I've spent the past few days thinking about and dwelling upon the impact Steve Jobs has had not only in the world of technology -- or the world in general, for that matter -- but the mesmerizing impact he made within the creative community. More importantly -- when a news report broke into primetime last Wednesday -- I've been searching for the reason why the revelation that Steve Jobs was no longer alive weighed surprisingly heavy on me.
At first, I thought back to the death of Michael Jackson and realized that this was how his fans must have felt upon his passing.
Let me be clear: I've never met Steve Jobs. I know as much about him as any other average person might. But I've been keenly aware of him and following his story for roughly the past thirteen years.
And while my passion for video editing started with Pinnacle Studio and a painfully old (in retrospect; it was new at the time, albeit clunky) Gateway PC, it was because of Steve Jobs' vision and drive that the idea of consumer video editing even exists.
I bought my first Mac and iPod at the same time -- it was either 2002 or 2003. It was an iBook G3 -- the white kind, 900MHz processor, I think -- and the third gen iPod (right before they moved to the click wheel, when they had the row of touch-sensitive buttons above the wheel and the red backlight -- THE RED BACKLIGHT!). For the first time in my life, I had the proper tools I needed to be creative. This was when I finally started using Final Cut Express. And when I was introduced to and began my love affair with Garageband -- even to this day, I have never found another application that made it so easy to make music.
In the years that followed, I would get the eMac, acquire the Blueberry iBook that I had always wanted (but had no practical use for by the time I got it!) and after a long, cold sabbatical from the Mac (due to financial limitations) I eventually bought a 21-inch iMac in 2009 -- the same Mac that I'm typing this blog on.
Of course, when it comes to the iPod, I think I've been among Apple's most ardent supporters. First was 3rd gen iPod. Then the original iPod nano; the original iPod shuffle (512 mb, a glorified USB stick!); the 5th gen video iPod; the fat nano; an 80gb iPod classic; and a 3rd and 4th gen iPod touch -- I'll mention the original iPad and iPhone 4 here as well.
These days, during my day job, I use a Macbook Pro, a Mac Pro and cinema display, and the best of Apple's video and media production software.
For me, where the Mac's have been a tool for creation from audio, music, video, vlogs, animation, and more ... the iPods, iPad, and iPhone have been tools of inspiration.
The biggest source of inspiration, however, has been Steve Jobs himself. He taught me the value of secrets and the importance of showmanship. He taught me the importance of emotional impact. He taught me the value of perfection. He taught me what it means to think different.
And at the end of the day, as I learn more about the man behind the Mac, I realize that he was a hero I never realized I had. This was a man with passion and I respect that, above all else.
Rest in Peace, Steve Jobs.
-- Jordan Krumbine; writer, video editor, YouTuber, on-again-off-again musician, producer and creative director.