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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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Photoshop alternative?
by David Mathis 3 days ago
Came across this today: https: fxhome.com imerge-pro Appears to be a combination of Lightroom and Photoshop. Thoughts
Re: Photoshop alternative?
by Bill Davis 2 days ago
And if you want more than just a new version of the old tools - Luminar is doing a LOT of work in incorporating AI into their photo processing suite. I've been extremely surprised that a tool this "au
Looking for a new lighting instrument
by Ty Ford 2 months ago
Hi, I have an audio studio in which I ve installed a charcoal muslin back drop and very simple 5-point lighting. Here s an example of what that looks like. Pretty simple. https: www.youtube.com watch
Re: Looking for a new lighting instrument
by Bill Davis 5 days ago
Just remember guys, LED arrays DON'T CUT. No clean edge from a barn door - just weird venetian blind effects. EDIT: Just realized how late to this thread I am. Sigh. Too busy. Carry on! FWIW. Creator
The new Mac Pro....now made in China!
by Rich Rubasch 3 weeks ago
I wonder if somewhere inside the case we will find a little sticker that says "Made in China" Too bad...it kind of tarnishes the whole thing, and it won't make Trump happy! https: www.cnn.com 2019 06
Re: The new Mac Pro....now made in China!
by Bill Davis 2 weeks ago
Well, if you do a modicum of research, you can find Tim Cook addressing this directly. Turns out PART of why China is eating the US's lunch in manufacturing is that their government has INVESTED in ma
September could be interesting
by Oliver Peters 3 weeks ago
Add to the Mac Pro release rumor - a 16" MBP rumor https: 9to5mac.com 2019 06 24 new-16-inch-macbook-pro-rumored-to-launch-in-fall - Oliver Oliver Peters - oliverpeters.com
Re: September could be interesting
by Bill Davis 3 weeks ago
Maybe for a final edit maybe not. I get a ton of work done while traveling with a simple laptop iPad USB hard drive rig like this. Footage review and keywording. Audio sweetening. Even base grading a
Metal/the next FCP X re-write - and InfinityFabric
by Bill Davis 1 month ago
Sarah Kimberly Euschen , an editor motion graphic pro who is very active in the higher-end internet X groups, has written a cool piece about why the new MacPro design might represent a breakthrough in
Re: Metal/the next FCP X re-write - and InfinityFabric
by Bill Davis 4 weeks ago
Oliver Peters "Huh Been hitting the merlot again " I wish. It s the 4K to 8K to (all too soon) 16K resolution curve. The only thing it s truly useful for at present is push reframing for HD delivery.
Apple dropping codec support...repercussions
by Shane Ross 1 month ago
So, Apple in it's infinite and ever-forward thinking wisdom, dropped support for many many legacy codecs. The excuse was that they weren't 64 bit compatible and they are moving to all 64-bit processin
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Re: Apple dropping codec support...repercussions
by Bill Davis 1 month ago
But, Shane, this is NOT an Apple thing and it's not even an actual codec issue, per se. It's a OS issue. If you need to access EVERYTHING you've ever shot, you have two utterly simple options. First,
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The Cheese Grater is back
by Craig Seeman 1 month ago
The Cheese Grater is back with 8 PCIe slots. The Kremlinologist can examine the FCPX screenshot. Afterburner. Things that make you go hmmm.
Re: The Cheese Grater is back
by Bill Davis 1 month ago
Eric Santiago "I hope this Afterburner card isn't a one year pony." Not sure how it could be. The whole point of an FPGA is that you can easily re-configure it to point it at accelerating other types
Converting GoPro shot for viewing in a headset?
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
Monoscopic, GoPro fisheye shot. What do I need todo to it in FCP or Motion to play it in fake stereo on one of those Google Cardboard type headsets that leverages a smartphone for playback Or is After
Re: Converting GoPro shot for viewing in a headset?
by Bill Davis 1 month ago
I wonder if any of the Dashwood plug-ins could help When Tim went to work at Apple, he made his entire 3-D plugin set available for free download and they're all still on-line. I know there were a var
Reverse Match Frame - by all that is holy, WHEN?!?!?!
by Bob Woodhead 1 month ago
Really, we are STILL waiting for this And no, I don't need to hear the workarounds.
Re: Reverse Match Frame - by all that is holy, WHEN?!?!?!
by Bill Davis 1 month ago
Bob Woodhead "Meh, it's a database. How impossible could it be to park on a Browser clip frame and ask "is this a source to anything in the timeline, regardless of compound level" " Yeah, you're prob
Should I be using multiple mics to record dialogue and sound effects?
by ryan elder 2 months ago
I was told by a couple of others in the audio business that instead of using one boom mic to record all of the dialogue that I should have multiple mics around the scene, to create a surround sound mi
Re: Should I be using multiple mics to record dialogue and sound effects?
by Bill Davis 2 months ago
Sorry I missed this thread! The overall issue is this. If you want your portrait painted - hiring a house painter to do it is a really bad strategy. So is asking a band recordist to tell you how to do
Basic formula for sweetening sound in a video edited using FCPX
by James Dow 9 months ago
I'm thinking my audio could always be improved on most of my FCPX edits. Typically, I will have a lavalier (TR50) track from an interview, maybe some B-Roll Nat sound, wav files of any production musi
Re: Basic formula for sweetening sound in a video edited using FCPX
by Bill Davis 4 months ago
Hi James, Ty is apparently busy and so I'll take a stab at this. If you think of sound in the context of cooking, you're mics are kinda where you get your ingredients. Just like various proteins have
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2019 BAFTA opening.
by Bill Davis 5 months ago
Wow, the Brits just crushed it at the 2019 BAFTA Awards opening number. Extremely high energy opening featuring Aussie Hugh Jackman fronting a number from The Greatest Showman. The very tight integrat
Sennheiser AVX ME2 strange problem
by Aaron Dunleavy 5 months ago
Hello, I just purchased a used Sennheiser AVX ME2 wireless lav system. I m encountering a strange problem, in which the supplied ME2 microphone produces a strange electronic sounding hum. It goes away
Re: Sennheiser AVX ME2 strange problem
by Bill Davis 5 months ago
What Ty said. That's the classic pattern for a grounding issue. Sennheiser is a large company with plenty of service capability if you want to investigate "factory service" and in addition, since they
What's the Easiest way to create the lightsaber effect?
by Sa Dilshan 6 months ago
Hi, I want to create a lightsaber effect (one person, tripod shot) . I have a toy saber (without lights.) Problem is I want to create 2-3 minutes videos every week. (dont want to be professional at al
Re: What's the Easiest way to create the lightsaber effect?
by Bill Davis 5 months ago
Darn, just saw this. FanFilmFX.com is what you need. It's a totally cool light saber generator. There's a free version and the paid version is only $4. These are also hosted on FXFactory. So you can g
Avoid Banding & Supplement Existing Light in Airplane Hangar
by Adam Worth 7 months ago
Hello - I m shooting directing editing a low budget music video in a large hangar 10,000 sq feet. It has existing overhead lighting that I m forced to use because the budget doesn t allow for re-light
Re: Avoid Banding & Supplement Existing Light in Airplane Hangar
by Bill Davis 7 months ago
I agree that if the music is at all edgy, the ability to have lots of space and NO light to start with is a HUGE plus - not a minus. Hell, My first thought is to light it with road flares. My second t
FCPX quits using Lock&Load then Command Z'ing out
by Mike Lemons 11 months ago
Hi everyone - after having repeated crashes (5 6) using the Lock&Load trial, I figured what was causing it in all those instances. Its trying to undo a stabilisation right after using Command Z Has an
Re: FCPX quits using Lock&Load then Command Z'ing out
by Bill Davis 7 months ago
CoreMelt makes great, professionally codec plug-ins. But they are typically doing a LOT of calculation work under the hood in order to produce their results. This puts pressure on all the other parts
Building a Studio next to barking dogs!!
by joseph wilkins 8 months ago
Hi audio gurus... After a week of reading through article after article on soundproofing, I wanted to see if you would please tell me what you think of my plan to soundproof my new video studio I am a
Re: Building a Studio next to barking dogs!!
by Bill Davis 8 months ago
Sorry to be late to the party. When I did my studio conversion, one major win that cost very little compared to regular drywall construction, was to substitute a layer of drywall for one of MDF. MDF h
Should I sell my boom mics and by lavs instead?
by ryan elder 8 months ago
Basically I have two boom mikes, the AT4053b, the Rode NTG-3, and a boompole. However, I find that they are troublesome to use on a shoot, cause I cannot find anyone who is that good at booming. I usu
Re: Troll alert
by Bill Davis 8 months ago
ryan elder "I thought that was a good, legitimate question to ask, and did not count as trolling. Is that not an okay question to ask, when it comes to audio production " Overall it is legitimate. Ju
News: Adobe Announces Next Generation of Creative Cloud at MAX 2018
by Cow News Droid 9 months ago
Major Updates to Flagship Apps, Launch of Premiere Rush CC for Social Video and Previews of Photoshop CC and Project Gemini on iPad Accelerate Creative Cloud Innovation and Value (Los Angeles, CA--Oct
Re: News: Adobe Announces Next Generation of Creative Cloud at MAX 2018
by Bill Davis 9 months ago
I totally get this. When X added hue vs hue to the curves a while back, I had no clue how useful that capability would become to me! Now I use it ALL the time to improve flesh tones and remove over ru
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Question to shooters: earbuds etc.
by Ty Ford 9 months ago
Hi, Just curious as to what you might be using for headphones when shoulder mount shooting. I normally use Sony MD7506 while on location, but shooters say the earpiece clunks into the side of the came
Re: Question to shooters: earbuds etc.
by Bill Davis 9 months ago
For me personally, I've kinda had a two tier strategy to my field monitoring. Tier one has always been SET UP THE SOUND. Set up the gear, get the signal path working. Test it with regular headphones l
Share waiting on stabilization that won't complete
by Mark Suszko 9 months ago
So on my timeline I have two hours' worth of 2-track video of a conference. The B cameraman did a lousy job and pretty much all his shots needed to have stabilization engaged. I patiently waited for e
Re: Share waiting on stabilization that won't complete
by Bill Davis 9 months ago
Mark, I've seen similar before on handheld stuff. My solution is to skim the footage and REJECT all the really crazy uncorrectable stuff - Hide rejects - and then put the now unrated clips on a storyl
Can't export .dv file out of FCPX
by Erick Puentes 9 months ago
So I have this .dv file which I imported into FCPX and it seemed to transcode fine and plays correctly within FCPX. Every time I go to export it, whether via master file or out to compressor it fails
Re: Can't export .dv file out of FCPX
by Bill Davis 9 months ago
For safety's sake, you should first make a solid backup of the original file with some form of checksum duplication before you start working with, or delete anything. If you don't have something like
Manually Correcting for Audio Drift: what's your favorite way?
by Conrad Deleon 9 months ago
Much of drift correction today seems to be "under the hood". Plural Eyes has Automatic Drift Correction, or it can correct for drift when it gets above a certain threshold. FCPX and Premier Pro can sy
Re: Manually Correcting for Audio Drift: what's your favorite way?
by Bill Davis 9 months ago
In my many years of futzing with audio for video - I've found that 99 times out of 100 audio drift comes from sample rate mismatches between the camera and the timeline. If you simply take the source
Looking for Mobile Phone Production Setup
by Cameron Dozier 10 months ago
My boss asked me to put together a mobile phone production rig. She wants something to hold the phone, a little mixer for it and mount for the mixer, some sort of lav, preferably wireless, and a grip
Re: Looking for Mobile Phone Production Setup
by Bill Davis 10 months ago
Here's my iPhone X field video quick capture rig. The blue-tipped units are a pair of Sennheiser AVX wireless audio receivers. Saramonic makes the Lightning connector to XLR audio mixer adaptor they p
Electrical Power solution for remote outdoor shoots?
by Bill Zowak 11 months 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 10 months 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
This article is a brilliant piece of work and the video is well worth watching...
by Ronald Lindeboom 11 months 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 10 months 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 11 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 11 months 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 1 year 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 12 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 12 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 12 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 1 year 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 12 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 3 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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
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