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Adam Leonard

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August 20th 2010
75 Posts
Green screen noise high when people wearing white or black?
by Adam Leonard 4 weeks ago
Let me know if this should be on another forum. So we're shooting with a Canon XF405, tungsten lights with lightboxes, and using ATEM as our switcher. The big problem is, when we use the green screen,
Re: Green screen noise high when people wearing white or black?
by Adam Leonard 2 weeks ago
Well, I talked to the person who set up the studio. He said that essentially, the SDI cable only goes through the Decimator box and then goes straight to the switcher. Everything else is more for afte
Film a mirror image on the XF405?
by Adam Leonard 3 months ago
Reposted from the Canon Cameras forum, because it looked like I might get an answer faster here. OK, so we got the XF405 (before I started working here) partially because it's supposed to have the abi
Film a mirror image on the XF405?
by Adam Leonard 3 months ago
OK, so we got the XF405 (before I started working here) partially because it's supposed to have the ability to film a mirror image of what's in front of it. Kind of like this. We're recording in a lig
Match white balance between an on-camera screen and the subject/lighting?
by Adam Leonard 3 months ago
So I'm still working on the studio from the previous post. We've just now introduced a large touch-screen monitor that professors will be using (not at the same time as the lightboard). The problem is
Re: Match white balance between an on-camera screen and the subject/lighting?
by Adam Leonard 3 months ago
Thanks for the answers so far. The same coworker who accidentally stumbled upon the "just adjust the polarizing filter" solution to the glare problem in the previous thread found a YouTube video that
Reducing glare on a lightboard?
by Adam Leonard 3 months ago
Reposted from the Studio Design forum because that one seemed a little quiet, and I need an answer soonish. So I'm working at a mid-sized university putting together a lightboard studio. It's mostly d
Re: Reducing glare on a lightboard?
by Adam Leonard 3 months ago
Update: I was having mixed results with just changing the angle of the monitor, and then someone else working on the project was trying to tighten the polarizing filter and he accidentally discovered
Reducing glare on a lightboard
by Adam Leonard 3 months ago
So I'm working at a mid-sized university putting together a lightboard studio. It's mostly done, but we've realized that the TV facing the lightboard that we use as a confidence monitor leaves a large
Audio Bitrate always comes out wrong
by Adam Leonard 2 years ago
I'm a commercial editor at a TV station. We occasionally have to load completed videos to a service site called Premion for putting local ads onto streaming services such as Hulu. The problem is that
Re: Audio Bitrate always comes out wrong
by Ryan Holmes 2 years ago
I may be wrong about this....but I thought AAC was, by nature, a Variable Bit Rate compression format. So AME allows you to set "precedence" meaning you want to force it, as much as possible to confor
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Can't scroll forward on the Timeline by dragging the Playhead forward in CC 2017
by Adam Leonard 2 years ago
So I recently updated to CC 2017 from CC 2015 and now I have the dumbest problem. I used to be able to easily scroll forward just a little bit on the Timeline by dragging the Playhead forward the desi
FS7 1080i footage doesn't "look right"- Something in the dumping process?
by Adam Leonard 2 years ago
So, recently our videographer, who has been in this business way longer than I have, said that our footage looks kinda choppy when it airs, like there's been a 24p filter put on it or something. Furth
Re: FS7 1080i footage doesn't "look right"- Something in the dumping process?
by Adam Leonard 2 years ago
Whelp, I talked to him again and it turns out the thing that he saw on TV that looked so choppy was a graphics intro that was intentionally made to look choppy by a third party. He said that about one
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Open project panel
by Robert Withers 5 years ago
This is dumb, but somehow I closed the project panel in the media browser and can't find how to reopen it or where it is. The project itself opens fine--I just don't see the project panel in the media
Re: Open project panel
by Adam Leonard 3 years ago
I just had the same problem, except that PP (2015.2) really seems to think that the missing Project tab is open, but I can't close it or bring it to the forefront. Another weird separate problem with
End of audio clips is cut off after import
by Adam Leonard 3 years ago
So I'm using Premiere Pro 2015.2 and for this particular client, I always receive a combined voiceover music track that's made by a third party and is given to me as a stereo MP3 file. I import it int
Re: End of audio clips is cut off after import
by Ed Schilling 2 years ago
Any updates on this issue I just encountered the same problem when importing my GH4 .mov files from a recent recording that resulted in 14 files. Upon import into premiere, the last second or so of au
Timeline panel tabs overlapping instead of snapping
by Adam Leonard 3 years ago
So I've been using Premiere Pro 2015.2 for several weeks now, and then suddenly all of the panel tabs stopped neatly "snapping" into place neatly and instead overlap each other and just sit wherever I
What external storage drive should I get for editing?
by Adam Leonard 3 years ago
Pretty simple question, as the title implies. I work at a local TV station editing local commercials. We used to use a fairly old computer with a Drobo 5D for editing that was having a lot of lag, but
Re: What external storage drive should I get for editing?
by Adam Leonard 3 years ago
It will be mostly used by this one computer, although we're most likely going to network it to at least one other computer to allow the videographer to dump new footage to it directly from his machine
Background layer disappears during cross-dissolves
by Adam Leonard 3 years ago
So I'm editing a spot in CC 2014 that switches between showing a lot of still photos and videos, with an animated background layer beneath them and cross-dissolves between them. When it switches betwe
Re: Background layer disappears during cross-dissolves
by Adam Leonard 3 years ago
Weirdness bonus- I just made an edit (without the nesting work-around) where the problem should have occurred, and it didn't happen. I went back and tried redoing older edits that had the problem, and
Migrating AMA-based sequences to Premiere CC
by Adam Leonard 3 years ago
So we'll be switching from Avid Media Composer 6 to Adobe Premiere Pro CC in a few months, and I'm hoping to migrate my hundreds of projects and or sequences made with AMA-linked video over instead of
Re: Migrating AMA-based sequences to Premiere CC
by Adam Leonard 3 years ago
Hmm, I watched the tutorial video that was on the linked Adobe page and I noticed that I hadn't been checking the box for "AAF Edit Protocol." I did this and this time I had more success. The project
Drobo 5D causing lag in Avid
by Adam Leonard 5 years ago
Hey there, So we've been using a Drobo 5D for editing local TV commercials for a few months now. While it works, there has been some significant video lag within Avid, especially when it comes to vide
Re: Drobo 5D causing lag in Avid
by Warren Eig 5 years ago
From what I read about the Drobo 5D, it doesn't really say it is designed for media handling. It is super fast for back ups. Have you run a speediest with AJA or BlackMagic speed test apps (both are f
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YC Waveform automatically displayed in mV if I have settings set to 1080i/59.94 mode?
by Adam Leonard 4 years ago
So I'm using Avid Media Composer 6.0 for local TV commercials and I'm finally sitting down and learning about waveforms and vector scopes. One of the first things I noticed is that the manual says tha
Re: YC Waveform automatically displayed in mV if I have settings set to 1080i/59.94 mode?
by Adam Leonard 4 years ago
Thanks for all that. I've copied some of the most important things you said into my notes. I've never had anything rejected by QC here, so I'll just worry about keeping things between the lines for ri
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Every single audio track goes onto timeline by default
by Adam Leonard 4 years ago
I'm using Avid MC 6.0.1.1. We just recently switched to a new camera that records eight channels of audio. Problem is, whenever I start working with a new clip in the Source monitor, by default it imm
Re: Every single audio track goes onto timeline by default
by Adam Leonard 4 years ago
So I've told the videoographer and he said: "The XDCAM and XAVC standards have 8 tracks of audio, you cannot turn them off, it's part of the system standard. The empty tracks do not use up any signifi
Audio gets "blips" at the end when I import .MOVs
by Adam Leonard 5 years ago
I've noticed lately that when I import .mov files into Avid, there is often a "blip" at the tail end of the audio that's about 1-3 frames long. Sometimes it sounds distinctly like the audio from anoth
Possible to convert a 30i project to 1080i?
by Adam Leonard 6 years ago
So I'm relatively new to Avid, and I seem to have made the biggest mistake possible. When 99% done with a very elaborate project, I realized that my initial settings were for a 30i project, instead of
Re: Possible to convert a 30i project to 1080i?
by Adam Leonard 6 years ago
Oh hey, I managed to make this work by opening the clips on the timeline in the Title Tool (via Effect Editor), and then doing a Save As, and giving them the same name and putting them in the same bin
Downconverting to SD, but without double-image
by Adam Leonard 7 years ago
So I have some HD video that I want to put on a DVD. I have DVD Studio Pro, which as you know, will not downconvert the video to SD for me. I tried re-exporting the video as a regular old SD QuickTime
Re: Downconverting to SD, but without double-image
by Nigel Beaumont 7 years ago
Your starting point should be understanding that DVD is SD, so there has to be a cost when putting HD video on it. Without that, you may forever be chasing quality that isn't possible. My usual workfl
FCP Not Capturing HDV
by Adam Leonard 7 years ago
So I just took over as the videographer on a cruise ship and we are also upgrading to HD video. I've been shooting with a Sony Z1U and I've been attempting to capture it to a brand-new (as in bought t
Re: FCP Not Capturing HDV
by Adam Leonard 7 years ago
OK, thanks!
DSLRs from list
by Adam Leonard 7 years ago
Hi Everyone, Although I'm mostly a video guy, I recently started working on a cruise ship and they have been making me do much more photography than anything else. And now I have to buy my own DSLR, s
Re: DSLRs from list
by Adam Leonard 7 years ago
I'll have to check the requirement list again, but I think it has a minimum size of 115 mm for lenses.
Best value on audio equipment?
by Adam Leonard 7 years ago
So I'm a TV Video guy in between jobs and I'm looking to do more freelance videography to pay the bills. I already have a Panasonic HDC-TM900 and a tripod. Next I'm looking to get a good shotgun mic a
Re: Best value on audio equipment?
by Dave Haynie 7 years ago
"Good" is a big relative... some people will be happy with a $100 mic, some will not be happy with a $5,000 mic. One thing you can be sure of... the worst mic you're likely to use is the one you have
Best Way to Learn After Effects?
by Adam Leonard 8 years ago
So I'm wanting to ask for something this Christmas that will teach me After Effects, specifically CS5. What's the best way to go I'm looking mainly at using it for for graphics, animation, and smaller
Re: Best Way to Learn After Effects?
by Adam Leonard 8 years ago
Thanks for that. While I'll certainly be using a lot of things on that link between now and Christmas, I sorta right now have the rare opportunity to get a paid tutorial for free (as a gift) and want
Looking for a relatively cheap HD camera
by Adam Leonard 8 years ago
So I'm looking to do some freelance videography while I search for my next job in the TV Film industry. Although I've been shooting for years, this will be the first serious camera that I've owned mys
Re: Looking for a relatively cheap HD camera
by Dave Haynie 8 years ago
I would not recommend an HDSLR as the primary camera for event work. Hey, nothing against the HDSLR... I have a Canon 60D myself, love it, there's nothing like it in low light anywhere near my budget.
What is a SAN workflow?
by Adam Leonard 8 years ago
I'm sure this will sound like kind of a dumb question to some of you, but I've only been in the business 2.5 years and the only stupid question is the one you don't ask, right What is a SAN workflow I
Re: What is a SAN workflow?
by Adam Leonard 8 years ago
Thank you! I guess this means that I haven't used a SAN yet after all.
Need advice on getting equipment
by Adam Leonard 9 years ago
I've been asked to find some audio equipment for someone who wants to produce his own show for our tiny LPTV channel. Problem is, I'm only on my first job after college, I've never had enough money to
Re: Need advice on getting equipment
by Adam Leonard 9 years ago
Thanks Ty, but the kind of show we're talking about has an even lower budget minimum standard of quality than what you're thinking of. I forgot to mention that we're located in American Samoa, which i
Broke a shotgun mic- repairable?
by Adam Leonard 9 years ago
It seems that I've dropped and broken a Sony ECM-NV1 shotgun mic. However, I apparently only broke the outer plastic, and it continued working fine. That is, until just a few days ago when the slighte
Re: Broke a shotgun mic- repairable?
by Adam Leonard 9 years ago
Oh, sorry. I actually bought a used replacement one on eBay for something like 1 3 of the retail price, but I printed out your instructions and gave them and the broken mic to my boss, who has solderi
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