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Chris Tompkins

Producer & Director Since 1993.
Offering High Quality Video Services.
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August 17th 2003
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External Monitoring...
by James Cordell 2 weeks ago
I have searched and searched and have not found anything recent, anywhere. WTH Looking for advice on external monitoring options for nMP (New Mac Pro). Current setup: nMP, two Dell monitors hooked up
Re: External Monitoring...
by Chris Tompkins 2 weeks ago
Go with one of these: AJA - T-Tap BMD - Ultrastudio Mini Monitor and you'll do just fine. Chris
Trying to settle something about 60fps to 24
by Sean Winn 2 weeks ago
Hi, I've been trying to settle something in my mind about shooting at 60 and dropping into a 24fps timeline. I've shot 60 for slo mo before, and most recently dropped it in the timeline, then slowed i
Re: Trying to settle something about 60fps to 24
by Chris Tompkins 2 weeks ago
Ya, there is no interlace. Your all progressive at 60p and 24p. So, the answer is yes, you can always shoot 60p, edit in 24p and only slow down what you want. Just recognize that 60p looks different t
Custom aspect ration
by Kenny Scott 2 weeks ago
I have an animation that's basically like a video presentation...I'm animating a screen inside the production. Issue is that I produced the animation that has to show on the screen inside the animatio
Re: Custom aspect ration
by Chris Tompkins 2 weeks ago
File-new sequence-settings, enter 950px for the width, will get you close enough. When you lay it in the larger one, crop the extra 3 pixels if need be. See pic: Chris
Mixed formats and hanging macbook
by Ben Cooper 4 weeks ago
Hi Thanks for looking... CS5 2009 Macbook pro 10.6.8 2.66GHz core 2 duo I have around 6hrs of footage to cut down to an hour and a half. It's mpeg and mov from a canon 60D and XHA1. I think where I we
Re: Mixed formats and hanging macbook
by Chris Tompkins 4 weeks ago
Your system is aging and this project could be taxing it's resources. You do NOT want to got to .h264 for the cross hop. This is more of a delivery codec, sometimes acquisition. Can you import just th
Transcode or edit native?
by Naveen Mallikarjuna 4 weeks ago
When editing H.264 or MP4 (from an EX1 or F3), I've typically just edited natively. Would I be better served transcoding to some I-frame codec, like ProRes And if so, which one Editing in Premiere Pro
Re: Transcode or edit native?
by Chris Tompkins 4 weeks ago
Always native to save another compression step on your footage. With that being said, if you have a lot of effects work or composting to do, it would serve you well to convert to Prores .mov file firs
Trendy effect in TV commercials and movie trailers
by Phil Snyder 1 month ago
I'm new to Adobe Premiere and AfteEffects. Can someone explain how to create that trendy effect you see in TV commercials and movie trailers where the title is partially obscured by an actor in the sc
Re: Trendy effect in TV commercials and movie trailers
by Shane Ross 1 month ago
Make REALLY BIG letters out of styrofoam and hang them from wires. PRACTICAL EFFECTS, YO! Shane Little Frog Post Read my blog, Little Frog in High Def
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Best settings for HVX 200 when mastering 720_30P?
by Michael Johnson 1 month ago
Have any of you camera folks found it that much better to shoot 1080 when the final product is always 720 Does it depend on the shoot We are not that choked for P2 space. I have NOT found it to be bet
Re: Best settings for HVX 200 when mastering 720_30P?
by Chris Tompkins 1 month ago
One advantage with 1080 is you can still edit in a 720 sequence, thus having room to push in and re-position shots without losing resolution. Chris
AME: renders audio squeak/squak or no audio at all
by tad newberry 2 months ago
This is intermittment, though of course tonight, it is consistent. Last render out of Premiere, via AME, gave me no audio. The next gave me audio, but nothing but an annoying squak through the whole c
Re: AME: renders audio squeak/squak or no audio at all
by Chris Tompkins 2 months ago
I've seen this on occasion. What I did: Adjusted the audio ever so slightly right where there is the issue, like in my case, there were several audio snippets close together and over lapping. Try chan
Premiere Pro CC Edit to tape
by Joseph Harkins 2 months ago
The production company I work for is finally moving on from FCP 7. We are very strongly leaning towards using Creative Cloud. One of our main clients stills requires delivery on HDCAM tape. Can Premie
Re: Premiere Pro CC Edit to tape
by Chris Tompkins 2 months ago
You can lay out to tape right from the sequence in Pr when you have an I O device. Chris
Converting 25p footage with audio to 24p
by Joshua Gomeh 2 months ago
I have 25p footage which includes audio (voice) for documentary. How to convert it to 24p, while maintain sync, preferably also maintain the correct audio pitch Software I have include Edius 6, Adobe
Re: Converting 25p footage with audio to 24p
by Chris Tompkins 2 months ago
Try making a 24p sequence in Pr. Drop your clip in there and render, play, export, you might find it works fine. Chris
Premiere Pro 6.0.5 - m2ts no audio/sound
by Jackson Redshaw 2 months ago
Hey, Having an issue importing m2ts files into Premiere Pro. They import with no audio. I've tried a number of fixes that I have found on Google with no success. Things I've tried: 1. Re-installing Pr
Re: Premiere Pro 6.0.5 - m2ts no audio/sound
by Chris Tompkins 2 months ago
Can you convert first Chris
.prores Files
by Phil Evans 3 years ago
Hello all I have been sent some rushes and amongst the .movs are also .prores, .pcm and xml files. I was just wondering how I could have a look at the .prores files - I can't seem to open them in QT o
Re: .prores Files
by Chris Tompkins 3 months ago
.prores for a file extension is new to me. Prores is the codec. They should be .MOV files. What did your files from Chris
Exporting to 16:9 advice please
by Dougie Campbell 3 months ago
Hi there, I'm looking for some advice on exporting to 16:9 please. I'm exporting at 1920 1080. In the past, there have been times where everything has looked ok on my pc yet after exporting a head may
Re: Exporting to 16:9 advice please
by Chris Tompkins 3 months ago
Export - choosing the DVD mpeg2 option. Once the DVD compliant files are ready, import them into Adobe Encore or your choice app for Disc authoring. Chris
Adidas Battle Pack Commercial
by Rob Jennings 3 months ago
https: www.youtube.com watch v=--CeaG_rH64&feature=kp Could anyone provide insight into how this was made Absolutely stunning commercial work. Thanks
Re: Adidas Battle Pack Commercial
by Chris Tompkins 3 months ago
3D software Chris
Totally screwed up frame rate issue
by Todd VanSlyck 3 months ago
I've got a screwy situation here and was wondering if one of you could help me. I borrowed a Panasonic HVX200AP P2 camera to use as a second camera to shoot a graduation ceremony. I set the capture mo
Re: Totally screwed up frame rate issue
by Chris Tompkins 3 months ago
You can use 24p footage in a 30p edit and not have any speed change... Chris
P2 Progressive Footage looks interlaced in Premiere Pro CC
by Faraz Mozafarian 3 months ago
I have some 720 24p footage I shot on my Panasonic HPX-170. The source file says progressive. I create a new sequence by dragging the source file onto an empty timeline to match the settings. However,
Re: P2 Progressive Footage looks interlaced in Premiere Pro CC
by Chris Tompkins 3 months ago
yes, it might help to post a short clip here. Chris
What to do w/ the legacy AJ-SDX900 cams?
by Sam Lee 3 months ago
Couldn't find tape-based Panasonic forum to post. But I'm facing a dilemma w the AJ-SDX900 cam. Even it's over 10 years old, taking the same 2 3" HD lens over to this legacy body still produce pretty
Re: What to do w/ the legacy AJ-SDX900 cams?
by Chris Tompkins 3 months ago
Hang on to it for the occasional SD only job or just sell it or donate it to a school college church. I'm sure it has made you some money over the years. Can't think of a good use for SD cams anymore.
Freelance video, new to DSLR
by Neil Orman 4 months ago
Hi, I have my first freelance video shoot using a DSLR camera and had a couple of questions for people with DSLR experience. I recently got a Canon 5D Mark III but come from a camcorder background, an
Re: Freelance video, new to DSLR
by Chris Tompkins 4 months ago
Being new to the camera and shooting kids (very active) getting into the menu switching formats might be the last thing you want to deal with on the fly like that. Shoot all 720, make it easy. JMO Chr
PrPro export to quicktime. HD
by Alan Stephens 3 years ago
I need to export from PrPro CS5.5 to a quicktime file (.mov) so I can import into a Finalcut 7 project. I'm using the great green screen in PRPro, but need to finish a FC project. PrPro or media encod
Re: PrPro export to quicktime. HD
by Chris Tompkins 4 months ago
Ya, the Prores codec is not free, there are apps to buy which come with it. Sending to cue using AME is nice for cueing up several vids to render, also does not tie up Pr. Use the Avid codex Dnx, it's
PRE PRO CC - Render work area befor exporting?
by Duca Simone Luchini 5 months ago
Hello everybody, I'd like to know if is necessary to render the entire work area sequence BEFORE exporting or not. I mean, if my work area is not completely rendered (to previsualize) it affects the e
Re: PRE PRO CC - Render work area befor exporting?
by Chris Tompkins 5 months ago
No need to render, Pr will refer to the raw material for export. Unless, you want to use the render files in your export, that is a checkbox option. Chris
Lenses for GH4
by James Dow 5 months ago
I've been shooting with an HVX200a for years but now I want to jump into DSLR video. I was about ready to plunk down the $$ for a Canon C100, as I already have some nice lenses. Now I'm intrigued by w
Re: Lenses for GH4
by Chris Tompkins 5 months ago
Ahh, yes. I have a 25mm Lumix f1.4 that is amazing, I would recommend something close to that. (Should have used it on that job) You can get old Canon glass for a deal and an adapter too. Take care an
Time lapse
by Stephen Smith 5 months ago
Just completed a fun Time-Lapse video that I thought turned out good, I hope you enjoy: http: vimeo.com 91439067#comment_11480226 Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Re: Time lapse
by Chris Tompkins 5 months ago
Nice job, looks great. Chris
Shooting aerial video from a helicopter
by Alex Ojeda 5 months ago
Hi, I will be shooting some aerial footage in a few weeks from now from a manned helicopter. This would be my first time shooting from it, so any tips, suggestions, do's and dont's would be greatly ap
Re: Shooting aerial video from a helicopter
by Chris Tompkins 5 months ago
shoot with the higher quality cam. shutter at double the frame rate and you'll be fine. Do you have a gyro mount Hand-held Chris
Open Restaurant Night Shoot
by Ali Quintana 5 months 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 5 months ago
You're not getting any light from the night sky. Chris
70D vs. GH4
by Ryan Bales 6 months 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 5 months 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
Cheap bag for transporting stands and gel rolls
by Mark Suszko 5 months 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 5 months ago
clever Chris
Difference in Component and Composite cables.
by John Mark 5 months 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 5 months ago
Component signal is far superior to composite in all cases. Chris
Camera with wifi or camranger?
by Carlo Ferraro 6 months 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 5 months ago
The Panny GH3 has wifi - fwiw Chris
Production Music
by Jon-Michael Brown 7 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 6 months ago
Check out beatsuite.com too. Chris
Moving project from fcp7
by Craig Johnson 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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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Awesome behind the scenes look at the TV operation for the Super Bowl
by Mark Suszko 8 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 8 months ago
Great stuff, thanks for posting. Chris
Let's play "Bid This Crazy Edit Job" Give me your hypothetical price?
by Karen McCrocklin 8 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 8 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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Chris Tompkins liked this 8 months ago
Field monitor suggestions
by Troy Vaupel 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 Jarvis 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 months ago
For one, you should not be running Phantom Power to those mic receivers. Chris
Video shoot advice
by Scott Gaskin 9 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 9 months ago
dog bark Chris
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HPX-170 Camera
by Chris Tompkins 10 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
Record in HD while outputting SD-SDI?
by Jonathan Lang 10 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 10 months ago
I'm sorry, I misunderstood, glad you made it work. Chris
Audio Not playing
by Chris Tompkins 10 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
Shooting from helicopter with an DSLR
by Lykkelige Larsen 11 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 11 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 12 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 11 months ago
I second Canare cables. Chris
Mac Pro 1,1 with Blackmagic design
by Michael Fouther 11 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 11 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 12 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 12 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


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