Well, I guess that's me ...
My name is, as indicated, Ken Berry!
And as indicated in my profile I am a former Australian diplomat. I joined the foreign service back in 1974 after graduating with an Arts degree in Political Science, French and Russian, and a Law Degree. (I am also a Barrister in the Supreme Court of New South Wales.)
In the foreign ministry I was assigned to the International Legal area, where I spent most of my time when in Australia. I served in a variety of overseas assignments (Manila, Algiers, Nairobi, Lusaka, Addis Ababa, and Brasilia), and was finally appointed Ambassador to Chile, Peru and Bolivia. In the course of these appointments, I formally studied Tagalog, Portuguese and Spanish, to add to my repertoire. (I love languages, and seem to have a gift for them, perhaps because I love talking!!
I also attended a number of international conferences, including the UN several times, usual in the guise of an international lawyer.
I retired from the Foreign Service in January 2000 at the age of 50 after serving several years as Assistant Secretary for Arms Control and Disarmament. I had also served three and a half years on the personal staff of our then Minister, Gareth Evans, whom I served as Chief of Staff. I had gotten to know him when I was legal adviser to our Cambodia Task Force, a wonderful experience about which I have published a book ("Cambodia from Red to Blue").
I am currently International Legal Adviser to the International Crisis Group in Brussels (which is run by Gareth Evans), though after living some time there, I have moved back 'home' to Canberra, Australia. I continue to work part time for the ICG here. Ain't the internet wonderful???
With all my travels, I guess it was natural that I got into analogue video back in the 1980s with a reliable if rather large Sony 8mm Handycam, which I used in diverse interesting places around the world. I am still working my way through all these analogue tapes, converting them to digital, and now using a specially bought Sony Digital 8 camera for the purpose. Results are excellent, if I do say so myself (and I do ... regularly!
I really only got into digital video editing in 2001 when my home was burgled and my analogue camera stolen. I bought a Canon MV430i on insurance money, and have not looked back since. Sadly, the Canon packed it in a couple of months ago, and I replaced it with a Canon MV960. I would love to get a HD camera, but am waiting till all the apparent bugs in editing that format -- or at least AVCHD -- are ironed out. I can wait!
I also happen to love computers, and currently have five (plus a handheld HP iPAQ computer which connects via WiFi to the internet). Of these, I use 1 which I specially built mainly for video editing, though another 2 are called upon from time to time for the same purpose.
Apart from that, I love food and reading, though as I get more and more hooked on computers and video editing, my time for books has diminished.
I first joined the predecessor of this forum back in 2001 when I took up digital video. I had started with VideoWave III which came with my camera, but I soon bought VS7 which was then brand new on the market. I have stayed with the brand ever since, though confess to also having other video software on my computers these days...
And like others here, I am now 'hooked' on this forum, and get an honest kick out of trying to help people.