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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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Cinema Grade - Denver Riddle - Color Grading Central's new plugin
by Craig Seeman 2 days ago
Cinema Grade - Denver Riddle - Color Grading Central's new plugin https: cinemagrade.com I don't know if there's another NLE that has this kind of competition in color grading plugins. Although this w
Re: Cinema Grade - Denver Riddle - Color Grading Central's new plugin
by Bill Davis 22 hours ago
Oliver Peters "The problem is not in the screens, but the software that drives them. " Well, if you are watching a grade that can manipulate up to 10,000 nits of luma range - on a screen that can onl
New 3D Plugin for FCPX and Motion
by Steve Connor 2 days ago
This looks interesting https: www.motionvfx.com mplugs-33.html#introduction
Re: New 3D Plugin for FCPX and Motion
by Bill Davis 2 days ago
Szymon and his team have been working on this for a LONG time. I m not a 3D Guy, but it looks like this is a pretty amazing leveraging of the Motion and FCP X host programs for those folks who want an
FCP X hits 3.5 Million users?
by Bill Davis 6 days ago
Atomos CEO Jeromy Young says so in a live interview from the IBC Floor. Slip of the tongue Judge for yourself. If true, that s kinda crazy growth acceleration. https: m.youtube.com watch v=OvKw3msZ6h0
Re: FCP X hits 3.5 Million users?
by Bill Davis 5 days ago
That s the thing about history it is , by definition, what used to be. I ve handled plenty of query s from folks like these who own the hardware they prefer (which is often Macs) and have absolutely n
Vimeo Stock Footage
by David Mathis 2 weeks ago
Vimeo is now in the stock footage game. This looks to be interesting and might offer a great value. Love to hear your thoughts! https: vimeo.com stock
Re: Vimeo Stock Footage
by Bill Davis 2 weeks ago
Interesting for a number of reasons. I remember how surprised I was when I first started using Frame.io for client collaboration - and needed to then post the results of that collaboration to my Vimeo
Electrical Power solution for remote outdoor shoots?
by Bill Zowak 1 month ago
To all, I am looking for some feedback on what some of you are using to power any electrical equipment when doing outdoor shoots. In areas that offer no source of electricity. Thank you in advance. Bi
Re: Electrical Power solution for remote outdoor shoots?
by Bill Davis 2 weeks ago
Mark Suszko "I think I also just discovered a new niche market to tell Elon Musk about. :-)" Remote power is a really interesting space these days. I was looking at quiet generators the other day and
Art doesn't pay
by Oliver Peters 1 month ago
Nice video piece by Mark Toia. https: www.youtube.com watch v=uBdSDkq0lfk&feature=youtu.be This is a new Frame.io Master series. Toia has been active on the RED forums for several years. And relevant
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Re: Art doesn't pay
by Bill Davis 2 weeks ago
Andrew Kimery "I've done everything from scripted to reality TV to weddings to corporate to documentaries to live event coverage and I can see transcript-linked-video being potentially useful in just
"ALL NLEs: The Great Debate" - genuine question
by Trevor Asquerthian 3 weeks ago
I like the idea of a hive mind with knowledge of all the NLEs (and the old LEs) to help figure out better ways of working. Q: I ve used the EVS (very basic) NLE IPEdit sporadically since it came out.
Re: "ALL NLEs: The Great Debate" - genuine question
by Bill Davis 3 weeks ago
Understood. I can't imagine there's any way to concurrently let two LIVE timelines exist each reaching into the same database. Maybe as these databases grow more hooks, the facility folks or the live
This article is a brilliant piece of work and the video is well worth watching...
by Ronald Lindeboom 4 weeks ago
https: bigthink.com philip-perry 47-of-jobs-in-the-next-25-years-will-disappear-according-to-oxford-university Check it out. It is a worthwhile article on the fast changing future... Best regards, Ron
Re: This article is a brilliant piece of work and the video is well worth watching...
by Bill Davis 3 weeks ago
It is. And this article is already more than a year old. One reason that the media may be MORE obsessed with politics than normal, is that these huge forces are coming at us that will shape the future
shooting video in front of led walls
by Jamison Koczan 2 months ago
Hello All, Has anyone here had any trouble shooting video with led walls in the background I personally haven't, but I wanted to reach out and see if there might be a special situation to look out for
Re: shooting video in front of led walls
by Bill Davis 1 month ago
Also, this used to be far more difficult when nearly everything was CRT tubes playing NTSC standard interlaced content back. Today, most flat panel screens are progressive and if you feed them appropr
Need permission to record Public Events?
by Bryce Douglass 4 months ago
Hello, As a filmmaker or photographer do I need permission from others to film or photograph a minor and or adult that's in a public setting such as 4th of July parade or some public production put on
Re: Need permission to record Public Events?
by Bill Davis 2 months ago
After decades in this business, I WISH there was a single rule that covered all this stuff - but it's just not that simple. There are overlapping laws and rights involved. Privacy rights, Intellectual
Boom pole hack
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
This is one of those tricks that has been around absolutely forever, and I'm sure everyone in here knows it... but I just had to use it again so thought it bears repeating. I have to leave for a locat
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Re: Boom pole hack
by Bill Davis 2 months ago
Great solution, Todd. I got dumb lucky years ago and picked up a bunch of RAM accessories from a shop that was discontinuing the line. Bought their stock for pennies on the dollar. The ball mounts are
Lighting a room for green screen
by Alan Balch 2 months ago
I'm in the process of trying to figure out how to best light a room for green screen. The room I'm trying to light is 10' wide, 20' long and 10' high. My main question is whether or not I should try t
Re: Lighting a room for green screen
by Bill Davis 2 months ago
And just to add a note to what Todd says... Remember, you don't always need to light the entire greenscreen for EVERY use instance. If you have a spokesperson sitting at a desk, for example - you can
Softboxes for Fotodiox LED 100WB-56
by Joshua Stolarz 3 months ago
I have three Fotodiox LED 100WB-56, and I need some softbox modifiers. There are way too many options and I want to make sure I get something that will fit the lights I have. I like large light source
Re: Softboxes for Fotodiox LED 100WB-56
by Bill Davis 3 months ago
The challenge with LEDs is that they have a pretty narrow angle of spread. Even arranged in arrays, they act more like rows of spotlights than a traditional broad source. Which means the larger the so
Mock Up Software
by Alan Balch 3 months ago
Anybody know an online tool I can use to create a mock-up of a green screen studio I've found a couple of sites like planyourroom.com and livingspaces.com but they're not quite what I need. I'm lookin
Re: Mock Up Software
by Bill Davis 3 months ago
Sorry I didn't see this back in June. If you haven't found anything better, Omni Corp makes a tool called OmniGraffle that's lets you draw, arrange and set shapes within a grid system. It's like a min
Monitoring an HDR Rec. 2020 PQ project.
by James Duke 3 months ago
In Apple s Final Cut Pro X: Wide-gamut HDR tips and tricks document, the first bullet states: When you color correct HDR images, the highlight details in the wider color gamut or above 100 nits are cl
Re: Monitoring an HDR Rec. 2020 PQ project.
by Bill Davis 3 months ago
Oliver Peters "With all due respect Bill, there is no such thing as a "new HDR ProRes RAW" workflow." Well, if you define "workflow" as the steps you take to create content - then what Apple showed a
Want to do a building beauty night shoot with out without the moon?
by Jeff Herring 3 months ago
I want to shoot some B-roll of a group of buildings centered around a statue in a fountain at night. My focal point will be the fountain with its water jets and the buildings will be the background. T
Re: Want to do a building beauty night shoot with out without the moon?
by Bill Davis 3 months ago
This is why ProRes Raw or similar "expanded latitude" video technologies might change the way we approach a lot of this. When it eventually moves beyond Atomos and DJI, the ability to brightness corre
A pretty cool thing in Las Vegas
by Todd Terry 3 months ago
This isn't a B&M post, but I thought folks in here would find it interesting. We had a big corporate shoot at a convention in Las Vegas last week (that nightmare is outlined in another post). There we
Re: A pretty cool thing in Las Vegas
by Bill Davis 3 months ago
Yours is way cooler, but here's a crop of a 360 Theta snap I took on July 23rd 2017 at ComiCon Hall H . It was the anniversary for the show Supernatural - which features classic rock a lot, and in the
Shooting two actors separated by perspex
by Thomas Hannen 4 months 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 4 months 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 months 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 4 months 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
The new Reality Distortion Field.
by Bill Davis 5 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 4 months 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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use markers to make edit notes
by Jason Brown 5 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 5 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 6 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 8 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 7 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 7 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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
Lighting a2 piece of paper stop frame motion
by vanessa mckeown 10 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 12 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 11 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 12 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 11 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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
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