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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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Final Cut Pro X Advanced Mask Transitioning
by Zade Cross 1 day 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
Re: Final Cut Pro X Advanced Mask Transitioning
by Bill Davis 5 hours 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
MacBook Pros "underpowered?" Not for FCP X editors. Not AT ALL.
by Bill Davis 5 days ago
If you live in the Premiere Pro world, it's starting to make sense that you might not feel the new Mac Laptops are a very big deal. If you've transitioned into the FCP X world, the evidence is mountin
Re: MacBook Pros "underpowered?" @Bill Davis
by Bill Davis 6 hours ago
Oliver Peters "You're moving the goal posts by adding the timeline stipulation. Premiere offers standard scrubbing in the timeline, as it always has" We'll have to disagree on that. Moving the goalpo
Prem vs FCPX - Panels
by Oliver Peters 2 days ago
Since this is a debate forum and it's a Friday, what are your thoughts about Adobe's Premiere Pro panels architecture This seems to be a key enabler for many third party developers building add-ins to
Re: Prem vs FCPX - Panels
by Bill Davis 6 hours ago
Oliver Peters "For example, with PDF Viewer, I can see my client's script right inside of Premiere Pro. In theory I could do that with a PDF in an event in X, but then it's seen as a graphic, not a P
Dealer Show Recap Video Tips
by Boe Beito 6 days 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 days 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 3 weeks 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 1 week 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 2 weeks 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 1 week 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 2 weeks 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 1 week 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 1 month 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 4 weeks 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 1 week 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
Lighting design for outdoor event
by Tom Galli 1 week ago
Aloha all! Twice a year, my university has an outdoor event to celebrate cultural diversity. Mostly it features different ethnically-oriented clubs performing traditional dances in traditional costume
Re: Lighting design for outdoor event
by Bill Davis 1 week ago
The kind of throw you're talking about from the balcony position to the stage area you're probably going to be looking at theatrical ellipsoidals. See if there's a theatre supply rental company in you
FCPX 10.3 Woes Including Losing Metadata When Editing Between Libraries
by Michael Angelo 2 weeks 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 1 week 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 3 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 2 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 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 1 month 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 2 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 3 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 3 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
Which hmi light?
by Mike Thomas 4 months ago
I'm going to buy at least one hmi, probably a par, to use on future feature film projects. I've not worked with them before and have it narrowed down to a 575 or 1200. I realize this is a general ques
Re: Which hmi light?
by Bill Davis 3 months ago
Mike Thomas "I come from a still photography background where lighting is much less...complicated. I'm really diving into video and want to build up a small lighting kit which is why I was asking abo
2016 Macbook Pro Touchbar- Worth it for editors?
by C. Blake Davis 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 4 months ago
https: forums.creativecow.net fcpxdebates
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relinking media on back up drive in 10.3
by Craig Alan 3 months ago
In previous versions, I could reimport my entire card copy folder and missing media would repopulate in FC very quickly. In 10.3 I can relink only by navigating to the media folder (I do not keep mine
Re: relinking media on back up drive in 10.3
by Bill Davis 3 months ago
Probably not the solution to your question because I don't do a workflow like that... BUT Why are you using finder level "folders" I always thought X works best working with mounted virtual volumes. D
Do I Need to Have my Monitor Calibrated?
by Mike Thomas 5 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 3 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
Pricing video & photo package for half day(4-5 hours) or full day shoot (7-8 hours)
by Steve Metoyer 5 months ago
Hello, A restaurant owner approached me to put together a package for video & stills of his new restaurant. He wants me produce 365 stills & 365 video clips ranging from 5 - 60 sec clips. He says he w
Re: Pricing video & photo package for half day(4-5 hours) or full day shoot (7-8 hours)
by Bill Davis 4 months ago
In terms he might understand... He's thinking "I need to bring in a decent cook for a day" and then get him to plan out my next year of menus. To get close to that, he doesn't need a cook - he needs a
Recommended TV Confidence Monitor to Studio Pedestal Mount Solution
by David Shulkin 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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.
Can anyone tell me how to give copyrights
by William Addis 5 months ago
Hi, I am new to freelance work. I designed A Logo Opener in After Effects and Logo Design in Photoshop. Buyers asking me to give copyrights for that files. How to give copyrights for these files. Anyo
Re: Can anyone tell me how to give copyrights
by Bill Davis 5 months ago
You don't say where you're located, but the intellectual property laws that govern this vary from country to country. So depending on where you live, this might be different. Generally in the US only
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Gels and Dichroic filters = Lower CRI rating?
by Joe Loria 6 months ago
Hey everyone, Recently I have been researching the topic to see if gels and dichroic filters alter a lamps CRI rating. Several on other forums say they do not. However, I have recently contacted LEE F
Re: Gels and Dichroic filters = Lower CRI rating?
by Bill Davis 5 months ago
Two parts to this. The first is the nature of the light generating technology. Are you starting with full spectrum or something less than that The second is that, yes, you are correct, all a filter ca
Lighting interior of a car?
by Neil Orman 5 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 5 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
Cable management thru/around AV workstation?
by Neil Orman 7 months ago
Does anyone know of good, inexpensive solutions for attaching cords to the bottom of your workstations, and where to get them I double as our company's video and AV guy, and in that role I sit at an A
Re: Cable management thru/around AV workstation?
by Bill Davis 7 months ago
This does not speak to the original problem except peripherally. Having spent 15 years in an "against the wall" equipment setup with 75+ devices, lights and wall-warts plugged into outlet boxes and pr
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