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The Academy of Lower Thirds, Inc.

The Academy of Lower Thirds, Inc. Broadcast graphics training & consultation, specializing in ChyronHego & Ross Video graphics systems. The Academy of Lower Thirds, Inc. is focused on helping clients achieve the best results and receive the highest return on investment from their Chyron graphics systems.

With 20 years of broadcast experience, ranging from local stations to the largest sporting events in the world, J. Marty Dormany doesn't just know the product, he understands production! Customized packages range from day-long consultations and "refreshers," tailored to your company's individual requirements, to week-long courses designed to enhance your creative capabilities and maximize your wor

With 20 years of broadcast experience, ranging from local stations to the largest sporting events in the world, J. Marty Dormany doesn't just know the product, he understands production! Customized packages range from day-long consultations and "refreshers," tailored to your company's individual requirements, to week-long courses designed to enhance your creative capabilities and maximize your wor

Operating as usual

At this point, I'm willing to blame DataObject and NOT a producer using MOS. Mark your calendars appropriately.
05/05/2022

At this point, I'm willing to blame DataObject and NOT a producer using MOS. Mark your calendars appropriately.

For the last 5 weeks, I have been troubleshooting an issue (with shockingly little help or progress). Today while walkin...
05/03/2022

For the last 5 weeks, I have been troubleshooting an issue (with shockingly little help or progress). Today while walking to a dentist appt. and emailing the client, I was given a sign... okay, I *saw* a sign that looks a lot like the troublesome #TVGraphics. It gives me hope. I *WILL* un-***k this debacle; then I will beat myself up for not thinking of the solution earlier.

J Marty Dormany-Keenan is celebrating being out of quarantine with new work pics... #TVGraphics
04/28/2022

J Marty Dormany-Keenan is celebrating being out of quarantine with new work pics... #TVGraphics

04/20/2022

#Chyron Mystery: periodically but frequently, recalling a LyricX 3.4.4 message using DataObject (DO) to pull information from an XLSX fails to update and returns an error: "No Update Pending; Preview Aborting."

What I know:
• it only happens on one of two identically configured Mosaics, not the other; it also doesn't happen on my offline.
• this has never happened to us before, but not only new messages do it; so do ones we are recycling from last year.
• it only happens on the DO reading from Excel, not from the Dak-populated XML or MDB.
• it's the same spreadsheet as the last 5 or 6 years, but it happens with new spreadsheets as well.
• it has all the hallmarks of a sharing violation, but the workbook is shared; also, this happens whether or not the XLSX is open.
• it happens on every 5th or 6th read. I have to erase the canvas and re-read it a couple of times to get it to work.
• updating the machine from MS Office 2013 to 2016 to 365 made no difference.
• all machines have the correct MS Access Engine, as well as Microsoft Access Runtime 2013.
• reinstalling LyricX, no change.
• uninstall & clean install of LyricX, no change.
• no Windows updates since Feb, 2020.
• no malware or viruses detected.
• drives are defragged and healthy.

Interesting note: there is an older install of Pro 8.8 on the device, so for giggles, I made an LYR with DO in that, and it worked fine, not only in Pro, but in X.

I don't say this often, but I. Am. Stumped. Any thoughts, #TVGraphics Hive Mind?

JMD is down with the 'Vid for a few days... avoided it for 2 yrs, 1 month, and 6 days! Fortunately, I am vaxxed & booste...
04/19/2022
AcademyL3 on Twitter

JMD is down with the 'Vid for a few days... avoided it for 2 yrs, 1 month, and 6 days! Fortunately, I am vaxxed & boosted, so it's a mild ride so far. I am working behind-the-scenes and all #TVGraphics projects are still on track. Stay healthy & get your damn shots!

“JMD is down with the 'Vid for a few days... avoided it for 2 yrs, 1 month, and 6 days! Fortunately, I am vaxxed & boosted, so it's a mild ride so far. I am working behind-the-scenes and all projects are still on track. Stay healthy & get your damn shots! https://t.co/CleVF7G4kI”

⚾🏟 NYY Opening Day! (and JMD is still fighting with Data Objects :/) Still, the moment of silence & Ukrainian national a...
04/08/2022

⚾🏟 NYY Opening Day! (and JMD is still fighting with Data Objects :/)

Still, the moment of silence & Ukrainian national anthem was a touching way to start the game. 🇺🇦

Hey #TVGraphics Team! In need of last minute coverage of a sporting event in #SanAntonioTX this weekend. If you're a #Ch...
04/06/2022

Hey #TVGraphics Team! In need of last minute coverage of a sporting event in #SanAntonioTX this weekend. If you're a #Chyron Op already in Texas, please shoot me a message for referral.

Hey, NYC/Metro-based #TVGraphics Pros! A client is looking to expand their design team. If you're an "expert level desig...
04/02/2022

Hey, NYC/Metro-based #TVGraphics Pros! A client is looking to expand their design team. If you're an "expert level designer" on #RossXPression, get in touch, and I'll pass your info along!

YAY! J Marty's #baseball (pre)season starts today... scoreboard ain't gonna build itself. #TVGraphics ⚾
03/28/2022

YAY! J Marty's #baseball (pre)season starts today... scoreboard ain't gonna build itself. #TVGraphics ⚾

For anyone wanting access to #BBC News in #Russia, the BBC tells us that 'The Russian authorities have restricted access...
03/23/2022

For anyone wanting access to #BBC News in #Russia, the BBC tells us that 'The Russian authorities have restricted access to BBC websites in Russian and English, as well as other international and independent media, accusing them of circulating "false information" about what is happening in #Ukraine.

In response, the BBC said "access to accurate, independent information is a fundamental human right which should not be denied to the people of Russia, millions of whom rely on BBC News every week".

Record numbers of people have read the BBC's Russian language news website since the invasion. To get around the BBC ban in Russia: download the Psiphon app from the AppStore or Google Play Store. Look for the dedicated BBC site on the Tor Browser. Note that this URL only works using the Tor Browser or the Onion Browser (on iPhones).

If access to the apps is restricted then send a blank email to [email protected] or [email protected]. An email will be sent in response with a direct and safe download link.

The BBC has also launched two new shortwave frequencies broadcasting World Service English news for four hours a day to Ukraine and parts of Russia:
15735 kHz from 14:00 GMT to 16:00 GMT
5875 kHz from 20:00 GMT to 22:00 GMT'

Since I somehow undid the relaxation from my vacation in about 48hrs, please accept this as my out-of-office... see y'al...
03/18/2022

Since I somehow undid the relaxation from my vacation in about 48hrs, please accept this as my out-of-office... see y'all on Tuesday! #TVGraphics 🥂

👇🏼 A voice worth saving... please donate if you can; we will.#TVRain #дождь
03/16/2022
Help TV Rain Survive the Freeze, organized by Julia Ioffe

👇🏼 A voice worth saving... please donate if you can; we will.
#TVRain #дождь

Hi, my name is Julia Ioffe. On March 3, 2022, TV Rain, Russia's last independent TV ne… Julia Ioffe needs your support for Help TV Rain Survive the Freeze

22°F, but clear & beautiful... perfect day for the #NewHaven #StPatricksDay parade with our friends at #WTNH (our 1st CO...
03/13/2022

22°F, but clear & beautiful... perfect day for the #NewHaven #StPatricksDay parade with our friends at #WTNH (our 1st COVID cancelled gig of 2020, so this feels like a triumphant return).
🍀🇮🇪 #TVGraphics

After a delightful week showing Dr. Tom the haunts of my youth while on vacation in Florida, I'm on the road again...(ti...
03/12/2022

After a delightful week showing Dr. Tom the haunts of my youth while on vacation in Florida, I'm on the road again...(time to make the #TVGraphics).

You may consider this my "out of office" notification...
03/06/2022

You may consider this my "out of office" notification...

#RossVideo donates $100,000 to humanitarian efforts in #Ukraine & severs business ties with Putin's Russia. David Ross i...
03/02/2022
Ross Video and its CEO of Ukrainian Heritage to Donate $100,000 to Ukraine Humanitarian Relief Efforts, Sever All Business with Russia and Call on Other CEOs to Help

#RossVideo donates $100,000 to humanitarian efforts in #Ukraine & severs business ties with Putin's Russia. David Ross is not just an admirable CEO, but a great person. I hope that other #TVGraphics vendors will follow this leader. #PutinisaWarCriminal

March 2, 2022, Ottawa, Ontario – Ross Video strongly condemns Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and is supporting humanitarian relief efforts. Last week, prior to international sanctions being imposed, Ross halted all shipments to Russia and severed support for Ross products...

25(ish) years ago at my first TV station, WFLA, I met Todd Sullivan. When I said, "Nice to meet you," he responded, "No ...
03/02/2022

25(ish) years ago at my first TV station, WFLA, I met Todd Sullivan. When I said, "Nice to meet you," he responded, "No it isn't; in 6 months, you'll think I'm an asshole, just like everyone else."

Not inaccurate I suppose; yet despite this, or perhaps because of it, my first great director became an even greater friend. Happy Retirement, Todd! You deserve it!

You're most welcome, Luke!(hand-written 'thank you' cards are a delightful lost art)
02/24/2022

You're most welcome, Luke!
(hand-written 'thank you' cards are a delightful lost art)

Hey #XPression Ops! Who's available for a gig 2/27-3/2; travel, hotel, per diem covered? That's all the detail I have bu...
02/23/2022

Hey #XPression Ops! Who's available for a gig 2/27-3/2; travel, hotel, per diem covered? That's all the detail I have but am happy to pass your info along. #XPressYourself #TVGraphics

Day 34/35: "Hold tight! Almost there!"- #TVGraphics people right now
02/19/2022
media1.tenor.co

Day 34/35: "Hold tight! Almost there!"
- #TVGraphics people right now

Paraphrased from our friends at #GamedayCreative "Huge thanks to Ben Christoffel, Andria Hart, and the rest of the Mecum...
02/18/2022
Scott Flato on LinkedIn: #Graphics #Broadcast #MotionGraphics

Paraphrased from our friends at #GamedayCreative

"Huge thanks to Ben Christoffel, Andria Hart, and the rest of the Mecum Auctions crew for giving Gameday Creative the opportunity to create the new Mecum Auctions on-air graphics package.

The full refresh included the graphic Open, Bumpers/Cappers, Transitions, Interstitials, Monitor Loops, and the full Insert system, integrated and executed by the great Dave Bachman and J Marty Dormany-Keenan [#AcademyL3].

Check out Mecum Auctions on MotorTrend Group TV!"

#TVGraphics #Broadcast #MotionGraphics #Animation #TV #3D #SetDesign #Chyron

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/scott-flato-6021a962_graphics-broadcast-motiongraphics-activity-6900445357780611072-JY2k

Huge thanks to Ben Christoffel, Andria Hart, and the rest of the Mecum Auctions crew for giving Gameday Creative the opportunity to create the new Mecum...

Weather was lovely enough to enjoy lunch on the roof deck today... Day 26 of 35. 🥇#TVGraphics
02/12/2022

Weather was lovely enough to enjoy lunch on the roof deck today... Day 26 of 35. 🥇#TVGraphics

Who caught the Mecum Auction in Kissimmee? Fabulous #Chyron #TVGraphics for their new package by Gameday Creative & real...
01/17/2022

Who caught the Mecum Auction in Kissimmee? Fabulous #Chyron #TVGraphics for their new package by Gameday Creative & realized by AcademyL3's team (great job, Dave!).

YAY! I finally. Put up that privacy shade that's been sitting in the corner of my office since Summer 2020.
01/11/2022

YAY! I finally. Put up that privacy shade that's been sitting in the corner of my office since Summer 2020.

Marty walking back into the office after the holidays like...
01/03/2022
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Marty walking back into the office after the holidays like...

#TVGraphics People of Earth! #HappyNewYear, and don't forget to change your ©opyrights. May #2022 bring you health, happ...
12/31/2021
media3.giphy.com

#TVGraphics People of Earth! #HappyNewYear, and don't forget to change your ©opyrights. May #2022 bring you health, happiness, and prosperity 🥂

#Chyron #RossXPression #Vizrt #NewBlueFX

12/25/2021

#MerryChristmas from AcademyL3 & J Marty. 🎄🎅🏽☃️

Off to Hartford, CT, for a quick #Vizrt #TVGraphics deployment. (Thanks, Dave!)I'm cautiously optimistic that this is th...
12/16/2021

Off to Hartford, CT, for a quick #Vizrt #TVGraphics deployment. (Thanks, Dave!)

I'm cautiously optimistic that this is the last thing I have to do before Christmas break 🎄🎅🏽 but for realz yo, I haven't really backed away from my work email in 25 years.

AcademyL3 has wrapped up its last class of 2021! J Marty had a phenomenal #TVGraphics trainee who challenged him (well, ...
12/15/2021

AcademyL3 has wrapped up its last class of 2021! J Marty had a phenomenal #TVGraphics trainee who challenged him (well, me); it's so much fun when we both can learn.

Now I'm just in time for the office holiday party 🎄🎅🏽

12/06/2021

Time for a lil' #Chyron #TVGraphics training with that goofball J Marty!🧐

#ShopSmall #ShopLocal #smallbusinesssaturday
11/27/2021

#ShopSmall #ShopLocal #smallbusinesssaturday

On #BlackFriday 2021, whether you're looking for gifts or services, remember to #ShopSmall, #ShopLocal, and support #Sma...
11/26/2021

On #BlackFriday 2021, whether you're looking for gifts or services, remember to #ShopSmall, #ShopLocal, and support #SmallBiz.
#BuildBackBetter

This one still hurts... 😔
10/15/2021

This one still hurts... 😔

Tonight at 11:58pm, #Tampa's 2nd #PBS station, #WUSF TV16, will sign off for the last time. The University of South Florida made the shortsighted decision to auction the frequency off ending the station's 50 year run. This action robs the community of 50% of its non-profit, non-commercial TV broadcast; worse, it robs the communication students of USF of the most valuable asset to young media professionals: the opportunity to volunteer, intern, and work in a "real world" broadcast environment.

In the early days of my career, having burned-out on news, a colleague & friend, Scott Ginniman (RIP), offered me the chance to come to WUSF, to leave behind the pace of news, and to learn television-as-craft under my favorite TV director, Clyde McCain.

WUSF entrusted me with building a graphics department in a new, multi-million dollar broadcast center. I was able to rely on my experiences at #WFLA and their (it'll all be better in the) new building transition to offer TV16 workflows and technology they'd never had before. I took the station from MS PowerPoint run thru a Targa card (I know) and an antiquated Dubner 20K, to a full Adobe suite, #Chyron iNFiNiT!, and a fancy new Chyron device called a "DuetSD" with Lyric 3.0 (we know how that worked out!).

From 2000-2002, TV morphed from industry to art for me. Aside from core professional staff, many of the crew were communication college students getting their first taste of live broadcast. My previous experience working with students at HCC augmented my broadcast skills, as I helped train wave after wave of incoming students and watched them blossom; many are still friends and amazing professionals.

In its 50 years, WUSF gave us NBC's Kerry Sanders and Space Ghost's George Lowe. Channel 16 is a part of me. The crew of WUSF was very much a family to me. We made great TV together. As a family, we saw death together. We watched as our younger generation learned and grew and moved on to start new families.

Tonight, that legacy goes dark forever, the frequency being adapted over to smartphone data bandwidth. How staggeringly sad for Tampa Bay.

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Many, many thanks to J Marty Dormany-Keenan and The Academy of Lower Thirds, Inc for the help getting #Chyron running smoothly. Always appreciated!
Marty to the rescue! The Academy of Lower Thirds saves the day when #chyron could not. #tvgraphics #martyisthebest
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J Marty Dormany-Keenan, thank you for your sage advice. I really appreciate you taking the time to talk with me this morning...
Any #chyron experts know why a #LyricX transition with a wav file produces a click sound on ctl+play? Any way to fix this? The Academy of Lower Thirds, Inc. #TVGraphics
A quick shout out to Marty of The Academy of Lower Thirds for his help today with our Chyron MosaicXL2 graphics machines. Marty is a true professional with a deep knowledge of the products he supports. Thanks Marty, and look forward to working with you again sometime!
J Marty Dormany and The Academy of Lower Thirds is always there to help in any way possible, even when the company of the product I'm trying to use can't. And today, yet again, solves another #chyron mysterious issue. Thanks Marty!!!
Good afternoon. Someone asked me about #XPression training for freelancers yesterday. Do you guys offer this? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Here are some screen grabs of the virtual commencement interface between NewBlue and Excel Spreadsheet that we have developed in our partnership with designer The Academy of Lower Thirds, Inc.! It is this interface that powers the package and allows us a huge capacity to produce commencements! Reach out and learn what we can do for your school or organization! #2020strong #inthistogether #goingvirtual #virtualcommencement #virtualgraduation #commencement #graduation #videoproduction #skeeterbuggins
Thanks for the shoutout The Academy of Lower Thirds, Inc.! Great working with you J Marty Dormany-Keenan! Been working on the finishing touches of the NewBlue and Website! Should be up tomorrow, stay tuned!
Hi All! I have a #Vizrt coding question I'm hoping someone can help me with. I've got a script that calculates points as an individual advances through competition, followed by a comparison that will flip rows if they jump someone in the standings. Because the software we normally pull this info from uses commas in any number over 999, I also need this script to add the comma after calculating the new points total or the comparison doesn't work. I've exhausted all of the scripting I know to attempt to add the comma, but keep failing. Does anyone know how I can do this? Thank you! #TVGraphics #Vizrt