…And the Winner Is – Jim Flynn!

We concluded our Ultimate Cinegif Creator’s Contest on April 30, 2012. We can now proudly announce that the winner of the SONY NEX-7 18-55 Camera, Fotodiox 312AS LED Lighting Kit and Manfrotto mono-pod is Jim Flynn of New Braunfels, Texas! Jim is a working professional photographer – www.jimflynnphoto.com– and a all-around nice guy! He’s a former National Board Director of the ASMP, and his images have appeared in Time, Newsweek, and The Wall Street Journal. Of course, as you can see in the Cinegif below, he was a little too reserved for us – really not a very demonstrative type of guy, and kind of difficult to read. We think he was pleased to win the great package of camera gear and accessories, but it was hard to tell…

Jim Flynn, Ultimate Cinegif Creator's Contest Winner

Jim Flynn celebrates winning in his own rather reserved, low key way…

We did our best to impress, however. We went out of our way to pick a venue that was appropriate for the solemn, sober, serious nature of the prize presentation. It wasn’t easy to find a place that combined just the right touch of luxury and sophistication with that slick, polished, high-tech look that’s so popular, but I think you can see that we managed to pull it off.

So Congratulations, Jim! We’re looking forward to seeing lots of your work coming our way, now that you have the perfect package to produce video clips for conversion to Cinegifs. For those of you who entered but didn’t win, we want to thank you for trying our technology, and encourage you to keep exploring the possibilities of Quality Video Anywhere. We’re still offering free trials to everyone who registers on our website, and we are more than happy to help you discover just how far you can push the envelope!

We would also like to thank the great folks at Precision Camera, especially Park Street (yes, that really is his name!), in Professional and Group Sales, and Gregg Burger, General Manager, for their continuing support and help.  Park selected the components of the prize package, and put together a truly great set of camera gear. So Thanks, Park – Thanks, Greg – and Thanks to Precision Camera for being such  great resource for photographers!

Passing of an Automotive Legend…Carroll Shelby: 1923 – 2012

Legendary Automotive and Motorsports icon Carroll Shelby died Thursday night at Baylor Hospital in Dallas at the age of 89. He was one of my personal heroes.

During his unfortunately short career as a race driver, Carroll Shelby won three U.S. sports-car championships driving Ferraris and Maseratis, and won the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans co-driving an Aston Martin with British race driver Roy Salvadori.

Photos Copyright Autoweek – 2012

In the early 1960s he developed the Cobra, a somewhat crude Anglo-American hot rod that dominated the race tracks of NorthAmerica, and shocked the Automotive World by defeating powerhouse Ferrari to win a World’s Manufacturer’s title. He also transformed Ford’s popular Mustang into the ferocious Shelby GT350 street car, which won several Trans-Am racing titles. As a team owner, he presided over Ford’s epic 1966 and ’67 Le Mans victories, again beating the best that Ferrari (and the rest of the Motorsports World) could put on the starting grid.

Shelby is the only individual on record to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans as a driver (with Aston Martin), a manufacturer (class victory with the Cobra Daytona coupe) and a team owner (with Ford’s GT-40s). He made his mark in a hyper-competitive industry by doing it differently, by doing it better – and by finding the competitive edge in unexpected places. This short tribute to Carroll Shelby is a Cinegif that is fully 450 pixels wide and loaded with transitional special effects – yet the file size is only of 1.8 Megabytes! That’s small enough to open and play instantly in email, on web pages and in digital signage. Go to our website, sign up for a free trial, and discover your own competitive edge – the power of Quality Video Anywhere.