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Looking for inexpensive camcorder. Tips?
by Nathanael Rebmann 4 days ago
Hey everybody, student filmmaker here, and the people on this site have been indispensable. To the title of the post, I currently own a Canon t2i, which has been great. But I'm trying to do more docum
Re: Looking for inexpensive camcorder. Tips?
by Al Bergstein 3 days ago
GoPro Al
Collaboration Agreement - Question on International Arbitration and jurisdiction
by Al Bergstein 3 weeks ago
I've just had an opportunity to work on a possible project with an author of a book that we both would like to try and turn into a film (documentary). The current verbal agreement we have decided on i
Re: Collaboration Agreement - Question on International Arbitration and jurisdiction
by Al Bergstein 2 weeks ago
Thanks Nick. Yes, I'm generally of the same point of view. It's not that I don't have trust in my possible partner, but that we just want to make sure that we have something in writing that protects b
Photo & Video sharing - professional and otherwise
by Bob Cole 2 weeks ago
After having tried several alternatives, I use Dropbox (paid version) for sending rough cuts & stills to clients. It works well. Just this week, a client and a colleague (different people) used Google
Re: Photo & Video sharing - professional and otherwise
by Al Bergstein 2 weeks ago
I currently am storing most everything on Smugmug (paid pro version). Very flexible. And if you have family members who like to get actual prints from shots, Smugmug has a brain dead way to have them
Canon 6D Live View / Video Cuts off intermittently due to motion, maybe? troubleshooting ideas?
by Tim Duggan 3 weeks ago
Hi y'all, I'm new to this forum, but couldn't find anything about this issue here or anywhere else for that matter. I may just be out of a primary video camera, but I figured I'd look for an answer on
Re: Canon 6D Live View / Video Cuts off intermittently due to motion, maybe? troubleshooting ideas?
by Al Bergstein 3 weeks ago
My best guess is that it is a repair issue. You've done a good job trying other options short of sending it in. Canon is luckily one of the better companies for repairs, and I would contact them and s
Should i buy a d5300 or a 5d m3?
by Cassio Melo 3 weeks ago
Hi .I m thinking on buy my first camera and i have this killing question on my mind. Should i buy a d5300 or a 5d m3 And all beacause of this: https: www.youtube.com watch v=Gjgh4RJasQc As i Can see t
Re: Should i buy a d5300 or a 5d m3?
by Al Bergstein 3 weeks ago
According to one review I read, you can record to an external recorder at 1080 but when you are doing that, the camera only records at 720p. If you never think you are going to need to use an external
Looking for Classes / workshops in Los Angeles
by Olivier Prudhomme 1 month ago
I need to finesse my skills with DSLR cameras. I know the basics. I work in TV as an editor and I have been on set in countless occasions so I understand lighting, sound, composition etc... I am looki
Re: Looking for Classes / workshops in Los Angeles
by Al Bergstein 3 weeks ago
try here first http: www.learn.usa.canon.com live_learning workshop_main.shtml Al
Output HDMI signals on Canon EOS cameras. ?
by Martin Mestre 1 month ago
hi, Do any of the Canon EOS lineup output HDMI signal while recording to 1080p or full screen on a external monitor... what i have seen is that they output HDMI to 480p is this correct I heard a work
Re: Output HDMI signals on Canon EOS cameras. ?
by Al Bergstein 1 month ago
I routinely output 1080 HDMI from my EOS cameras. Read the manuals.it's in there. Al
Editing 4K from a Sony FS7 or equivilent on a Macbook Pro
by Alex Newton 2 months ago
Hi there, I'm looking at purchasing a Sony FS7 (or equivalent 4K camera) but am concerned about whether my MacBook Pro with Premiere CS6 has the necessary capabilities to edit 4K or high frame rate 10
Re: Editing 4K from a Sony FS7 or equivilent on a Macbook Pro
by Al Bergstein 1 month ago
I don't know the answer but the CS6 software has not been updated with features in quite some time. I would be worried you would. Al
Is cloud storage a viable option for 10TB?? What are my options?
by Matt Hannon 2 months ago
Hi guys - I posted a question a few days ago, but then realised i'd put it in the wrong section, apologies, and i'm not trying to spam CC, but think I might have a bit more luck here... I've been doin
Re: Is cloud storage a viable option for 10TB?? What are my options?
by Al Bergstein 2 months ago
It's possible but The upload speeds might be your bottleneck on the road. It will likely take too long to upload, in most remote locations . But It might be a fun way to meet other filmmakers in these
advice on upgrading my recording setup
by david Hartman 2 months ago
hello I'm David, I'm seeking advice on what new equipment I could get to improve my recording set up. I'm not an expert when it comes to audio so when looking for new equipment I'm not sure what to lo
Re: advice on upgrading my recording setup
by Al Bergstein 2 months ago
I agree with everything that Bill says. The statement that your headphones are experiencing noise while the recordings don't point to some possible issues that Bill didn't state. On many low end consu
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Client asking for historic files
by Stephen Ong 2 months ago
Hi I have a client today who has requested some historic working files. The work is white label for an agency so the design studio is requesting thre working files from me, so they can supply to their
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Re: Client asking for historic files
by Al Bergstein 2 months ago
Stephen, I also agree with Todd. I would simply send a well worded email, stating that since at the time you did the original work, that you were not requested nor paid to archive the footage, and tha
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Focusing on GH4 with 12-35/35-100 2.8
by Paul Seidel 3 months ago
Has anyone with the 12-35 35-100 2.8 lenses notice that when you use autofocus (or do the half shutter) that the focusing almost 'shimmers' The image looks like it almost shifts imperceptibly. What wo
Re: Focusing on GH4 with 12-35/35-100 2.8
by Jason Jenkins 2 months ago
Yes. Autofocus is not usable for video, unfortunately. There are occasions when it would come in handy. Jason Jenkins Flowmotion Media Video production... with style! Check out my Mormon.org profile.
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recommendation for levalier mic for use in noisy environments
by phil sheldon 2 months ago
Hi all i will be filming some interviews in fairly noisy laboratories and would like a recommendation for a levalier mic that will cut out as much surrounding noise as possible. Any thoughts and sugge
Re: recommendation for levalier mic for use in noisy environments
by Al Bergstein 2 months ago
Right. Thx. Al
C100 on premiere Pro CORRECT WORKFLOW - upper or progressive?
by Sil Bia 2 months ago
Hi guys I need to edit some Canon C100 footage in Premiere Pro. My timeline is set (and needs to be set) on Apple Pro Res LT Progressive - as that's my output and also because footage from other, prog
Re: C100 on premiere Pro CORRECT WORKFLOW - upper or progressive?
by Al Bergstein 2 months ago
I have not had any problems with MTS files, and have been using it quite a while.pls explain. Al
How to market self as Technical Director?
by craig Jurkoic 3 months ago
I am a contractor, directing video multi cam at live events for 12 years. Aka "Technical Director". Corporate, motivational and trade group events throughout US. 200-600 participants 3-8 cameras How d
Re: How to market self as Technical Director?
by Al Bergstein 3 months ago
Sounds like you would want to be targeted marketing particular type of clients. For example targeted at event producers. What are the trade mags they read You might want to investigate advertising on
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Audio Engineers Society Convention 2015 NYC Report
by Ty Ford 3 months ago
Hi, I saw a lot of gear and a lot of people at AES NYC last week. Here's an ongoing report. http: tyfordaudiovideo.blogspot.com Regards, Ty Ford Cow AUdio Forum Leader Want better production audio : T
Re: Audio Engineers Society Convention 2015 NYC Report
by Al Bergstein 3 months ago
Right. I wasn't being clear. That's what I do also. Al
Wanting to include a newspaper article in my documentary
by Rob Cap 4 months ago
Hi everyone! I am about half way through with my first documentary (I have done the interviews, etc.) so now I am getting together documents information to include in the doc. One of the things I want
Re: Wanting to include a newspaper article in my documentary
by Al Bergstein 4 months ago
Yes. You have to pay for access for the articles. That should be part of your budget. Welcome to the new world where everything has a value, except independent video! (G). Hopefully your documentary w
Sin Fronteras/ Without Boarder: A documentary about the real people crossing the Mexican-American boarder
by Aaron Keba 6 months ago
I wanted to share with you a trailer for a new documentary that's become increasingly relevant in today's news. There's so much in the press about the Mexican-American boarder especially with Donald T
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Re: Sin Fronteras/ Without Boarder: A documentary about the real people crossing the Mexican-American boarder
by Aaron Keba 6 months ago
Al bergstein If you want to check it out I watched it on Amazon's instant video. http: buff.ly 1IKLGhR it just came out in March
Editing to music from nested sequences.
by Guido Garf 7 months ago
Hi all, I'm just entering the world of editing... How would you edit nested sequences to the music if you can't see the waveform that corresponds to such sequence in the general timeline Thanks!
Re: Editing to music from nested sequences.
by Al Bergstein 7 months ago
I feel like the blind leading the blind (joke here). Try rendering everything on that time line first. I think that's going to help. Al
Audio problem with Zoom H5
by Thim Naccache 7 months ago
Hi Everybody, I really hope, someone can help me here. I just shot a whole day of interviews with my new Zoom H5. I used two mics plugged on xrl 1 and 2 with 16bit wave 48000 hertz setting. The record
Re: Audio problem with Zoom H5
by Al Bergstein 7 months ago
What do you mean by a "move" transfer The files live in a series of folders on the card. You should take the card out of the H5 and put it into a card reader on your computer. Then copy them to a fold
Sescom + Zoom H4n + T3i = loud hissing? How can I get rid of it?
by steven dileo 7 months ago
Hi, I just bought some audio equipment after some researching. I was under the assumption that if I got this sescom cable, I would be able to plug it straight into my t3i and have pretty decent audio.
Re: Sescom + Zoom H4n + T3i = loud hissing? How can I get rid of it?
by Al Bergstein 7 months ago
If the audio on the H4N with the same gear is fine, then the issue is either the cable or the 3Ti. If your audio levels in the 3Ti are showing 'fine' meaning -10 or greater, (meaning lower) then it's
What's with copyrighted music on YouTube?
by Greg Ball 8 months ago
Today I received a call from a large medical facility. They want to use the song Happy from Pharrell. They referred me to other hospital videos on YouTube that used that song. Of course I told them it
Re: What's with copyrighted music on YouTube?
by Al Bergstein 8 months ago
I agree with Terry's assessment. Why not just call the hospital marketing departments that are using them and ask how they got the rights They'd likely tell someone in the industry if asked. Al
xf 300 vs 305 vs 105
by Rob Gutermuth 8 months ago
Hi All, The MXF codec - blessing or curse - got to be better than AVCHD and HDV, but how does it compare with, say, going directly out of the 305 or 105's SDI output (and say, recording to prores HQ f
Re: xf 300 vs 305 vs 105
by Al Bergstein 8 months ago
I totally agree with Todd. I have used all three of those cameras and both codecs. Al
iMac 5k - i5 or i7 ???? NEED REAL people opinion
by Tommy Damani 8 months ago
Hey guys. I've read a whole bunch of techy techy stuff on the web about i5 vs i7 but it is all jargon to me so i need help from you guys who will just tell me straight up and speak non jargon English
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Re: iMac 5k - i5 or i7 ???? NEED REAL people opinion
by Al Bergstein 8 months ago
Not near a computer for a few days. Have to wait. Adobe does support the nvidea graphics card. Al
First camera recommendations? $2000 budget
by Erin Smith 9 months ago
I'm an editor looking to get into making my own shorts and want to buy a camera. I have a $2000 - $3000 budget for getting the body and initial lenses, and any initial audio equipment I'd need. I've w
Re: First camera recommendations? $2000 budget
by Al Bergstein 8 months ago
I'd certainly buy used, maybe off Ebay. I've always had good luck with eBay. I agree with the notion of a used C100. I own one and it's one of the best video camera's I've ever owned. It's small enoug
Not getting crisp details in DSLR footage
by Cole Skory 8 months ago
I work with a Canon t5i and my footage appears to have a lot of noise in it... It's not so much of a problem when I shoot normally, but when I try to motion track, or camera solve the footage that it
Re: Not getting crisp details in DSLR footage
by Al Bergstein 8 months ago
I agree with Blaise. This looks like 'normal' footage from that group of Canon cameras. I used to own a T2i. You probably need to work on sharpening and adding a bit of contrast to it in post. I'm not
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Premiere cs6 works slow on windows 8.1
by Vid Ogris 10 months ago
Hello After installing windows 8.1 on my machine I can see that premiere is working slow. As slow I mean when importing files, creating new items, bins, sequences it has a couple of seconds of "lag".
Re: Premiere cs6 works slow on windows 8.1
by Al Bergstein 9 months ago
according to wikipedia: The first new versions made only for the Creative Cloud were released on June 17, 2013. That jives with my memory of getting it, as I was on the first wave. I ran it on Windows
CF (Compact Flash) card reader issues
by Grant Peacock 9 months ago
After a scary experience this past week in Cuba (failure of CF card reader, nothing available for sale in the country), I'm prompted to go deeper into this part of the workflow with the EOS C300. I en
Re: CF (Compact Flash) card reader issues
by Al Bergstein 9 months ago
I've used the CF cards for years with no bent pins or other problems. In fact I've found them more reliable than my SD cards. Of course the need for readers of CF are an issue. Still easier than an ou
Looking for New or Used Camcorder suggestions
by John Taylor 9 months ago
Good morning, Been shooting primarily with Dslr. Have a project coming up that would partially pay for a camcorder and this type of camera would be more efficient for run and gun type shooting. I'm be
Re: Looking for New or Used Camcorder suggestions
by Al Bergstein 9 months ago
I'd say that if your available light interviews were in daylight, that would work well. Not sure what I would recommend if you are shooting in low artificial light, or at night. I usually shift to a C
renders take forever to do the last 1% (and other render strangeness)
by Paul Dougherty 9 months ago
what am I to make of a progress bar the really cooks through most of it but seems to crawl through the last 5% and this just when you think you're finished. It seems I've been 99.47 finished for the l
Re: renders take forever to do the last 1% (and other render strangeness)
by Al Bergstein 9 months ago
I've noticed it too. Not sure what's causing it, except perhaps cleanup activities not watched by the process control. This could have been caused by two different teams of programmers working on thes
Need a new mac but want to know what I should get now???
by Keith DuBose 10 months ago
I have an Imac OSX 10.5.8. It still works but all support for it is pretty much gone and it apparently affects my internet connections badly (even with the new comcast router I bought). I want to keep
Re: Need a new mac but want to know what I should get now???
by Al Bergstein 10 months ago
Kieth, you will probably have to and should, upgrade all your software to run under Yosemite. And yes, most of the new versions are all downloaded. But don't despair, just download and burn them to a
CANON C100 files .mov or .mts
by Colin Ryan 10 months ago
Hello, hoping this could be explained for me. I have a C100 on loan from canon for a week. I shot a bunch of test footage on it yesterday. I put the SD card in my reader and dragged over the .mov file
Re: CANON C100 files .mov or .mts
by Al Bergstein 10 months ago
You must be using the newer C100. The older model only produces AVCHD files. There is likely a setting in the camera to choose the two, check the manual that you can find online. Al
Fixed mic, far away, noisy room, no PZM: Nightmare question
by Tom Bair 10 months ago
I'm working on a project that involves choosing a mic to sit atop an automated video cart, probably 7-9 feet off the floor, pointing down at what could be a large group of doctors and nurses (4-8 peop
Re: Fixed mic, far away, noisy room, no PZM: Nightmare question
by Al Bergstein 10 months ago
Perhaps we are missing something. Is the reason it's a roll around cart because they are in an operating theatre or are they doing rounds and moving the cart from room to room with them If in a theatr
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C100/C100 Mark II camcorder thoughts.. coming from a DSLR background.
by Marios Karageorgiou 1 year ago
Hi everyone, Im working on a web TV channel that I do as Camera operator and post production a lot of interviews and TV series and recently I sold my gear (5d3, lenses, flash, rigs, tripods etc) to mo
Re: C100/C100 Mark II camcorder thoughts.. coming from a DSLR background.
by Al Bergstein 10 months ago
I have both a 5D Mark III and C 100 1st generation. I vastly prefer shooting video with the C 100 and don't understand what you mean when you say you can't get vivid colors out of it. Like much video
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Online Calendar
by Dan Asselin 11 months ago
I'd like to know if anyone has a great idea for an online availability calendar. I'm finally busy enough to need it but I have an issue with just putting all bookings online and letting people browse
Re: Online Calendar
by Al Bergstein 10 months ago
Google Calendar, Microsoft Live Calendar, Apple iCloud Calendar are all decent free ways to do this... depending on your platform of choice. You'll likely find that clients are more likely to be on Go
Tascam 70d
by Samantha Strong 11 months ago
So I bought the 70D a couple months ago. I need a portable recorder that works well with a boom mic and I really liked that I could just mount it on my tripod under my camera. But audio isn't really m
Re: Tascam 70d
by Al Bergstein 11 months ago
What Brian said... make sure your mic is as close to the talent as possible. I have used a variety of Tascam's gear and while it isn't Sound Devices it has always been very good quality audio, with a
ATEM TV Switcher -Suggestions on which SDI based monitor for use in Multiview?
by Al Bergstein 11 months ago
I'm needing to get rid of the HDMI multi view feed and go to SDI based on problems I'm having with that port. What is the recommended solution for use on smaller podiums I don't want a battery operate
Re: ATEM TV Switcher -Suggestions on which SDI based monitor for use in Multiview?
by Al Bergstein 11 months ago
Thanks Chad. I have a small Marshal now. I see that BM has a field unit that can be battery or AC powered that allows you to hook up an SDI feed to the output (like the ATEM) and then attach the conve
ATEM TV Switcher problems with multi view HDMI monitor feed. Any solutions?
by Al Bergstein 11 months ago
I've been experiencing a very problematic problem. I setup a system ATEM Switcher to a Teranex 2D. Evertything works just fine. My multi view preview monitor works and shows all the cameras online, ba
Advice for upgrading sound
by Mark Leger 1 year ago
Just did a shot yesterday interviewing a couple that came out pretty good and the client has ordered many more to be done. Audio captured with h4n with a couple at803's clipped to each of them. I also
Re: Advice for upgrading sound
by Al Bergstein 1 year ago
Mark, the H4N never has had great sound. Harsh and hissy. I upgraded to the H5 and it's much better sound overall. The Tascam lower end models like the newer DR-60DMk is a nice unit for 2 channell und
Finally moving to HD. Want to stick with Cannon
by Matthew Swager 1 year ago
The program I work for has been using Cannon cameras since 2000. Some of the cameras we have, GL1s & GL2s, even date back that far. We also have a 9 camera fleet of VIXIA HV40s. All of these us miniDV
Re: Finally moving to HD. Want to stick with Cannon
by Al Bergstein 1 year ago
I totally understand. No you are correct, in that you can use Premiere and take the card (or just import from the camera), and bring the clip in. But my comment is about how there is no way (that I'm
Apple Stops Development of Aperture
by Ryan Holmes 2 years ago
Apple is apparently ending development for Aperture and iPhoto. They are moving their development support behind the new Photo for OS app demoed at WWDC earlier this month. According to Apple, "users
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Re: Apple Stops Development of Aperture
by Ryan Holmes 2 years ago
Bill Davis "I'm starting to get the impression that just as with the FCP Legacy to FCP X transition, a good part of the reason they tore down the old app - was simply that the dev team wanted to take
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Canon 7D Mark II video experience
by Robert Gilman 1 year ago
I'm starting this thread to share my experience with the 7D2 for video and in the hope that others who have used the camera will share theirs. I recently upgraded from the 7D to the 7D2. I use the cam
Re: Canon 7D Mark II video experience
by Al Bergstein 1 year ago
Robert, while I don't own a 7D Mark II, I did have a 7D and now own a 5D Mkiii. I would have to say that if they didn't do much to the codec, nor the sensor or other internals, I would expect it to be
Seamless audio for documentary. How to??
by Gary Colon 1 year ago
This is most probably posted somewhere but I cant seem to search the correct keywords. I want to know how they do the audio for documentaries so that its seamless. What I mean is, if I'm recording vid
Re: Seamless audio for documentary. How to??
by Peter Groom 1 year ago
Hi If I follow correctly your question re "split second of audio skips because its been cut" you are talking about changes in background noise etc that now dont match across an edit as youve removed a
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Repairing/homogenizing audio recorded at different distances (and other issues...)
by Terry Nutkins 1 year ago
Hi there, I have been recording audio for a documentary (which mostly comprises seated interviews) with a hypercardiod (Sennheiser MKH 50). Initially, the mic was always placed just outside of frame (
Re: Repairing/homogenizing audio recorded at different distances (and other issues...)
by Peter Groom 1 year ago
Its not really possible to deecrease room tone. But you can add refelections to a tight recording to degrade it to match the other Not ideal but thats your choice. The samples you posted. Izotope will
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OWC RAID 5 not being seen by the Media Browswer
by Andrew Kimery 1 year ago
I've reported this problem in the official Adobe forums but I wanted to post it here too. I have a 16TB OWC Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 external RAID 5 connected via eSATA to a 2009 Mac Pro (CalDigit FASTA-
Re: OWC RAID 5 not being seen by the Media Browswer
by Al Bergstein 1 year ago
I reformatted my new OWC drive and now Media Browser sees it. The only think I can say is that the new OWC drives are not being formatted properly for some reason, and be sure to reformat them with Di
Still not sure which mic to use (watched Ty Ford's video!)
by Jonathan Moore 1 year ago
I've probably put a good 10 hours of research today learning about various mics for various situations and need a bit of advice. Background: I work for a startup (limited human resources, so we don't
Re: Any response appreciated :)
by Ty Ford 1 year ago
Hello Rob and welcome to the Cow Audio Forum. You have described a one-legged stool. A "seasoned shooter", and two people with little or no experience. Lighting and Audio, you will soon learn, are als
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Merging Information of two hard drives?
by Samantha Bode 1 year ago
Hello All! I have an older version of a server folder on an external hard drive. We have since installed an automatic back up system for our server, and I would really like to clear that folder off of
Re: Merging Information of two hard drives?
by Al Bergstein 1 year ago
I use FileBuddy to do some of this. It's an elegant Finder replacement. Works well. Also. http: www.deltopia.com compare-merge-sync macosx and https: www.macupdate.com app mac 14192 compare-folders mi
I need a wireless mic system that works
by Dan LaCloche 1 year ago
What is the best wireless lav system I have an audio-technica 1800 series, but it's been letting me down (drop-outs, interference, range issues. Is there a higher quality, more reliable system out the
Re: I need a wireless mic system that works
by Al Bergstein 1 year ago
Dan I had similar problems and sent it back to the factory for repair. It came back fine and has been flawless ever since. It is heavy though, since you are driving two lavs with the system. I bought


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