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Aaron Cadieux

I am the owner/operator of Big Operations Productions.
Member Since:
January 12th 2006
544 Posts
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Location:
North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, USA
Leaving Neverland Documentary & Fair Use
by Aaron Cadieux 5 months ago
Hey All, So I started watching the very disturbing "Leaving Neverland" documentary on HBO. Obviously Michael Jackson's estate has nothing to do with this documentary. So how is it that the filmmakers
Billing
by Aaron Cadieux 6 months ago
Hello, For the first time ever, I put together and uploaded a 30 minute television show to a station server for a client. The required file was over 10GB in size and took forever to upload to the FTP
Re: Billing
by Steve West 5 months ago
I often include a line item of "data management" . I include the time to backup files, encode and upload. If it's unsupervised overnight kind of stuff, I usually just charge $25 per hour.
Documentary Series Screener
by Aaron Cadieux 6 months ago
Hey All, It's been year since I've posted on the Cow. Hope everyone has been well! I am in the finishing stages of a five part documentary film series about an unsolved serial murder case in Massachus
Pan & Scan Question
by Aaron Cadieux 4 years ago
Hey guys, Not really sure what forum this question is best suited for, but here goes. I am working on a documentary film that involves the use of newspaper articles as b-roll. I am collaborating with
Re: Pan & Scan Question
by Aaron Star 4 years ago
It's true Ken Burns is pretty old school, but he did just release the "The Dust Bowl" in 2012. I guess that still makes him somewhat current.
National TV Spot
by Aaron Cadieux 4 years ago
Hey guys, Long post. Please bear with me. Last year I sold a documentary to Discovery Communications. They now own the exclusive US TV rights for four years with a fifth year option. We retain the Blu
Re: National TV Spot
by Aaron Cadieux 4 years ago
Nick, The promo codes come on the screen 11 seconds into the spot and stay on until the spot ends. Maybe I need to make them more obvious. Having both spots run during the 10PM run is a great idea! I
Question in retrospect
by Aaron Cadieux 5 years ago
Hey guys, So last year I sold a documentary film to a major cable network. I won't say which one, but it's one of the big boys. By the time our sales agent took his cut and other entities involved in
Re: Question in retrospect
by Aaron Cadieux 5 years ago
Walter, Also, we are finding that Netflix is a tough nut to crack. I've heard that there is no way to solicit Netflix and that you have to wait for them to come to you. Not sure how true this is. The
Premiere Pro Corrupt Project & XML Wrench
by Aaron Cadieux 5 years ago
Hello, Do any of you have any experience repairing a corrupt Premiere Pro project file using XML Wrench Thanks, Aaron Cadieux
How many of you editors are introverts?
by Steve Kownacki 5 years ago
Best jobs for introverts: Film video editor. Hmmm. I consider myself to be an introvert. Or more a combo intro extro. I don the extroversion when needed for meetings, events, and so on. But I highly g
Re: How many of you editors are introverts?
by Aaron Cadieux 5 years ago
Steve, I hear you on this. There is NOTHING worse than having someone else sit in on an edit session, especially a clueless client. I remember one particular annoying client that gasped and said "oh,
Documentary about a criminal investigation
by Aaron Cadieux 5 years ago
Hey all, I am contemplating getting some feelers out there for my next documentary project. The film will cover an unsolved case involving a serial killer from the late 1980s. The case was recently re
Re: Documentary about a criminal investigation
by Jeff Breuer 5 years ago
Great film history and education Mark! This is also a great reminder to work through a company. I don't know what your situation is Aaron, but it's always good to operate through a company. I know her
I am new and i dont know if this is the right place to post my question. But I need your suggestions. Please let me know how much should i charge my client for a logo animation ?
by Janak Desai 6 years ago
I do logo animation intro opener in AE. I make graphic animation, sfx, text animation, background. I dont do complete motion graphic. I use after effects and premier. I also add music tracks ( provide
Re: I am new and i dont know if this is the right place to post my question. But I need your suggestions. Please let me know how much should i charge my client for a logo animation ?
by Aaron Cadieux 6 years ago
BTW, that's not to say that you won't get other useful information on the cow. You just won't get an answer to your pricing question.
Foolproof downconversion method for Premiere PC users
by Aaron Cadieux 6 years ago
Hello, Just thought I'd share a really good software downconversion method with the masses. By the way, this method works better than any hardware downconversions I've attempted with my Blackmagic Mul
Re: Foolproof downconversion method for Premiere PC users
by Aaron Cadieux 6 years ago
Tim, I have the most problems downconverting HD for an SD DVD. I have yet to find an acceptable formula for exporting an HD timeline from Premiere to use on a DVD. What do you find is the best method
Recommendation for sharing desktop/edit remotely with producer
by Chris Detjen 6 years ago
What is the recommended way to share one's desktop via an online chat interface in order that an editor and a remote producer can interact real time. So, the producer can watch the Program or Source v
Re: Recommendation for sharing desktop/edit remotely with producer
by Aaron Cadieux 6 years ago
Chris, I invite clients as a guest on my PC using GoToMyPC so that they can see my edit station's desktop remotely. Because the playback of video on my computer's desktop is choppy when viewed over Go
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Laptop advice to use with Premiere Pro CS6
by Philip Merten 6 years ago
Greetings: I'm looking into getting the Lenovo W530 to edit out in the field with. It has the nVIDIA Quadro K1000M Graphics (2GB) card. Is this card adequate to run the Mercury Playback engine Any oth
Re: Laptop advice to use with Premiere Pro CS6
by Aaron Cadieux 6 years ago
Hello Philip, I do a lot of work on the road so I bought the following laptop: Dell XPS L702x 17" Notebook I bought mine from a company on EBay as a factory refurbished unit. What would have been a $3
Uploading Spots
by Aaron Cadieux 7 years ago
Hello, I upload spots on a regular basis, and I'd like to know the following . . . Why, if I send a commercial to a station in HD, do the stations downconvert the HD spots via "centercut" rather than
Re: Uploading Spots
by Aaron Cadieux 7 years ago
Mark, Mark Spano " Most of the time they feel that if someone is watching the SD feed on an SDTV, they'll want to see a full frame SD" Yes, but if someone is watching, say, The Discovery Channel on an
MainConcept Question
by Aaron Cadieux 7 years ago
Hello All, I contacted Mainconcept with a question about their TotalCode product. Of course they only have an email address on their site and no phone number, so of course I haven't heard back. I figu
Re: MainConcept Question
by Alex Gerulaitis 7 years ago
TotalCode is a Rovi (Sonic Solutions) product now; Rovi can be reached at +1 408 562 8400. Try asking for "professional solutions pre-sales support" if you don't get too far when calling that number;
Complaint about a good client
by Aaron Cadieux 7 years ago
Hey All, So I have this corporate client. They're a pretty good client. They throw a lot of work my way, and they pay on time. My only complaint is that they use me for post-production only. They have
Re: Complaint about a good client
by Kylee Peña 7 years ago
You know, when you Google your name, your COW profile comes up above the fold. And this post is at the top of it. Something to keep in mind when you're talking about specific clients. Just sayin'. blo
Don't be this person
by Aaron Cadieux 7 years ago
I'm sure this has happened to countless people on this forum. I was so angry I wanted to strangle this lady.
Re: Don't be this person
by Aaron Cadieux 7 years ago
I also didn't make a scene or anything like that. I just figured people on this forum could relate to this.
Upgrade Question
by Aaron Cadieux 7 years ago
Hello, I work as the in-house creative guy at an automotive dealership. Upon arrival, I took over for the previous creative guy who established the position. He ran the creative department on a Mac us
Re: Upgrade Question
by Aaron Cadieux 7 years ago
Yeah, Batman actually dropped me into a vat of chemicals when I was trying to clean out Axis Chemicals.
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Odd Mercury Playback Issue
by Aaron Cadieux 7 years ago
Hello, So this really isn't a problem, it's just an observation of something strange. I have a desktop workstation running PPro CS5.5 in my home office that I do most of my editing work on. My video c
Re: Odd Mercury Playback Issue
by Walter Soyka 7 years ago
Aaron Cadieux "I decided to remotely access my desktop machine in my office using my laptop. Upon accessing the desktop remotely, I opening an existing project. The project opened, but warned me that
Decklink SDI and updating Firmware with BSOD
by Aaron Cadieux 7 years ago
Hello, I just built a new PC-based Widows 7 Pro 64-bit machine running Production Suite CS5.5. The machine contains the EVGA Classified SR-2 mobo, 48GB of RAM, and the GTX580 video card. I also instal
Re: Decklink SDI and updating Firmware with BSOD
by Aaron Cadieux 7 years ago
Chris, I'm happy to announce that your suggestion to adjust my power settings worked! Much thanks! -Aaron
Wedding Video Length
by Aaron Cadieux 7 years ago
Hello all, I recently did a wedding. The finished video came out to be about 50 minutes long, and that includes the ceremony and reception. At 50 minutes, it's actually one of the shorter wedding vide
Re: Wedding Video Length
by Brent Dunn 7 years ago
Did this include a highlight reel Yeah, you have to be clear at the beginning and put as much in writing as possible. That's actually a nice surprise, but it would have been better if they told you up
New PC for Adobe Production Suite CS5.5
by Aaron Cadieux 7 years ago
Hello, I am going to making a jump from Production Suite CS3 to CS5.5. In order to do that, I will be building a new dual Xeon Quad-Core 64 bit PC this spring. Some of this "Dream Machine" is based of
Re: New PC for Adobe Production Suite CS5.5
by Aaron Cadieux 7 years ago
John, Dumb question, but with the GTX580 will I be able to utilize the Mercury playback engine I'm assuming yes. Thanks a lot for the feedback! -Aaron
Footage Rights
by Aaron Cadieux 8 years ago
Hello, So I was hired to film an entire high school football season by a parent this year. The footage is being used to create a highlight reel for his son for college recruiters. I made some money do
Re: Footage Rights
by Brent Dunn 8 years ago
I do a lot of sports recruiting video. I have it in my contract that I can sell copies to other clients. I charge these clients accordingly, which is more than if they would have paid splitting the co
Ethical question regarding "moonlighting"
by Laura Hopkins 8 years ago
I was hoping to gain some advice from others on this ethical delema. I currently work for a small videography company editing and shooting weddings, recitals, etc. I get paid $9 an hour, for all and e
Re: Ethical question regarding "moonlighting"
by Aaron Cadieux 8 years ago
Laura, At $9 an hour, you are already very underpaid. If you didn't sign a non-compete when you started your position, then you are in the clear. If your employer has a problem with you moonlighting w
Format Output Question
by Aaron Cadieux 8 years ago
Hello, I work in Adobe Production Premium CS3. I have been given just over 20 minutes of HD (1080 30p XDCAM) green screen footage that I have removed the green from. I need to return the footage to th
Re: Format Output Question
by Kevin Camp 8 years ago
another option is avid's dnxhd. it's practically the same as prores, but is offered free from avid and the highest bit rate supports alpha. of course it has the same issue that prores does, in that th
LTO Tape Question
by Aaron Cadieux 8 years ago
If an LTO backup fails, like from a power outage, can I record over on the same tape, or is that tape essentially useless Thanks. -Aaron
Re: LTO Tape Question
by Aaron Cadieux 8 years ago
Thanks Andy.
Curious About Something
by Aaron Cadieux 8 years ago
OK, I am curious about something. My wife and I were watching Top Chef on Bravo in HD. The commercials came on and there was a commercial for Top Chef's new upcoming season on Bravo, but the promotion
Re: Curious About Something
by Tom Matthies 8 years ago
Pillar Box + Letter Box = Litter Box E=MC2+ -2db
Interview in boardroom - any advice?
by Gilles Gagnon 8 years ago
hi everyone, I will be interviewing an executive in a boardroom of the 22nd floor of their building. The room has large windows on one wall with a view of the city. Should I use this as a background w
Re: Interview in boardroom - any advice?
by Aaron Cadieux 8 years ago
Shooting the CEO of a large corporation is always interesting. Sometimes you'll have the "communications director" come in and "brief" you on what to ask, what not to ask, and how to address the CEO w
" Worth It Anymore"??
by Andy jackson 8 years ago
I started in the video production business in 1986 at the age of 16 working for two well established companies in my area. I m now 41. I got very lucky at the time to get the both jobs by sending out
Re: " Worth It Anymore"??
by Aaron Cadieux 8 years ago
I don't have much tolerance for the "but the student with the cheap camera and the PC can do it for less" complaint. Amateur is amateur and professional is professional. If someone needs a professiona
Sports Videography Ethics Question
by Aaron Cadieux 8 years ago
Hello Everyone, I do a lot of sports videography. This season, I was hired by a local parent to film all of his son's high school football games. At the end of the season, all of his son's highlights
Re: Sports Videography Ethics Question
by Aaron Cadieux 8 years ago
And yes, I realize there are spelling mistakes in my prior post. "Haveing" being the most obvious one.
Green screen too dark?
by Aaron Cadieux 8 years ago
Hey Everyone, I shoot green screen stuff pretty regularly. However, I shot some stuff yesterday that is not cooperating in post. I can't seem to get a clean key out of it. Unfortunately, we shoot Mini
Re: Green screen too dark?
by Aaron Cadieux 8 years ago
Mark, Thanks for your help. I think the cop with the dark complexion looking better had more to do with my f-stop and less to do with his skin color. I opened the iris to get a brighter exposer on his
Wedding Photogs vs. Videogs
by Aaron Cadieux 8 years ago
Hey guys, On the rare occasion that I video a wedding, I usually find myself in a power-struggle with the wedding photographer. Photographers seem to automatically assume that the job they're doing is
Re: Wedding Photogs vs. Videogs
by Scott Mazarky 8 years ago
I've found that most of the photogs that shoot wedding photography don't bring any type of lighting other than on camera flash, so when I light up the reception like its noon time, they are eternally
To all the FCP-X Cry-Babies
by Aaron Cadieux 8 years ago
"Wah! Wah! Apple's going to make it easier for an ameature to do my job. Wah! Wah!" That's what all you crybabies sound like. Get over it. It's not the tools you use to make the edits that matter. It'
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Re: To all the FCP-X Cry-Babies
by Aaron Cadieux 8 years ago
I'm not even a FCP editor. And yes, I have 10s of thousands of dollars invested in my EQ as well. And just as people are entitled to their opinions, I'm entitled to mine. My comments weren't aimed at
Final Cut Pro X Petition
by Andrew Landini 8 years ago
Here's a petition regarding Final Cut Pro X put together at the Apple support community. If you agree with the statement, your support is appreciated. Link: http: www.petitiononline.com finalcut petit
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Re: Final Cut Pro X Petition
by Aaron Cadieux 8 years ago
This is all so pathetic. The software does not make the artist, just as the baseball bat doesn't make the hitter. FCP-X isn't going to make creative decisions for you. I've been guilty of whining on t
Online Edit Sessions
by Aaron Cadieux 8 years ago
Hello Everyone, So we have a client that wants to "sit in" on edits sessions remotely. I immediately thought of using a Slingbox for such a purpose. So I bought a Slingbox Solo and set it up to take a
Re: Online Edit Sessions
by Aaron Cadieux 8 years ago
Rocco, Thanks for that link. That's a great song. I laughed, but at the same time felt that good 'ole blood-boiling rage creeping into my viens of having to explain the workings of a rough cut to one
LTO-3 drive advice needed
by Aaron Cadieux 8 years ago
Hello Everyone, I purchased a Quantum TC-L32AN-BR-B LTO-3 tape drive for backing up old video projects. Does anyone know of a good SAS controller card to use for this drive I need an SAS controller ca
Re: LTO-3 drive advice needed
by Aaron Cadieux 8 years ago
Andrew, Thanks so much. It's nice to get a straight-forward response to a question. Best, Aaron
TV audio for radio
by Aaron Cadieux 8 years ago
Hello, My production company was hired by a marketing company to produce some TV and radio spots for a client. The content of the TV and radio was the same. The marketing company was concerned about b
Re: TV audio for radio
by Rodney Morris 8 years ago
Yes, there is a way to make them sound less different, but it would involve bringing the studio booth audio "down" to the location audio. In other words, you could EQ and add the appropriate "room" re
DV Green Screen Shoot
by Aaron Cadieux 9 years ago
Hello Everyone, I am currently editing a commercial that was shot in a green screen studio. Depsite my objections, the commercial was shot in SD on interlaced DV. I would have preferred XDCAM or even
Re: DV Green Screen Shoot
by Aaron Cadieux 9 years ago
Mark, Thanks for the advice. I will try some of this when I get back to the office on Monday. An over-contrasty base matte is a cool concept, which will help big time. The photoshop rotoscoping sounds
Editing Compensation?
by David Burkart 9 years ago
So I recently graduated (Spring '10) with a degree in Telecom. I've been writing for this site for several months and recently shot and edited a documentary-style short for them, about 7min long. They
Re: Editing Compensation?
by Aaron Cadieux 9 years ago
Don't sell yourself short. Charge a full professional rate. You should be getting at least $200 - $400 dollars for a job like that depending on the quality of the work you're producing. People are stu
Green Screen and Virtual Set Question
by Aaron Cadieux 9 years ago
Hello, This is a unique post. I'm not sure which forum it's appropriate for, so I figured I'd start here. If anyone thinks this question is better asked in another forum, feel free to re-direct me. We
Re: Green Screen and Virtual Set Question
by Aaron Cadieux 9 years ago
Mark, Unfortunately, we're shooting this on good 'ole MiniDV, which I know sucks for chromakeying. -Aaron
The Big Question
by Aaron Cadieux 9 years ago
Hello. Maybe this question has been posted before, maybe it hasn't. The question is obvious. When are these companies going to simply rewrap the video imaging technology of these DSLR cameras into a m
Re: The Big Question
by Aaron Cadieux 9 years ago
Michael, No hard feelings. I just found it odd for someone to start a post with "Where have you been ". Best, Aaron
Odd Issue
by Aaron Cadieux 9 years ago
Hello, I use Production Suite CS3. I have just exported a DVD project in Encore as a Flash file. Oddly enough, sometimes when I open the file in Flash Player, the menu buttons work fine. Other times,
Cable Advertising Question
by Aaron Cadieux 9 years ago
Hey everyone, I am in talks with the local cable outlet to run a spot I have produced. The spot advertises a service that my video production company is offering. I told the cable company what my budg
Re: Cable Advertising Question
by Thax Clave 9 years ago
Why not talk to a broadcast station They can offer some great rates.
Chromakey Question
by Aaron Cadieux 10 years ago
Hello, I shoot green screens on a regular basis. I currently have some merchindise to shoot on a green screen and had a question. Has anyone ever used an LCD tv with a green matte being played on it a
Re: Chromakey Question
by Aaron Cadieux 10 years ago
JS, Thanks for your reply, but I think you may have misunderstood my question. I just wanted to know if anyone has used an LCD TV with a color matte on the screen (being played on a source) as the chr
Motivation Needed
by Aaron Cadieux 10 years ago
Hey everyone, I've complained about my job on the Cow many times. I've complained too much as a matter of fact. But I seriously need some advice here. My bosses are out of town on a 2-week trip. I am
Re: Motivation Needed
by Aaron Cadieux 10 years ago
Thanks man. I'll have to do talk radio and not music. This edit so boring, that music will totally distract me from the edit, even at a low volume. I don't smoke, but maybe I'll start shooting up or s
Multibridge Question
by Aaron Cadieux 10 years ago
So I'm finding that it's impossible to use the Multibridge Pro as BOTH a stand-alone converter AND in conjunction with the Decklink software. With the Decklink software installed, the Multibridge util
Downconverting
by Aaron Cadieux 10 years ago
What does the Discovery Channel use to downconvert their programs to SD Is it a hardware downconvert, a software downconvert, or what The downconverts for Deadliest Catch and Dirty Jobs look great. Wh
Re: Downconverting
by Shane Ross 10 years ago
I can only guess...but I'd say Terranex, or just the deck they are playing from...if DISCOVERY does the downconvert. I delivered shows to discovery and we are required to deliver an HDCAM SR master, a
dropped frames
by Randy Johnson 10 years ago
I use native HDV I also have a quad core system with a RAID. But when I drop in a transistion in Premiere pro (under the black magic settings) it drops frames.It doesnt do that under the normal preset
Re: dropped frames
by Aaron Cadieux 10 years ago
I also have problems with dropped frames. I'm using PP CS3. No one in this forum has ever helped me with any issues I've had. I suggest calling Blackmagic directly.
Blackmagic Comiler Issues
by Aaron Cadieux 10 years ago
Hello, I cut on PP CS3. I use the Multibrige Pro. I edit in XDCAM, but would prefer to edit in Motion-Jpeg. Here's the trouble. I have some 1080 60i XDCAM footage in an XDCAM project with the appropri
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