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Adam Smith

5yrs Media 100
9yrs Avid Xpress
2yrs Final Cut Pro
Member Since:
June 15th 2007
313 Posts
100 posts
Location:
Fresno, CA
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Dissolves not smooth
by Jake Abramson 5 years ago
This has been an issue bugging me through the last few versions, but it hit a point where I've had enough. When using a video dissolve (cross, additive, or film), I feel that the blending is not smoot
Re: Dissolves not smooth
by Adam Smith 5 years ago
I assume you're talking about how fades don't progress linearly, but have more of a curve with accelerated start and stop. As I understand it, this is a function of having Premiere Pro set to use GPU
AG-HPX500P not compatible with the AJ-VF20WBP viewfinder
by Grant Peacock 7 years ago
I have not been able to get these 2 to work together. The viewfinder produces a fine image when the camera is set to any of the SD acquisition formats. When the HPX-500 is set to record any of the HD
Re: AG-HPX500P not compatible with the AJ-VF20WBP viewfinder
by Adam Smith 7 years ago
The HPX500 does not output HD from the viewfinder connection, and since it's an SD feed you're viewing you might try adjusting the downconvert mode on the camera (letterbox squeeze crop) and see if th
best way to scale video action but retain consistent background
by Anne Mortensen 7 years ago
Hi Everyone, This is my first post, and I hope someone can help me with an aspect of PP. I have a video where I need to reposition scale down the action within the frame, which lowers the position of
Re: best way to scale video action but retain consistent background
by Adam Smith 7 years ago
Hi Anne, I've got two quick-and-dirty ideas for you: I don't know how consistent you were with lighting, but my first thought is to place footage of one of the other headshots behind this one. You mig
Odd Video problem - need advice on re-encoding...
by Greig Middlemiss 7 years ago
Hi all, I'm struggling with a video conversion that I need to do. We have a short 3 minute video that we've produced, but when played back on our Corporate intranet over most user's PCs - almost all t
Re: Odd Video problem - need advice on re-encoding...
by Adam Smith 7 years ago
I wonder if it's your audio tracks and not the encoding. I'm NOT an audio guy, but I know if you mix the exact same audio on two tracks, with the phase on one side inverted, you'll get something simil
P2 Issues - Digital Dropout (REDUX)
by Michael Morabe 8 years ago
Hey guys, I've done A LOT of research through the forums and numerous posts about digital dropouts from Panasonic readers and now we've finally had the problem more lately. We had recently switched ov
Re: P2 Issues - Digital Dropout (REDUX)
by Adam Smith 8 years ago
Michael Morabe "We just find it hard to believe the PCD20 is already crapped out. I'll have to bring up getting another reader to test out. I still don't like that even through Firewire 400 it still
HVX200 and blur when panning
by Phil Lister 8 years ago
I have tried to do some research as to why when shooting in 24p or any film mode, the HVX200 has so much motion blur, more than other cams. Is there something wrong with the camera or did Panasonic si
Re: HVX200 and blur when panning
by Adam Smith 8 years ago
You generally double the shooting frame rate to get the "standard" shutter speed, so shooting 24p would be a 1 48th shutter, which is the same as shooting at a 180 degree film shutter. - - - Video Pho
Traveling with equipment
by Ian Liuzzi-Fedun 8 years ago
I've got two HPX370s and a shit ton of equipment to take with me to Europe. Some suggested (they have done it in the past) that I throw the HPX370s in my carry-ons and all the other equipment and my c
Re: Traveling with equipment
by Adam Smith 8 years ago
I'd look into actual carry-on bags from PortaBrace or the like... they're not going to lug as much gear as your main case would, but they'll get your camera small enough and protected enough to carry-
AG-HPX370 or AG-HPX500??
by Rob Ainscough 8 years ago
I'm trying to decide between which one of these Camcorder units I want. 1. It needs to be a long term investment (Meaning lasts 5 years). 2. Good with slow motion 3. Support external zoom and larger a
Re: AG-HPX370 or AG-HPX500??
by Adam Smith 8 years ago
2 3" chips are not small, unless you're comparing to a DSLR or one of the new digital cinema cameras. The HVX-200 and 200a both use 1 3" chips. However you're right in that both 200 and 500 use pixel-
Cannot capture footage from PANASONIC AG-HPX250P
by Stephen Snow 8 years ago
Hi Folks, I am relatively new to P2 footage, and very new to the PANASONIC AG-HPX250P. I think my problem may be as simple as a camera setting, but I am not sure what's up. On the camera, in MENU OTHE
Re: Cannot capture footage from PANASONIC AG-HPX250P
by Adam Smith 8 years ago
I have a HPX-500 and while I played with the first 250 I didn't get far enough to know whether they function the same for offloading... but I'd still venture to say that if you have any sort of camera
Severe Dropped Frame Issues
by Adam Smith 8 years ago
SHORT VERSION: We're having severe dropped frame issues on a system that has run flawlessly for the last couple years. At this point I can't play more than a few seconds of video unless it is rendered
Re: Severe Dropped Frame Issues
by Adam Smith 8 years ago
Hi David, thanks for the reply. I know we really need to do a full wipe, but the boss just wasn't ready to take that step. We're going to run a full backup tonight and discuss in the morning. We just
FCP7 rendering only using 50% of CPU power
by Lucas Way 8 years ago
Hi, I'm just rendering some footage (in FCP7). Around 35 minutes, a mix of XDCAM 1080p25 and XDCAM422 1080i50 (I know, I know, trust me, if it were up to me I wouldn't be mixing 2 different formats in
Re: FCP7 rendering only using 50% of CPU power
by Adam Smith 8 years ago
I think some codecs are more able to be split between processors (multi-threaded). When I work in FCP7 with ProRes and hit render I generally see all 8 of my processors crank up and work hard. - - - V
Compressor: change frame rate - droplet - where is it transcoding? can I cancel the action?
by Dave Chavinsky 8 years ago
A friend of mine created a droplet in compressor for me to change frame rates from 60fps to 30fps. I drag footage onto the droplet and it automatically starts transcoding. Where is this action happeni
Re: Compressor: change frame rate - droplet - where is it transcoding? can I cancel the action?
by Adam Smith 8 years ago
Batch Monitor comes with Compressor and will show you all active jobs. - - - Video Photographer Avid & Final Cut Editor
MXF structure P2 cards missing data
by Milan Collin 8 years ago
Hi all, I am working on a project where we filmed on a P2 cam (HPX171e). With the off loading part something went wrong and the person who did this copied only the video files instead of the whole car
Re: MXF structure P2 cards missing data
by Adam Smith 8 years ago
If you get P2CMS from Panasonic (free download) it installs the MXF codec for quicktime and you can then drag the MXF files directly into FCP. (You don't have to use P2CMS for anything, just install i
CoreMelt Free breaks my paid plug-in
by Adam Smith 9 years ago
Just a quick note to be careful installing the new CoreMelt FREE 33 plug-in set if you already own some CoreMelt products. Just fired up a 3 week old project that used Advanced Vignette extensively...
Re: CoreMelt Free breaks my paid plug-in
by Adam Smith 9 years ago
Hi Roger, I've got everything working correctly now, but I'd be happy to help you diagnose the issue. Unfortunately I'm in production all day today, off tomorrow, and shooting on friday, so the earlie
Final Cut and multiple cores/processors
by Robert Arnold 9 years ago
Something I've been wondering about for a while: can Final Cut take advantage of multiple processors I'm pretty sure it is using all four cores of my Mac Pro's single processor, but if I were to upgra
Re: Final Cut and multiple cores/processors
by Adam Smith 9 years ago
I've seen my MacPro most if not all of my 8 cores up to around 80% when rendering in FCP... but that's about the only time it seems to use more than one or two, and it may be content related (codec, f
transfer problems- MASSIVE files
by Rachel Deitch 9 years ago
Sorry if this is the wrong category for this, but I've been having trouble transferring footage from my Panasonic HMC40 to FCP. The transfer works fine but I've been getting HUGE files. For example, I
Re: transfer problems- MASSIVE files
by Adam Smith 9 years ago
Most camera acquisition formats are compressed out of necessity, and may not be well suited to production work. AVCHD and similar codecs are particularly processor intensive to work with, and therefor
HVX200 Green Screen Problem
by Jim Moore 9 years ago
I have tried everything I know to figure this out. I keep getting this white outline around my subject that is driving me nuts. Here is a frame of the green screen: As you can see the screen is evenly
Re: HVX200 Green Screen Problem
by Adam Smith 9 years ago
Looks like edge enhancement from the camera to me... it can be quite a problem. Usually shows up on high-contrast edges, with light outer line and dark inner lines. I'm poking around with your still i
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Shooting HPX-500 overcranked
by Eric Nicastro 9 years ago
I'll be shooting with the HPX-500 and need to overcrank some shots. I've never shot overcranked before, what do I need to know to get smooth footage What kind of settings should I use, shutter angle,
Re: Shooting HPX-500 overcranked
by Adam Smith 9 years ago
If you want the effect done in-camera, you'd set your recording format and frame rate, then in the Scene File menu change the frame rate from Default to the frame rate that gives you the desired over
Apple Pro Res 422 / Mpeg Streamclip issue when editing with FCP
by William Evans 9 years ago
This is my first post here on Creative Cow, so I hope it's in the relevant forum- let me know if another section is better suited and I'll know for next time! I edit all my video in Final Cut Pro and
Re: Apple Pro Res 422 / Mpeg Streamclip issue when editing with FCP
by Adam Smith 9 years ago
Have you tried doing the conversion in Compressor - - - Video Photographer Avid & Final Cut Editor
Deleting P2 folders
by Miodrag Ristic 9 years ago
Just wasn't able to trash some P2 folders no longer needed. When tried to empty the Trash, a message would appear; "The operation cannot be completed because the item "LASTCLIP.TXT i locked." and then
Re: Deleting P2 folders
by Adam Smith 9 years ago
We see a lot of people who've ingested and then tossed the MXF and later realize they did something wrong (remove pulldown set incorrectly pulled wrong shots). If you've cut and delivered the piece wi
Uncollapse "Send to Motion Project" clips
by Dustin Bowser 9 years ago
I apologize if this topic has already been covered somewhere else, but I searched and couldn't quite find anything. I know that In the FCP timeline you can select multiple clips, even across multiple
Re: Uncollapse "Send to Motion Project" clips
by Adam Smith 9 years ago
Jeremy Garchow "Motion project can take an stupid long time to render in FCP." Really My experience seems quite the opposite... I often have Motion projects render several times faster in FCP. Motion
Does HPX500 Record Proxies?
by peter tours 9 years ago
Is there a way to get "crappy video" out of the HPX500 ...we are shooting a production that is supposed to include surveillance footage so I figured if I can access proxies or something from our camer
Re: Does HPX500 Record Proxies?
by Adam Smith 9 years ago
Nope, it does not. No add-on option either. - - - Video Photographer Avid & Final Cut Editor
Exported movie longer than FCP sequence!
by Jeremy Levine 9 years ago
Hey all, I'm sure I'm missing something simple but this one has me stumped. My exported film is 10 minutes longer than my sequence. I'm editing in Final Cut Pro 6.0.6 I shot on an HPX-170 at 720pn (23
Re: Exported movie longer than FCP sequence!
by Adam Smith 9 years ago
I had that gravity well thing once before... tough to troubleshoot unless you can move the whole edit rig. Test the other options first. - - - Video Photographer Avid & Final Cut Editor
Interface not appearing for Handbrake
by Erika Chamberlin 11 years ago
At the advice of an editor friend I have arrived here. I downloaded the latest version of handbrake for mac 0S 10. For the life of me the interface does not appear on the desktop although I tried for
Re: Making progress But HOW to shorten clip in MPEG Streamclip?
by Adam Smith 11 years ago
To select a range in MPEG Streamclip, play the video or drag the slider to where you want your clip to start and press I (for In Point). Move to the spot where you want that clip to end and press O (O
Shooting with a pure white background?
by Mike Jefferies 11 years ago
Hi, I'm hoping to make some videos of a person in front of a pure white background. This is pretty much the exact effect that I'm looking for: http: specials.washingtonpost.com onbeing Can anyone adv
Re: Shooting with a pure white background?
by Adam Smith 11 years ago
You sound really focused on chromakeying, but I strongly suggest that after you shoot on the green screen, throw up some white sheets or a paper backdrop and shoot it again. Expose for the subject. Yo
FCP exports for Vegas
by Adam Smith 12 years ago
Did a bunch of searching and I'm not finding the answer I need here... I have a client who wants to edit their own multicamera shoot, using Vegas 8 (or possibly Premiere). As I use FCP I'm looking to
Re: FCP exports for Vegas
by Adam Smith 12 years ago
Thanks much for the reply! We were hoping to avoid converting transcoding mostly for storage reasons, so at this point my client is considering either buying Raylight to enable DVCPRO codecs in Vegas,
Avid Quicktimes won't play on mac pro
by Tim Irwin 12 years ago
I have been given a bunch of quicktimes of graphics for a show we are editing. Quicktime reports the codec to be AJA Kona AVDJ VideoOut Codec, 720 x 486 etc..... The Finder reports the codec to be Avi
Re: Avid Quicktimes won't play on mac pro
by Adam Smith 12 years ago
Emailed and uploaded Here! Hope that works for you. -Adam
Problems with Kona 3 and ProresHQ-SOLVED!
by Sara Shier 12 years ago
Hi, I'm new here but I thought I'd throw some info out there. I was desperately searching through forums last night trying to figure out this problem and called AJA this morning and got the answer, so
Re: Problems with Kona 3 and ProresHQ-SOLVED!
by Adam Smith 12 years ago
Ken Zukin "Also, does this bug affect the Kona 3 only " How about Kona LHe Suppose I'll go check the AJA site for info. -- Video Photographer Avid Editor Final Cut Neophyte
CL-255 Fluorescents by Cool Lights
by Adam Smith 12 years ago
I'm building a kit on a budget and as part of it I'd planned on picking up a Lowel Rifa 88 (1k) popup soft light, but then I saw a link to this: CL-255 Cool Lights 2x55 watt Fluorescent Video Soft Lig
Re: CL-255 Fluorescents by Cool Lights
by Adam Smith 12 years ago
Killer, thanks for the info. I think I'm going to go ahead and get a few of these instead of the big Rifa... at the price it means I can get a them plus few C-stands and have a total of 7 lights inste
lite ring/chroma matte problems
by raymond flores 12 years ago
We use a Lite Ring Chroma matte set up. Maybe its my skill level but I cannot get this key to be perfect. I'm told that Lite Ring keys are suppose to be fantastic but I always get a shadow and a dark
Re: lite ring/chroma matte problems
by Adam Smith 12 years ago
The system uses a dark grey fabric with embedded glass micro-beads... it has a very directional reflective property, much like safety tape or a freeway sign. The green (or blue) LED ring mounts on the
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