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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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Apple WWDC 2018
by Oliver Peters 2 weeks ago
From the POV of FCPX users, did anything in today's WWDC keynote get you jazzed - Oliver Oliver Peters - oliverpeters.com
Re: Apple WWDC 2018
by Bill Davis 2 weeks ago
Shane Ross "I was wondering how you'd slobber all over Apple and spin emoticons into a genius move and something that professionals would TOTALLY use" (Smiling) Shane, so comforting to have you aroun
Shooting two actors separated by perspex
by Thomas Hannen 1 month ago
How would you go about lighting and shooting two actors attempting to touch but separated by a (hopefully invisible) sheet of perspex Shoot it practically Get them to fake it Lighting issues Many than
Re: Shooting two actors separated by perspex
by Bill Davis 3 weeks ago
If you try to do it practically, bring a boatload of black duvytine or the equivalent. The only way to make transparent sheet goods look actually clear - is to use unbroken negative fill to knock out
Upgrading our suites, seriously need some advice...
by Todd Terry 4 weeks ago
Hi guys... I'll probably post this in Premiere or elsewhere, but thought I'd ask in here first... hope this is not too long, bear with me. We're probably going to upgrade our two main suites this year
Re: Upgrading our suites, seriously need some advice...
by Bill Davis 3 weeks ago
Hi Todd, This is just a generalized comment. The last 4 years I've been associated with first the FCPWorks and then the Lumaforge Team at NAB - and as you might know, they happen to be based around FC
Why is Keyframing in FCPX so shite?
by Julian Bowman 5 years ago
I don't get it. It is attrocious. Why am I fiddling in the top right of the screen but the visual representation is on the timeline ONLY AFTER i open a box to see it, and then it is more clicks to see
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Matt Kemp liked this 4 weeks ago
Re: Why is Keyframing in FCPX so shite?
by Bill Davis 3 weeks ago
Matt Kemp "I'm used to tools like Lumetri, curves adjustments, gamma controls and other features which are pretty basic in Premiere, After Effects and Photoshop, all of which I use extensively. " Uh,
The Real Menace of FCP X
by Simon Ubsdell 4 weeks ago
The original promise of FCP X was great. Here was an approach that offered us a set of interesting new concepts and consequently some different ways of thinking about editing. I for one never had an a
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Matt Kemp liked this 3 weeks ago
Re: The Real Menace of FCP X
by Bill Davis 4 weeks ago
Simon Ubsdell "And I will reserve the right to be as critical of it as I would be of any other piece of software." I publicly deem it a Menace - but yet I embrace it. "FCP X - Or Nots... very own Cha
It got so quiet here...
by Rainer Schubert 3 months ago
It s 2018, more than 5 years after Adobe cut the choice. (And I still receive eMails that there are discounts - only for a short time - if I will subscribe to CC - LOL) Just bought a new car, from wha
Re: It got so quiet here...
by Bill Davis 1 month ago
Tim has a point, but... I still don't see a reason to let Adobe collect money from me monthly NOW - just so I can get it back again at some point after the end of my fiscal year. They're bigger than I
The new Reality Distortion Field.
by Bill Davis 2 months ago
It s been a curious month. For the first three weeks, an incredible amount of what I read regarding Apple was about how the iPhone X was a poor selling failure. That message rang out across a huge arr
Re: The new Reality Distortion Field.
by Bill Davis 1 month ago
Shawn Miller "TA3 and TA5 aren't new, they're just a variations on the XLR standard. " Well of course. But USB-C is equally just a variation on the USB standard - yet Apple adopting it was the worse
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Bill Davis liked this 1 month ago
use markers to make edit notes
by Jason Brown 2 months ago
Maybe I'm going about this the wrong way, but I like using markers to create time notes for feedback to my editor working on a Premier system. I usually just take a screengrab of where my comments lin
Re: use markers to make edit notes
by Bill Davis 2 months ago
It requires an investment, but the industry is generally moving to on-line stored notes systems for stuff like this. The class of the pack is Frame.io It gives you the ability to attach notes directly
A technical editing critique of Letterman's "My Next Guest"
by greg janza 3 months ago
I stumbled onto this video which gives a detailed editing analysis of David Letterman's new Netflix show. I have a huge amount of respect for Letterman and I think his new show is a great second act f
Re: A technical editing critique of Letterman's "My Next Guest"
by Bill Davis 2 months ago
greg janza "But TV being the tramp that it is, I'm sure a lot of programming today is consciously being made with the thought of how to attract those young eyeballs." It strikes me a little bit like
Desperation Time- corrupt Library
by Cindy Hill 2 months ago
I am in dire straits. I just inherited an editing nightmare job and am doing my best to work around a major problem. The previous editor was working on an earlier version of FCP X (10.3) as well as an
Re: Desperation Time- corrupt Library
by Bill Davis 2 months ago
Hi Cindy, As Jeremy and Joe have indicated, usually updating isn't an issue with X. X has a number of auto backup systems that it runs while operating such that you seldom lose work in progress. Its n
FCPX Has Bad Audio
by Ken Bennett 2 years ago
I'm still new to FCPX but i need a solution to this issue ASAP. Why does all my audio in the FCPX sound so bad I have what I call "hip-ups" or "skips" every few second in the audio during playback. An
Re: FCPX Has Bad Audio
by Bill Davis 2 months ago
Scott Houston "My situation involved captures from an ATEM TV Studio that saved h.264 files with AAC audio (no other choices)." Back in the day, there was a LOT of audio anomalies in the early BlackM
Shooting video with someone whispering
by Mark Crews 2 months ago
What is the best practice for micing someone who is whispering on camera Any post tricks for bringing up the levels without the noise getting to high or sounding like they are underwater running noise
Re: Shooting video with someone whispering
by Bill Davis 2 months ago
A whisper is a really low amplitude signal. To record them well, you'll need a really low overall noise floor to match. And you seldom get that in field recording situations. Personally, I'd go ahead
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Diffusion Scrim question: Two 4x4s or one 42x72?
by chris pike 3 months ago
I have to light a standing model from head to toe. I'm using two led panels, one at knee height and one at about 7 feet up (and pointed slightly down). The following question may seem trivial, but the
Re: Diffusion Scrim question: Two 4x4s or one 42x72?
by Bill Davis 3 months ago
Think of it this way. No matter the size or shape of the diffusion your goal is lighting an object (say a 6' tall person) from head to toe. Say you only have ONE light. If you position that light in t
Role of Decision Making in a Business
by Sara Hopkins 3 months ago
For me, making a final decision is the most difficult part in deciding for a business strategy. Thinking if that decision lands me in the right spot. And if it would help me in getting any profit. I h
Re: Role of Decision Making in a Business
by Bill Davis 3 months ago
Sara Hopkins "For me, making a final decision is the most difficult part in deciding for a business strategy. Thinking if that decision lands me in the right spot. And if it would help me in getting
Trending freelance
by Rich Rubasch 3 months ago
Is anyone else seeing the trend toward a higher percentage of freelance workers in both post and production, directing and writing, than staff We have seen even our larger corporate in house slim down
Re: Trending freelance
by Bill Davis 3 months ago
There's also the economic effects of the "digitization" of labor in this era. It was at least 4 years ago, I was reading about how an editor friend in LA, works till 5pm, then his files go up to the c
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FCPX - appears to be imploding....?
by vidda roshinns 3 months ago
Bit of a story here... I am editing in 4K on a late 2015 5k imac. 16gb Ram Graphics Card - AMD Radeon R9 M395X 4096 MB 4 GHz Intel Core i7 3TB storage. I am editing optimized files. This has never rea
Re: FCPX - appears to be imploding....?
by Bill Davis 3 months ago
Just one additional note if it helps. Because X is designed to be resolution independent - it always tries to apply all its math at the highest precision possible. When you are working with large file
FCPX - How do you add Notes to a tagged range and not the entire clip?
by Ann Marie 5 months ago
I am starting to log an hour-long documentary project. In the interview process, I have multiple questions in long clips. I have Ranged and Keyword tagged the different clips in the long clips and now
Re: FCPX - How do you add Notes to a tagged range and not the entire clip?
by Bill Davis 3 months ago
Hi Ann Marie. One early realization that every X editor has to understand is that key worded ranges are very different from traditional subclips in this sense ... Range selections are never really sta
Camera Archive or not?
by Mark Morache 3 months ago
I just received a hard drive of footage, and the photographer put the camera card contents into folders by just copying the card into a folder. FCPX sees them and can import them just fine. I'm wonder
Re: Camera Archive or not?
by Bill Davis 3 months ago
The whole point of using the Camera Archive function is to capture not just the data files, but the maximum possible upstream metadata available from the mounted card or drive source into a single, al
Speakers for Editing
by Chris Newberry 3 months ago
I'm just upgrading some parts of my edit suite and I need to get a new speaker set up. I'm not a sound editor, so I appreciate you guys probably use kit that is a lot more expensive and awesome than I
Re: Speakers for Editing
by Bill Davis 3 months ago
Make that +2 on the JBL LSR 305s. I retired my Mackie 824s because they were just too large for my current setup and I m surprised how little I ve missed them. Creator of XinTwo - http: www.xintwo.com
Which text generator in FCP X builds titles from the bottom upwards and centers left-aligned titles according to the longest line?
by Leonore Verster 4 months ago
We have searched through all possibilities in FCP X to find a title generator that allows for the following: 1. Titles that are bottom-aligned AND that build from the bottom up. First line sits at the
Re: Which text generator in FCP X builds titles from the bottom upwards and centers left-aligned titles according to the longest line?
by Bill Davis 3 months ago
You might be a bit stuck thinking in a specific process you used to employ. Do you really need a specific "tool" for this X can make this pretty easy using just it's native tools. Just create a regula
RE: VO sound enclosure
by Nelson May 5 months ago
I know this is a general forum, but maybe you guys can weigh in, send me to another chat room or even go private messaging. I used to be a VO actor and didn't bring my sound enclosure when I moved to
Re: RE: VO sound enclosure
by Bill Davis 4 months ago
As a VO talent - I had my own purpose built VO booth for 20 years Now I rent - as we decide if we re moving again next year. So I ve been down the same path. What I ve found is that by switching my co
Hand off long project to editor in another state
by Larry Watts 5 months ago
I have this documentary that is over two hours and quite complex. I am going to hand it off to an editor in another state. When I began the project I imported all the footage onto a single large raid
Re: Hand off long project to editor in another state
by Bill Davis 5 months ago
Honestly, spending time using finder folders for asset organization is a wee bit contrary to how X is designed, IMO. X looks for mounted volumes - whether those are physical drives or network connecte
Synching Audio On A Project Timeline that Has Already Been Created?
by Daniel Thomas 5 months ago
I have a big problem. I am well into a project in FCPX with video clips that had in camera sound only. I know you can t auto synch video and audio in the timeline, so I had a solution in mind. I had i
Re: Synching Audio On A Project Timeline that Has Already Been Created?
by Bill Davis 5 months ago
Just for future avoidance of stuff like this - consider learning to do as much prep work as possible (like sound sync, audio track management and replacement, base color correction, etc.) in the Brows
App to remotely control FCPX from inside a sound booth?
by Michael Hadley 5 months ago
Hey people: Any recommendations for an iOS app to control FCPX remotely Specifically, have a sound booth (closet) about 15 feet away from the edit station. Want to be able to start stop VO recording f
Re: App to remotely control FCPX from inside a sound booth?
by Bill Davis 5 months ago
My experience with Pixel Film Studios products has been overall pretty bad. (The stuff about their building some of their early products on copied IP from their competitors - then doing nothing about
Lighting a2 piece of paper stop frame motion
by vanessa mckeown 7 months ago
Hey, I wanted to do stop frame animation on a piece of paper that's around a2 size, but has lots of detail and some depth to it. I have flash lights elinchrom and they don't work as it flickers and co
Re: Lighting a2 piece of paper stop frame motion
by Bill Davis 6 months ago
The actual light generating instruments don t have to be very sophisticated. Small cheap LEDs like the offshore Newer LEDs (the 216s for instance) put out a crazy volume of lumens at little cost. But
Premiere or FCPX
by Pam Picard 6 months ago
I m curious to hear opinions-in today s professional video world do you find more professionals using Premiere or FCPX
Re: Premiere or FCPX
by Bill Davis 6 months ago
How do you want to define the professional video world How geographically constrained do you want the survey to be What type of editing are you interested in And what type of editor Once upon a time (
How Long To Edit a Reality Show?
by Emily Geraghty 7 months ago
Hi! I'm working on a project that's taking me longer than I'd like it to, and probably longer than my company would like it to. So I thought I'd ask ya'll what your opinion is. I'm a producer, shooter
Re: How Long To Edit a Reality Show?
by Bill Davis 7 months ago
The very phrase "reality show" is the most egregious oxymoron of this era. If it's a show - it ain't reality. Period. These are extremely curated, custom designed and assembled piece of media - purpos
Pas de deux silhouette lighting
by Oliver Kuusk 7 months ago
Hi, I'm looking to create a similar silhouette lighting of the Norman McLaren Pas de deux as seen here: I've got no experience with this kind of stage lighting, but I'm guessing two fresnels from the
Re: Pas de deux silhouette lighting
by Bill Davis 7 months ago
I think you're on the right track. Decently strong light from both stage right and stage left. Try to keep the contrast between lit and unlit on the subject as high as you can. In post, desaturate and
Deliver Corporate Video to iPad
by Nick Edwards 8 months ago
I've just been asked by a client if a corporate video I have produced for him can be delivered to their sales teams' iPads in such a way that it can be viewed on the device but cannot be further distr
Re: Deliver Corporate Video to iPad
by Bill Davis 8 months ago
How about putting it on one of the distribution VIEWER sites like Vimeo or Frame.io - behind a password - and with the download option disabled Wouldn't be perfect, because as others have said, you ca
Creating a Video Team for a Social Media Platform
by Willis Omondi 8 months ago
I have this Unique scenario and requires me to put together a social media team comprising of a video team. What are your recommendations for putting together a video team for social media Also what t
Re: Creating a Video Team for a Social Media Platform
by Bill Davis 8 months ago
You are about to run into the biggest conundrum in the production arts right now. Most of what's "virally successful" on social media stems from content viewers come to see as "authentically valuable.
Shooting footage inside a wall.. best work flow?
by Steve Berlowski 8 months ago
Here's an interesting one.. We are shooting a spot that will require us to get the POV of moving inside a wall.. around a tight corner.. down a drain Too tight for a Go-Pro. What's best way We may hav
Re: Shooting footage inside a wall.. best work flow?
by Bill Davis 8 months ago
There s a whole new category of endoscopic inspection cams with flexible shafts on places like Amazon. The best have really decent images. That might fit the bill for you depending on the image qualit
Where do I find editing analysis videos?
by Reid Kimball 9 months ago
I am looking for videos of editors who analyze the editing techniques and thought processes used in editing the major TV shows and movies. For example, the video would go through most of the scenes of
Re: Where do I find editing analysis videos?
by Bill Davis 8 months ago
You may enjoy Sven s series particularly, since it s a complete series of episodes tracking a whole movie workflow start to finish with his commentary about why he s making the choices he does to addr
Capturing Audio for a Large Talkshow
by Anthony Hudson 9 months ago
I'm looking for advice on how to go about capturing better audio for a talk show I am currently filming. Right now, we have a three camera set up and have just been using audio from one of the camera
Re: Capturing Audio for a Large Talkshow
by Bill Davis 9 months ago
Anthony Hudson "regardless of budget, " Given that, do what broadway does. Wireless lav on EACH performer each feeding a separate recording track. Everything said gets recorded perfectly even if six
Sennheiser AVX
by Rob Dunford 11 months ago
Sennheiser AVX system, whats with the country specific frequency bands. I though the '1.9mhz' band was designed not to be country specific. Would it be illegal if I used my UK AVX in the US or vis a v
Re: Sennheiser AVX
by Bill Davis 9 months ago
Didn't see this when the thread first appeared. It's not that your AVX system won't work elsewhere. The units will technically "work" anywhere. A transmitter and matching receiver will function as a c
American Football game video production behind goal posts
by Andre Anthonio 11 months ago
I need help making decisions to improve my sports video production capability and work flow. I shoot American Football games with one manually operated single camera (Canon XHA1) at the 50 yard line.
Re: American Football game video production behind goal posts
by Bill Davis 10 months ago
Mark Suszko "If you can't find tripods that size, and a single pole or guyed extension ladder isn't stable enough, you might want to look at an unconventional use of hunter's tree stands, which are p
Advice for a request for music change
by Dave Bowman 10 months ago
Hi everyone, I wonder if someone can offer me some advice on this. I've created a video of a large estate house for a customer and cut it to music - music I chose as it was suitable for the video . So
Re: Advice for a request for music change
by Bill Davis 10 months ago
Dave Bowman "I guess I'm looking for a reasonable and delicately worded argument that would persuade the customer that their idea is a bad one " I have a different perspective here. With modern editi
Rant with a question
by Roy Schneider 10 months ago
Good Morning Everyone: I hope everyone is doing well. This will most likely come across as a rant in the form of a question (sorry it is so long). I had n eclectic client approach me to create an inte
Re: Rant with a question
by Bill Davis 10 months ago
Locate the boy (or girl) friend that the 16 year old daughter is listening to telling her it's not "RAD" enough - and said boy or girlfriend can do it MUCH better with the new MacBook that their dad b
create a professional animated marketing video
by Joe Clark 10 months ago
Hello, I am looking to create a Animated marketing video that uses the same as this video How to use your tastecard I would like to be able to so the 3d shots with roadmap style movement animation. Al
Re: create a professional animated marketing video
by Bill Davis 10 months ago
Joe Clark "Hello, I am looking to create a Animated marketing video that uses the same as this video How to use your tastecard I would like to be able to so the 3d shots with roadmap style movement a
Looking for specific advice on starting a sports highlight video business
by Kamal Abdallah 11 months 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 10 months 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 12 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 12 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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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A milestone, of sorts....
by Todd Terry 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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
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