David Roth Weiss is an independent producer, director, editor, and colorist, based in Los Angeles, with a broad range of creative and technical expertise. He is also a leading industry consultant and a well-known writer of popular articles and review... [more]
David Roth Weiss is an independent producer, director, editor, and colorist, based in Los Angeles, with a broad range of creative and technical expertise. He is also a leading industry consultant and a well-known writer of popular articles and reviews drawn from his industry experience.
David’s professional credits include: broadcast documentaries, corporate communications, feature films, commercials, network sports and promos, medical videos, and reality TV series. His award-winning documentary films have aired on National Geographic Explorer, Discovery, PBS, and the BBC.
An accomplished colorist, David's recent work includes behind the scenes documentaries for the major studios on films such as the multiple Academy Award nominated, UP IN THE AIR, and many DVD and BluRay extra features, such as: The making of Final Destination 4, and Gangsta Vision: Making Menace II Society. He was also the colorist on several recent documentaries, including the feature-length DVD release of BLESSINGS: The Tsoknyi Nangchen Nuns of Tibet; and SEX AND THE CINEMA, a one-hour TV special on the Starz Entertainment Network.
In 1983 he founded David Weiss Productions, Inc., which is still going strong today, specializing in High Definition post-production and color correction; complete film and video creative services on historical, political, and environmental documentaries; corporate communications; as well as technology-related consulting and problem solving.
David produced, directed, and shot the 1987 oceanographic documentary, AN INCIDENTAL KILL, which received the prestigious Genesis Award from The Fund For Animals and also won Best Professional Film at the International Wildlife Film Festival. An Incidental Kill initially aired on the National Geographic Explorer series and was also one of the first films featured on Discovery Channel's Shark Week. Scenes from the film can be seen on permanent display at Disney's Epcot Center, Seaworld, and Marineland.
David's favorite recent project is RUSH TO WAR, an award-winning feature-length documentary film he edited about the war in Iraq and the history of American foreign policy.
David's passions are historical, political, and environmental documentaries; true crime documentaries; his dog Augie; and of course, his golf game. David plays golf to a 5-handicap, so consider yourself forewarned.
David contributes to Creative COW magazine and also writes for CreativeCOW.net, and you can find him hosting in Creative COW's Apple Final Cut Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro basics, Business & Marketing, forums.
SAN - Small Studio by Jason Silzle 2 months ago Hi guys, I have been reading through here and I think I know what I need to do but before I go buying gear i wanted to confirm with some of you. MY NEEDS: I'm a small production studio (One man band)
Re: SAN - Small Studio by David Roth Weiss 2 weeks ago Neil Sadwelkar "In your first post you outlined your workflow. While it would be great to have one central storage from which your entire team works out of, it will be more expensive than the sum of
MAMs and DAMs for Premiere Pro by Alex Gerulaitis 2 years ago Has anyone done research on Media Asset Management Systems compatible with Adobe Premiere Pro that's available to mere mortals Ideally, the MAM will also have collaborative editing and project managem
Re: MAMs and DAMs for Premiere Pro by David Roth Weiss 1 month ago Hi Alex, ProMAX Platform Studio with the DAM module might be just the ticket. Studio is our new smaller version of ProMAX Platform, for workgroups of 2 to 4 users. If you or anyone else here want to k
Re: OT: Anybody going to NAB? by David Roth Weiss 1 month ago I'm only gonna be there Monday and Tuesday, but make sure to stop by the ProMAX Booth SL5324 to see me and the cool new stuff we're showing. I promise, ProMAX Platform and Platform Studio are guarante
Need L.A. Resolve expert user ASAP by David Roth Weiss 2 months ago L.A. studio needs a troubleshooter this weekend for a project on a brutal deadline. Yes, they are willing to pay at an appropriate rate... If your the right person please respond to me immediately at
High School GigE Video SAN by Ryan Hayes 2 months ago I looked into this a couple of years ago, but funding fell through. I was told to get a quote because there might be some funding. A buddy of mine has it setup on the super cheap at another school. A
Re: High School GigE Video SAN by David Roth Weiss 2 months ago Ryan Hayes "It is interesting the conflicting information you get from different solution providers. Some say we need two switches and two networks: one just for video and one for everything else. We
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How much longer for 720p? by Dave Gage 3 months ago Everything I do at this point goes directly to the web, which is entirely instructional video. Most of what I've done recently comes from ScreenFlow screen captures exported out at 1600x1000. When I s
Re: How much longer for 720p? by David Roth Weiss 3 months ago Shane Ross "With ABC, FOX and ESPN all being 720p...it won't be going away anytime soon. It takes a LOT of money to retool for a different format." Hey Shane, just a heads-up, a good source I spoke w
Mac Pro?? by Tom Sefton 3 months ago Is there any way to get thunderbolt to work with a post 2009 mac pro If not, how likely is it that thunderbolt will ever appear on the new mac pro machine
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from Bob Zelin - READ THIS NOW (please) by Bob Zelin 3 months ago is this true, or is this bulls$#@ http: www.amptec.be news news.php id=537 As of March 1, 2013, Apple will no longer sell Mac Pro in EU, EU candidate and EFTA countries because these systems are not c
shared media - external drives recommendation by melissa 3 months ago We are dealing with hundreds of hours of footage... Plus many gigs of stills and other media. Two mac towers: 1)memory 8 gig, 10.7.3 OS X 2)memory 12 gig, 10.7.2 OS X both with FCP 7.0.3 we also have
Documentary Credit Format? by Kiera Faye 4 years ago Greetings! I'm new to the COWmunity, and grateful for the opportunity to hobnob with and learn from those with more experience and wisdom than myself. I have been fortunate enough to have my very firs
Re: Documentary Credit Format? by David Roth Weiss 3 months ago You're more than welcome. David Roth Weiss ProMax Systems Burbank DRW@ProMax.com Sales Integration Support David is a Creative COW contributing editor and a forum host of the Apple Final Cut Pro forum
Premiere Pro - I could be convinced! by Steve Connor 3 months ago Despite being a "Cheerleader" for FCPX I'm not stupid enough to ignore other options. I've been experimenting with PPro over the last few months and I'm very impressed. Merlot fuelled rants aside, how
replacement drives for HD Pro by Angus Mackay 3 months ago Hi All, I need to build a new raid, for which I'm going to use a CalDigit HDPro I have left over from a previous system. The drives are too small (500gb) and it's a budget build so I can't on this occ
Re: replacement drives for HD Pro by David Roth Weiss 3 months ago There you go Angus... Since Jon used to be with CalDigit you just got the check-in I recommended. David Roth Weiss ProMax Systems Burbank DRW@ProMax.com Sales Integration Support David is a Creative C
OT Jeremy Garchow is #1 by Steve Connor 3 months ago http: forums.creativecow.net hof.php I note that Jeremy is now number 1 all time top poster in the COW Hall of Fame! http: www.youtube.com watch v=mk48xRzuNvA Steve Connor 'It's just my opinion, with
Re: OT Jeremy Garchow is #1 by David Roth Weiss 3 months ago I be six! But way, way, way, behind you and Jeremy. David Roth Weiss ProMax Systems Burbank DRW@ProMax.com Sales Integration Support David is a Creative COW contributing editor and a forum host of the
Editing Mutiple Formats in FCP7 by Leigh Doughty 3 months ago Hi all, I've just recently started editing a documentary which has been shot mainly on a Canon 5D, but there is also footage from a HandyCam, Flip Cam, 550D and even the odd things here and there shot
Re: Editing Mutiple Formats in FCP7 by David Roth Weiss 3 months ago Storage is incredibly inexpensive, so just buy more. An offline - online workflow is just an unnecessary redo that you will have to do at the very end of the project when time and money will be gone.
Losing clients by Tom Sefton 3 months ago We are getting the impression that a client we have been bending over backwards to please is thinking of leaving us-they aren't very profitable, but have the potential to become a very regular and ste
Re: Losing clients by David Roth Weiss 3 months ago You have an excellent opportunity to turn lemons into lemonade. Anytime you have a fundamental disagreement with a longterm customer, or with anyone with whom you have a longterm relationship, if you
How should I handle this? by Aaron Cadieux 3 months ago Hey Everyone, Really simple. "Ad Agency A" hires me to edit commercials for their client, which we will call "Client B". "Ad Agency A" had me work very closely with "Client B". Essentially "Ad Agency
Re: How should I handle this? by David Roth Weiss 3 months ago Aaron, the markup you've questioned covers much more than your services. There are "carrying costs" that real businesses must consider if they want to stay in business. And, the very reason they hire
Documentary Subject and Ethics of Final Cut by Paul Forte 3 months ago Before you start shooting, your documentary subject has requested that they be allowed to approve the final edit to ensure they aren't misrepresented in any way. What typically happens here Is there a
A Blog Becomes an Article by Mike Cohen 4 months ago What a nice surprise to find a blog post turned into an official article. Happened with my Hobbit review and a while back with Shooting Interviews. How does it get decided to do this, and to whom do I
Re: A Blog Becomes an Article by David Roth Weiss 3 months ago Huh! I always thought it was gremlins doing the work while the Cow team sleeps. David Roth Weiss ProMax Systems Burbank DRW@ProMax.com Sales Integration Support David is a Creative COW contributing ed
Best settings for 720p YouTube by Joe Hubbard 3 months ago My 90 second video is a 720p 23.98 ProRes. I'm going to convert it using Streamclip. Going to make an H.264, set the limit data rate to 30,000kbps, and up the quality to 100%. Keep all the sizing as f
Re: Best settings for 720p YouTube by David Roth Weiss 3 months ago YouTube now accepts ProRes. Just upload and let the YouTube encoder have its way with your master. David Roth Weiss ProMax Systems Burbank DRW@ProMax.com Sales Integration Support David is a Creative
Can't update FCP 7 to 7.03 in ML by Justin Crowell 3 months ago Hi All, I'm working on a brand new ML Mac Pro. I installed FCP 7, but am unable to update it, as those updates don't come through the App Store. I DLed and installed the pro apps update (here)but all
Re: Can't update FCP 7 to 7.03 in ML by David Roth Weiss 3 months ago First, when you install from the original disc you shouldn't move any of the folders from their default locations. Second, you should update by clicking on the Apple at he upper screen left and using
Satamax not firing up. by Matt Kerstein 4 months ago I know this is a SAN forum but I was hoping this question would reach the right eyes. I have a old 5 bay SATAMAX box from Promax and it will not turn on. But when I replace 5 other drives into the slo
Re: Satamax not firing up. by David Roth Weiss 3 months ago Disk Warrior does a whole lot more than fixing permissions, run it on the SataMAX, it will probably repair your header information and get your drive back running properly. David Roth Weiss ProMax Sys
Archiving, Logging and using AVCHD by Ian Venables 4 months ago I'm not sure if this is the right spot for this question, but it feels like it. I work at a busy studio and we are about to move to a tapeless workflow. We will be shooting AVCCAM using Panasonic AG-A
Re: Archiving, Logging and using AVCHD by David Roth Weiss 4 months ago Thanks Rainer, you're more than welcome. BTW, for you and others who may want to know more about CatDV, take a few minutes to look at our ProMAX CatDV webinar at the link below, I think you'll find th
SAN server for collaboration on FCP7 by Eduardo Brambila 4 months ago Hi I'm working for a company that does realities programs and we are looking to share the videos between the editors and the audio engineer. (about 10 people) We were thinking about buying a Dell R720
Glyph Drives by Kathryn Gregorio 5 months ago We are looking to buy a new 3 4TB drive to edit a long format doc in Adobe Premiere Pro. We've used a GTech RAID 5 set up with their esata card, but found the drive noisy and turning it off required r
Re: Glyph Drives by David Roth Weiss 5 months ago Well, not entirely Katherine, because your RAID-5 enclosure almost certainly has 4, 6, or 8 drives, while the Glyph most likely has just one or two drives, and the number of drives striped together in
HyperDeck Shuttle SSD Cover by Paolo Castellano 2 years ago Hello, I was surprised to see the HyperDeck Shuttle and especially its price point! There are a couple of things I don't like (especially the support for .MOV files only :-( ), but my questions are; I
Basic pacing/editing questions by kat hayes 11 months ago I understand the technical of editing, though I do not have much background in the art of editing. I have about an hour of video from a scuba dive that I want to edit down to maybe 5 minutes. There ar
Re: Basic pacing/editing questionsr r by David Roth Weiss 9 months ago Kat, Editing is a great deal more than editing pretty pictures. In fact, editing non-fiction is, more often than not, word-driven. That is, the pace and rhythm of the images is typically driven by the
Re: Happy 1 Year Birthday for FCP X by David Roth Weiss 11 months ago And loved by all, universally, in perpetuity, throughout the known and unknown universe. David Roth Weiss ProMax Systems Burbank DRW@ProMax.com Sales Integration Support David is a Creative COW contri
Forum names by Steve Connor 1 year ago Is it time for a rename of the forum yet Or alternatively renaming the FCPX techniques forum just FCPX Is the " techniques" part of the name putting off people from general discussion about FCPX over
Re: Forum names by David Roth Weiss 1 year ago Steve, There are some things in this world you can't control: 1) You can't pick your relatives. 2) You can't tell others what to think (though you certainly love to try, over and over and over). 3) An
Smoke is changing- into Final Cut Extreme by Greg Andonian 1 year ago So I went to the legacy FCP forum to see if anything was being said over there about the CS6 update, and while I was there I found an interesting thread by Walter Biscardi about the smoke transformati
Re: Promax One Hero by David Roth Weiss 1 year ago Why don't you write me privately Stig, there are some new developments I can probably share with you. Just write me at Promax using the email address below. David Roth Weiss ProMax Systems Burbank DRW
Documentary Filmography suggestions by Richard Herd 1 year ago I'll be teaching a documentary filmmaking class to juniors in High School at a school specializing in helping at-risk teens earn their diploma. Many of the kids have never seen a documentary. I wan to
Advice on building my first RAID by Chris Jones 1 year ago About 6 months ago I got some great info in this forum on hardware for building my first RAID but got sidetracked and wasn't able to build at that time. I'm ready to build now but want to check in to
Re: Advice on building my first RAID by David Roth Weiss 1 year ago Chris Jones "My main use for the RAID will be so that I can use DPX files in Resolve - I'd like to have the freedom to learn and be creative and push Resolve's capabilities as far as I can." In that