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Beginner to audio world, guidance with recorder
by Daniel Martinez 1 day ago
I am currently a film student at UCR. One of my goals is to enter the world of film broadcast recording. I have been doing tons of research including reading The Location Sound Bible. I came into this
Re: Beginner to audio world, guidance with recorder
by Al Bergstein 22 hours ago
Daniel. I've been through a lot of recorders in the last 5 years, and would have to say that if I was going to start over again, and wanted to try and get hired in the LA area (UCRiverside, right ), y
Copyrighted Material in a Documentary
by eric millen 1 week ago
Hello, I had a few questions about how some film makers are able to use copyrighted images and video in their documentaries. Do most get permission or is it considered "fair use" if they are using the
Re: Copyrighted Material in a Documentary
by Al Bergstein 7 days ago
Having gotten back into the business in the last few years, and having done a couple of local documentaries on behalf of a Tribe and the State government here locally, the simple answer to your last q
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move internal RAID
by Rob Alexander 3 weeks ago
Hi All, I'm upgrading my Mac Pro (2008) to a 2012 tower. In my old machine I have 3 x 1TB drives software striped to make a 3TB volume. Is it possible to straight swap them slot for slot into the new
Re: move internal RAID
by Al Bergstein 3 weeks ago
If you don't get a solid answer, my take is that I would not try this, without a absolutely current backup of the data. It's been my experience that RAID arrays do not travel at all. I have attempted
Quality problem with some video - Canon t3i
by Luke Collis 3 weeks ago
Hi guys. I've been having a bit of a problem when shooting with my Canon t3i - Quality isn't up to standard. Check out a sliding shot I did a few days ago below. I was expecting an amazing shot but wa
Re: Quality problem with some video - Canon t3i
by Al Bergstein 3 weeks ago
Well, let's try some elimination. What I saw on YT was uniformly soft, and at 720p. To be clear, when you view the footage in your NLE or right out of the camera, it is exactly like this Soft at all d
Following up even after being rejected after an interview?
by Rob Grauert 1 month ago
Long story short, a job recruiter contacted me about a position and asked me if i would be interested in interviewing. I went in for the interview and everything seemed to go well, but they chose some
Re: Following up even after being rejected after an interview?
by Al Bergstein 4 weeks ago
I would agree with the thoughts above, and not just in video production. It's totally appropriate to let them know that you really would have liked the job, thank them for the interview, and let them
Suggestions on what kind of liability insurance is needed and references?
by Stephen Pickering 4 weeks ago
Hi there, I looked through the forum and found a few recommended agents to contact, which is a good start. I'm in South Central Wisconsin. I don't care if they're local or not, I just need someone who
Re: Suggestions on what kind of liability insurance is needed and references?
by Al Bergstein 4 weeks ago
Stephen, I would start with my local business insurance agency. They can do the brokering for you, or maybe there is an agency in a nearby bigger city (if you aren't in one), that specilaizes in corpo
Awarded bid then it's recalled
by Greg Ball 4 weeks ago
I bid on a project from an agency who really didn't have a clue on their project. We were awarded the project based on our bid. Then in my first contact with the client, it appeared that the scope of
Re: Awarded bid then it's recalled
by Al Bergstein 4 weeks ago
Greg, do you mean three separate videos If so, yes, I think you either need to ask whether you can go ahead with the bid they accepted on one, and add an addendum to that. It sort of goes to the issue
Spooky Slow Export Time in PP – Any Thoughts???
by Scott Miller 4 weeks ago
I m running Production Premium CS6 package editing PP on Windows 7, AMD Phenom IIx6, 64-bit, 16 GB RAM, with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 adapter. (I know, my adapter is no longer supported. A real editi
Re: Spooky Slow Export Time in PP – Any Thoughts???
by Al Bergstein 4 weeks ago
You really need to move the video processing off the C drive. It's likely contending with the OS. There are numerous posts about how to properly setup your system for Pr. Putting everything on one dri
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internal hard drive not showing up: what are my options???
by Nick Natteau 1 month ago
After not seeing my secondary internal hard drive on my 2008 MacPro desktop running Mavericks, I first verified that "hard drives" were checked in the Finder window. Then I ran Disk Utlity and discove
Re: internal hard drive not showing up: what are my options???
by Al Bergstein 1 month ago
Nick, what did you find out about your failed RAID Al
TB Intensity Shuttle problems Part 2
by Al Bergstein 1 month ago
I posted part of this before, but am returning to it as I still cannot fix the problem. The TB intensity has *never* successfully worked for me to create a clean image coming off either a DVD player o
anti-virus program for Mac?
by Bob Cole 1 month ago
Any recommendations I'm looking for a program which offers the best balance of protection and not getting in the way. I'd prefer a multi-device program which would also cover our PCs, but I'm willing
Re: anti-virus program for Mac?
by Al Bergstein 1 month ago
Bob, I've been very happy with Intego software's VirusBarrier. They also include a Netbarrier, but I've never turned that on. The footprint of Virusbarrier is very light. Right now, while active, it's
Working On Uninsured Shoot with Own Equipment
by Harrison Gruber 2 months ago
Hey all, so I took a job shooting on an insured shoot (It was a guerilla style web-series shoot) at a flat rate and my equipment was damaged. What should I do They didn't budget in insurance and they
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Re: Working On Uninsured Shoot with Own Equipment
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
Look up an inland marine" insurance policy. Insuring gear is part of a pro approach to business. It makes your costs higher, but you unfortunately see the result if you *don't* invest in the protectio
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Wannabes hurting the video business.
by Jason Sirotin 2 months ago
Hey CC friends.... Admin edit: Got something to say Say it here.
Re: Wannabes hurting the video business.
by Tim Wilson 2 months ago
I gotta be honest, I saw the subject line, sighed, and moved on to other stuff. I didn't realize that the original post wasn't actually a discussion, but an external link. Nononono. Sorry I missed tha
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Windows 8.1 and MAC OS sharing folder
by Sherry Bhatti 3 months ago
Hi, I am not able to connect to MAC shared folder from Windows 8.1. Someone has encountered this issue. please advice. MAC Shared folder able to connect on Windows 7.
Re: Windows 8.1 and MAC OS sharing folder
by Al Bergstein 2 months ago
Sorry, I got sidetracked and lost this thread. I was unable to connect via 8.1. The issues with W8.1 connectivity seem unnecessarily complex, and did not accept my Mac's connections for reasons I'm un
Dslr video workflow issues
by Christian Maine de Biran 3 months ago
I am having issues with my dslr video editing workflow. This is normally my process: - transfer and convert usable footage to pro res 422 codec for effective editing - (this is my issue) color correct
Re: Dslr video workflow issues
by Al Bergstein 3 months ago
Christian. You've not mentioned the computer you are trying to do all this on. What model are you running how much RAM do you have and what's your graphics card It sounds like a graphics card issue to
OS X 10.8 connection to Vista machine via SMB
by Mark Renz 3 months ago
I have a shared drive on a Vista Business 64 bit PC that contains our music and sound FX library. I have a couple of Macs running 10.8.4 & 10.8.5 that cannot connect to this box. I have no problem con
Re: OS X 10.8 connection to Vista machine via SMB
by Al Bergstein 3 months ago
This has been an ongoing problems(s) on the Apple.com support board. Mulitple possible root causes. Read through the list there for starters. Maybe disable Back to my Mac I put in the following search
How to export working DVD menus of movies to work on USB
by Adam Frimer 3 months ago
I am trying to figure out a way to deliver work on USBs instead of CDs. The problem is that I can't figure out how to get a working DVD with the menus and directions from encore in to one file that I
Re: How to export working DVD menus of movies to work on USB
by Tero Ahlfors 3 months ago
If you have a newer version of Encore you can export a Flash "website" out of it. It's just basically the same menu layout and you can open it in a browser to view it.
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Windows to Apple conversion
by Larry Zapotocky 3 months ago
Hello All, We currently use Windows 7 64 bit for video editing with the Adobe Production Premium 5.5 and 6.0. My company is contemplating using Mac computers for video editing and graphics. I haven't
Re: Windows to Apple conversion
by Al Bergstein 3 months ago
Great Larry. I'll be interested to see if it pans out for you. Feel free to contact me or post here. Al
advice on purchasing Canon XF 105 for indie film making
by heidi schrodinger 4 months ago
Hi peeps, well it has been a while since I asked for advice on this here forum.... I am finally in the market for a video camera, having been broke for too long and only being able to borrow an old So
Re: advice on purchasing Canon XF 105 for indie film making
by Al Bergstein 3 months ago
Heidi, it sounds like a good deal. While the xf105 is not the best choice for low light it is a very competent camera. PhilipBloom did a good review of it. No, you don't need to fill both slots. As to
Maverick 10.9.1 & CS6
by Jim Cunningham 3 months ago
I'm considering doing an upgrade to 10.9.1 from 10.8.5. Has anyone experienced and issues w Premiere& AE CS6 (Plug ins mostly from Red Giant). I'm just bringing on line a new iMac 27" and it came w Ma
Re: Maverick 10.9.1 & CS6
by Al Bergstein 3 months ago
Same setup as you. No problems yet. Al
FW800 is up to 80-95 MB/s fr 60 MB/s after clean install w/ OSX 10.9.1
by Sam Lee 3 months ago
For some miraculous reasons, FW800 ext. enclosures are getting a 20-35 MB s increase in read speed in 10.9.1. It's actually in par w USB3 on the MBP Retina when it comes to read speed. On the exact sa
Re: FW800 is up to 80-95 MB/s fr 60 MB/s after clean install w/ OSX 10.9.1
by Al Bergstein 3 months ago
I assume you simply moved them over and didn't reformat the drives Al
regarding youtube compression
by Patrick Coan 3 months ago
This may be more of a youtube question. In general, why might an .h264 look great when played locally, but drop frame-rate and pixel quality when uploaded and played through youtube Moderation in all,
Re: regarding youtube compression
by Al Bergstein 3 months ago
Bitrate and youtube compression. Larry Jordan has an indepth look at compression issues, including basics, and comparisons of AME and Compressor on the new Mac Pro. Very good reading goven your questi
Into the Mind: a dizzying edit but beautiful
by Al Bergstein 3 months ago
"Into the Mind" just came out on Apple TV , for .99. I had heard about this 'different' extreme skiing film, sponsored by some heavyweights. I loved the film. But my editing question was, there is som
Re: Into the Mind: a dizzying edit but beautiful
by Al Bergstein 3 months ago
Interesting. So when using something like a Kessler programmable jib or dolly, (just to use one example), you can program in the movements, then transfer those x y coordinates into whatever you are wo
Getting Still images from footage
by David Lord 3 months ago
Hi all, I'm trying to save some still images from video in a project i'm working on. I'm using the "export frame" button from the project window, but when I save the image, some colors are off for som
Re: Getting Still images from footage
by Al Bergstein 3 months ago
Strange. I've exported hundreds of JPGs, as recently as yesterday, and not seen this. You on a Mac or W7 machine Have you seen this same phenomenom with AVCHD footage shot on this same camera before W
Thoughts on cancelling the CC subscription
by Hans Swets 4 months ago
I have owned Adobe products, for many years, starting with Premiere 5.1 up to Adobe Production Premium-CS6. I signed up for the CC subscription in May 2013, at the promotional rate of $19.99 per month
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Re: Thoughts on cancelling the CC subscription
by Al Bergstein 3 months ago
I'm going to take a bit of a different POV here. My business is a one man shop, and I came from Apple's FCP suite along with some time on Vegas on Windows. I've been running Pr since 5.5 and am keepin
What should I buy? A camcorder? A dslr camera? Some advice, please.
by Ricardo Torres 3 months ago
I'm working on a limited budget. That said, I have a way of achieving above-average results with very little: sometimes. It's always a crapshoot with the equipment I use. I've been shooting a lot of a
Re: What should I buy? A camcorder? A dslr camera? Some advice, please.
by Al Bergstein 3 months ago
Todd's right. You are extremely limited with your budget requirements, and I'm not really sure what your requirements are. You say you do animation, low light shooting, etc but those are very differen
Compare Canon 5D Mark3 vs Canon C100
by Kevin Schwarzenberger 3 months ago
Curious if anyone has any input on comparing the quality of video the C100 brings to the table vs the 5D.
Re: Compare Canon 5D Mark3 vs Canon C100
by Al Bergstein 3 months ago
I own both a 5Dmkiii and a C100. I rarely use the 5D anymore. The C100 is superior in almost every way. Only problem is depending on whether you need to shoot a lot of stills with your work (I suppose
What has the industry come to?
by Brian Reynolds 3 months ago
I hope this isn't where the future of the industry is heading...... https: www.youtube.com watch v=JlErGZeIhiM
Re: What has the industry come to?
by Al Bergstein 3 months ago
Why anyone would produce let alone watch, an unboxing video is beyond me. It's really the epitome of a wasted mind. If you need a video to unbox a product, you obviously need drugs and or therapy. We
Intensity Shuttle TB with MB Pro 2012 ...Problem with recording
by Al Bergstein 4 months ago
I thought I had posted this before, but anyway: I have a TB Intensity Shuttle. I am running Media Express 3.2.4 (just upgraded and having the same problem as the earlier version was experiencing). Run
Re: Intensity Shuttle TB with MB Pro 2012 ...Problem with recording
by Al Bergstein 3 months ago
Thanks. Of Course. The issue is that it's a long concert, and I wanted to break the songs up from one long cut to many. I had used the BM devices for VHS tapes I had and just assumed that it would be
TB Intensity Shuttle TB - Bad SD Video feed
by Al Bergstein 4 months ago
Running Intensity Media Express 3.2 on MB Pro Mid 2012 Running 10.8.5 w 16GBs RAM. Recording to external USB 3.0 drive. Have the TB plugged in, and have tried both component and S-Video ins. Have it h
The Very, Very Best Way to Recover Deleted Files from a CF Card and/or Hard Drive?
by Thomas Hughes 4 months ago
We have a nightmare on our hands. We shot a bunch of video on a 5DM3, transferred the files to a hard drive, then deleted the files from the CF card and reused it. We deleted the files from the hard d
Re: The Very, Very Best Way to Recover Deleted Files from a CF Card and/or Hard Drive?
by Al Bergstein 4 months ago
On windows or mac If Mac, try disk warrior. Al
Need to create bootable usb drive with disk warrior on it
by Al Bergstein 4 months ago
How do we make bootable usb drives Internet answers so far are not working. I can partition my usb drive, but can't find proper installer on Snow Leopard or Mountain Lion disks. What am i missing I've
Re: Need to create bootable usb drive with disk warrior on it
by David Eaks 4 months ago
If I recall correctly, you can put the installer at the root level of a drive, reboot holding option, boot to the installer, and install the OS to any available drive partition (getting around the old
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Newbie to the Adobe Cloud - machine spec recommendations
by tad newberry 4 months ago
i've recently migrated to the dark side from FCP, edited a pilot show on Premiere, and it looks like i've made a great switch, but now seriously time to upgrade my machine short of buying a new one. h
Re: Newbie to the Adobe Cloud - machine spec recommendations
by Al Bergstein 4 months ago
Agree with video card upgrade..and get your machine to 16gbs ram quick. Al
How multithreaded is Premiere?
by Tom Durham 4 months ago
Shopping for my new Mac Pro... wondering about CPU. I'll be getting the biggest baddest firepros because I do a lot of RAW and 4k 5k editing. But in After Effects I usually avoid multiprocessing so as
Re: How multithreaded is Premiere?
by EricBowen 4 months ago
The first factor on threading is the codec and what amount of threads it takes for the player to ideally decode the media. This means this is dynamic based on the media used and the player used for de
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Quicktime Pro Questions
by Al Bergstein 4 months ago
I never got around to installing FCP 7 on my newer MBPro. I installed Adobe Pr instead. Now I notice that I don't have QT Pro on the machine. I have a license for QTPro purchased a few years ago. But
Re: Quicktime Pro Questions
by John Fishback 4 months ago
If you Google "QuickTime free download" you should find links for QT7.6. You should be able to enter your license for that. There are still many folks using QT7.6 instead of QT X. John MacPro 8-core 2
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If you were getting a new machine what would you get?
by Chad Horn 4 months ago
I don't really understand a lot of the gear and technical side of building an edit system, so I appreciate any unbiased opinions on this matter (something I don't anticipate to get from the MAC Busine
Re: If you were getting a new machine what would you get?
by Al Bergstein 4 months ago
Good news. I guess if you have the paying work in 4k footage or fx it could pay back that $14k investment quickly in rendering time turnaround. Will be interesting to see comparisons with Windows HP w
Magic Lantern Not working on 7D w/2.0.5 firmware?
by Al Bergstein 4 months ago
I was going to load ML on my 7D, but it didn't have the right Firmware, but I could not upgrade to 2.0.3 (the recommended firmware for ML). So I upgraded to 2.0.5. Apparently ML does not work on the 7
Re: Magic Lantern Not working on 7D w/2.0.5 firmware?
by Al Bergstein 4 months ago
Well, I could not find the 2.0.3 available. A google search did not turn it up, but I might have missed it. (I didn't try all the usual links). I have already upgraded to 2.0.5 and was unclear if I co
Titles looking terrible on Vimeo but fine elsewhere...what's going on?
by Al Bergstein 4 months ago
Hi folks. I just completed a project in Vegas 12. I output the footage first in SD and HD from Vegas, all looked well on local disk. Then output the higher res way, using Avid's codec, and then ran it
Re: Titles looking terrible on Vimeo but fine elsewhere...what's going on?
by Al Bergstein 4 months ago
Yeah, I suspected as much but I have not enountered that on Vimeo, and have encoded to their specs for hd. The funny thing is, my output from Vegas titling seems to be more prone to this on Vimeo than
Rode VideoMic Pro - High Pass
by Ben Taylor 4 months ago
Hello, I've recently purchased the Rode VideoMic Pro for my DSLR as I am trying to improve the audio quality for my projects. I have a job filming a live music show in the next few weeks and wanted to
Re: Rode VideoMic Pro - High Pass
by Al Bergstein 4 months ago
I agree with Ty. I've shot a lot of live bands, and it takes a lot of practice to get it right. Get a recorder, like a Zoom, Sony or Marantz PMD661 that can plug in XLRs directly as line in from the s
Recommendations: Point and Shoot "Video Camera"
by Kirk Lauterbach 4 months ago
I am looking for something small and portable "point and shoot" camera that I can bring with me camping climbing ect. There would be times when this camera would supplement my DSLR camera so I would l
Re: Recommendations: Point and Shoot "Video Camera"
by Al Bergstein 4 months ago
There are so many choices. Look at canon vixia g30, the panasonic tm950 etc. they all take great video when the light is good. Al
Quicktime Pro Question
by Al Bergstein 4 months ago
Sometime back I uninstalled FCP Studio on my Mac. I now notice that I no longer have Quicktime Pro on the machine (if I ever did). quick questions: I have a purchase invoice license from a few years b
Re: Quicktime Pro Question
by David Eaks 4 months ago
Download here- http: support.apple.com kb ht3678 QT 7 was an optional install on the OS X Snow leopard disc. Installing FCP 7 automagically unlocked the Pro part of QT 7. If you don't have FCP 7, you
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Sony Vegas 11 Choppy Renders
by Matthew Sims 2 years ago
Hello, I am having an issue with my Sony HDR XR160 and Sony Vegas 11. When I import the recorded file, which is 1920x1080 60i, the raw, untouched file (AVCHD) fps is 29 fps, and plays smoothly in Wind
Re: Sony Vegas 11 Choppy Renders
by Dave Haynie 2 years ago
Hmm... other than the obvious interlacing effects on the PC, this plays at full speed, totally worst-case, on my PC. That's with the preview at Best(Full), and the project set to Best rendering qualit
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Premiere CS6 Project in CC: Broken Clips
by Gary Huff 4 months ago
This has happened with both P2 and Canon DSLR footage (H.264 in .MOV container). Most of my projects that I open up from CS6 have clips that are incorrect (zebra stripes on the block). From what I can
Re: Premiere CS6 Project in CC: Broken Clips
by Al Bergstein 4 months ago
You don't mention if you were on a Mac or not. Did you happen to upgrade the OS or components like Quicktime lately Al
CUDA vs OpenCL, MacBook Pro
by Brian Sarfatty 4 months ago
I have a MacBook Pro, which I specifically bought earlier this year to get CUDA GPU enhancement with CS6. In the latest version of Premiere Pro, I now have an option for OpenCL as well as CUDA (before
Re: CUDA vs OpenCL, MacBook Pro
by Peter Garaway 4 months ago
Hi Brian, I recommend setting the renderer to whatever setting you feel is more stable and provides the best performance. In my testing CUDA performs better in most cases. Best, Peter Garaway Adobe Pr
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Quicktime & Mavericks
by Steve Guthrie 4 months ago
Hey guys. I was wondering if you could help me with an issue I'm having. I've recently updated to Mavericks and now when I export a .mov from Premiere CC the file will not open. Any ideas on this Not
Re: Quicktime & Mavericks
by Al Bergstein 4 months ago
See this thread. I hope Apple is working with Adobe to fix this. Not good news and i will certainly be holding off on upgrading. https: discussions.apple.com message 24121531#24121531 Jon Walker Burli
How difficult is India's documentary film permit process?
by Andrew Coulson 4 months ago
Hi all, I'm planning a documentary shoot in India in a few months and the permit application requires you to submit a treatment to the Indian government and give them the right to screen the final pro
Re: How difficult is India's documentary film permit process?
by Al Bergstein 4 months ago
Philip Bloom was. You might see what he would say. He did fly very low and quiet under the radar, i read. Al
USB3 vs SATA
by Enrique Orozco 4 months ago
I used to work with SATA drives (even externals) for all my Vegas editing purposes. Will it be safe and reliable to use USB3 external drives (as working drive, not only storage) Any comment would be g
Re: USB3 vs SATA
by Al Bergstein 4 months ago
Thanks for the great benchmarking on this John. I think my perspective, and yes, I use both currently, is that the difference seems small in the real world. And the USB 3.0 connectors are less prone t
Field use headphone choice?
by Al Bergstein 4 months ago
I've spent the last three years shooting with the Sony MDR-7506 headphones, great sound, but frankly, the build quality really leaves something to be desired. The ear pads almost immediately came off,
Re: Field use headphone choice?
by Richard Crowley 4 months ago
I have used several different 3rd party pads for my many MDR 7506 headphones, (Beyer, Pearstone, Auray; all from B&H) and all of them are much sturdier and more comfortable than the original Sony pads
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DVDs- Replication vs. Duplication - Pros/Cons & Companies
by Al Bergstein 4 months ago
Hi folks, We need a small run of 500 DVDs of a project I just completed. There is an old thread here on Dup vs Rep companies but I thought I would re-ask. First off, I assume I want replication not du
Re: DVDs- Replication vs. Duplication - Pros/Cons & Companies
by Ron Hershey 4 months ago
Hello Al, I'd be happy to help. Our company provides duplication and replication services. The primary difference between duplication and replication is price and turnaround. Replication at this quant
FP32 Shure ENG mixer
by Michael Jones 4 months ago
I just picked up an FP32 mixer off eBay (I just needed something small, light and affordable for run and gun ENG shoots) and I had a question...running some tests on it with the following parameters:
Re: FP32 Shure ENG mixer
by Al Bergstein 4 months ago
As Michael mentions, using analogue meters can be really tricky, and I wonder about the quality of analogue meters. I'm having a heck of a time reading the analogue meters on my Azden FMX-42A for tell


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