Pensioner at forefront of technology

2016-08-25 06:00
Paul Eberhard (71) from Aston Bay is a programme tester for international companies proDAT and Cyberlink.               Photo: MONIQUE BASSON

Paul Eberhard (71) from Aston Bay is a programme tester for international companies proDAT and Cyberlink. Photo: MONIQUE BASSON

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SITTING idly in front of the television watching his favourite television programme or movie? Or talking about the latest gossip in town?


Pensioner Paul Eberhard (71) from Aston Bay much rather makes his own high quality movies, capturing the essence of his and his wife Maria’s, extensive travels across Africa - using only the latest technology and paying particular attention to the finest detail.

This techno savvy hobby soon turned into something much bigger - a ‘job’ as a beta tester for video and film editing programmes for an international company. It is his job to test their latest programmes for any defaults before they go onto the market.

He is currently testing the newest version of proDRENALIN.

“Being a programme tester is a lot like being a detective,” says Paul who has a highly secured computer room.

After seeing some of his work captured with a GoPro4 with 4k setting and a Panasonic film camera with 4k setting, one of the world’s famous producers of film accessories, proDAT, approached Paul to test their latest programmes. Some of Paul’s work is included in proDAT’s editing programmes as part of the online film bearbeitungs programm. There is also a link to his own website and work.

Soon afterwards Paul was contacted by Cyberlink to test their products as well before they go live onto the market. They recently named him one of their Most Valuable Professionals (MVP) in film editing - an outstanding accolade. They also use his work as part of their online learning programmes.

His work furthermore features prominently in the learning material for students of, a well-known film school in Spain.

According to Paul, who has one of the fastest computers in the Eastern Cape, he only uses the highest quality technology, such as a 1080 GB graphic card, and 4k film to test the programmes. “The quality is absolutely amazing. You can see every fine detail, even the vibration of a lion’s whiskers.”

Paul captured his first film in 1968, but it was only in 1995 when he moved to Aston Bay that he dedicated a great portion of his time to film editing - professionally that is.

From 1996 to 1998 he regularly featured in local newspapers for the great work he had done in this challenging and ever-changing field of expertise.

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