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Bob Cole

Have enjoyed being part of the D-Vision, oops, "edit" community, now happily learning the Mac side oflife.
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keep foam from flaking - but BORING
by Bob Cole 2 days ago
This could win the award for Most Boring Post but here goes anyway: I'm using an old Halliburton case to consolidate all my 4" filters and matte box. It's been a long time since I've used a case that
Re: keep foam from flaking - but BORING
by Bob Cole 1 day ago
Mark, does the hot knife help to solidify the foam and prevent pilling
What happened to this forum?
by Bob Cole 2 weeks ago
I honestly don't know whether this is a totally off-the-wall remark, or a trenchant, emperor-has-no-clothes observation: Why has this forum, which used to be quite entertaining and informative, declin
Re: What happened to this forum?
by Bob Cole 5 days ago
It's your fault, Don. I've been observing the same technical forums, but you've answered all my questions. And we already know that I don't know the answers, so why should I post anything at all To re
computer recommendation for PP CC
by Bob Cole 2 weeks ago
I currently edit on Mac, but have several programs for which a PC is needed, and would like to experiment with using PPro on a PC. (The price of the new Mac Pro is daunting.) I would like to upgrade m
Re: computer recommendation for PP CC
by Bob Cole 1 week ago
Thanks Ann. That's a great resource. But I still would appreciate some specific advice. Although the base price of the "classic choices" in the HP line is not that high, it really adds up when you sta
RAID 6 vs. 2x RAID 5
by Bob Cole 1 month ago
I know this is OT for this forum, but it is tangentially related, so I'll try my question here: For 1080p30 editing applications where reliability is paramount, and quantity of storage is not as cruci
Re: RAID 6 vs. 2x RAID 5
by Tim Jones 4 weeks ago
With RAID-6, you can lose 2 drives within the array before your data is gone. On the other hand, with 2 RAID-5's mirrored, you could lose an entire array and one drive in the second array. Given an un
half-height vs. full-height HP LTO-6
by Bob Cole 1 month ago
I had my HP LTO-3 external half-height drive repaired by Midwest Technical, after HP told me it was a lost cause. I asked their tech which brands types of drives to buy avoid. He commented that full-h
Re: half-height vs. full-height HP LTO-6
by Tim Jones 1 month ago
In the days of LTO-4 and earlier, the Full height drives provided an average of 50% better throughput than the half height versions of the same drive. This was because the mechanicals were larger and
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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 Bob Cole 1 month ago
Unsolicited, semi-cynical, but semi-serious advice: I hear over and over about people who try to create a road map toward EVENTUALLY making an indie film. It sounds very logical, but life is short. Wh
Archiving: Keep a great lossless copy or not?
by Travis Landers 1 month ago
I will certainly show my ignorance at some point but I have reached a point in my reading where I was wondering if anyone would comment on something I am pondering.... Some of this is about archiving
Re: Archiving: Keep a great lossless copy or not?
by Bob Cole 1 month ago
Eric Hansen "I've had feature length ProResHQ files develop errors in playback (glitches or 'hits' in the video), and some even become completely corrupted and won't open. I'm not sure exactly why th
How many of you editors are introverts?
by Steve Kownacki 2 months ago
Best jobs for introverts: Film video editor. Hmmm. I consider myself to be an introvert. Or more a combo intro extro. I don the extroversion when needed for meetings, events, and so on. But I highly g
Re: How many of you editors are introverts?
by Bob Cole 1 month ago
sorry, too shy to answer question. (Bob C)
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Buying a Mac Book Pro
by Bob Cole 3 months ago
Where do you recommend buying a MacBook Pro A lot of retail outlets seem to offer a $50 discount. But I found a much bigger discount ($699) for a MacBook Pro with Retina display, at Mac Mall. But that
Re: Buying a Mac Book Pro
by Bob Cole 1 month ago
Well.... I was very happy with my refurbished MBP Retina, until it simply didn't power up one day. Eventually it did, but that was enough. (It probably heard me bragging to my client about it just bef
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
DIY 1K and 2K dimmers
by Rick Wise 2 months ago
Anyone have good plans for making DIY 1K and 2K dimmers And or, sources for "cheap" dimmers to handle 1K and 2K. I'm not finding much online. Rick Wise Cinematographer Lighting and Camera Instructor A
Re: DIY 1K and 2K dimmers
by Bob Cole 2 months ago
Memories of cheap junk... I bought a Chinese-made box cutter (matte knife) at WalMart. When I was bearing down on a piece of wallboard, the handle literally fell apart in my hand. The box cutter was "
Adobe Double-bills, then responds to complaint by triple-billing
by Bob Cole 6 months ago
I need to find a phone number which someone will answer, or a mailing address with a human who can read. I've been trying to resolve a billing issue with Adobe. Briefly, I got a phone call offering to
Re: Adobe Double-bills, then responds to complaint by triple-billing
by Bob Cole 2 months ago
Be persistent. My problem with Adobe's billing was resolved when it got "escalated" to a supervisor. They couldn't have been nicer. But until then, it was frustrating, and I feel your pain. I dislike
Template won't let me change opacity
by Bob Cole 2 months ago
I inherited a template and it is... educational. Some of the layers display the Opacity in a pink-red shade. When I try to change it (either from 0 to 100%, or from 100 to 0%) it won't allow me to do
Re: Template won't let me change opacity
by Bob Cole 2 months ago
Thanks! Learning expressions is on my to-do list. Bob
HP xw8200 - add more RAM, or dispose of it?
by Bob Cole 2 months ago
This is a trivial question, but since it could lead to my disposing of a computer, I thought I would ask the experts. My editing system is Mac-based, but I use a PC for accounting and also to test com
4K might become a reality quicker than we think
by Andre van Berlo 2 months ago
On this forum I ve seen people figure that they won t need 4K editing capability for the next 2-3 years. This week I saw that Panasonic is going to release its GH4 with 4K. Estimates are that it will
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Jason Jenkins liked this 2 months ago
Re: 4K might become a reality quicker than we think
by Bob Cole 2 months ago
A reality-check aside: "Broadcast tv" may say it is HD, but when you see it through cable, the compression is so severe that it probably should not qualify as high definition. I just cut the cable, an
Switching to Adobe CC. Windows or Mac?
by Vishal Pulikottil 3 months ago
Our company is switching from FCP 7 to Adobe Premiere CC. We're just about due for a hardware refresh too so we're seriously debating the switch to Windows. We've been using Mac for the last 15 years
Re: Switching to Adobe CC. Windows or Mac?
by Bob Cole 3 months ago
There have been some excellent, highly technical replies to the OP. In case you want a response from a non-techie person, I just "voted" on this very issue by buying a MacBook Pro, for four reasons: 1
Adobe PP - Stereo/Mono Audio Issues
by zoe griffiths 5 months ago
Hello, I'm working with footage shot on a C100, which I'm bringing into Adobe Premier Pro. I'm completely new to the software, so I'm finding it a little confusing... When I bring it into PP it makes
Re: Adobe PP - Stereo/Mono Audio Issues
by Joe Barta IV 5 months ago
When your clips are in a BIN, highlight them, then go to top menu CLIP, Modify, Audio Channels In the Audio Channels tab change the Preset to MONO. This will put each audio channel in its own track an
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Bob Cole liked this 3 months ago
Super-bowl post-game commercial thead
by Mark Suszko 3 months ago
Starting with the coin toss, it was nice to see Broadway Joe come out to throw one more interception. 1st Quarter: Mountain Dew is now making Brawndo, apparently. McDonald's did a funny bad lip-sync m
Re: Super-bowl post-game commercial thead
by Bob Cole 3 months ago
Hi Mark, Didn't see all of them, but agreed about the Bud Lite fever dream spot. I disagreed about the Chevy Silverado spot - found the bull date kinda gross. I loved Cheerios with Gracie, and thought
Just tell the truth -- A Super Bowl Anecdote
by Todd Terry 3 months ago
Just an anecdote from this evening, that might have a lesson or two in it for all of us. Like one or two other people, I saw down earlier tonight to watch the Super Bowl. I had not seen any of the 934
Re: Just tell the truth -- A Super Bowl Anecdote
by Bob Cole 3 months ago
Just glad it was not the most riveting Super Bowl. We started channel surfing after the halftime show. At least they kept the lights on this year! So what was your favorite spot I didn't see that many
Blog: What's the big deal with how an LTO (or other) tape is written?
by Tim Jones 3 months ago
DANGER - Vendor Perspective Follows - Someone made a comment in a thread that my posts are often related to the fact that I have skin in this game. Absolutely true! Why do I continuously post about BR
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Tim Ward liked this 3 months ago
Re: Blog: What's the big deal with how an LTO (or other) tape is written?
by Bob Cole 3 months ago
Hi Tim, I respect your erudition, and that of the many contributors to this forum, who represent other approaches to LTO software design. But most of it goes right over my head, and all I can conclude
Article: The Production Process EXTRA: Archiving Data
by walter biscardi 4 months ago
Art of the Edit The Production Process EXTRA: Archiving Data In this digital media world, it's imperative to not only have enough media array space to do your work, but also to store and protect that
@The Production Process EXTRA: Archiving Data
by Bob Cole 3 months ago
Hi Walter, all: Has anyone used the DAT Optic eBOX-TeSU It seems similar to the CRU RTX410-3QJ, except that it adds Thunderbolt. Bob C
Holding the EX1 against chest
by Arvid Utas 4 months ago
Hi, I know there's been a lot of discussion regarding handholding the EX1 but here's a question I haven't found an answer for yet. I am looking to buy an EX1 but my only worry is that I do a lot of ha
Re: Holding the EX1 against chest
by Bob Cole 4 months ago
You have gotten some great advice here. imho, if hand-holding is important to you, you have to go to a good dealer or a big convention (NAB ) and just try every camera you can lay your hands on. It's
dust on sensor
by Bob Cole 4 months ago
The holiday season must bring out some paranoia in my personality, because I asked a similar question a year ago (and got an excellent answer from Todd Terry). But it still bugs me, so here goes with
XDCAM EX into iMovie?
by Bob Cole 5 months ago
A client wants to use XDCAM EX footage in iMovie. Is there a "best path" for this conversion Thanks! Bob C
Re: XDCAM EX into iMovie?
by Don Greening 5 months ago
I just tried an XDCAM EX mov. file in iMovie version 9.09. It transcoded the file on import to the Apple Intermediate codec. During the import iMovie said it was "optimizing" the movie. So I guess the
XDCAM to DNxHD (on PC) workflow, using a Mac
by Bob Cole 6 months ago
I have FCP7 & Adobe Media Encoder on the Mac, and some XDCAM EX footage, which I'd like to put on a hard drive for an editor with Avid on a PC. Preferably with the software I have, what is the best wo
Re: XDCAM to DNxHD (on PC) workflow, using a Mac
by Michael Phillips 6 months ago
Yes, DNxHD is a cross platform codec allowing for both compression and decompression. It can wrapped in MXF or QuickTime. Depending on application you use, it can be one or the other. You may also wan
XDCAM footage used natively in PPro
by Bob Cole 6 months ago
I'm getting ready to try PPro CC, and would appreciate some feedback on use of XDCAM footage. It is commonly understood among XDCAM users that the "BPAV" folder and its contents should be treated with
Re: XDCAM footage used natively in PPro
by Bob Cole 6 months ago
Thanks all, very much. I appreciate the help! Bob C
Mavericks compatibility with ShotPut Pro
by Bob Cole 6 months ago
Has anyone upgraded to Mavericks, and used the prior version (4.1.4) of ShotPut Pro successfully I just got an email from Imagine Products saying that their "current" software is compatible with Maver
Re: Mavericks FCP 7
by Bill Griffin 6 months ago
A editing friend of mine just today updated to Maverick 10.9 and has FCP 7....and it works just fine...she says no problems... I have 10.8 on my MacBook Pro and FCP 7...but I am going to wait awhile t
EX1R Lengthy Horror Story with happy ending and a Big Question Mark
by Bob Cole 7 months ago
My EX1R had a persistent problem, which is irrelevant to this discussion. Fortunately, before sending the camera off to Sony for exorcism (it's still there, awaiting a new lens), I stored its setting
Re: OP with New Chapter in the horror story - different camera, similar issue
by Bob Cole 7 months ago
Very interesting. How do you use a camera with the audio turned off And by "turned off" do you mean that the audio monitoring is turned off, or audio recording as well I have been using the Sony EX1R
Filmmaker/Film Critic
by Bob Cole 7 months ago
I was just wondering whether any of you know of a great (even good) filmmaker who also has written intelligent film criticism. Any recommendations Most film criticism is barely film-literate. I'd like
Re: Filmmaker/Film Critic
by Tim Wilson 7 months ago
Scott Roberts " Hey}}; I re sent; th;at -rE ma'rk* ;;" Your problem is that you are using the semicolon with words, rather than as a substitute for them. ;-) It was a bit of a stretch to call me a fi
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Bob Cole liked this 7 months ago
Specs for Genaray SpectroLED-14
by Rick Wise 9 months ago
I have hunted all over without success to find any lighting specs for the round Genaray SpectroLED-14 and the smaller -9 version. I did find a reviewer who commented on the clean daylight with no gree
Re: Specs for Genaray SpectroLED-14
by Bob Cole 7 months ago
Rick Wise "the Lux or foot-candles for light intensity at 3 feet, 6 feet, and 10 feet. " Acc. to the specifications tab on the BH website: 6,800 Lux @ 3.3' (1.0 m). No other distances were given. Cus
fluoro lamp tester
by Bob Cole 7 months ago
Tungsten lamps are easy to test; if they don't light up, they're dead. You can even see the busted filament. Fluorescent bulbs are another story. I've had bulbs that were flakey, and yet not entirely
Best monitor for DSLR; best DSLR for monitoring
by Bob Cole 7 months ago
I'm more interested in the answer to the second question, actually. Which DSLR provides the best output for monitoring at maximum resolution My video camera (EX1R) does a great job of outputting a sig
Re: Best monitor for DSLR; best DSLR for monitoring
by Omar Magdi 7 months ago
I do use my AtomOS Ninja 2 to record ProRes, but it is nothing near HD, BUT! what is much better for all situations and mounting options, I do use a Zacuto EVF Pro, it is simply AWESOME. there is no s
digital projection compression advice
by Bob Cole 8 months ago
I need to compress a video of a lengthy lecture, shot in 1080P30, which has nice crisp graphics (Power Point slides animated slightly using After Effects, and often superimposed to one side). I'm edit
Re: digital projection compression advice
by Bob Cole 8 months ago
Thank you and Paddy so much for such thorough answers. I appreciate the advice and agree with all of your suggestions for better management. Craig Seeman "Standard Def frame size" That is a great idea
adjusting for low-contrast picture profiles
by Bob Cole 8 months ago
Some DPs want to use special "picture profiles" which allow them to extend the dynamic range of the image, so that highlights don't get "blown out" and shadows don't turn into black holes. But in thei
Re: adjusting for low-contrast picture profiles
by Bram Desmet 8 months ago
Are you talking about monitoring uncorrected log output from a camera If so all of our monitors have several log modes (C-Log, S-Log, S-Log2, BMDCC Film Log) modes to roughly normalize the image. This
Film history forum
by Bob Cole 8 months ago
What happened to the Film History & Appreciation forum Bob C
Re: Film history forum
by Stephen Smith 8 months ago
Now that TV is in the title everyone can feel free to discuss Saved By The Bell more :-) Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Motion Training DVD Check out my Vimeo page
How can I beef up some excitement on this documentary?
by Chuck Noland 11 months ago
I've got a small documentary I'm starting for a group that is basically a biography of a public speaker and author of little notoriety. There is no existing footage to work with and so far I can line
Re: How can I beef up some excitement on this documentary?
by Bob Cole 9 months ago
At least you're being honest! But with documentaries, it really helps to have at least some idea of your approach before you get inundated with material, because that can be overwhelming. Sometimes it
Fair Use
by Bob Cole 9 months ago
There have been a number of posts about Fair Use on this website. To the extent that you documentarians regard yourselves as journalists, you may be interested in this paper: http: www.centerforsocial
My, but it's quiet here...
by Joseph W. Bourke 11 months ago
Hi Walter - I feel bad that you've left the fray over in the CC forum, but personally, I don't blame you one bit. Personal attacks, wacko reasoning, and other-worldly speculation can get to be a bit m
Re: My, but it's quiet here...
by Bob Cole 9 months ago
Joseph W. Bourke "lead type is still the only proper way to lay out a page..." Ever feel the pages of an old New Yorker magazine Each letter was raised. Sensuous.
month to month?
by Bob Cole 9 months ago
Is there a monthly plan which doesn't require an annual subscription The annual plan is actually a $600 year subscription, paid monthly. I would like to be able to pay when I need it, turn the meter o
Re: month to month?
by Bob Cole 9 months ago
Chris Pettit "I have never owned a piece of software that was still valid and generally usable after 5 years. Changes in OS, hardware, general performance issues, features and comparability all lead
ideal documentary assistance light
by Paul Hanssen 9 months ago
Ok, I am about to start a documentary in a nursery home where there is mostly coming enough day light .... from one side .. and I will need a light which can be used either as a fill (next to a window
Re: ideal documentary assistance light
by Bob Cole 9 months ago
If you have lights on stands, you may want to bring an assistant who can carry the lights for you and make sure everything stays safe. If the nursing home has a drop ceiling, and you want to avoid the
Scandles worth investment?
by Derek Bowshier 10 months ago
I have the chance to make on offer on a used lowell kit: Lowel Scandles Fluorescent Two Light 3000K Kit (120-230VAC) The company is looking to get rid of it and just said make them an offer. (B&H has
Re: Scandles worth investment?
by Bob Cole 9 months ago
Todd Terry " Bob Cole "Lowel is pretty good about keeping spare parts in stock." Because they have to." Yeah, that snideness was intentional. But at the same time, a genuine appreciation. I've needed
Tutorial: Tapeless Workflow with Final Cut Pro 7
by Shane Ross 4 years ago
Apple Final Cut Pro Tapeless Workflow with Final Cut Pro 7 This tutorial gives an overview of the tapeless ingest workflow using Log and Transfer in Final Cut Pro 7. It encompasses a handful of the s
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Re: Tapeless Workflow with Final Cut Pro 7
by Bob Cole 9 months ago
ClipWrap2 works really fast. But it is still just a "wrap." Does that mean that it retains compressed structure, which might bog down in FCP7 Is there some other workflow which will convert AVCHD foot
Editing XDCAM files
by Bob Cole 9 months ago
I'm still editing on FCP7, and need to switch. When I use multiple layers of XDCAM HD footage along with Canon DSLR files, my old MacPro and MBP become very slow and crash-prone. I'm agnostic, as far
Re: Editing XDCAM files
by Bob Cole 9 months ago
Don Greening "With your older Macs transcoding before editing is the way to go." Do you have a workflow to recommend, for doing that XDCAM- ProRes422 transcode And do you recommend "normal" or "HQ" P
Pluraleyes creates one timeline per clip
by Bob Cole 9 months ago
I'm using FCP 7 and Pluraleyes 2.1.13 to sync up about 200 pairs of clips, all in chronological order and with professionally-recorded audio on each of the two cameras. Pluraleyes is creating separate
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PL lenses or cinema lenses on C100
by Trevor Ward 10 months ago
Is anyone here using PL lenses on the C100 Or, for that matter, Cinema zoom lenses Even though they are expensive, I'd like the idea of using cinema style zoom lenses on the C100 versus using still pi
Re: PL lenses or cinema lenses on C100
by Bob Cole 9 months ago
I too have been surprised by the high price of new PL zooms. What about repurposing used optics, that were developed for film cameras Is there a technical reason that they wouldn't be useful for a lar
Cheap LED lights - remove green / spikes
by Richard Jacana 11 months ago
I just shot a little promo for a client and for convenience I used my Fancier 500 LED light for the first time on a shoot. Ok, so we all know these Chinese lights are crap but I assumed that one can t
Re: Cheap LED lights - remove green / spikes
by Bob Cole 10 months ago
Todd Terry "all-LED shoot" Sounds great. Which LED lights do you like, and why those, for exterior shoots I really like the idea of being able to operate without AC. Bob C
Lighting Case for Flying?
by David Hala 10 months ago
Can anyone recommend a good lighting case for flying I'm looking for something that will be able to hold 3-4 medium to small sized lights, and preferably the light stands too. The bag itself can't wei
Re: Lighting Case for Flying?
by Bob Cole 10 months ago
Cardboard tubes will work, and if you need extra length, you can nest one inside the other. Usually you'll find that, though they are all labeled as 8" diameter, one is small enough to fit into anothe
Searching for parfocal constant aperture lenses
by Ben Edwards 1 year ago
OK, so my Sony Z1 seems to of gone wrong and as I am shooting a lot of DSLR stuff so thought rather than replace it I would upgrade my DSLR kit and get some suitable lenses. And by suitable I means le
Re: Searching for parfocal constant aperture lenses
by Bob Cole 10 months ago
Mark Shepherd "When you focus at 24 and zoom in, the focus shifts." The usual technique is to zoom into max telephoto, focus, then zoom out. I'd be interested in whether anyone has made an actual lab
Two computer work flow
by Tucker Lucas 11 months ago
Hey I'm looking for ideas for best utilizing two separate computers in a post-production workflow. Last summer I was gifted a Macbook Pro, and then purchased an iMac at the beginning of this year. The
Re: Two computer work flow
by Bob Cole 11 months ago
Thanks for outing me.
Good problem to have....I must EDIT lighting package!
by Erik Anschicks 12 months ago
A few large networks I shoot for will be sending me on the road a lot more. Now, they are pretty reasonable. I can have around 4-5 cases checked (camera and lighting), one can be oversized overweight,
Re: Good problem to have....I must EDIT lighting package!
by Bob Cole 11 months ago
Erik Anschicks "Bob, hopefully that was "interesting choices" in a good way :)" Yes. I was thinking particularly of the effectiveness-to-weight bulk ratio of stuff like diffusion, small fixtures, and


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