World Standards Day was celebrated on October 14, and this year’s theme was “Video standards create a global stage.” The world has come a long way in terms of shooting and editing videos. Today we were able to get a blast from the past as we revisited how the standards have changed as the years went on. Consumer Protection Liaison Officer for the Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS), Rodolfo Gutierrez, told us how standards for a specific product or service is created.
Rodolfo Gutierrez, Consumer Protection and Liaison Officer, Belize Bureau of Standards: “ As you may know standards are included in anything and everything that we do on a daily basis from simple things like your ATM card when you want to go to the ATM machine and withdraw money, there is some sort of standard that drives this particular technology to work. Anything that you do- your phone has standards in it so without standards I believe that the world would be lost, we wouldn’t know what to do, you wouldn’t be guided as to what is the safety aspect of a particular product and you wouldn’t know how to even know about a particular service, how the service would be working so standards are key in everything that you do. Standards are basically voluntary they do have some mandatory standards but those are considered regulations but the voluntary standards is that it’s driven by the different sectors out there. Honey for arguments sake- if these people believe that they need a standard for them to be able to produce and export they can come and propose that idea to the Bureau of Standards and then what we will do is we will facilitate the process, getting the specific technical experts together and taking it through the process of ensuring that the standard gets signed off on. The theme for this year is ‘Video standards create a global stage.’ So it talks a lot about the different standards that may be included in the video world and the type of technologies that are utilized. That’s the reason why we decided to invite three of the main media power houses in Belize, TV 7, TV5 and Love FM to basically tell us what type of standards they’re utilizing within the industry.”
The three main media houses, Love FM, 7 News, and News Five, were able to walk us through what it was like in the media some 10 to 20 years ago.
Rene Villanueva Sr, CEO, Love FM: “I started at Radio Belize at 17 going towards 18 and we saw all these changes in the technology that we used at the time. I could remember trucking amplifiers on your shoulder going to do an outside broadcast, plugging in a PA system and what have you; you have to get helpers to help you carry the outside broadcast equipment- now you can pick up a telephone and just do any outside broadcast. So I’ve been privileged and I thank God for the opportunity to have been able to live through all of these changes and still be around to see it even evolve even further to the Facebook and what have you.”
Jules Vasquez, News Director, Channel 7: “In the past, and Rick knows this, that somebody asks you for a video of something, maybe someone in the US wanted to buy a video of something to send it to them now you can just attach it as a WeTransfer or however you choose but you had to send it via like UPS or FedEx, it was at the time you had to send a tape and they had to compensate you for the tape because every tape was like $60 US for a pneumatic tape if that’s the case. The entire world has changed and our concept of how video is delivered has changed and the rise of Facebook around that same time has really shifted the global consciousness of what video is.”
Rick Romero, Technical Director, Channel 5: “The important thing here is that even though the quality of the video wasn’t optimal we worked hard on producing good stories, good reporting, and keeping the standard of how to shoot well and edit which means no jump cuts in terms of when you’re editing, framing your composition properly you know and all those things were important and are still important.”
World Standards Day was celebrated for the first time in 1970.