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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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Nice overview on portrayal of texting on tv and film
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
http: vimeo.com 103554797 Shows how our perceptions of what's needed to convey the information keep compacting and contracting, down to the essentials. Also, it gets rid of a lot of tedious motion tra
Re: Nice overview on portrayal of texting on tv and film
by Bob Cole 2 weeks ago
Very interesting video. Thanks, Mark.
Updating Project Files
by Neal Petrosky 2 months ago
I'm in a strange position- My company switched from FCP to Premiere a couple years ago (2012). Up until that point we were using Final Cut Pro to do all of our NLE work. We were approached by an old c
Re: Updating Project Files
by Bob Cole 3 weeks ago
Todd Terry "every estimate and subsequent invoice includes a line item, "Archival." It's not much, less than a hundred bucks, but enough" It would concern me to make any sort of promise to a client t
Fair Use by editing compilation videos from other people's YouTube videos???
by stan welks 3 weeks ago
I have a hundred or so videos of my bird uploaded to YouTube, with some of my videos having over 500,000 views. I placed ads at the beginning of my videos with the intention that I might be able to ea
Re: Fair Use by editing compilation videos from other people's YouTube videos???
by Bob Cole 3 weeks ago
There are thorough discussions of Fair Use online. But from your description, this does not sound "transformative." That would require the usage to show a different meaning, from their particular usag
Commercial Bid itemization- How much detail to give
by Tom Strodel 1 month ago
I want to start a discussion on the issue of bid itemization on proposals to ad agencies and directly to clients. Specifically - how much detail to give, and what not to disclose. But before I relate
Re: Commercial Bid itemization- How much detail to give
by Bob Cole 3 weeks ago
walter biscardi "I don't see any reason to charge a client to show them the work I did to come up with the budget." Unless the client simply shared that budget with another producer, and had no inten
support above all
by Bob Cole 4 weeks ago
I'm looking for a company that sells, and more importantly, supports, a RAID 5 system, Thunderbolt 1 or 2, with at least 4 drives and preferably more like 8. It isn't just a matter of technical specs;
Re: support above all
by Bob Cole 4 weeks ago
Bob Zelin "even if you can get GREAT SUPPORT from someone, the damn part is no longer manufactured anymore" Wow - coming from you, that scares me. That isn't even what I was concerned about, but I am
Alright, It's Confession Time... Here's 15 Popular Movies I've Never Seen
by Scott Roberts 2 months ago
I see more movies than the average person, but probably less than a psychotic person (not calling anyone here at the COW a psycho!), but every so often, usually at a party BBQ friendly gathering, some
Re: Alright, It's Confession Time... Here's 15 Popular Movies I've Never Seen
by Bob Cole 1 month ago
Funny thread. The only problem is that it might make somebody miss out on an experience they would have enjoyed. If you go into a movie thinking about it too critically, you won't be able to enter its
Harbor Freight to the rescue
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
I'll probably post this in Cinematography as well (more appropriate there), but thought I'd pass it along in here, too... some might find it useful. Found myself on location needing a very low but fas
Re: Harbor Freight to the rescue
by Bob Cole 1 month ago
Very ingenious; I'm assuming you didn't hit any potholes! Bob C
Who owns the footage?
by Jeff Fink 1 year ago
I recently began shooting a documentary about a fairly well known news story. A friend of mine contacted me about it before it got big asking if I would like to help him make a film about it. I agreed
Re: Who owns the footage?
by Bob Cole 2 months ago
Too bad. I was curious. Way back when I had a PA who stole a concept of mine for a mockumentary. He won a national prize with his film, never credited me, left a trail of bad debts to a number of supp
Subcontractor loses media
by Steve Kownacki 2 months ago
What is your recourse if your subcontractor loses your media I'm in a real pickle here. Hired an audio guy to record multiple mics on his hardware to individual tracks. Everyone had headphones on, mix
Re: Subcontractor loses media
by Bob Cole 2 months ago
Steve, I read this yesterday and thought "That has NEVER happened to me." Then I remembered that something similar had. I was using a Betacam BVW300, which routes the audio signal to the headphone jac
Need suggestion: Customer misunderstood our package and now asking for free service
by Kelly Luke 2 months ago
Hi, All, I'm in the wedding videography business. Need some suggestion on how to deal with this case: 1. Bride+Groom booked our 'Simple' package, the only deliverable is a short 5 min highlight. - We
Re: Need suggestion: Customer misunderstood our package and now asking for free service
by Bob Cole 2 months ago
Sad situation. If we can take Kang's description of the situation at face value, I agree with Mads. Mads Nybo J rgensen "DO NOT offer discounts" I agree 100% with this, but Kang already did offer a di
Fitness Video
by Greg Ball 3 months ago
I'm working on shooting a fitness workout video in a local gym. How would you handle music Obviously everyone needs to workout at a certain pace beat. But since the leader of the workout is also mikes
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Re: Follow-up Fitness Video
by Bob Cole 2 months ago
Ned Miller "extras are fellow aerobics instructors" Having made a series of yoga videos, I want to endorse Ned's observation. If you look at the best yoga videos, you will realize that the "students"
Questions to ask my interviewee
by karthik kesan 4 months ago
I am making a documentary about a football player. I am going to interview and film a friend of this football player. Can I get some insight on the kind of questions I should be asking I did a similar
Re: Questions to ask my interviewee
by Bob Cole 3 months ago
It's an art. I'd recommend that you start listening to Terry Gross on "Fresh Air." And look up John Sawatsky of ESPN too, for some great tips that specifically relate to athletes. Bob C
Where's Mrs. Pak?
by Bob Cole 3 months ago
Just watched "The Red Chapel," a doc about a pair of Danish-Korean comedians who visit North Korea. The comedians, one of whom is spastic, deliberately create a terrible performance, which is modified
Re: Where's Mrs. Pak?
by Mark Suszko 3 months ago
Sounds iffy in terms of taste, as well as your concerns. OTOH, you can bet that anybody that's allowed to talk to foreigners there, is a cleared and confirmed regime loyalist. Particularly "handlers"
Transcribing footage: Best Practices?
by Joe Mole 3 months ago
Hey All, I'm doing short and long documentary work. I transcribe all of my interviews however I have not settled on a best practices work flow. Right now I just play the footage in a media player and
Re: Transcribing footage: Best Practices?
by Bob Cole 3 months ago
Whom do you recommend for transcription Does your $60 hr source provide timecode Bob C
Lighting an open restaurant night scene
by Ali Quintana 4 months ago
I have to light a night scene, its a dark open air restaurant. I onlly have 1 oker set. it cinsists out of 4 lights (blue). My question is, I have some normal lights abailable, warm lights to light up
Re: Lighting an open restaurant night scene
by Bob Cole 4 months ago
john sharaf "I'd suggest using the four 800's as background and night ambivalence." John, what do you mean by this statement bob c
keep foam from flaking - but BORING
by Bob Cole 4 months 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 4 months ago
Mark, does the hot knife help to solidify the foam and prevent pilling
computer recommendation for PP CC
by Bob Cole 5 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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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Archiving: Keep a great lossless copy or not?
by Travis Landers 6 months 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 6 months 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
Buying a Mac Book Pro
by Bob Cole 7 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 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 6 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 10 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 6 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 6 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 6 months ago
Thanks! Learning expressions is on my to-do list. Bob
HP xw8200 - add more RAM, or dispose of it?
by Bob Cole 6 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 7 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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Re: 4K might become a reality quicker than we think
by Bob Cole 7 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 7 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 7 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 9 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 9 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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Blog: What's the big deal with how an LTO (or other) tape is written?
by Tim Jones 7 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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Re: Blog: What's the big deal with how an LTO (or other) tape is written?
by Bob Cole 7 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
Holding the EX1 against chest
by Arvid Utas 8 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 8 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 8 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 9 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 9 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 months ago
Thanks all, very much. I appreciate the help! Bob C
Mavericks compatibility with ShotPut Pro
by Bob Cole 10 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 10 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 12 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 11 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 11 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 11 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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Specs for Genaray SpectroLED-14
by Rick Wise 1 year 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 12 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 12 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 12 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 11 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 12 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 12 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago
What happened to the Film History & Appreciation forum Bob C
Re: Film history forum
by Stephen Smith 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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


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