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Thomas Alexander

Member Since:
September 19th 2012
70 Posts
Location:
Nicosia
Service: Lightman Films
by Thomas Alexander 7 months ago
Nicosia Cyprus Film   Cinematography Lightman Films Film Production     Post Visual FX     Director of Photography B.S in Cinematography - ex, Business Consultant, Market Anal
Best Storyboard Software?
by Austin Conroy 2 years ago
What do you guys think Looking for something smooth and easy to use, ideally where I can wacom in frames and get the timing just right so I have a real good idea of the final rhythm for commercials an
Re: Best Storyboard Software?
by Thomas Alexander 7 months ago
Pen and A4 paper. ;)
Trouble with the AF100. Should I just give up?
by Robert Bracken 8 months ago
Hello, I'm still learning all about my new AF100a. Thanks to The AF100 Book I'm picking up a lot of good information. Unfortunately information that I wished I had before I bought the camera. I'm shoo
Re: Trouble with the AF100. Should I just give up?
by Thomas Alexander 8 months ago
The skew can be from bad cables and not enough processing power of your PC MAC and not necessarily the camera. I think you are another victim of hi-tech race of the future. Buy a camera today, and you
AF100 focus assist - is that all I get?
by Trevor Ward 1 year ago
I used the AF100 this past week. I was excited to use the camera because lately I've been using DSLRs and really can't stand them other than the picture quality. I was under the impression that the AF
Re: AF100 focus assist - is that all I get?
by Thomas Alexander 8 months ago
Eric, any idea how to black balance the AF100 Do i use a chip chart and it Auto-Black-Balances by let the AWB pressed I don't get it. Thanks Do i need to use a black card to black balance Quite confus
teaching after effects
by Steve GERGES 3 years ago
Hello, i was asked to teach some basics about after effects to a couple of guys. As a starting point i found this website that does quite the trick in helping out figuring what i could teach them: htt
Re: teaching after effects
by Thomas Alexander 10 months ago
Todd hi, i need your help. I am starting a series of tutorials for my channel on youtube on After Effects CS6 in greek language. Due to the fact that After Effects doesn't come in Greek language and m
Great new Closed Caption abilities for Premiere, but what about Media Encoder???
by Kyle High 11 months ago
I'm really excited to see the new capabilities Adobe has added to Premiere. http: tv.adobe.com watch learn-premiere-pro-cc create-closed-captions-within-premiere-pro But when you're all done editing,
Re: Great new Closed Caption abilities for Premiere, but what about Media Encoder???
by Thomas Alexander 10 months ago
There are cheaper solutions. Try these. http: www.zeitanker.com content e43 e3272 e3794 index_ger.html or Apple Compressor. Thomas Alexander Independent Cinematographer Soulman Films Nicosia Cyprus +3
Embedding a closed caption file in Pro Res.
by Kevin Giesecke 1 year ago
I am trying to embed a closed caption file in a ProRes 422 project. We use MacCaption with Final Cut Pro 7 and typically we run through a Matrox then directly to HDCam tape. No problems there. But, no
Re: Embedding a closed caption file in Pro Res.
by Thomas Alexander 10 months ago
Yes of course. The only way you can add subtitles embedded in the file is with compressor. I don't know if you saw the video i posted before some time ago on my post. However the delay you get might b
What's the best graphics card for Mac Pro?
by Robert Bracken 1 year ago
If price didn't matter, what's the best graphics card
Re: What's the best graphics card for Mac Pro?
by Thomas Alexander 10 months ago
First of all, what will you do with it Editing, 3D animation, VFX It depends on your workflow and what gear you already have so you can build on it. Unfortunately you won't need the other cards if you
What paint to use for Green Screen Studio
by Nick Fullturn 2 years ago
Hello, We are painting our Green Screen studio and I was wondering if anybody could suggest a good green paint. I am currently leaning towards Rosco Chroma Key Green Matte (05711) paint. We are painti
Re: What paint to use for Green Screen Studio
by Thomas Alexander 1 year ago
Just make sure you don't choose a glossy black. Go preferably for the mat black and the darkest you can find. Thomas Alexander Independent Cinematographer Soulman Films Nicosia Cyprus +357-97697640
Canon 5D Mark III v. Panasonic Ag-AF100
by Laura Gruszczynski 2 years ago
Hi, I work in a small 3 person media group within a large corporation and we currently shoot many of our corporate videos using the Panasonic HVX-200. Late in 2010, my supervisor bought 2 DSLRs (a 7D
Re: Canon 5D Mark III v. Panasonic Ag-AF100
by Thomas Alexander 1 year ago
I couldn't agree more with you. Thomas Alexander Independent Cinematographer Soulman Films Nicosia Cyprus +357-97697640
Adobe Premiere CS6 - Imported footage is brighter?
by cl beu 1 year ago
Hey y'all, just imported some footage into Adobe Premiere CS6, and the footage seems to be significantly brighter than when I view the same (untouched) footage in Daum PotPlayer. Any clue as to the re
Re: Adobe Premiere CS6 - Imported footage is brighter?
by Kevin Monahan 1 year ago
Welcome to QuickTime's "Gamma Shift." This article should help you fix this issue: http: www.videocopilot.net blog 2008 06 fix-quicktime-gamma-shift Kevin Monahan Sr. Content and Community Lead Adobe
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File: My html page
by Piotr Raczko 1 year ago
html file Well, this is the file I'm having a problem with. http: f1.creativecow.net 5728 my-html-page
Re: My html page
by Thomas Alexander 1 year ago
What's the problem exactly Thomas Alexander Independent Cinematographer Soulman Films Nicosia Cyprus +357-97697640
apple prores 422 problem
by raju bhai 1 year ago
Hi! I posted this question before. But didn't get it resolved yet. I imagine somebody here though must know the problem i am facing or has probably experienced it before. I edited most of my video tha
Re: apple prores 422 problem
by Thomas Alexander 1 year ago
The problem is that when you compress RAW to ProRes you have a loss of quality. You had to first color correct than compress your clips to ProRes and than do your editing. The software uses calculatio
Problem- recording video on 5D M3 where in manual, video looks like Iris is closing down then back up!
by Luis Perez 1 year ago
I'm fairly new to canon 5d Mark 3 but I was Doing an interview for a client indoors, well lit with some outdoor light coming from window. Had camera in manual mode set using canon 70 to 200 lens. Had
Re: Problem- recording video on 5D M3 where in manual, video looks like Iris is closing down then back up!
by Thomas Alexander 1 year ago
Because your lens has a long cylinder due to the high range of mm. of focal length means that the barrel of the lens is long. The longer the lens cylinder the more difficult is for the light to reach
DVAVI or ProRes?
by Brannon Carty 1 year ago
Hi, I've been talking to a transfer company and they say they can offer me a DigiBeta transfer in either DVAVI or ProRes What would be best for Sony Vegas 11 on a Windows 7 computer I understand that
Re: DVAVI or ProRes?
by John Rofrano 1 year ago
Brannon Carty "I've been talking to a transfer company and they say they can offer me a DigiBeta transfer in either DVAVI or ProRes What would be best for Sony Vegas 11 on a Windows 7 computer "You w
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A way to 'zoom' center of image, but not edges?
by Sean Smith 1 year ago
I know how to pan and zoom, but I'm wondering if there's a way to zoom a specific area in a video, several frames, so that the area is enlarged at the expense of distorting the edges of the video fram
Re: A way to 'zoom' center of image, but not edges?
by Thomas Alexander 1 year ago
Apply a bulge effect on a layer in AE and place it above the footage. Hope it works. Thomas Alexander Independent Cinematographer Soulman Films Nicosia Cyprus +357-97697640
t2i stops recording
by Kirk Lauterbach 1 year ago
I have heard that Canon's can be brand sensitive when it comes to SD cards but I was wondering if anyone has found a solution to the problem of the camera stopping it's recording well before the 12 mi
Re: t2i stops recording
by Thomas Alexander 1 year ago
Are you sure that the sensor isn't over-heating It's a common problem with DSLR's trying to shoot video. Some Canon's have a 12 minute time limit for video shooting so you will have to wait until the
Is this workflow 100% lossless? (codec question)
by Lewis Costin 1 year ago
Hi there. I am currently on a project where we had preivously been relying on dynamic links between After Effects and Premiere, but found that once our comps began to get heavy, this method wasn't ver
Re: Is this workflow 100% lossless? (codec question)
by Thomas Alexander 1 year ago
The encoding format of tiff is lossless but once it undergoes through any kid of compression it stops being lossless. Mind that the display you see on Premiere of your footage or on After Effects is N
Do XLR to 3.5mm adapters degrade quality?
by Miguel Sotto 1 year ago
I'm new to this site so forgive me if I'm misusing the forum. I'm planning on buying a Zoom H2n for audio work that I use for school projects as well as freelance videography work. My budget is really
Re: Do XLR to 3.5mm adapters degrade quality?
by Richard Crowley 1 year ago
The connector itself does NOT "degrade quality". HOWEVER, the type of connector is highly indicative of what kind of circuit is inside AFTER the connector. As Mr. Rendell demonstrates, the kinds of eq
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Buying new camera...confused
by Eili Vilhaz 1 year ago
Hello everyone, I'm mostly photographing weddings but I'm planning to move to videos also as already I shoot small videos with Canon 5d2. But I want to buy a dedicated camera for videos only. This wil
Re: Buying new camera...confused
by Thomas Alexander 1 year ago
Check out the Panasonic AG-AF-101. I already own it. It's perfect!!! Thomas Alexander Independent Cinematographer Soulman Films Nicosia Cyprus +357-97697640
HDV Capturing For Mac
by Ervin Tia 1 year ago
Hello, HDV as many of you are aware of is a very fragile tape-format for capturing...even with a pro NLE. So we ended up succesfully using HDVsplit (http: strony.aster.pl paviko hdvsplit.htm) but it o
Re: HDV Capturing For Mac
by Thomas Alexander 1 year ago
Do you use a video camera with SDI output or you just want to capture HDV footage from a tape Thomas Alexander Independent Cinematographer Soulman Films Nicosia Cyprus +357-97697640
Panasonic AF100 and Green Screen
by Mike Damian 1 year ago
I'm going to be doing a green screen shoot in the upcoming month or so, and need to rent a camera in order to get good results. The camera I wanted to use was the HPX-250 but the rental place in the P
Re: Panasonic AF100 and Green Screen
by Thomas Alexander 1 year ago
I couldn't agree more. Thomas Alexander Independent Cinematographer Soulman Films Nicosia Cyprus +357-97697640
Stills aspect ratio
by Pepijn Klijs 1 year ago
Hi, So Im grading a SD PAL 16:9 project. I save stills to use them for matching the shots. However, my stills are displayed in 4:3. Is there a way to display them as well in 16:9 Thanks! Editor Colori
Re: Stills aspect ratio
by Thomas Alexander 1 year ago
Glad it worked out for you. :) Thomas Alexander Independent Cinematographer Soulman Films Nicosia Cyprus +357-97697640
Can someone assist with an Alexa workflow - offline on FCP7, online on Smoke 2013?
by Gareth Randall 1 year ago
Hi guys, I'm shortly to have my first experience working with rushes shot with Alexa. The promo will be offlined in FCP7, and then finished and graded in Smoke 2013. We want to maximise quality and ou
Re: Can someone assist with an Alexa workflow - offline on FCP7, online on Smoke 2013?
by Thomas Alexander 1 year ago
If you will shoot with Alexa ARRIRAW i recommend you color grade with Da Vinci Resolve in Prores444 and copy your LUT's settings and apply them later onto the ARRIRAW. They won't be any issues due to
Converting different frame rates from h.264 to ProRes
by Alex Jones 1 year ago
Hey guys, I have a lot of footage from a DSLR and want to edit it so I'm converting to ProRes using MPEG Streamclip. I shot some footage at 24p and some at 60 for slow motion purposes, so I'm wonderin
Re: Converting different frame rates from h.264 to ProRes
by Thomas Alexander 1 year ago
Best way is to leave them as they are and compress them at their original frame rate and than slow the the 60fps in post. Thomas Alexander Independent Cinematographer Soulman Films Nicosia Cyprus +357
5k Compression - Green Bars Visible
by Calum Walker 1 year ago
Hi Guys, I wondered if anybody could help me, basically I have a number of animations created in Adobe Suite CS6 and C4D R14 with final rendered exports at just over 5k width, 1k high (Sorry I can't g
Re: 5k Compression - Green Bars Visible
by Thomas Alexander 1 year ago
Try Roxio Toast Titanium with the H.264 plugin. It is very stable. Thomas Alexander Independent Cinematographer Soulman Films Nicosia Cyprus +357-97697640
Smoke Brushes
by steve white 1 year ago
Hi all Just downloaded some free smoke brushes and can't get them to work in cs6 im on a pc.They loadup ok but when i add one to a black background the brush is solid and has no transparency to it.Am
Re: Smoke Brushes
by Thomas Alexander 1 year ago
Make sure your plugins are loaded and have use a white background. Thomas Alexander Independent Cinematographer Soulman Films Nicosia Cyprus +357-97697640
How can I do these water splashes?
by Lee Wit 1 year ago
Hello experts, I am an Art Director and I want to design particulate shapes out of water splashes. It would be great if you guys can help explaining how these things can be done. No need for step-by-s
Re: How can I do these water splashes?
by Thomas Alexander 1 year ago
The only way it can be done is in 3D with the iRay water plugin and 3Ds Max. if a 3D CGI artist can recommend a better plugin will be great because i personally don't do 3D. Thomas Alexander Independe
what file format ?
by Larry Macky 2 years ago
Hi I shoot with two sony HD cameras and edit with Vegas Pro. I would like some advice as to the best file format for my particular situation. I make training videos and show these while I am teaching.
Re: what file format ?
by Thomas Alexander 1 year ago
H.264 or else you might know it as MPEG4 or mp4. It is best for this job. Simply use Roxio to convert your videos to mp4 put them on the hard drive and connect your hard drive to your laptop and your
AF100 highlights handling question
by Bill Magac 1 year ago
I'm interested in purchasing a AF100A. A few well known cameramen who have reviewed the AF100 commented that the camera does a poor job of handling highlights. I'm curious if this is true. Those of yo
Re: AF100 highlights handling question
by Thomas Alexander 1 year ago
I had the same concerns about it also but to be honest i disagree with Philip Bloom and i must say i am pretty happy also with the AF-100. Indeed it handles highlights very well. However i came across
For a laugh :)
by Thomas Leong 1 year ago
Not sure where else to post this image link - http: www.facebook.com photo.php fbid=481227191935158&set=a.355650431159502.78849.355606397830572&type=1&ref=nf Good advert for the Cow, I think :) Thomas
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Subtitling and CC basics?
by brad hebert 1 year ago
I don't know much about the various ways that subtitles are displayed. It seems like sometimes they are a video track with an alpha channel, and other times they are a data file that tells the media p
Re: Subtitling and CC basics?
by Thomas Alexander 1 year ago
Thank you for taking the time to answer my question. Thomas Alexander Independent Cinematographer Soulman Films Nicosia Cyprus +357-97697640
Need Assistance Laying Off to DigiBeta with black movie using Final Cut Pro (FCP)
by Ben Parnassi 1 year ago
Need Help Laying Off to DigiBeta with black movie using Final Cut Pro (FCP) I have everything I need to make this happen but the captions are not showing up on the monitor. Please help me ASAP. Thanks
Re: Need Assistance Laying Off to DigiBeta with black movie using Final Cut Pro (FCP)
by Thomas Alexander 1 year ago
Final Cut Pro doesn't support closed caption on monitor view as far as i know. I answered to Kevin before and it might help you also. http: www.youtube.com watch v=-r59sSiDBKU Thomas Alexander Indepen
Interesting New Panasonic GH3 Camera Tests
by Guy McLoughlin 1 year ago
Check out review video 3 ( download to watch it in full resolution ) And review video 5 to see the amazing WiFi camera controls. ( works with any iPhone iPad or Android Phone Tablet ) Nick Driftwood G
Re: Interesting New Panasonic GH3 Camera Tests
by Thomas Alexander 1 year ago
Very nice. Good job :) Thomas Alexander Independent Cinematographer Soulman Films Nicosia Cyprus +357-97697640
Video Lens?
by Ofer Geva 1 year ago
Hi, I used to own an AG-AF100 (and soon I will again...). The camera came with an SLR (or rather, a mirror-less camera) lens: the G Vario 14-140. I wanted to know: What is the need for a video lens wh
Re: Video Lens?
by Thomas Alexander 1 year ago
The issue isn't only in the quality of the glass of the lens. If you use a DSLR lens you might get vignetting at the edges of your footage and specially if you stuck couple of filters on the front. Th
AF-100 not spanning clips across cards
by John Bollenbacher 1 year ago
Hey All, I have an AF-100 and for some reason it won't span clips across cards when one card gets full. I have relay record on, which I think, I think, needs to be on to have spanning; but when a card
Re: AF-100 not spanning clips across cards
by Thomas Alexander 1 year ago
The camera as far as i know cannot record more than 12 hours continuously even if the relay function is ON. The longest possible recording time with this camera is 12 hours and cannot be extended even
Questions about NP-1 style batteries for DVCPRO50 camcorder
by Ewan Cutler 1 year ago
Hi There Not sure if this is the correct forum for it or not. I'm wondering whether the camera I use is combatible with these batteries: http: www.globalmediapro.com dp A00XK8 Globalmediapro-Li65N-Lit
Re: Questions about NP-1 style batteries for DVCPRO50 camcorder
by Thomas Alexander 1 year ago
You need an external or alternative way of powering your camera. Check out Anton Bauer Gold Mount Plate and a battery that has the same voltage with the current you use and it will last long time. Usi
Panasonic discontinues AF100 in B & H Photo's store
by reid vanvoris 1 year ago
So Panasonic releases the AF100 as an HDSLR killer with a M43 lens mount. The price is right, the features are mostly right, but most HDSLR users are Canon owners with Canon lenses and there is no dec
Re: Panasonic discontinues AF100 in B & H Photo's store
by Thomas Alexander 1 year ago
AG-AF100 discontinuation Is a rumor. BNH has done a mistake on the listing. But it is very likely that we will see a new improved version of AG-AF100. Thomas Alexander Independent Cinematographer Soul
3d with the af100
by Ofer Geva 1 year ago
I know there is that suspicious Lumix 3d lens with 12.5mm and f 12. But Is there a way other than taping two cameras together to shoot 3d with the af100
Re: 3d with the af100
by Thomas Alexander 1 year ago
To have actual 3D you cannot achieve it with just a single frame camera. You need two separate streams of footage used as left and right. The Lumix 3D lens is only for photos. You can rig two AG-AF100
I noticed a speck on the lens inside my HMC150! what can i do?
by Noam Osband 1 year ago
Today while cleaning my lens, it became clear that there is a speck inside the camera on the lens. I have no idea how it got there. It's a nice small white speck. And it's driving me nuts. Is there an
Re: I noticed a speck on the lens inside my HMC150! what can i do?
by Noah Kadner 1 year ago
Definitely do not open it- you will just make things worse and void your warranty if you're still within the warranty period. Take it to your local Panasonic service center. It's either a warranty rep
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recording audio with a mic settings? a little confused.
by jason zaloga 1 year ago
I'm trying to record audio from a microphone using Audition CS6 for a video tutorial (Apple platform). I have a few setup questions. When I record in Audition it seems to record and playback in one ch
Re: recording audio with a mic settings? a little confused.
by Thomas Alexander 1 year ago
Your settings are correct. But what you do here is a simple tutorial. I don't know how many channel inputs for microphones your sound card can support but using only one microphone the graphic card do
Article: IBC 2012: NVIDIA
by Debra Kaufman 2 years ago
IBC Expo IBC 2012: NVIDIA Mac enthusiasts were happy to learn that NVIDIA just introduced the Quadro K5000 for Mac Pro systems, based on NVIDIA Kepler architecture and featuring Cinema 4K display sup
Re: IBC 2012: NVIDIA
by Thomas Alexander 1 year ago
Send it back and tell them to sent you a Quadro 4000 for Mac. It will do the job. :) Thomas Alexander Independent Cinematographer Soulman Films Nicosia Cyprus +357-97697640
3D swing-in pendulum text
by Brett Schnacky 5 years ago
Hey all, So I'm trying to build a preset for animating 3d text. What I want the text to do, is drop in from the capline in a swinging motion and then swing back and forth at the bottom as it loses 'mo
Re: 3D swing-in pendulum text
by Thomas Alexander 1 year ago
Hi Phillip I have been trying to figure out how to make a text to swing sideways as a pendulum and not back and forth as the tutorials but i can't seem to be able to figure it out.. Problem is that i
How do export/render times do compare FCP X vs CS6
by Terry Tsangaris 1 year ago
I still read through the Cow Forums how slow Premiere Pro 6 is on export render times. True times can be slower or faster depending on Hardware Specs on Mac s or PC s At Work we still use FCP 7,at hom
Re: How do export/render times do compare FCP X vs CS6
by Thomas Alexander 1 year ago
Yes, probably the best way is to build it on your own based on research. And first i would like to thank you for your solution regarding this subject but i am mostly against windows at the present and
Audio files from FCP to Protools and back to FCP: wav& AIF out of sync!? tried everything..
by Esther Casas 2 years ago
Hello everybody!!! So, after doing long research and going through all the forums..I think I tried everything to solve a non-sync problem I have...and still can't figure it out, here is my story: FCP
Re: Audio files from FCP to Protools and back to FCP: wav& AIF out of sync!? tried everything..
by Thomas Alexander 1 year ago
Yes! This are settings for pro tools so you don't come across with the same problem again. Let your sound engineer know. He is not a filmaker and you are not a sound engineer so problems like that app
Question about inserting tex
by sean peezick 2 years ago
This will probably be a long shot but is there a program or a way to insert text with a timecode to a video without having to do it for every piece of text. I'm asking this because we have a lot of fo
Re: Question about inserting tex
by Thomas Alexander 2 years ago
It is too long to explain how to do it so watch this video. It can be done in after effects. http: www.youtube.com watch v=4LAnZPDUOiI Thomas Alexander
Video and audio recorded separately and do not sync up
by Diarmuid Hayes 2 years ago
I'm having a major syncing issue with some video and audio shot for a film, recorded separately, but which don't sync up in FCP7. The easiest way to explain what's going on is this example: There is a
Re: Video and audio recorded separately and do not sync up
by Thomas Alexander 2 years ago
Hello Hayes First i would let you know that i am writing this message in a way that hopefully some people that don't know or might get something out of it so i hope you understand. I don't know how ex


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