I was born in sunny California with an all-encompassing thirst for knowledge, which has led me down numerous and disparate paths.
With an equal mixture of left and right brain attributes, I am not just creative but also possess a knack for technic... [more]
I was born in sunny California with an all-encompassing thirst for knowledge, which has led me down numerous and disparate paths.
With an equal mixture of left and right brain attributes, I am not just creative but also possess a knack for technical intuition. I am an expert in many video/film related topics and work hard to stay on the bleeding edge of new technology.
I work as an editor and visual effects artist. I mostly do finishing. I am currently doing digital intermediates for major feature films and trailers using Autodesk Smoke at Company 3 in Santa Monica. See IMDB for my latest DI work.
September 22nd 2004
Davinci ACES color space by Kritsada Kaewmani 1 year ago Hi all, I have some questions about new Davinci ACES color space. I did some test it s great really big improvement. The default IDT ODT LUTs are shown below. IDT -No Input Device Transform -RED -Alex
Re: Davinci ACES color space by Paul Carlin 3 weeks ago The lack of responses is because the people who really understand this stuff are few and far between and earn six figures somewhere under a NDA.
Avid HDV to Premiere Pro HDV transcoding by Paul Carlin 9 months ago Let's say I wake up tomorrow morning and want to take my enormous 1 TB collection of Avid MXF media (HDV 1080i) and want to use it with Premiere Pro. Is there an easy way to transcode this The data in
Re: Premiere Pro CS 6.0: First Impressions by Paul Carlin 1 year ago When Premiere Pro 1.0 was released in 2003 it was very similair to what Apple has just done with FCP. They had re-written the source code from scratch and left out some very important features (Like E
Re: NAB 2012: Canon Unveils 4K Cameras by Paul Carlin 1 year ago $30,000 for a camera that needs an external recorder to do 4K And not available until the end of the year... how is this competitive at all to what is already on the market I suspect this will be coll
@Kim Segel by Paul Carlin 1 year ago Actually, Sapphire for Smoke on Mac is $4,000... but your point is valid. I can only assume that Sapphire will re-evaluate their prices at some point.
Archive Strategy by David Jahns 1 year ago Hi. New to Smoke, hoping for some advice on an Archive Strategy. I'm generally using it for TV spot finishing, so the quantity of data should not be too overwhelming, I hope. I'm still wrapping my hea
Re: Archive Strategy by Paul Carlin 1 year ago I can't speak to using History as I haven't used it very often. I do everything in the timeline as I have BFX at my disposal. When I have used History (on a Mac) I haven't noticed any performance hit.
Resolve conform with gaps by Paul Carlin 1 year ago I'm trying to figure out how to make Resolve conform (or preconform) a timeline with gaps instead of black using EDLs. Every time I conform an EDL with the Resolve it replaces BL with actual slug of b
Re: solve conform with gaps by Paul Carlin 1 year ago Autodesk Smoke and Flame do not export AAF or XML. They are finishing tools, so why would you... right Well, except when it comes to color grading. Autodesk products only export EDLs and the only othe
@kim krause by Paul Carlin 1 year ago I am so tired of hearing, "Once they get A, B and C to work, it will be a great program." Do you people even hear what you are saying People need to make decisions today, and they need to base those d
Falling seriously out of love with Apple by Neil Weaver 3 years ago It occured to me recently that out of the entire Final Cut Studio suite, about the only part of it I'm still using these days is FCP. It just seems that Apple are really dropping behind the curve on d
Looking for stereoscopic resolve by Paul Carlin 2 years ago Looking for a Resolve near Burbank, California that can handle a stereoscopic 1920x1080 workflow. Need to color correct and converge material for TV. Input will be QuickTime DNxHD and output will be d
Re: Looking for stereoscopic resolve by David Gross 2 years ago We've had great results in Sydney with 7.1. Running with the JVC X9 projector, samsung 55" consumer tvs and also the 26" panasonic 3d offering. Ther process is fairly painless and speedy! Cheers David
5.1 Audio Submix and the LFE channel by Paul Carlin 8 years ago I am going crazy trying to assign a single mono track to ONLY the LFE channel of a 5.1 submix. Is this possible Once again, I would like to assign one of my mono tracks to ONLY the LFE channel. I don'
Render Error by Stuart Fellows 6 years ago I'm trying to render a small clip. One solid layer with a 3D Warp (Zaxwerks) applied. I also have a camera set up. I'm just providing these details in case they are relevant. Output to a tiff sequence
Re: nder Error by Paul Carlin 3 years ago For a short term overnight solution... Try rendering in batches to frame sequences. That way you can pick up where you left off. Once completed, convert the frame sequence to whatever you are deliveri
14:3 or 16:9 by david rodriguez 3 years ago Hello, Probably a silly question for most of you but i am still confused about this. I have some video which is filmed in 4:3. In final Cut i have set the project as 4:3 and i have burnt as 4:3 When p
Re: 4:3 or 16:9 by Paul Carlin 3 years ago To convert 4:3 to 16:9 you need to "center cut" the video. Scale it up 133.33%. You will, of course, lose 25% of the top and bottom of the image. You may need to "pan and scan" on a shot by shot basis
Exporting full resolution in FCP by Neil Davis 3 years ago Hello everybody, I'm a newbie with FCP so any help would be much appreciated! Thanks in advance...... Soooo..a friend of a friend gave me a bunch of footage to edit, which I gladly did. He was not sur
Re: Exporting full resolution in FCP by Paul Carlin 3 years ago There is no camera that records 960x540 and uses the Apple Intermediate Codec. Someone transcoded the original media into the QuickTimes you now have. If you want to deliver the best possible quality,
smoke on mac speed by justin harwood 3 years ago Hi, Just wondering if anyone out there has any experience using FCP and Smoke I run a small studio, and our main platform is FCP. But I'm about to get a SMOKE for MAC and want to know the render outpu
Re: smoke on mac speed, now concepts by Paul Carlin 3 years ago While there are many Smoke workflows... here is one for your situation. Smoke can "Soft" import your RED media. They don't call it that anymore... in fact I don't know what they call it now, but regar
AAF workflow by Pete Fausone 3 years ago Does anyone have any real world experience with finishing in Mac Smoke starting with an Avid AAF What comes across from Media Composer 5 for example Does it even work Is it something to consider as a
Re: AAF workflow by Paul Carlin 3 years ago My limited experience is all negative. I would not rely on the AAF working. Most of the problems were caused by assistant editors not following correct procedures, but by then it's too late to fix. AL
Losing Matte Info on 2010SP3 by Rob Ufer 3 years ago Hey all, Recently on 2010SP3 when I create an Axis Soft FX in the timeline, then add a garbage matte, sometimes when I revisit the keyer a few days later the matte info has simply disappeared. I've tr
Re: Losing Matte Info on 2010SP3 by Paul Carlin 3 years ago Coming from a time before soft effects (and even before history) existed... I have the opposite approach. I rely heavily on soft effects and only use Action when it's not possible, or simply impractic
Red Rocket by Rory Hinds 3 years ago anyone using Smoke 2011SP2 on Mac with a RED Rocket I can't seem to get SMOKE to use the RR. RedCineX sees it and it works fine but in SMOKE it doesn't use it so renders very slow using the CPU. WireT
Re: Red Rocket by Paul Carlin 3 years ago Be sure you are in 32-bit OS mode, not 64-bit as the Red Rocket drivers are 32-bit. Smoke is 64-bit, but runs inside the 32-bit OS mode (Smoke 2011). Don't know if this is the solution, but simply a s
Color and Red Rocket/Quadro SDI cards by Nate Weaver 4 years ago It has occurred to me that the new Red Rocket card is just a partner manufactured NVIDIA Quadro reference design. I am under the impression that there are some high end color correction conforming pac
Re: Color and Red Rocket/Quadro SDI cards by Paul Carlin 3 years ago Apple at some point will support the RR card. I think that is being optimistic. Apple has barely shown any interest in the Pro Apps since the dawn on iPhones. Why should they The day Apple supports R
Granding in Smoke autodesk 2011 by PEdro Santos 3 years ago Does Someone know about any tutorial for i learn by where i start to granding STEREOSCOPIC IMAGES Would i like learn more about this workflow...i read the manual but i have doubts yet. I read a book a
Re: Granding in Smoke autodesk 2011 by Paul Carlin 3 years ago It seems you have the correct hardware. Go to Settings - Broadcast Monitor Preferences and set it to Show Selected Item. Set the Broadcast Stereo setting to Dual Output... Since you indicate that your
Resolve EDL formats by Paul Carlin 4 years ago What type of EDLs can Resolve accept (i.e. CMX 3600, GVG 4, etc.) What other type of formats can Resolve use FCP XML Avid AAF Anything Is there a way for Resolve to interpret Reel IDs longer than 8 ch
Re: Resolve EDL formats by Ronald Anderson 3 years ago The Resolve can only use up eight characters at the moment, and can work with CMX 3600 EDL's, or conform with ALE files. Still some work to do from the new team being assembled at Black Magic, but Dav
DV to full HD upscale workflow by mark wagner 4 years ago hi We have a project coming up where DV material (captured as prores422) needs to be upscaled to 1080p (i tried talking them into 720p but they want to go all the way). So i m wondering how to achieve
Re: DV to full HD upscale workflow by Paul Carlin 4 years ago This sounds like a recipe for disaster. Your results will be no less than awful. While this hasn't been made clear, I get the feeling that you have no control over how they are shooting the footage..
help by Joe Mc Cormack 4 years ago Hi I am hoping that someone can help. I have just connected up an older smoke system 2008 service pak5 on a Tezro and I am having a problem getting it to launch. Th machine comes up fine and when i la
Re: help by Paul Carlin 4 years ago Sounds like the connections to the drive are suspicious. Check the connectors. You might want to give specifics about your hardware.
Best Methods of Dirt Removal by Kevin Harwood 4 years ago Hi all, anyone have any experience with removing large amounts of dirt in smoke I have tried the Furnace plugs and they seem the best so far. Any more suggestions Thanks!!
Re: Best Methods of Dirt Removal by Paul Carlin 4 years ago Plug-ins never do it for me. I like hands-on painting. Learn the paint module backwards. There are plenty of tricks that can help with dirt and sratches, like cloning from a slipped front layer.
Similar network path for all Mac computers by Paul Carlin 4 years ago I'm having a brain fart and can't figure this one out... it is really a basic question, so don't read too much into it. I want to use Qmaster on mulitple macs to render a command line application. I n
RED demosaicing explained? by Paul Carlin 4 years ago Is there a resource for what is going on under the hood of RedAlert and Redline I'd like to know exactly what all those buttons do... in a conscience and technical explanation. Has anyone tried to exp
HMV-320S-2000M for sale by Paul Carlin 4 years ago It pains me to say goodby to my HUGE RAID array. 2 TB Single Channel. Comes with the UL4D Host Adapter and all cables needed (Yes, that includes the SCSI cable). http: forums.creativecow.net readpost
A vector drawn line between two points by Paul Carlin 6 years ago Currently I am drawing a line between two points using the Effects Generate Beam. Problem is when I move towards the layer in 3D Space, the layer pixelates and falls apart. I tried increasing the size
Re: A vector drawn line between two points by Paul Carlin 4 years ago Ah, old memories... I created a Yellow Line in Illustrator that was 900 x 10 pixels. I actually made it a dashed line for creative reasons. Then my idea was to anchor the left edge of the line to the
Color Correction Mac Vs PC by Laurie Turner 5 years ago I have an After Effects Project that looks great on my IMac with Intel, and when I export it as a quicktime movie it still looks good. When my co-worker watches the quicktime on his PC, the color look
Re: Color Correction Mac Vs PC by Paul Carlin 4 years ago Short answer: Mac is historicaly 1.8 Gamma and PC's are 2.2 Gamma. If you color correct at 1.8 and display at 2.2, it will be washed out gray and desaturated. You need to look at your workflow and mak
Effects not showing up in audio mixer by Paul Carlin 5 years ago I just want to add a track effect (like a highpass filter) to my one and only mono audio track. However, NOTHING shows up on the pop-up menu inside the audio mixer. What possible reasons would this ha
FCP 2 and SONY HVRDR60 (or .M2T file) by cutetara 6 years ago Hi Guys, I'm working with Final Cut Studio 2 and I also have a SONY HVRDR60 Hard Disk recorder. Basically, the sony HDR records the files as .M2T file format and the FCP does not recognize it. I have
Importing a 23.976 NTSC EDL into Avid by Paul Carlin 5 years ago Has anyone ever been able to import a 23.976 EDL into the Avid The keyword here is IMPORT. Using EDL Manager, open a 23.976 EDL and send it to Avid as a sequence. Note how the record and source timeco
Re: Importing a 23.976 NTSC EDL into Avid by Paul Carlin 5 years ago I have found more info about this issue from an Avid Whitepaper on Metadata. See... http: www.avid.com resources whitepapers avidmetadata_wpv2.pdf They mention that the 23.976p NTSC, 24p NTSC and 23.9
DVCPRO50 workflow, 24p, 30i, DVD by Eric Naughton 5 years ago I need some help with my output for my short film. I shot on an SDX900 camera on 24p. The camera converts the footage to 30i onto the tape so that I can capture it and use it in Avid Xpress Pro. I cap
Re: DVCPRO50 workflow, 24p, 30i, DVD by Paul Carlin 5 years ago I would like to appologize for misleading you into thinking that you could simply bring the 23.976 EDL back into your Avid and batch capture (See #3 in my original post). As I have since discovered, i
Feature Request by Paul Carlin 5 years ago 1) Multi-threaded processor support to take advantage of today's computers. It pains me to only see 13% processor usage. 2) OpenType font support. Need I say more
Feathering a shape path by Paul Carlin 5 years ago Being an old school AE guy, I thought I'd venture into some new territory and decieded to use a Shape layer instead of my tried and true mask on white solid technique. HOW do you feather the edges of
Re: Feathering a shape path by Paul Carlin 5 years ago Everytime I run into one of these limitations I realise how great a much more expensive tool like Smoke is. Smoke allows you to track individual vertices as well as the shape axis. It also gives you a
Where exactly is my object? by Paul Carlin 5 years ago Here's my scenario. I 3D camera tracked a helicopter shot using SynthEyes, imported the resulting Maya Scene and everything lines up fine. I can create 3D layers (for example, 2D flat text positioned
Re: Where exactly is my object? by Serge Hamad 5 years ago Hi Paul, The Reset button will remove all changes you applied to an object. (Scale, Position, Rotation) The Move To Center button will place your object at the Invigorator s world origin which is loca