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BJ Ahlen

Used to edit film on a Moviola, still miss the fast forward and reverse of that....

Winner of several awards for documentaries.
Member Since:
July 21st 2003
394 Posts
100 posts
Location:
Los Angeles, CA
Capturing VHS/SVHS to Final Cut Pro via other decks for TBC.
by Chris Tomkins 10 years ago
Hi all First up, please let me assure you I have tried to find some answers here and on other forums - I understand this question gets asked a lot, but I have a twist on it. I have several VHS SVHS ta
Re: Capturing VHS/SVHS to Final Cut Pro via other decks for TBC.
by BJ Ahlen 10 years ago
I didn't think there were any SVHS decks without TBC, but then I recalled there were actually less expensive decks that cost a few hundred instead of the $1800 I paid for my AG-1830 SVHS deck back in
OT - Attack of the As? Mail is showing As instead of E-mail content?
by Dan Brockett 10 years ago
Hi all: Apologies for the off topic subject but there doesn't seem to be an Apple Mail board here. Just in the past few days, most of the e-mails I am receiving are showing up as full of little As, so
Re: OT - Attack of the As? Mail is showing As instead of E-mail content?
by BJ Ahlen 10 years ago
Glad to be of help, you became my hero after you did that microphone comparison a few years ago, it saved me a lot of time! Firefox has had its share of problems lately, so make sure you have the late
Steve Jobs teases updated, 64-bit Final Cut Studio
by Mark Petereit 10 years ago
Sweet! From: Steve Jobs Subject: Re: 64-bit FCP Stay tuned and buckle up. Sent from my iPhone
Re: Steve Jobs teases updated, 64-bit Final Cut Studio
by BJ Ahlen 10 years ago
It's not likely that Steve Jobs would jeopardize his reputation by saying "it will be awesome" etc. if they didn't have a major upgrade coming. If they didn't have something cool in the pipeline, I be
Serious Green Screen Woes
by Jessica Newman 10 years ago
All right, I have a full painted green screen set (floor and two perpendicular walls.) I have been trying to get a good key and I am having a heck of a time. First I ended up covering one of the walls
Re: Serious Green Screen Woes
by BJ Ahlen 10 years ago
Jessica Newman "color smoothing 4:1:1" Yecch, are you shooting DV Chromakeying DV25 is not one of life's greatest pleasures... If so, start by moving your Project to DVCPRO50 to get 4:2:2 output from
Stabilizing footage that isn't shaky?
by Harry Powell 10 years ago
I've tried searching the archive but without success .. I'd like to eliminate a camera shift. SmoothCam is impressive with camera shake but doesn't work for this. There is no shake, just a slow slight
Re: Stabilizing footage that isn't shaky?
by BJ Ahlen 10 years ago
In editing a documentary, I got a 120 degree wide panning shot where someone had kicked the tripod right in the middle of the pan. The camera dropped about 20 degrees, and I didn't have enough "air" t
Grain without gain... what a pain!
by Thomas Morter-Laing 10 years ago
Yes I'm proud of the title of this post. Anyway, so just wondeirng (dunno which forum this is directed to but you know, everyone here is awesome anyway lol) so I was shooting with my Z5 in quite a dar
Re: Grain without gain... what a pain!
by BJ Ahlen 10 years ago
Dylan Hargreaves ""I still dont understand why they build cameras able to use 18db- anything needing that would look TERRIBLE anyway..."" Not on a 2 3" camera. But they have less random sensor noise
Looking for a GREAT backup program for FCP.
by Peter Corbett 10 years ago
I'm looking for a good piece of software that will backup selected media files and folders from my FCP Mac Pro to a backup RAID. The Time Machine is not what I'm looking for as I only want to back med
Re: Looking for a GREAT backup program for FCP.
by BJ Ahlen 10 years ago
When I first heard about ChronoSync last year, I downloaded the free trial and found it to be one of the buggiest pieces of software I've seen in a long time. At least it Force Quitted by itself each
Mixing Ram brands in MAC Pro
by Richard Cooper 10 years ago
What are your thoughts on mixing RAM brands when it comes to adding RAM to the original 2 Gigs that came with the MacPro Tower. Any good advice I have a friend that wants to put in additional RAM into
Re: Mixing Ram brands in MAC Pro
by BJ Ahlen 10 years ago
Read the Apple support document I linked to above. Apple says that pairs have to match, other than that you can mix manufacturers and sizes as long as the specs are fulfilled . I did just that, adding
Blown out Video Footage???
by Andrew Piggott 10 years ago
Hi, We just shot some footage with the Sony Z1. Some of it is over exposed and diffused. i have AE, FCP + Magic Bullet Looks and Colorista. Any advice greatly appreciated. Andrew
Re: Blown out Video Footage???
by Max Frank 10 years ago
This may be useful.. http: vimeo.com 13311099 W.
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Most efficient workspace
by Jack Rusak 10 years ago
My shop has just switched from editing with Avid Newscutter on desktops with dual monitors to FCP7 on MacBook Pro 17 inch laptops. Software presents no problems but I'm not getting much speed working
Re: Most efficient workspace
by Andy Mees 10 years ago
Jack Rusak "Example, is it possible to set up a single display for source and canvas and toggle with one key." No, afraid not Jack, at least not exactly ... but where theres a will there's a way. Sim
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Avid MC5 & Apple FCS 3 & Adobe CS5 on one Mac?
by BJ Ahlen 10 years ago
Has anyone here run the above three on the same machine in Snow Leopard I'd prefer to have all the video software on one machine, and the audio stuff separately.
Re: Avid MC5 & Apple FCS 3 & Adobe CS5 on one Mac?
by BJ Ahlen 10 years ago
Thanks for the confirmation, much appreciated! It used to be impossible to run MC and FCP on the same machine; glad it's possible now, makes my life easier.
General Back up & Archive Forum
by John Heagy 10 years ago
Correct me if I'm wrong but there doesn't seem to be any forum to discuss Back up & Archive. Some may say the Xsan or general San forum, but even the firewire crowd should be backing up and archiving
Re: General Back up & Archive Forum
by BJ Ahlen 10 years ago
As a producer and editor looking at a scary amount of hard drives used for media backup, I'm now forced to get up to date on the various data tape technologies. I'm hoping that the 1.6 TB (native) LTO
Boris XML Transfer vs. Automatic Duck ProImport AE
by BJ Ahlen 10 years ago
I'm in the process of switching over to AE CS5 on SL, so will need to either get an upgrade to the next version of AutoDuck or get a full version of Boris XML Transfer at the intro price that's the sa
Re: Boris XML Transfer vs. Automatic Duck ProImport AE
by Matt Mullen 10 years ago
B.J., In addition there is currently a sale of Boris XML Transfer.
#D file formats
by Salvatore Bono 10 years ago
If I purchase a 3d object from a third party vendor, what file type is supported by motion 4 (i.e. .max or .obj) I need to make a livingroom scene and have to get a 3d couch. Please let me know, Thank
Re: #D file formats
by Stephen Smith 10 years ago
You can use Zaxwerk's ProAnimator FX to import 3D objects. It should import: FBX Animation (.fbx) Maya Wavefront (.obj) 3D Studio Models (.3ds) Lightwave Models (.lwo) Electric Image Models (.fac) Cin
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Which settings to create Motion 3 file for use on DVD?
by robert white 10 years ago
Hey all! I will be creating a Motion 3 file to be included on DVD. The DVD will be watched mostly on both standard def and high def TVs. A few will watch using a computer on the internet. Blu-ray is N
Re: Which settings to create Motion 3 file for use on DVD?
by BJ Ahlen 10 years ago
Mark Spencer "start with the NTSC-DV preset" Won't that give him 4:1:1 color sampling, which when rendered to the 4:2:0 of the DVD MPEG-2 becomes 4:1:0, cutting the maximum DVD color resolution in ha
Upcoming CS5 will be 64 bit, no port to 32 bit Plugins (Customer Service Comments)
by Martin Jordan 10 years ago
I was just reading in a blog about the upcoming CS5 AE and all the 32 bit plugins that we all enjoy will not transfer over seamlessly. They will all have to be upgraded. Now some companies will upgrad
Re: Upcoming CS5 will be 64 bit, no port to 32 bit Plugins (Customer Service Comments)
by BJ Ahlen 10 years ago
Third party developers are always behind. Just look at the belated support for Snow Leopard, FCP7, as well as all the versions before that. Even Adobe, when they are a third party developer, is taking
Getting SD-SDI into an iMac
by steven matthews 11 years ago
Hi everyone, I have a lovely Panasonic SDX900 (NTSC version) with SDI board option. Is there a box or something that I can buy which will accept the SDI output of the SDX900 and feed it via Firewire 4
Re: Getting SD-SDI into an iMac
by BJ Ahlen 11 years ago
I used an AJA IO to capture SD-SDI this way into FCP on an MBP for a long time, works great with no hassle.
Best Capture Settings/Format from MiniDV
by Vince Cheong 11 years ago
Ok... So my school had a concert recently, 5 camera production total of 10 fully used up MiniDv tapes recording in SP and in widescreen SD format in PAL, I think recorded in 25 frames. My question now
Re: Best Capture Settings/Format from MiniDV
by Paul Dickin 11 years ago
Shane Ross "...less, because PAL has less fps than NTSC. " Hi For 25fps DV, Less fps is offset by More Vertical Line Resolution. When I was at school I would then have applied Cleuth's Constant... ;-
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How to Fix LOW LIGHT GRAIN in FCP???
by Sebastian Lee 11 years ago
I shot at a club with an HVX200, 720 24p. I am editing and I want to know if anyone knows how to get rid of the LOW LIGHT GRAIN. Can you do it FCP or do you need a "plug in" Plus, if you could include
Re: How to Fix LOW LIGHT GRAIN in FCP???
by Kurt Hennrich 11 years ago
go & get video purifier from innobits. compared to what I have seen till now, its results are unbelieveable. http: www.innobits.com purifier.html kurt Kurt Hennrich 1z1screenworks 1z1 tools for FCP :
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What is good PC for multi-media graphics? (not too pricey)
by Bill Russell 11 years ago
What is a good budget computer these days for multi-media -- large print Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator work; probably some Premiere for Web, and obviously After Effects. I was looking at the De
Re: What is good PC for multi-media graphics? (not too pricey)
by BJ Ahlen 11 years ago
I'm using a Mac Pro next to an HP xw8600 Windows workstation, by necessity for now. The HP workstations can actually save you trouble over consumer PCs, and I think their xw4600 models start at someth
Great Editing
by Stephen Smith 11 years ago
One of my favorite movies is Charade. I was thinking about how cool the ending was cut with the columns. I was wondering what films you felt where some of the best cut films great samples of editing S
Re: Great Editing
by BJ Ahlen 11 years ago
Nicholas Bierzonski "I am still blown away by the editing Mr. Hitchcock did with that shower scene. It still holds up today even though it was cut old school with a razor blade! I humbly bow before h
BCC 5.0.3/Avid MC 3.1 upgrade?
by Bill Nelson 11 years ago
I note with interest that Avid 3.1 requires BCC 5.0.3. That's great, but I'm having a hard time justifying another $600 upgrade w o confidence that these things work as advertised. After problems with
Re: BCC 5.0.3/Avid MC 3.1 upgrade?
by BJ Ahlen 11 years ago
Why $600 The most common MC software upgrade is less than $500 direct from Avid, and can be had for quite a bit less from some of their online resellers. That's for a box upgrade with not just MC3 (wh
Sony PMW-EX1 vs Panasonic HVX-200 Shootout footage online
by Matt Devino 12 years ago
Hey Everyone, Just wanted to give a heads up that we've posted a bunch of footage and stills from a shootout we did over the weekend between these two cameras. It's not all encompassing or completely
Re: Sony PMW-EX1 vs Panasonic HVX-200 Shootout footage online
by BJ Ahlen 12 years ago
As HD cameras become more and more advanced, I am finding more and more value in my film shooting experience. Back in the ye olde days nobody expected (or even desired) to have the uncorrected film da
Green Screen Camera
by Bob Murray 12 years ago
I will be involved in an interior green screen shoot and need to choose between a HDX-900 and a XDCam HD camera, was told it is a 370 I will be recording to tape or disc to digitize later. The final s
Re: Green Screen Camera
by BJ Ahlen 12 years ago
The HDX900 is a 2 3" camera which can be a great help or a great hindrance, depanding on if you want a narrow or a wide DOF. It has 1280x720 CCDs, so if your deliverable isn't 720p, you'll be working
CMOS and rolling shutter - solution?
by Ryan Mast 12 years ago
I'm saving up for my own camera. I want HD, and I tend to like Sony cameras because I'm comfortable with them, and I like how they handle. But beyond choosing brands or tape v. tapeless... I'm concern
Re: CMOS and rolling shutter - solution?
by BJ Ahlen 12 years ago
In the comparison between the HVX200 and the EX1, you can't say that the "4:2:2" of the HVX200 is better than the "4:2:0" of the EX1. You were concerned about chromakey, so let's look at the absolute
Unicode Word file placing into InDesign problems
by raj 13 years ago
Hello, I am helping a friend place a Word document with Indian unicode fonts Mangal, and Shruti. However it does not come in. What is the proper way do do this Thank you. -raj-raj
Re: Unicode Word file placing into InDesign problems
by BJ Ahlen 13 years ago
What do you see in InDesign Nothing or nonsense InDesign CS2 has some limitations in its Unicode support, and you won't see fully working Devanagari until CS3, which should hopefully be here very soon
Multibridge Extreme question? I want to hook it up to my MacBookPro laptop for uncompressed HD.
by Clint Nitkiewicz Hernandez 13 years ago
Is it possible to have uncompressed HD on my MacBookPro laptop. The ad for this $2500 product mentions it works on the new MacG5 computer, via firewire. Though this ad came out before the new MacBookP
Re: Multibridge Extreme question? I want to hook it up to my MacBookPro laptop for uncompressed HD.
by BJ Ahlen 13 years ago
As has been said many times before, "The difference between theory and practice is that in theory there is no difference, but in practice there is." It's as always a good reminder to test all workflow
MS Chief of Windows Dev: "I would buy a Mac today if I was not working at Microsoft."
by BJ Ahlen 13 years ago
Jim Allchin, Microsoft's chief of Windows Development wrote in an internal e-mail to Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates in 2004 that "I would buy a Mac today if I was not working at Microsoft." "I think our
InDesign and Windows Vista
by SiMarsh 14 years ago
Hi there, Im due to upgrade to Windows Vista early in the new year and am wondering if InDesign CS2 will be compatible with it I really hope so though I have read somewhere that if reinstalling softwa
Re: InDesign and Windows Vista
by BJ Ahlen 13 years ago
You are quite brave to be thinking to install Vista "early in the new year." Windows XP has had 5 years of continuous bug fixes, and is just beginning to get to the point where it's quite stable and o
Cannot open file?
by RunesS 14 years ago
Hello everyone, i have a big problem, so i hope you can help me! I'm doing a DVD Cover, in InDesign, so i surf around the web serching for templates, and find one. I'm quite excited, because iv'e been
Re: Cannot open file?
by BJ Ahlen 14 years ago
If you don't have somebody nearby with CS2, e-mail the CS2 .indd file to me at bja7777 (at) yahoo (dot) com. I'll convert it to a .inx file you can open in InDesign CS (assuming you have the free Adob
Blackmagic Design IBC 2006 Update
by Luke Maslen 14 years ago
Hi, Grant has just sent the following email from the IBC show in Amsterdam so I've copied it here as it details our exciting new products. Regards, Luke Maslen. Blackmagic Design Hi, We have some exci
Re: Blackmagic Design IBC 2006 Update - I'm Confused
by BJ Ahlen 14 years ago
...specifically in FCP 5.1.2, and all bitrates will be supported (18, 25, 35 Mbps).
"invisible skateboard" video
by Mike Morris 14 years ago
Just a quick question... A friend of mine showed me this video and asked me how they did it.. I had some ideas and thoughts regarding keying and stuff, but they did a very impressive job of "rebuildin
Re: "invisible skateboard" video
by BJ Ahlen 14 years ago
From the Google video poster: "The skaters were filmed skating on green boards, then the boards were edited out." Motion control cameras are pricey even to rent, is that really likely here
Blackmagic as a cross-platform codec on Mac and PC
by B. Rordin 14 years ago
We're running Combustion 4 on Mac and on PC workstations. I did notice that Blackmagic QuickTime files give different result if I open them on the Mac or on the PC. For example I key a blue box on a P
Re: RGB Values in Shake
by BJ Ahlen 14 years ago
DPX is a log format, so it will only give identical RGB values where the log curve intersects the linear curve. MacPC could be a problem of different gamma.
Conduit Available for Motion
by Adam Wilder 14 years ago
I've been waiting for the release of conduit since I first saw a preview of it at MGLA. Check it out. http: www.dvgarage.com index.php This has got to be one of the coolest filters I've ever seen.
Re: Conduit Available for Motion
by BJ Ahlen 14 years ago
I bought it after MGLA, great practical plug-in. For a few hundred bucks more you could get Shake today with its very powerful nodal compositing, but that's a whole 'nother app to learn.
New here - PDF creation query
by SiMarsh 14 years ago
Hi there, I am new to this forum and would like to say hi. Ive been using Quark for many years and have recently decided to take the plunge and switch over to InDesign. Im now thinking that I should h
Re: New here - PDF creation query
by BJ Ahlen 14 years ago
SiMarsh "When using Quark in the past I usually create a postcript file of the finished document one page at a time and then Distill them all at once later. It would save time if I could automate the
macbook pro question re: FCP 5.1 & After Effects
by Michael Duff 14 years ago
Hi everyone - I've been looking at getting a powerbook G4 after reading to aviod the macbook pro. I've searched the posts and read that its performance is terrible for PS and AE. But now I just read t
Re: macbook pro question re: FCP 5.1 & After Effects
by BJ Ahlen 14 years ago
After Effects UI and stability and UI performance are no problem on MacBook Pro. Deep effects and compositing are not so hot maybe 3-4x slower than a quad G5 (depends on codecs and disk performance al
Opening Quark 5.0 and 6.0 files in Indesign CS1
by damian_vrls 14 years ago
At the moment we are downsaving Quark 6.0 files to Quark 5.0, and then downsaving thse Quark 5.0 files to Quark 4.0 and opening them in Indesign CS1. Is there a plug-in or update for Indesign that wil
Re: Opening Quark 5.0 and 6.0 files in Indesign CS1
by BJ Ahlen 14 years ago
I did have to go through the usual QT 7.1.1 install, Adobe's 4.03 update, validating all fonts, etc., but after that, ID worked perfectly in Tiger. I haven't even installed the other apps in the CS, b
InDesign CS2 updated to V4.03 today
by BJ Ahlen 14 years ago
Adobe has just updated InDesign CS2 to V4.03, see http: www.adobe.com support downloads detail.jsp ftpID=3399. They aren't saying this, but I suspect they also fixed some MacIntel issues.
Super Micro P8SCT, does it work for SD PCI Decklink?
by Francisco Rubiales 14 years ago
Hi all, I'm Paco from Mexico. This is the only single processor Super Micro mobo I can get in Mexico. It has only one PCI-X 64 bit slot, but then I don't need more. Will it work for my SD Decklink The
Re: Super Micro P8SCT, does it work for SD PCI Decklink?
by BJ Ahlen 14 years ago
I'm not BMD, but I have been using a Decklink Extreme for SD work with a SuperMicro P4SCT+II motherboard for two years with no problems. The P8SCT looks like a Socket LGA775 successor to this board an
Sending out DVD check disc to clients-need a better solution
by Nathan Smith 14 years ago
Not sure where exactly this would go but I need to find a better solution for sending out check disc to clients when sending a final authored DVD. They all seem to be very glitchy and I spend alot of
Re: Sending out DVD check disc to clients-need a better solution
by BJ Ahlen 14 years ago
I've also made coasters with Ritek. The problem with Ritek is that their quality has varied substantially from year to year, and that's a game I don't want to play anymore. Stick with Taiyo Yuden, the
Serious problems with Adobe CS2 on new Apple Intel machines
by Hans-Erik Saks 14 years ago
Our new Macbook Pro Intel and Imac Intel will NOT run Adobe CS2 properly. Startup stops, showing a blue screen. After removing VersionCue the machines will start up, but when exporting or printing, bo
Re: Serious problems with Adobe CS2 on new Apple Intel machines
by BJ Ahlen 14 years ago
Unfortunately a lot of PowerPC users had problems too, there were issues with OS X 10.4.6 and ID CS2 and QT 7.1 and the remote file access and a few other things. Only a small portion of the problems
What kind of performance do you get with DVC PRO HD codec?
by Peter Gruden 14 years ago
I'm currently on PC but would like to go with Dvc Pro HD codec on the Mac, with Decklink HD Extreme, if performance is right (I work in PAL). I don't expect this codec on Windows anytime soon, that is
Re: What kind of performance do you get with DVC PRO HD codec?
by BJ Ahlen 14 years ago
If you're doing mostly straight cuts it's obviously convenient to stay in DVCProHD if the footage was originated in it. For compositing and effects though, this codec seems to deteriorate a bit too qu
Decklink Extreme and Sony DVW-790WSP camera?
by com-user 14 years ago
My client plan to shoot 16:9 video with this camera, and I am upset since I see picture elements is 1038(H) x 594(V) in its 16:9 option. Is it possible to capture this size via Decklink Extreme under
Re: Decklink Extreme and Sony DVW-790WSP camera?
by BJ Ahlen 14 years ago
Sorry, no way! Those 1038x504 pixels (in the 790WS NTSC version) are used only internally to get a larger chip area for 16:9, and still be able to switch to 4:3 if needed. They will not show up on the
Anyone know what this error message means
by kilbsy 14 years ago
hi. I am midway through a project in After Effects 7. Whenever I click on the timeline it gives an error saying."after effects error:open gl.failed to share context color monitor depth must be 32" Any
Re: Anyone know what this error message means
by BJ Ahlen 14 years ago
Before reinstalling the card, you should check for updated video drivers for it, especially with the symptom you just described. Mac or PC
Best Traking Program?
by neofunks 14 years ago
am really frustreated by AfterEffect Tracking Tool. are there any better tracking Program or....maybe better solution thing is once tracking point dispear from screen, the tracker stop too...even thou
Re: Best Traking Program?
by BJ Ahlen 14 years ago
That could explain why they didn't have a live demo at their SIGGRAPH booth. Still odd that companies that can afford any tracker would choose it if it was so unstable. Perhaps it is one of those prod
Video Card vs. High End Processing
by HAWLEYJ 14 years ago
Question, please only qualified responses. I currently have a Matrox RT X100 card, PPro 2.0, single processor P4, ASUS P5AD2-E Premium motherboard. The thing works great. My employer has been so impre
Re: Video Card vs. High End Processing
by BJ Ahlen 14 years ago
IMG-INTERACTIVEMEDIAGURUS "Don't believe all of the baloney about AMD having better throughput, etc. As a computer tech with 30 years experience, and 10 years in actually building video systems, AMD
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