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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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360-degree video
by Oliver Peters 22 hours ago
Is there really much of a market in the general, entertainment world for posted (not live) 360-degree video I know it has value for scientific, educational, cat videos on YouTube, etc. But is the comm
Re: 360-degree video
by Bill Davis 7 hours ago
Oliver Peters "If a large market, then I guess, yes. But if minuscule, then plug-ins should have sufficed. Thoughts " Seems to me we have about 20 years now in conditioning a generation of gamers to
graphic factoids and compound clips
by Larry Watts 5 days ago
I have a long documentary that requires popups that give fact bites or factoids. They contain: a motion background that animates into place similar to a lower third a motion project that has animated
Re: graphic factoids and compound clips
by Bill Davis 5 days ago
What Jeremy said. If you are going to do a lot of these - it would probably be worth it to learn how to design the info callouts as a Motion generator and Publish it into X. That way you could just im
FCPX editing advice
by Jack Pegoraro 1 week ago
Been running a small car related youtube channel for a couple of years. Only started using FCPX around 6 months ago and getting to grips with it a bit now. Wondered if anyone here had any advice on ho
Re: FCPX editing advice
by Bill Davis 5 days ago
Overall you re doing really well. But now you are at the devil in the details zone. And if you want to push farther up the quality curve, you can t let the small things go by. Two examples that caught
Pas de deux silhouette lighting
by Oliver Kuusk 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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
FCPX Freelance
by Oliver Peters 3 weeks ago
Interesting FCPco post: http: www.fcp.co final-cut-pro news 2014-upwork-names-final-cut-pro-x-in-the-top-ten-fastest-growing-skills-for-freelancers-in-q3-2017 However, Upwork is a site where you list
Re: FCPX Freelance
by Bill Davis 2 weeks ago
Neil Goodman "Im talking about your neighbors kids making skateing videos, the youtube v logger with 20 subscribers, etc. People wanting to make a picture slideshow for their friends wedding. Will a
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FCP X Summit: new features/news
by Andrew Kimery 3 weeks ago
Peter Wiggins on Twitter is posting screen shots of the new color grading tools in X (wheels and curves). Color board is still there though (user can pick which UI to use). https: twitter.com PeterWig
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Re: FCP X Summit: new features/news
by Bill Davis 3 weeks ago
Andy Field "We must do it the Apple way.....and no other!" When The Apple Way is significantly less stupid. Then yes. The goal is to get the work done. Knowing how the software actually functions is
Deliver Corporate Video to iPad
by Nick Edwards 4 weeks 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 3 weeks 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
Which niche is which?
by Andrew Kimery 3 weeks ago
On a somewhat regular basis the discussion turns to niche users, niche workflows and or niche features. Usually it comes out as Hollywood films being a insignificant (if high profile) niche workflow c
Re: Which niche is which?
by Bill Davis 3 weeks ago
My seat mate on my flight to San Jose was a 40 something video producer who works the rapidly emerging Drone Racing Circuit. 40-50 cameras (of all types) covering the race course. Sports Sorta Kinda B
Is there a way to see items outside/overhanging the edges of the viewer?
by Tim Vining 1 month ago
Is there a way to see items dragged outside or overhanging the borders of the viewer I'm moving part of an image "offscreen" but I'd like to see the part that is offscreen while I am working with it.
Re: Is there a way to see items outside/overhanging the edges of the viewer?
by Bill Davis 4 weeks ago
Tim Vining "Okay, thanks--bit of a drag. It seems like this should be a toggle on off item, and not really that complicated to implement." Send in a feature request. I've come to think that the X dev
Creating a Video Team for a Social Media Platform
by Willis Omondi 1 month 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 1 month 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 2 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 1 month 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 2 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 1 month 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 2 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 2 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 4 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 2 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
Why does transition on connected clip affect primary storyline clip too?
by Jeff Feaz 3 months ago
Hey Friends! I'm trying to use a push transition on a still image that's in the timeline as a connected clip. This is just a single item that I want to push in and out as a PIP element. The problem is
Re: Why does transition on connected clip affect primary storyline clip too?
by Bill Davis 3 months ago
Jeff, One of the subtle indicators that it's important to learn to notice in X is "the shelf" - the gray bar that indicates a secondary storyline. Quite a few actions ( such as adding a transition) re
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American Football game video production behind goal posts
by Andre Anthonio 4 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 4 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 3 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 6 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 6 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 7 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 7 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 9 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 8 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 9 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 10 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 9 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 9 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 9 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
FCPX 10.3 Woes Including Losing Metadata When Editing Between Libraries
by Michael Angelo 9 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 9 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 12 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 9 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 10 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 11 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 10 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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