xnamkcor wrote:I have no idea who Quu is, but he will be missed. Best of luck for his Wife and Daughter.
Here's some information, so you have a bit more of an idea just on the AMV front how his life affected us.
Quu was a person whom fell in love with AMVs since before the turn of the century as a fandom he saw with even greater potential. He was an experienced programmer and systems tester, as well as a happy hacker who crossed paths with us at AWA.
Together with Jingoro, we oversaw the Video Art Track or VAT at AWA-6. The idea was to have one room thats entire programming was AMVs and original video parodies (such as Corn Pone Flick) for the entire duration of the con.
Quu was also a person who saw on the horizon the chance for digital video editing to become attainable to those who before had only 2 VCRs to make videos with. He helped spread the word of the possibilities of real-time editing with the Pinnacle DV500 and streamlined playback solution of the Hollywood/Netstream. In 2001, these things cost less than $1000 and allowed people with even a Pentium Pro 200mhz machine to play back nearly flawless mpeg2 videos, at a time when the fastest processor was the first gen Athlon 700mhz. He spread the word religiously about these technologies to anyone who would listen and freely offered his help in using them.
He stressed the idea of AMV screening should be a completely transparent viewing experience, never to show a 'windows' logo during playback, no evidence a computer was at work.
And for a time, he pretty much single-handedly drove up and down the east coast and into Canada offering his equipment and his insight into AMV digital mastering, playback, and contest organisation.
He used his talents as a system tester to parse and iron out everything that didn't work, and never kept a secret from anyone who asked what DID work. He essentially gave us the standards for capturing/mastering MPEG2 that can STILL be used today to run a very effective AMV contest.
The VAT was the source of alot of firsts in the AMV world because of Quu's influence. The first AMV dance that he and Jingoro asked me to run. Brad Demoss was in attendance and was so excited, he went on to help collect AMV editors for the next AWA in essentially the very first MEP, the Dance Dance Revolution 3 megamix project.
VAT was the start of Iron-Chef style editing, where we assembled 2 identical machines with real-time editing cards and a time limit to make an amv.
Quu had in recent years pulled out of convention life to focus on developing his marriage, and recently his role as a father. Quu returned to us at AWA a couple years ago, and along with Kholaras who had been filling his technical role at AWA, began to lay the foundations for us to move to the next generation of High Definition video mastering and screening.
This is a staggering turn in our community.