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Chris Tompkins

Producer & Director Since 1993.
Offering High Quality Video Services.
Member Since:
August 17th 2003
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Open Restaurant Night Shoot
by Ali Quintana 1 week ago
Hi all. I have a hard job coming up. Shoot in an open air night time restaurant. Lots of warm practical lights agains an open air night background. Will fo this at 800 native iso on the BMCC. With a 5
Re: Open Restaurant Night Shoot
by Chris Tompkins 3 days ago
You're not getting any light from the night sky. Chris
70D vs. GH4
by Ryan Bales 4 weeks ago
So, since this is my first post, and I know the rules of most forums out there, here is a little bit about me: 1. I like shooting video 2. I like taking still photos 3. I am an amateur aspiring to cre
Re: 70D vs. GH4
by Chris Tompkins 3 days ago
For where you're at right now; I second the GH3 - amazing camera for your budget. Look up a couple GH3 shot clips. Chris
DVD Render problem!
by Soumendra Jena 6 days ago
Hi, I just finished my project on Premiere Pro CC and on export screen, select MPEG-2 DVD. clicked on queue and it opened Media Encoder. File processing started and finished. Now in the output folder,
Re: DVD Render problem!
by Chris Tompkins 3 days ago
Maybe the video button at the top got accidentally un-checked ... Chris
Cheap bag for transporting stands and gel rolls
by Mark Suszko 1 week ago
Probably not news to the pros here, but I found that a handy way to transport your lightweight light stands and rolls of window gel is with a baseball or softball fence bag. These are designed to hang
Re: Cheap bag for transporting stands and gel rolls
by Chris Tompkins 1 week ago
clever Chris
Premiere CC, Snapshot tool not working
by Ty Yachaina 1 week ago
Heya Everyone, Im using the most recent version of Premiere CC on a PC and just ran into a strange issue. The snapshot tool (camera icon) on the source and project monitor is NOT working. Well, actual
Re: Premiere CC, Snapshot tool not working
by Chris Tompkins 1 week ago
Mine has not worked for the last several months either: The snapshot tool (camera icon) MAC. Chris
Difference in Component and Composite cables.
by John Mark 2 weeks ago
Hello CC, I have purchased the Intensity Shuttle for the purposes of outputting PAL video on a monitor. What analog signal for my HDTV will be best, component or composite cables Is there any differen
Re: Difference in Component and Composite cables.
by Chris Tompkins 1 week ago
Component signal is far superior to composite in all cases. Chris
codec problem (mostly audio)
by Anderson Guering 1 week ago
I've captured some footage with a little software called Bandicam, which captures my PC screen with incredible performance thanks to it's Nvidia's CUDA support. They just took their website down and n
Re: codec problem (mostly audio)
by Chris Tompkins 1 week ago
Try dropping the raw file(s) into AME - export audio only to 48k .wav file. Bring new audio file into Pr and merge with the video. Chris
Camera with wifi or camranger?
by Carlo Ferraro 2 weeks ago
After trying several bulb ramping devices for time lapse I decided to get back to change speed and Iso manually and edit on LRTimelapse, this time controlling the camera by wifi instead of moving sett
Re: Camera with wifi or camranger?
by Chris Tompkins 2 weeks ago
The Panny GH3 has wifi - fwiw Chris
Adobe Premiere Pro and the Frog
by walter biscardi 3 weeks ago
Most brilliant marketing product introduction video ever. Props to both Adobe and Film Riot for pulling this together. Just brilliant, wish I had thought of it first. http: www.youtube.com watch v=BOE
Re: Adobe Premiere Pro and the Frog
by Chris Tompkins 2 weeks ago
Very well done, nice job for sure. Chris
Tips for exporting smooth, clean, clear video
by Jamie Sinclair 3 weeks ago
I would like to say Good morning,good evening & good night to everyone that tries to help me with this. I shoot video with my Canon 60D and edit my video with Adobe Premiere CS5. My problem is when I
Re: Tips for exporting smooth, clean, clear video
by Chris Tompkins 2 weeks ago
YouTube Specs: Chris
Premiere CC: imported photos look grainy - why?
by Benjamin Reichman 3 weeks ago
I imported some photos into Premiere CC and they look grainy in the viewer (and also when cut into the timeline). The original photos are sharp, and so I don't know what happened. Here's a comparison
Re: Premiere CC: imported photos look grainy - why?
by Chris Tompkins 2 weeks ago
Did you render out a master to see the final quality Maybe your "editing" codec is the cause Chris
export settings 512 x 288
by Ewan Maccormick 4 weeks ago
Hi there, I am looking for more exporting help. The company that I am doing a job for has asked me for a .mov file in a good clean 512 x 288. To be honest, I can make a decent film and edit to a reaso
Re: xport settings 512 x 288
by Chris Tompkins 4 weeks ago
Are aiming for a .h264 .mp4 or flash file or what Have you tried upping that data rate Chris
Importing audio only clips into Premiere Pro 6
by Leonard Frankford 4 weeks ago
I am moving over from FCP to Premiere. I know in FCP when I Log and Transfer I can select Audio only to transfer my footage. I am doing a project now in Premiere where all I need is the audio. Is ther
Re: Importing audio only clips into Premiere Pro 6
by Chris Tompkins 4 weeks ago
Well, first off, you should never import media from a camera card. Transfer the files onto your computer first. File-import that is how you import an audio file. Is it with a video clip Open your medi
Production Music
by Jon-Michael Brown 2 months ago
Can you guys please recommend a good resource or library for contemporary, good music. I'm doing a lot of instructional, corporate videos and I need something that can rest underneath narration yet gi
Re: Production Music
by Chris Tompkins 1 month ago
Check out beatsuite.com too. Chris
Is there a 'Match Sequence Settings with video' for Premiere Pro CS 5.5?
by Abhi Nash 2 months ago
I always wanted to ask this question,I have never seen my installation asking for "Match Sequence Settings" prompt. Is there a feature such as that of PR CS6 to CS5.5 If Yes,where is it
Re: Is there a 'Match Sequence Settings with video' for Premiere Pro CS 5.5?
by Chris Tompkins 2 months ago
The icon in the lower corner of the project pane. Drop a video clip on it and Pr will create a sequence that matched the video clip settings. Alt. make any sequence and drop a clip in it and Pr will p
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Moving project from fcp7
by Craig Johnson 2 months ago
I have been using fcp7 since it came out but realize all my work arounds will only continue to get more aggravating. I have a very long project I have picking away at for a year. It's done and Compres
Re: Moving project from fcp7
by Chris Tompkins 2 months ago
After you unlink the clip you can not delete the audio track Weird. Trash prefs Repair permissions Reboot Copy the edit and paste into new sequence Chris
2 HPX 170 questions
by Jack Niedenthal 2 months ago
1) when I shoot 1080i 60 and then output it as an H264 file it comes out as 29.67 fps. Shouldn't is be 60 fps as I have the settings on FCP to look at the first clip and set that as the frame rate 2)
Re: 2 HPX 170 questions
by Chris Tompkins 2 months ago
1080i 60i is 60 fields per second or 29.97 FPS. 1080i 30p is 29.97 FPS. The 170 is not that great in low light, you gotta bump up the gain, keep the shutter at 1 60. Chris
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DVD from Premiere CS6... Sorenson or others a benefit for quality?
by Kevin OBrien 2 months ago
Need to create a DVD from an HD project... I understand that going from HD to SD for DVD creates some quality loss... is there a 3rd party software that would improve it(I've heard of Sorenson Squeeze
Re: DVD from Premiere CS6... Sorenson or others a benefit for quality?
by Chris Tompkins 2 months ago
Ya, just use AME, select the DVD preset and tweak as needed. Chris
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Awesome behind the scenes look at the TV operation for the Super Bowl
by Mark Suszko 3 months ago
http: www.theverge.com 2013 11 25 5143794 inside-production-fox-sports-nfl-video
Re: Awesome behind the scenes look at the TV operation for the Super Bowl
by Chris Tompkins 3 months ago
Great stuff, thanks for posting. Chris
Making the most of DSLR footage
by Mike Smith 3 months ago
Hi all, Just spent a lot of money on a new editing set up (i7, 16gb ram, decent graphics card, SSD, etc) to edit a documentary I filmed in Ibiza back in September. Took a while to save up but I m read
Re: Making the most of DSLR footage
by Chris Tompkins 3 months ago
1. Bring the clip into Pr and it will give you the specs on the file. 2. DO NOT convert, edit raw. 3. No, you don't need the presets, though they can be handy sometimes to serve as a starting point. 4
Let's play "Bid This Crazy Edit Job" Give me your hypothetical price?
by Karen McCrocklin 3 months ago
Just for fun, here's an edit job that I'm currently working on. I'm dying to know what any editors out there would quote for the job. After working on this for months I am fantasizing about the bill t
Re: Let's play "Bid This Crazy Edit Job" Give me your hypothetical price?
by Karen McCrocklin 3 months ago
After 20 years as a self employed editor I have learned only one thing. If my price is too high, your job is not for me. :)
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Field monitor suggestions
by Troy Vaupel 3 months ago
I'm looking to purchase a field monitor for use with my HPX-170. I do heavy retail work in the automotive field, so something sturdy would be a necessity. I'm always hesitant to trust reviews on retai
Re: Field monitor suggestions
by Chris Tompkins 3 months ago
FSI Monitors are top-notch. Their field monitors are a little on the heavy side but are solid and quality. Chris
Exporting in 1920 x 1080 vs 1080 x 720
by Lance Thompson 4 months ago
I am shooting footage in 24p on a Panasonic HVX 200. I delivered the finished product in 1080 x 720 initially (264) but they said it looked grainy and asked for it to be delivered in 1920 x 1080. I di
Re: Exporting in 1920 x 1080 vs 1080 x 720
by Chris Tompkins 3 months ago
Nobody said anything about full raster Tom. We knows DVCPROHD is a thin raster format. The 200 shoots 1080p. You can export to a 1920x1080 file just fine with that. Chris
To deinterlace or not to deinterlace when transcoding footage?
by Andy Oxley 3 months ago
I am confused by deinterlacing and would love an answer from someone who knows what they're talking about. I have just finished editing a documentary. It was shot on a DSLR Panasonic GH3, so it's HD 1
Re: To deinterlace or not to deinterlace when transcoding footage?
by Chris Tompkins 3 months ago
Well, Your footage was not interlaced to start. Would the "deinterlace" option do anything to progressive footage I'm not sure it would but don't know for a fact. Bring in a clip raw, render it and co
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audio issue with Sennheiser mics and HPX170
by Jack Niedenthal 3 months ago
I was filming the other night with 2 sets of the Sennheiser ew 100-ENG G3 Wireless Clip-On Lavalier Microphone Sets. The mics and their bases were set to different frequencies and I used both 1 & 2 XL
Re: audio issue with Sennheiser mics and HPX170
by Chris Tompkins 3 months ago
For one, you should not be running Phantom Power to those mic receivers. Chris
Video shoot advice
by Scott Gaskin 4 months ago
Hi there, I am doing a video shoot next week for a person putting together online dog training videos. The studio is completely white. I am new to DSLR video and was reading up on good practice techni
Re: Video shoot advice
by Chris Tompkins 4 months ago
dog bark Chris
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FCP taxing my wits
by Craig Johnson 4 months ago
I have a finished project made using FCP suite 3. I'm having huge problems getting it through compressor so I can burn in Toast. Anyway, i'm wondering what the likelihood of sending a quicktime self c
Re: FCP taxing my wits
by Chris Tompkins 4 months ago
Well, it's one more generation is all. You have to export from FCP a high quality digital master. Keep this forever with redundant backups. Then, you compress for bluray. To skip that generation loss;
HPX-170 Camera
by Chris Tompkins 5 months ago
For Sale up on Ebay right now: http: www.ebay.com itm HPX-170-Panasonic-Low-Hours-Video-Camcorder-AG-HPX170-Camera-3CCD-P2-HD- 111229048287 pt=Camcorders_Professional_Video_Cameras&hash=item19e5c495df
Exporting quality for Youtube.
by Iain MacKinnon 5 months ago
I know this has been covered a million times but for some reason the quality of my mp4 suffers hugely when i upload to youtube. It's an original music video and It's shot in 1080p. the original export
Re: Exporting quality for Youtube.
by Chris Tompkins 5 months ago
Ya, that's an SD clip, you should not have letterbox there. Chris
Record in HD while outputting SD-SDI?
by Jonathan Lang 5 months ago
I'm working with a HPX171E - I'm sure this is possible, but I just can't seem to find the right settings. Our BNC cables can't reliably transmit HD-SDI (I know... they'll be replaced soon) and so I wa
Re: Record in HD while outputting SD-SDI?
by Chris Tompkins 5 months ago
I'm sorry, I misunderstood, glad you made it work. Chris
Audio Not playing
by Chris Tompkins 5 months ago
Pr Sequence-AVCDHD Export to mpeg2 DVD Bring into encore, audio does not play, mpeg audio or wav, sometimes plays, burn to disc - no audio, so frustrating, were is the PRO in this app Chris
Hpx500 or hdx900
by Jeremiah McLamb 6 months ago
I'm in a situation where I don't need the cameras internal recording abilities. I will be running a signal out of the hdsdi and will be recording that digitally. I have no need of variable frame rates
Re: Hpx500 or hdx900
by Chris Tompkins 6 months ago
My vote would be the hdx900 Chris
Need advice on using firewire adapter
by Roli Rivelino 6 months ago
I'm thinking of using a 4-6 pin firewire converter on my HVX 200 as I have a Firestore and it's a nightmare and I can't afford an adequate P2 card. So I'm wondering if anyone has tried this solution b
Re: Need advice on using firewire adapter
by Chris Tompkins 6 months ago
It should work fine. Chris
Shooting from helicopter with an DSLR
by Lykkelige Larsen 6 months ago
I see there is need to update the discussion about how arial shots from helicopters can be done using DSLR's. In my case I will either be using a 7d or a 5d and as I'm mostly working on low budgets re
Re: Shooting from helicopter with an DSLR
by Chris Tompkins 6 months ago
There is a small gyro, stands on the floor on a stick, real cheap to rent, will make your footage much better. Do it right. Chris
Choosing proper XLR Microphone Cables
by Christopher Hill 7 months ago
I'm trying to find good XLR cables to replace our aging and inefficient cables, but with the myriad of options available I'm becoming quickly overwhelmed. We shoot very frequently in areas where there
Re: Choosing proper XLR Microphone Cables
by Chris Tompkins 6 months ago
I second Canare cables. Chris
Mac Pro 1,1 with Blackmagic design
by Michael Fouther 6 months ago
I have a MacPro 1,1 (2008) which works with both FCP 7 & FCP X. The new issue that formed regarding the use of a Sony JH-3 Deck that I'll use to in-guest our HDCAM tapes into FCP to perform our online
Re: Mac Pro 1,1 with Blackmagic design
by Chris Tompkins 6 months ago
The Decklink Studio card will work in that mac, it will come with machine control, it will have SDI in and out. Chris
Cool stock music for accounting and other hip subjects
by jim brodie 7 months ago
Hi folks, I'm looking for new sources of reasonably priced music for a series of five minute corporate profiles I'm doing. I've used an excellent source called Premiumbeat.com but would like to search
Re: Cool stock music for accounting and other hip subjects
by Chris Tompkins 7 months ago
Mark Suszko "SonicFire Pro 5 here" Hey Mark, Are you paying for each track used with this Downloaded demo and it looks like you add to cart each track you work on Chris
Corporate B roll suggestions
by Mark Alexander 7 months ago
I have been doing shoots for law firms lately that basically consists of the attorney telling the viewer about the firm. Nothing new under the sun here but that is the problem. I have no desire to see
Re: Corporate B roll suggestions
by Chris Tompkins 7 months ago
It's a good question, there is only so much variety in an office. Maybe; more energy in the music for the edit, with shorter cuts, Have a wide,medium and close of the guy on cam to help keep it moving
C300 1080 59.94i / 720 59.94P Importing Problems
by Travis Marshall 1 year ago
I received a drive with footage shot on the c300 at various frame rates for different purposes. The footage shot 1080 23.98 imports fine into Premiere and Final Cut. The footage shot 720 59.94P import
Re: C300 1080 59.94i / 720 59.94P Importing Problems
by Chris Tompkins 8 months ago
60 fields is 30 frames - to use round numbers. 60p on the other hand is 60 frames. Chris
anyone knowing the real impact of compressed raw 12 stops in the blackmagic production 4k ?
by Evans BriceƱo 8 months ago
I'm stuck to decide wich will be the better choice between the original BCCM vs the Production 4K. does someone have any new knowlege about the real performance in low light and Dynamic range with the
Re: anyone knowing the real impact of compressed raw 12 stops in the blackmagic production 4k ?
by Chris Tompkins 8 months ago
59.94i. or. 60i. Is NOT 60 FPS That's 60 fields or 30 frames Chris
Lightweight, portable media storage
by Kevin Prange 8 months ago
I m an in-house and one-man-band media producer in a corporate office. I shoot using a Panasonic AG-HMC150, recording on 32GB SDHC cards. Once finished with a card, I copy the file structure to both a
Re: Lightweight, portable media storage
by Chris Tompkins 8 months ago
If you want to off-load the media in the field you need the laptop right The HPX series panny's will off-load from camera to USB drive, no comp. needed. Don't think the HCM does that. Chris
Grading and Comparing Black Magic Pocket ProRes Files - Part II
by Paul Prinz 8 months ago
https: vimeo.com 72049588 Some more files from the Black Magic Pocket Camera. We have decided to use Final Cut X for grading because we want to know how to get some useful pictures in a short time wit
Re: Grading and Comparing Black Magic Pocket ProRes Files - Part II
by Chris Tompkins 8 months ago
Nice job! Chris
Moving on from Graid Drives
by Greg Ball 9 months ago
I've been using Graids for many many years. They work great with my Mac Pro and also my Esata card. Now it seems like Graid no longer is selling these drives. What are comparable drive to move over to
Re: Moving on from Graid Drives
by Chris Tompkins 8 months ago
Sorry, I guess I misunderstood. From what I see you still can buy g-raid stuff: http: www.g-technology.com products g-speed-es But, there are many, many raid boxes on the market that are eSata compati
Wireless Microphone (Lav) System Suggestions Needed
by John Taylor 9 months ago
Hello, Have a need for a wireless lav setup for a DSLR shoot (Canon 60D). Anything decent in the 2 to $300 range Thanks in advance. John
Re: Wireless Microphone (Lav) System Suggestions Needed
by Chris Tompkins 9 months ago
This comes up all the time in a few forums. There is no wireless audio worth your time under $600. Sennheiser G3 series is the bottom. http: www.bhphotovideo.com c search ci=1&N=4291226455+4291086004
Which type of jib should I rent?
by travis heberling 9 months ago
Hello everyone! I have a gig coming up in Irvine California creating a video similar to this one: https: www.youtube.com watch v=K6kjl3zOtJU&list=WLEC2F82EE5744794D We want to incorporate some cool sw
Re: Which type of jib should I rent?
by Chris Tompkins 9 months ago
The only 2 shots that tilt are at :17 & 1:19. The perspective doesn't change; I'd guess it was shot 4K and simply a digital move. I agree with Steve, looks like a move on a still. The rest is just til
Upscaling a 2.5k image on the BMCC
by Alexander Nilsen 9 months ago
Hi guys, If I were to upscale the 2.5K image of the BMCC RAW to be eqiuvalent to 1080p would it be correct to say I would scale it 44% I took 1080 divided into 2432 = 0,444 44% For example if I want t
Re: Upscaling a 2.5k image on the BMCC
by Chris Tompkins 9 months ago
The Warp Stabilizer in AE is great also. Chris
Ultrastudio Express + FCP 7.0.3 No 1080/30p output preset
by christoph Gelfand 9 months ago
Does anyone know how to get UltraStudio Express to output 1080p 30 via SDI in FInal Cut 7 Works great in X, but nothing in 7. BM support says there is no preset which seems ridiculous for such an indu
Re: Ultrastudio Express + FCP 7.0.3 No 1080/30p output preset
by Chris Tompkins 9 months ago
Did you try setting it to 30p See pic: Chris


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