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Bill Davis

Too many years producing, writing, editing, and delivering videos to remember them all.
FCP X Professional Post Production Apple Certified
20 years doing voiceover work, plus I wrote the Timeline column for Videomaker Magazine for a decade and stil... [more]
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FCP X - steady as she goes.
by Bill Davis 3 days ago
I really have nothing important to say here. Since I've posted a couple of OT threads contributing nothing about how X actually functions... I'll spend today (Sunday) doing 20 pages of narration work
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Re: FCP X - steady as she goes.
by Bill Davis 10 hours ago
Oliver Peters "Although we are probably saying the same thing. " I think we are - at least a bit. The way I conceptialize it - when they did the "clean slate" tear down from Legacy to X - they had th
Arrrrgh. Also Off Topic - Photos. Grrrr.
by Bill Davis 1 week ago
Damn, Damn, Damn, I'm venting here because many of you know this story. (My long, sad, frustrating story about my battles with my now terminated Adobe Photo Subscription.) As many of you know, I final
Re: Arrrrgh. Also Off Topic - Photos. Grrrr.
by Bill Davis 6 days ago
OK. Will give it a shot. Thanks. Creator of XinTwo - http: www.xintwo.com The shortest path to FCP X mastery.
Apple getting ready for the coming new MacPros?
by Bill Davis 2 weeks ago
My friend Alex Gollner posted this earlier today. Be an interesting coming few years. http: alex4d.com notes item apple-new-mac-pro-media-workflow-lab Creator of XinTwo - http: www.xintwo.com The shor
Re: Apple getting ready for the coming new MacPros?
by Bill Davis 1 week ago
Neil Goodman "I know you'd rather them swing for the fences but some people just need a solution that works especially when investing thousands of dollars" Nope. I'm EXACTLY like you. You want a solu
Looking for specific advice on starting a sports highlight video business
by Kamal Abdallah 2 weeks ago
Hey guys, I'm someone with zero experience in filming, I have no idea what to look for in a camera, I have no idea what equipment I need to capture the footage I have in mind to the desired quality. I
Re: Looking for specific advice on starting a sports highlight video business
by Bill Davis 1 week ago
WHAT SHANE SAID. Times 100. Creator of XinTwo - http: www.xintwo.com The shortest path to FCP X mastery.
High Isolation headphones
by Don Alexander 2 months ago
I've been asked to look for some noise-cancelling headphones for field shoots. The guys are currently using Sony MDR-7506 headphones, but in fairly loud situations it's difficult to monitor the audio
Re: High Isolation headphones
by Bill Davis 2 months ago
Pretty sure Location Sound in California had a similar solution for this as well. 7506 drivers mounted into Aviation Headsets, IIRC. As noted DO NOT use any typical phase based noise cancellation circ
$10,000-$12,000 Equipment Budget for New Job
by Boe Beito 2 months ago
Hey folks, I posted a similar thread a couple years ago. It was more conceptual then and (surprise, surprise) the budget my company promised didn't materialize. I'm excited to have accepted a new posi
Re: $10,000-$12,000 Equipment Budget for New Job
by Bill Davis 2 months ago
Ignore the gear as long as you can. The biggest challenge you're likely to face is product shots. Cars are a PITA to shoot well. Big colorful reflective assemblies peppered with glass and chrome And i
Invisible Whiteboard shoot
by Stu Clegg 3 months ago
Hi All I have a job coming up in a few weeks in which I'll be shooting an invisible whiteboard clearboard as per the attached pic. Has anyone had experience with this and did you have any issues I pla
Re: Invisible Whiteboard shoot
by Bill Davis 2 months ago
More worried that anything written in english behind a transparent sheet will end up looking like Klingon-esque when shot from the front. Nothing easy about this, IMO. ; ) Creator of XinTwo - http: ww
Semi Portable vocal booth construction
by Peter Derek 4 months ago
Advice most welcome please. I have read posts on vocal booth construction, very good advice and a link to http: www.gikacoustics.com This may be the way to go, with their mobile booth and add a false
Re: Semi Portable vocal booth construction
by Bill Davis 4 months ago
First, what Ty said. I'll just add this. Start with your ACTUAL needs. What will you record How often What type of talent will you be working with or are you doing everything yourself or with non-prof
Ceiling-mounted background lights
by Tom Galli 5 months ago
Aloha all! I have a multi-purpose room that we use for classroom, screenings, and shooting. The overall dimensions are roughly 25' x 19'. The ceilings are about 10' tall, but there is a lot of air con
Re: Ceiling-mounted background lights
by Bill Davis 4 months ago
Tom, Did you solve this If not, drop me a note. my email is my name backwards Davis before bill (at) iCloud - with the typical dot com close. I have a really nice ceiling pantograph system that I used
Good mics to use with cell phones?
by Neil Orman 4 months ago
I work at a place that's starting to use Facebook Live a lot, through cell phones, and the people running these sessions aren't video people. So I'm just trying to provide them with a better mic they
Re: Good mics to use with cell phones?
by Bill Davis 4 months ago
I suspect the issue won't be the hardware, but the micing technique they'll need to learn. A single person interview can get by with a simple lightening connected lav like the Rode VideoMic. (Presumin
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No browser audio issue with MXF media
by Oliver Peters 4 months ago
I have C300MkII clips that are MXF-wrapped with embedded audio. These imported fine. When I play a clip in the browser, I can see the waveform on the filmstrip, I see the VU meters move, but I cannot
Re: No browser audio issue with MXF media
by Bill Davis 4 months ago
Oliver Peters "Everything current. This is a new 2013 MP. X is the only app that is having these issues. I'll have to test on a different machine (older tower) and see." Doesn't help you any Oliver,
A milestone, of sorts....
by Todd Terry 4 months ago
I just wanted to take a sec to share a little good news with my friends in the B&M forum. Hopefully I will sound at least a little bit humble and grateful, and not braggadocios, as that is what I trul
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Re: A milestone, of sorts....
by Bill Davis 4 months ago
Bravo, Todd. Every community (real or virtual) relies on the citizens who pass along the hard learned lessons so the newcomers don't have to make all the same mistakes and re-invent everything. It's h
Looking to change my Lilliput 650s for Fresnels
by Ben Edwards 5 months ago
I have a kit of 3 Ianiro Lilliput 650w open faced lanterns which have served me well but would like to change them for Fresnels so I get more control. Was wondering if I should go for something like t
Re: Looking to change my Lilliput 650s for Fresnels
by Bill Davis 5 months ago
Having shot with a tungsten fresnel kit for 20 years, the control is great. What's NOT so great, is the immensely wasteful power draw compared to modern LED instruments and the single color (3200K) ou
Chroma-key Lights
by Jack Steiner 5 months ago
Hey members, I am preparing myself to open a chroma-key studio (green-key + infiniti white) on a surface of 400 square meters. The purpose is pure for rental of the studios. I'd like to get an idea of
Re: Chroma-key Lights
by Bill Davis 5 months ago
Amen! Todd's is (as usual) one of the finest you'll find posted on the Cow. The ONLY way to solve problems in a field as complex as lighting is to hire the brains that have been doing it for a long ti
Commercials and royalty free videos.
by oscar de la calle 5 months ago
Hi everyone, I m doing an academic work and I wonder if someone knows about commercials in which all the edit material are from video libraries. Thanks!
Re: Commercials and royalty free videos.
by Bill Davis 5 months ago
Probably not what you're thinking about specifically, but for many years in the 1990s I did VO work for an east coast company that would produce generic commercials that covered specific retail catego
Lighting for white background
by Bartek Bart 6 months ago
Hi, I need to make the video interview on white background. I made some shots, but I have some problems with lightning. The actor is to flat in my opinion, and also to gray. Later I'll put here sample
Re: Lighting for white background
by Bill Davis 5 months ago
Your depth of field is razor thin. Try F8 or even F5.6 and the problem should go away. You'll have to adjust your key light or reduce ISO to get the right exposure - but an aperture that wide open wil
Using a soft box with a Diva Lite?
by kat hayes 5 months ago
I'm using a Diva Lite for some still photos, and I want to diffuse the light. I repurposed a soft box meant for a strobe and put it over the Diva Lite. Since the Diva Lite does not have a speedring th
Re: Using a soft box with a Diva Lite?
by Bill Davis 5 months ago
Which "Diva Lite" are you working with If you're taking about the Diva fluorescent banks, they are already " soft" by nature to begin with.. But "Diva" gets mis-applied to a whole bunch of forms. So m
Portable (battery operated) On-Air Light
by Christopher Hill 5 months ago
I've done a cursory search in google and on what production supply sites I know but I haven't found anything like this. Does anyone know of a solution that satisfies this need I'm just looking for a p
Re: Portable (battery operated) On-Air Light
by Bill Davis 5 months ago
Pretty simple DYI thing. If you want something that looks really professional, Markertek has plastic pre-screened ON AIR covers starting around $70. Or just buy a large "project box" that has a transl
Final Cut Pro X Advanced Mask Transitioning
by Zade Cross 6 months ago
Hi Guys, I'm new around here! I thought I'd sign up to join a final cut pro x community as I've been using it alot recently. I've been working on masking transitions to create seamless videos and I sa
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Re: Final Cut Pro X Advanced Mask Transitioning
by Bill Davis 6 months ago
Zade, One aspect of this to consider is the production schedule. You can't have shot A reveal shot B unless you shoot B "before" you shoot A. You have to shoot out of sequence. So part of the planning
Dealer Show Recap Video Tips
by Boe Beito 6 months ago
Hi folks, I'm an internal, one-man-band video guy at a medium sized company that makes snowmobiles. I generally shoot interview and instructional content. We have a dealer show at a convention center
Re: Dealer Show Recap Video Tips
by Bill Davis 6 months ago
I've done a bunch of these over the years. You don't need additional "technical" help - but you do need some basics - and, ideally, least one additional set of hands if you want to make it work well.
new Blackmagic equipment - pre NAB (Feb 6 2017)
by Bob Zelin 6 months ago
Just saw the Blackmagic keynote that was on today at 3:00. Why wait for NAB - how relevant is NAB, when you can present live on the web, pre trade show. Amazing new dirt cheap products, that I outline
Re: new Blackmagic equipment - pre NAB (Feb 6 2017)
by Bill Davis 6 months ago
Bob Zelin "Why wait for NAB - how relevant is NAB, when you can present live on the web, pre trade show. " Pretty much exactly why Apple stopped spending their money on formal trade shows a decade+ a
Broad Soft Studio Style Light - that Travles?!
by Angelo Gianni 6 months ago
Hi, Most of my projects are 3 camera exercise video shoots mostly done in an exercise studio - about 20 x 15 performance space - with 2 Alzo Overhead Drum Lights and 2 Alzo Pan L Quad lights with diff
Re: Broad Soft Studio Style Light - that Travles?!
by Bill Davis 6 months ago
My concern would be the long slim form factor of the instruments - mounted in a collapsable soft box that has little front to back depth - might yield a very bright strip of light on the front panel -
Video to Editing Ratio
by Jon-Michael Brown 6 months ago
What is an average Shooting time to Editing time ratio I'm going out on my own after having some steady contracts and I'm building up my rates for project based clients. I.e. So if I shoot for for 1 d
Re: Video to Editing Ratio
by Bill Davis 6 months ago
My 2 cents: Given the same exact project... I'll have something tangible done for a client who has agreed to a decent plan in advance of shooting, who understands the production process and lets me do
Is Premiere Pro a better NLE for editing documentary films?
by Anna Wong 7 months ago
Hi all, I am going to edit a feature length documentary film with a few hundreds hours of footages in different formats. Which NLE (Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X & Final Cut Pro 7) would you recommend
Re: Is Premiere Pro a better NLE for editing documentary films?
by Bill Davis 6 months ago
Anna Wong "Hi Dave, Thanks for your advices! Yes, I don't have much good memory with FCP7 too. You mentioned to use Premiere Pro CC 2015.4 or 2015.3. But how to reinstall the previous versions Thank
FCPX horrendously slow to import clips or XML
by Mathew Farrell 6 months ago
Hey folks, I'm starting my first FCPX project. I'm putting together some long form docos and have some 60 hours of clips in at least three formats (including AVCHD files in MTS wrapper from a Sony). T
Re: FCPX horrendously slow to import clips or XML
by Bill Davis 6 months ago
Also let me guess... Are you one of those guys who decide to start "running" - so they go directly to sign up for a marathon I ask because even if you're EXTREMELY healthy and have lots and lots of ot
Using KNO 4-Banks vs. Divas for Key lighting?
by stan welks 7 months ago
I am going to borrow some lights to do some simple video interviews and still photography. 1. Would a KNO 4-bank or a Diva be better as a key I plan to use foam core or a reflector for the fill 2. Wou
Re: Using KNO 4-Banks vs. Divas for Key lighting?
by Bill Davis 6 months ago
Stan, That's NOT a very good way to rig a backlight. On the circular part of the grip head, you see those different sized holes slots Those are designed to grip the circular grip arm itself. That way
FCPX 10.3 Woes Including Losing Metadata When Editing Between Libraries
by Michael Angelo 6 months ago
Not very happy with the upgrade to 10.3 for many reasons despite improvements to Roles and Audio Lanes. Probably the biggest challenge we are experiencing is that now we are unable to edit between lib
Re: FCPX 10.3 Woes Including Losing Metadata When Editing Between Libraries
by Bill Davis 6 months ago
Wait. Libraries are self contained entities. When a clip is imported into a library - it brings whatever Camera origination metadata might be attached - but if you ADD metadata after it's IN the libra
Anyone upload to Vimeo here?
by Jeremy Garchow 8 months ago
All the videos are now "Untitled" after upgrading to 10.3 a few weeks ago. I tried deleting and resetting up the account, but it had no effect.
Re: Anyone upload to Vimeo here?
by Bill Davis 6 months ago
Robert Griffiths "Funny ... I thought it was fixed. I just uploaded a video today and ... it's still broken. Who wants to give them a nudge Maybe we all should." Never saw the issue during the origin
Software to create a "simple" slideshow?
by Stephen Pickering 6 months ago
Hi there, A client has asked for a very simple slideshow to loop in the background at a company anniversary party. It's something so simple that After Effects I think would be overkill for. It's almos
Re: Software to create a "simple" slideshow?
by Bill Davis 6 months ago
THIS kind of thing is why I'm so happy I've spent the last 5 years gaining solid expertise in FCP X. One piece of software I paid $300 for YEARS ago. Now it does all my video editing. All my audio rec
has anyone figured out 10.13 audio configuration?
by Jenn Lindsay 6 months ago
Help! I recorded my audio on mono with lapel mics, but I can't figure out in FCPX 10.13 how to make the audio dual mono or stereo..... There's no "Channels" menu on the audio configuration sidebar. An
Re: has anyone figured out 10.13 audio configuration?
by Bill Davis 6 months ago
Jenn, You're not alone! Even those of us who've been with X since day one - have to study new concepts as the software continues to grow. It's the price forever evolving, ever more powerful software!
Market Rate for an Editing Project
by Donny Rowles 8 months ago
I am putting together a bid on a project for footage that s already shot. I d like to hear from others about what they might charge for a similar project. The project is editing 6 videos each segment
Re: Market Rate for an Editing Project
by Bill Davis 7 months ago
This is the perfect place to adapt that old "mechanics" poster from the garage for your client: $1000 if I do it. $2000 if you watch. $5000 if you help. ; ) Creator of XinTwo - http: www.xintwo.com Th
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'Delete' button does not perform a ripple delete of in/out selections of single audio clips
by Ryan Hughes 7 months ago
I know it's really specific, which is why it's really frustrating.... Just noticed in FCP 10.3.1 that when I press the 'Delete' button on an in out selection of an audio clip, rather than performing a
Re: 'Delete' button does not perform a ripple delete of in/out selections of single audio clips
by Bill Davis 7 months ago
Enough people must have disliked the change. 10.2.3 (out today) returns to the original behavior. And so it goes! Creator of XinTwo - http: www.xintwo.com The shortest path to FCP X mastery.
Lord Snowdon, RIP
by Todd Terry 7 months ago
I just read that Lord Snowdon has died in London at the age of 86. Snowdon (and his pre-royal moniker Antony Armstrong-Jones) was one of my favorite photographers, especially portraits... often they w
Re: Lord Snowdon, RIP
by Bill Davis 7 months ago
Bit easier to get models, I suspect, when you have a royal title... "Madam, his Lordship finds your visage appealing and was wondering if you'd be amenable to dropping by the palace to sit for a photo
Low Res copy of B-Roll for client
by Ken Cooper 7 months ago
I have a new client 2 states away...we shot 2 cameras for 3 days at their manufacturing plant. TONS of 30 second b-roll clips. They want to see a low res version of all the clips. Do I charge them to
Re: Low Res copy of B-Roll for client
by Bill Davis 7 months ago
For me, this is something FCP X has COMPLETELY changed my attitude towards. If I came back from a 3 day shoot with, say, 12 hours of gross B-Roll, I'd expect to get all the crap REJECTED and out of vi
FCPX 10.3.2 is released
by Andrew Richards 7 months ago
Release notes: Ability to add custom folders of audio files to the Sound Effects browser Using ripple delete on audio-only clips no longer disables the selected range Audio meters retain custom width
Re: FCPX 10.3.2 is released
by Bill Davis 7 months ago
For me, two things stand out about the update. Range select then hitting "delete" returns to the "kill and collapse" audio behavior from before 10.3 And I just heard from some of my friends in large F
stretch video vertically
by raju bhai 7 months ago
Hi, i have a clip that i want to stretch vertically, Using the scale slider to enlarge the video affects both the horizontal an the vertical together which i don't want. I scoured the internet but can
Re: stretch video vertically
by Bill Davis 7 months ago
Wrong forum. Thought it was the FCP X forum. ( After 5 years away from Legacy - I can hardly remember how Legacy operates even tho I spent nearly a decade of daily use!)
Looking for advice and ideas
by Greg Ball 8 months ago
I'm working on creating a TV series that features different experts with a segment dedicated to each person's expertise. I don't want to give away my idea here, but let's say that I wanted to create a
Re: Looking for advice and ideas
by Bill Davis 8 months ago
The overall message here is that convincing anyone to part with money for anything is ALWAYS the hardest part of any business. Because EVERYONE needs wants to get the money. And hardly anyone wants to
Editing Advice - Live Theater Recording
by Coleman McPherson 8 months ago
Hey ya'll, So working on a freelance editing job and having some difficulty. Basically I'm cutting together film of a live theater performance. Pretty straightforward: it was a multi-cam setup with fo
Re: Editing Advice - Live Theater Recording
by Bill Davis 8 months ago
My key questions would be- What cameras What formats are they shooting at what resolution And what's your deliverable resolution I'd start there because if you have high-ish Rez capture and something
2016 Macbook Pro Touchbar- Worth it for editors?
by C. Blake Davis 8 months ago
I've just received a significant production contract for January-March and I'm looking to update my Laptop for mobile editing. I don't want to spring for the expensive touch bar if it's a gimmick, but
Re: 2016 Macbook Pro Touchbar- Worth it for editors?
by Bill Davis 8 months ago
I know a few guys here in the US who are using them. They seem to like it. If you want to communicate directly with them for a read on the positives and negatives, drop me a note. Creator of XinTwo -
Vertical Video: Just say No!
by Ned Miller 9 months ago
ADMIN NOTE: This thread began in Creative COW's Business & Marketing forum, but since this topic also cuts across shooting, editing, and distribution, we thought it'd be fun to open the discussion up
Re: Vertical Video: Just say No!
by Bill Davis 8 months ago
Paul Neumann "it was best just to turn everything on its side and get to work." This is inarguably the correct answer. Doesn't matter what you did before. My presumption is always that the client kno
Where are my background tasks that are not yet complete?
by Michael Paul 9 months ago
So I want to export my project. I did some slow motion clips and applied Optical Flow to those. Everything is on IDLE in my Background Tasks (Rendering kicks off after 1 Second and I have waited. Noth
Re: Where are my background tasks that are not yet complete?
by Bill Davis 9 months ago
Michael Paul "So how does FCPX handle this and how do I get my stuff rendered " Michael, When set to Render in Background - X will stop rendering whenever the user "takes control" of the software to
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YouTube and music rights
by Todd Terry 9 months ago
I just thought this was interesting, thought I'd share it... Probably like a lot of people here, we use YouTube. For example, all of the embedded portfolio videos on our own website are actually hoste
Re: YouTube and music rights
by Bill Davis 9 months ago
EVERYTHING about digital content on the web is all about the metadata now. Their tag was embedded in your video via the music use inside your digital file That auto-triggered the web-bots employed to
Standards chaos -- just for a laugh
by Todd Terry 9 months ago
Just thought I'd share something for a Thanksgiving week laugh.... I would normally never take a picture of my TV, but something happened a couple of nights ago that had me scrambling to whip out my p
Re: Standards chaos -- just for a laugh
by Bill Davis 9 months ago
I know how we can save a BUNCH of money at our TV station... Lets replace all those expensive engineers with kids who'll work really cheap! ; ) Creator of XinTwo - http: www.xintwo.com The shortest pa
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Oh no.
by Bill Davis 9 months ago
Just for the forums "old timers" ... Some of you will remember my hassle with my CC Photography subscription back a year or more ago I was upset because it got screwed up and was double billing. So th
Re: Oh no.
by Bill Davis 9 months ago
Andrew Kimery "This might be a Hail Mary suggestion, but have you thought about reporting it as a fraudulent charge with your credit card company " Well, it sorta isn't actually a "fraudulent charge"
Apple Final Cut Pro X Debates Forum
by Creative COW 9 months ago
https: forums.creativecow.net fcpxdebates
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Do I Need to Have my Monitor Calibrated?
by Mike Thomas 10 months ago
I just bought a used Panasonic BT LH 2170PJ production monitor off ebay that I've been told works fine but has 2800 hours on it. I haven't received the monitor yet but this will be my first expensive
Re: Do I Need to Have my Monitor Calibrated?
by Bill Davis 9 months ago
Do what Mark Says. But to answer the actual thread question, it's both smart, convenient and efficient to work with a calibrated monitor. But it's not strictly "necessary." I say that because if you k
Recommended TV Confidence Monitor to Studio Pedestal Mount Solution
by David Shulkin 10 months ago
Putting this in the field forum as I know we grip everything in the field - and hoping someone has some recommendations. We have Sachtler Studio Pedestals (C-III) ( a couple of different flavors - but
Re: Recommended TV Confidence Monitor to Studio Pedestal Mount Solution
by Bill Davis 10 months ago
You just need a small articulated grip arm with a 1 4-20 threaded stud to mount the monitor and a small clamp, grip head or similar stud that fits into the tripod. The Markertek, Matthews or similar c
Monitor/Advice for Vertical Video
by Benjamin Sidoti 10 months ago
I hate to even ask about Vertical Video, but here I go... A section of our company is working on some Snapchat content and they want to use a monitor that will give us vertical video guides while shoo
Re: Monitor/Advice for Vertical Video
by Bill Davis 10 months ago
I just finished a point of sale signage gig in vertical orientation. It's no big deal with modern software. I use FCP X, so the first step was to create a project with a 1080x1920 tall native raster.
Lighting interior of a car?
by Neil Orman 11 months ago
Any suggestions on the best way to illuminate the inside of a car, for a daytime shoot inside a big SUV with tinted glass It will just be me doing the shoot. I'd appreciate any thoughts on what lights
Re: Lighting interior of a car?
by Bill Davis 11 months ago
Neil, I was imagining the type of typical "Dashboard from the back seat" beauty shot that we constantly see in car commercials. When you're doing those, art directors like long strips of highlights ra
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