issue. It works for balancing magazine content and it’s similar for balancing an entire monthly show's content.

Digital content, be it magazine articles or videos take time to make and it all needs to fit into 30 days to work — and that’s just what we try to do and keep the balance of topics, that’s all.

bart's picture

As far as the segment being an "infommercial"... who is better to demonstrate the features of a new product than the people who develop and manufacture it?  Personally, I find this product to be versatile and super-affordable.  It has already changed my approach to including lighting on my own layout, and for these reasons I'm glad we could bring it to our viewers.

I guess I didn't make my statement clear.  I'm certainly not against infomercials, especially when they show products that are usable and interesting.  The problem I was trying to point out is that, while you say, it has changed your view on lighting, it looks like we are going to have to wait for four months to get the information you have!

Now, I understand the issues and problems you and Joe have pointed out, I really do!  But then, that's your job. My job is to whine!  You guys are pretty darn good at your jobs and I just know you think I'm pretty good at mine too!

Bart