NewsVideo.com - Dallas, TX
Dallas Video Production
Final Cut Pro X, Motion & Avid
Don Smith - 214.497.7825
I've been a network news cameraman, video editor and producer since 1982. Prior to that I worked in local television news as an anchor, award-winning journalist, cameraman and as an editor of both film and video going back to 1971. In the 60's, prior to serving my country in Vietnam, I was a Rock 'n Roll disc jockey.
That's me with the camera next to Tom Brokaw. It was 1985 and Mexico City had been hit by two earthquakes. I was called to cover the first earthquake and was there to experience the second. I was assigned to Tom and we were being given a walking tour of the devestation by the president of Mexico.
You can also see me at the top of this page standing in front of one of the heavily damaged buildings.
Below, I'm aboard Air Force II in 1984 doing sound for cameraman Lou Kidd.
That's Phil Jones of CBS News interviewing George H.W. Bush. This was about 20 minutes before AFII went into a power dive to avoid a mid-air collision with a single-engine aircraft.
I've shot countless stories for major network broadcasts over the years. I'm proficient as an editor on Final Cut Pro X and proficient in compositing using Apple Motion. As a freelance editor for NBC News, ABC News and CBS News in New York working out of their Dallas bureaus I've cut many hundreds of stories on Avids for network shows such as NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, Dateline, 60 Minutes, ABC's World News tonight and CBS Evening News.
In addition to shooting and editing I'm an award-winning journalist who works as a freelance field producer for NBC Nightly News, The Today Show and ABC's Good Morning America. I continue to work in radio as well. Samples can be heard at TrackSmith.com.