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Bill Davis

Long time corporate video producer
Long time FCP user
Wrote the computer editing column for a national magazine for 10 years plus.
Member Since:
September 15th 2006
48 Posts
Location:
Scottsdale, Arizona
Have an idea for this show
by Jose Zeinc 9 years ago
Hello to all, first off i wanna thank you guys for such good tips and advice always here at the forum this is an excelent tool, and i wish the cow could expand this to even get mentoring for start up
Re: Have an idea for this show
by Bill Davis 9 years ago
Jose, While following your dreams is very important to securing the life you wish to live, it's also important to understand that it's INCREDIBLY easy to mistake where value resides in the real world.
Need advice on lighthing for live event
by Agustian Hermanto 9 years ago
Hellow Creative Cow community! I have a quick question that probably some of you can shed some lights. I'm currently working on planning on filming a 4 days live event and have come to a situation whe
Re: Need advice on lighthing for live event
by Bill Davis 9 years ago
Having done literally hundreds of videos of professional speakers on stage, you don't need the punch of a Joker to light this. If you want a pretty even spread of illumination without a lot of hassle,
Lighting a Nightclub...
by Chuck Purnell 9 years ago
Anybody ever light a nightclub along with the existing club lights (lasers, disco lights, etc ) I am in the early planning stages for shooting a music video and the treatment will call for a scene to
Re: Lighting a Nightclub...
by Bill Davis 9 years ago
In a nutshell, light the perimeter of the club so that there's light behind the action. Then, as you say, add front fill to bring out the specific characters you're following. Finally, be VERY VERY ca
liability insurance; additionally insured
by Derek Fremd 9 years ago
I am in the midst of a SNAFU and am not sure where the problem lies. I am scheduled to videotape in a client's office. The building manager has required its companies to be listed as additionally insu
Re: liability insurance; additionally insured
by Bill Davis 9 years ago
This made me laugh. Once upon a time I wanted to shoot in the local State University football stadium. (needed an EMPTY STANDS shot and it's public property after all) They also ran me through the "na
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A bit dry, but do you think he's right?
by Mark Suszko 9 years ago
http: www.youtube.com watch v=VAix5Ho4fwk&feature=related
Re: A bit dry, but do you think he's right?
by Bill Davis 9 years ago
You and I both learn differently TODAY than we did three years ago. We're immersed in web searches - social media - non linear content skipping - branching - limited character messaging (tweets) and v
What are your terms for payment?
by John Grote, Jr. 9 years ago
Good day all, I am a trying to find out what is reasonable terms for payment, net 15 Net 30 Net 45 Net 60 Most of my smaller clients are better than net 30 with payment, but two of my larger (national
Re: What are your terms for payment?
by Bill Davis 9 years ago
While traditions like "net 30" are still very prevalent - I think things are getting less clear cut in billing. You'll notice that currently American Experess's OPEN small business service is doing a
Playing back video files as a presentation
by Greg Taylor 9 years ago
Hi all, I have produced a series of .movs which are motion graphics featuring animation and voice over. In order they form a presentation for a live event - having given them over to an AV company who
Re: Playing back video files as a presentation
by Bill Davis 9 years ago
This seems to me like a VERY good example of that saying: "When the tool you have is a hammer - every problem starts to look like a nail." Just author a SIMPLE DVD with the clips on it linked to a cli
Sally Mencke
by Timothy J. Allen 9 years ago
Sally Mencke, the Editor who worked with Quentin Tarantino on "Pulp Fiction," "Kill Bill" and "Jackie Brown" was found dead this morning after she had not returned from hiking in Griffith Park. She ce
Re: Sally Mencke
by Bill Davis 9 years ago
"but the nonlinear style of his storytelling lives and breathes by the editor's talents." Amen to that. I'm not as big a fan of QT, probably because I feel he over uses the standard language of on-scr
offline vs. online
by Ruprict Haacke 9 years ago
I am using FCP to edit a short promotional video and for the sake of experience, I want to assemble an offline edit and then from there compile the online. The original footage was shot in 1080i HDV a
Re: offline vs. online
by Bill Davis 9 years ago
Not sure exactly how you can unlink the core meaning of the word "negative" from the prosess tho. Nowhere I can see in the digital processing realm when black goes white and white goes black. Just say
S-Corp question: How much does your accountant charge to prep taxes?
by Evan John 9 years ago
I realize this is a YMMV question, but generally how much should it cost to have year-end taxes prepped for an S-Corp I was just quoted by an accountant's assistant at $1500, and that sounds awfully h
Re: S-Corp question: How much does your accountant charge to prep taxes?
by Bill Davis 9 years ago
In my experience, it goes one of two ways. If you use an accounting service or professional bookkeeper, then all the details are already coded and ready to "pour" into an automated tax prep system - w
Future of DSLR vs category killer
by Carl Filoreto 9 years ago
As a regular freelance DP and owner of a production company, I've been seriously considering the purchase of a Canon 5D Mark II, and fortifying it with a cage, matte box and monitor. I'm conversant wi
Re: Future of DSLR vs category killer
by Bill Davis 9 years ago
John, I don't understand the "lighten up" comment. I'm not arguing any kind of emotional point of view. Simply factual information as it appears to me. Just as it's insignificant whether a great piano
HD production- in retrospect
by Kevin Ryan 9 years ago
I just wanted to pose this question to video production people in the corporate world. Was switching to hd for acquisition, editing and output worth it I work for a local government media department.
Re: HD production- in retrospect
by Bill Davis 9 years ago
My answer is hidden in this short bit of imaginary dialog based not so loosely on real life. Client: Hi Bill, great news, we have a new video project consisting of a few simple 10 minute training modu
Mounting Countryman EMW directly to skin or other side address lavs
by Michael Martin 9 years ago
I'm a pro when it comes to mounting end address lavs to just about anywhere. Now I'm looking for options, ideas, and techniques for mounting my new Countryman EMW (side address lav) directly to the sk
Re: Mounting Countryman EMW directly to skin or other side address lavs
by Bill Davis 9 years ago
Both great. So is Moleskin (available at any local drug store in the Dr. Scholes footcare display) I kinda like it better since you can cut the pieces as small or large as you need. Still, they all wo
Matching up a frame, any ideas?
by Göran Thorén 9 years ago
Hi! I'm in a bit of a tight spot. A couple of weeks ago I shot a music video with a locked of camera with a 16mm lens on my 7D. There was a lot of extras that never showed up on the set so I need to r
Re: Matching up a frame, any ideas?
by Bill Davis 9 years ago
If you have a laptop in the field and your camera has Firewire, you can do precisely this with Red Lightening software's DV monitor Pro. It overlays the live camera shot on top of ANY still shot you c
What do they call you?
by Mark Suszko 9 years ago
I used to just shrug it off when people introducing me in work settings couldn't quite name my job and would describe me to the person being introduced as "video guy", "camera man", "the TV person", e
Re: What do they call you?
by Bill Davis 9 years ago
"Hi, I'm Bill. I own the company that's producing your video." In my experience, that introduction establishes that I'm qualified to toss my 2 cents in on ANY subject at hand from budget to wardrobe.
No, seriously, learn EVERYTHING
by Tim Wilson 9 years ago
Just saw a post go up on the Job Board. Are you kids checking those As Rob mentions in the thread below, people find jobs there. I have also heard from companies placing ads that the COW has provided
Re: No, seriously, learn EVERYTHING
by Bill Davis 9 years ago
These guys are making things FAR too difficult. They just need to post what they REALLY WANT. Like this. Help Wanted: Video Shooting Philosopher King. Must be comfortable making global decisions in al
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Filming Logo's
by Olly Lawer 9 years ago
Hi, Shot a video for a corporate client Inc a board in their lobby showing all of their customers logo's. Can I Inc it in the final video without seeking each companies permission who's logo appears T
Re: Filming Logo's
by Bill Davis 9 years ago
I'm actual a little hazy on this. Yes, normally copyright law requires one to get permission from anyone who's intellectual property is used in a derivative work. But there are certain exceptons. This
Amusing if it wasn't sad
by Nick Griffin 9 years ago
While leafing through an inflight magazine I ran into a half page ad promoting "Serious Income Fun Lifestyle!" It's a "unique home-based business" with "no experience necessary" and "high profit poten
Re: Amusing if it wasn't sad
by Bill Davis 9 years ago
If these are the folks I'm thinking of, they've been around for a LONG time. They had large display ads in the back of most consumer video magazines back during the decade I was a contributing editor
Connection Accessories to DSLR
by Ala Mctoom 9 years ago
Hi there. I'm new to videography so please be patient with me. I just bought a 7d camera and I'm planning to buy its gear and extra stuff like field monitor. I'm not sure how to connect those stuff to
Re: Connection Accessories to DSLR
by Bill Davis 9 years ago
Ala, Again, be careful here. SOME people swear by the Z-finder solution. Personally I rejected it early. The BIG advantage is that used with the typical RAILS system or with any kind of shoulder brace
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External XLR Dynamic Microphone & Adapter / Cable For iPhone 4
by George Jones 9 years ago
The budget is < $1000. Is the following $825 Mobile Journalist Kit sufficient to produce Live medium to high quality broadcast level field audio What other field audio hardware software can be sugg
Re: The Best Field Audio Recorder & Pro Live Audio Broadcast System Is the Phone You Have With You
by Bill Davis 9 years ago
I'm going to chime in here and add my voice of caution. Not about the concept. I think it's a GREAT option in certain circumstances. Giving an iPhone the "capability" of being used as a field reporter
Social Media Backfires
by Mike Cohen 9 years ago
A few years ago I started going to Digg to get my news - the user voting on links to news and other stories usually put interesting reading at the top of the list. The website supposedly is worth $200
Re: Social Media Backfires
by Bill Davis 9 years ago
Yes, Digg's current problems are a nice warning that even agile, modern "plugged in" types like Kevin Rose are susceptible to the lure of thinking that "what *I* want is exactly what the majority of m
Super-clean audio - how do they do it?
by Daniel Stone 11 years ago
I'm watching the A&E show Intervention right now and I can't get over how there's absolutely no background noise in their audio tracks (fans, A C, vents, etc.). How do they do this It's a run-and-gun
Re: Super-clean audio - how do they do it?
by Bill Davis 11 years ago
Another thing not mentioned here is to use the inverse square principal to your ADVANTAGE. If you're using a boom mounted mic that's 4 feet away from the subject - and have an air vent that's 8 feet a
Need
by Steve Wargo 11 years ago
We have two clients that need us to record computer screens while they are working software. In the past, we've used a Sony 1024HD scan converter but it just seems really soft. So, we're looking for a
Re: Need
by Bill Davis 11 years ago
Hey Steve, If you're still working on this a LOT of the Mac community is talking about ScreenFlow. It's a brand new app that just won a big Apple Design Award. It's supposed to really leverage Quartz
DVD to AVI conversion
by Pat Ford 11 years ago
Doing a corporate video; I am going to pick up some footage from the client tomorrow. I will bet that some of it will be on DVDs. How much a quality hit do you take when converting DVD to AVI
Re: DVD to AVI conversion
by Bill Davis 11 years ago
Actually, not that much. Sorta. In large measure the quality "hit" probably took place back when the original video was encoded to MPEG-2 and authored onto the DVD. That might have been done preservin
Internal Marketing Workflows
by Kevin Colber 11 years ago
Hey gang- I am outputting some video to be run on a loop from a PC to several LCD's scattered throughout my clients office. I was thinking using some sort of h264 compression to make the files more ma
Re: Internal Marketing Workflows
by Bill Davis 11 years ago
Does the content need to run in sync If not, $39 DVD players from the local box house and individual DVDs authored to auto-run in loop mode would be a cheap and pretty foolproof solution.FCP since NAB
One Camera...or Two?
by Jeffrey Gould 11 years ago
Hi, I just got a call from a past client who started her own Nurse Educator business and wanted a video of one of her classes, which are 2 days long. They use Powerpoint and Videos and at times dim th
Re: One Camera...or Two?
by Bill Davis 11 years ago
Using a digital still camera seems REALLY complicated to me. Why not just take a thumb drive along and having the presenter copy their PPt presentation directly to it That way you can "fix" the poor q
Autoplay CD with video AND player?
by Max Fancher 11 years ago
Hi there, I have a corporate video client who wants to put a video I created onto a CD (not dvd) and have it autoplay when his potential clients put it in their computers. So, my questions revolve aro
Re: Autoplay CD with video AND player?
by Bill Davis 11 years ago
While there are Macros that can easily run from a CD on insertion, load a player, then run a video file, they all rely on the underlying operating system of the computer the disc is being loaded into.
Dynamic Range Correction
by Teresa Brown 11 years ago
Does anyone have tips how to correct for video shots with extreme dynamic range - either in-camera or in post (i.e. rooms with lamps or windows, or capturing detail of an architectural diagram on whit
Re: Dynamic Range Correction
by Bill Davis 11 years ago
It's never easy, but there are two standard approaches. The first is to use judgement to minimize the contrast range in the scene. That starts with a visual analysis of your scene followed by making s
Ideas for new style of edutainment web videos?
by Bill Moore 12 years ago
Hi folks. I work for a marketing company producing short web videos for a website that they are creating. The website has aspirations to be sort of like CreativeCow, but for Marketers instead of A V p
Re: Ideas for new style of edutainment web videos?
by Bill Davis 12 years ago
Mark, Don't mistake my intent. I'm ALL FOR someone reading any and everything they can get their hands on. Learning is ALWAYS a good idea. But I thought the original post was from someone who is tryin
Is a Laptop/On Location sufficient?
by Jeffrey Gould 12 years ago
Hi, I'm heading down to North Carolina next week and was considering just taking my laptop and Adobe On Location, am I going to regret not taking a field monitor It's mostly talking heads and some emp
Re: Is a Laptop/On Location sufficient?
by Bill Davis 12 years ago
Jeffery, I think what Greg's saying here is that if a laptop was a viable replacement for an actual video monitor, we'd ALL be using them, because clearly they are a LOT easier to use in field work. B
This can't be THAT difficult!!!
by Dionne Knapp 12 years ago
WHOEVER HELPS ME WILL SAVE ME THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS!! Bless You! I have been doing an interactive "movie set" at local elementary schools for almost a year. The presentation has gotten pretty popular a
Re: This can't be THAT difficult!!!
by Bill Davis 12 years ago
The cheapest thing would probably be to find a used video mixer that does chroma key. Then you don't need a computer at all. Panasonic made a few, including the MX-12 and MX-50. The cheapest I recall
Cost effective Multi-screen syncing?
by Andy Stokes 12 years ago
Hi all, I'm looking for a cost-effective way of syncing together 9 devices (either 9PC's, 9MPEG players or 9DVD's) to play content out to 9 LCD screens. In the past I have worked with Dataton, though
Re: Cost effective Multi-screen syncing?
by Bill Davis 12 years ago
Speaking of jumping in late! Anyway, if you're not looking for perfect sync and just want to trigger 9 cheap DVD players to play simultaneously you could easily go with those Powermid cheap IR RF exte
Just a Tip - Mirror editing trick
by Todd Terry 12 years ago
Hey kids.... I revived a l'il trick today that I used to use years ago but had long since forgotten about... just thought I'd share it. Who knows ... maybe I live in a cave and everyone knows this, bu
Re: Just a Tip - Mirror editing trick
by Bill Davis 12 years ago
Damn... I tried it and a vision of Walter didn't appear. One of my mom (back when I was about 12) did. Saying... "Keep scrunching your face up like that and it's gonna get STUCK that way!" Oh well.
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