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Blaise Douros

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3d camera tracker is not working today...any ideas?
by Richard Garabedain 5 days ago
It does its job but at the end there are no trackable points. If i swtich to 2d source I can see that there are lots of track points...but i cannot do anything with them. THen i turn it to 3d solved s
Re: 3d camera tracker is not working today...any ideas?
by Blaise Douros 5 days ago
Have you precomposed and increased the contrast If you know what lens and sensor it was shot on, calculating and specifying the Horizontal AOV can be really helpful for the tracker, as well.
Off Topic: Sony XDCAM Disc users question...
by Bill Griffin 1 week ago
Can video shot on a Sony F350 F355 XDCAM disc camera be played back on a Sony F800 camera I have a client that shoots on F800...and they want me to get a Sony disc type camera...please help. Bill Grif
Re: Off Topic: Sony XDCAM Disc users question...
by Blaise Douros 6 days ago
Sorry you feel it's unhelpful. Just pointing out that in this industry, a client's requirement that a freelancer use a specific camera usually means that the freelancer rents that camera, rather than
Flashing / Glowing lights out of text
by Miguel Praça 1 week ago
Hey y'all! First time reaching out, since I usually find the solution in a previously asked question. In this case, however, I'm completely stumped. I'm trying to recreate what someone did for this co
Re: Flashing / Glowing lights out of text
by Blaise Douros 1 week ago
https: www.youtube.com watch v=973vErkz9oo
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Does anyone know a good tripod for doing roll moves?
by ryan elder 2 weeks ago
I want to be able to pan and tilt, but also roll, basically when the camera can roll but most tripods that can roll do not have the anchor point of the roll in the middle. Is there one where you can d
Re: Does anyone know a good tripod for doing roll moves?
by Blaise Douros 2 weeks ago
No. That's a custom-built rig for each camera, since they're all different sizes. The only non-custom way would be to do it with a motorized gimbal like a Movi, and control the roll axis.
What's the best way to the camera move and zoom in to 80 images in different positions?
by Arthur Martins 2 weeks ago
I have 80 images scattered in a 2D scene and I wanted the camera to move and zoom in on each of those pictures every 2 seconds. What's the best way to do this
Re: What's the best way to the camera move and zoom in to 80 images in different positions?
by Blaise Douros 2 weeks ago
Does this plugin still work I LOVED SureTarget, but one of the CC releases broke it, so unless there's been an update...
How do I fake light illumination on an actor or object in front of a green screen?
by Filip Stillerska 2 weeks ago
How do I fake light illumination on an actor or object in front of a green screen For example, let's say that I've got a talent in front of a green screen holding a fake lightsaber, more specifically
Re: How do I fake light illumination on an actor or object in front of a green screen?
by Blaise Douros 2 weeks ago
In the example you gave, they definitely used a real light--they used ForceFX sabers on-set for that exact reason, to create realistic interactions with the wielder. How you do it in post will depend
Parenting corner pin data
by Harold Durnez 3 weeks ago
Related to my previous post: https: forums.creativecow.net docs forums post.php forumid=2&postid=1133507 Is there a way to 'parent' corner pin data from one layer to another i.e. parent one child laye
Re: Parenting corner pin data
by Blaise Douros 2 weeks ago
In that case, I think you need a multi-layered approach. I don't think there's a way to make the background scene react to the corner pins of the comped image--not without it just resizing to the same
Backing up video on external dvd recorder - which camera is best
by Luc Tarradelles 3 weeks ago
Hello, So I currently own a Panasonic hmc-150 and backup video to an external dvd recorder in live time to hand the client a dvd right after the shoot. Though for an upcoming shoot, I would like to us
Re: Backing up video on external dvd recorder - which camera is best
by Blaise Douros 2 weeks ago
If your DVD player is taking in an HDMI signal, then you can get any HDMI-capable camera, and the result will be the same; DVDs are encoded with a uniform mpeg2 codec.
removing halos in photographs
by James Harris 3 weeks ago
I take alot of pictures at night and I always end up with an annoying strong halo around sources of light as you can see in the image here. Is there anyway I can get rid of this is there any filter ou
Re: removing halos in photographs
by Blaise Douros 3 weeks ago
No photo attached--you'll be stuck with cloning out the halos in Photoshop.
Tools to make an interactive video
by Héctor Moreno 4 weeks ago
Hi all, a client has asked me to provide an interactive video, specifically a "choose your own path" video. I have researched online and there are several companies that provide great tools in order t
Re: Tools to make an interactive video
by Blaise Douros 4 weeks ago
Ask the client if they have a plan for how they're going to play it back. Frankly, as a video producer, I'd tell a client that building the delivery platform is out of my wheelhouse--I'm happy to prod
More realistic fake zooms?
by David Dean 1 month ago
Hello - aesthetic question. Does anyone have any tricks or techniques to make quick re-scalings seem more like camera zooms and less like I've just, well, adjusted the numbers to bring the shot closer
Re: More realistic fake zooms?
by Blaise Douros 1 month ago
You're just going to have to play with it until it looks right. For that verit feel, I would add a slight blur synced to the zoom that resolves a few moments after the zoom finishes, to simulate a zoo
Sony FS 5 ii and canon glass
by mike santaella 1 month ago
I recently purchased a Sony FS 5 ii without the addition of the Sony kit lens, hoping that my canon glass will be a good choice when using a metabones adapter. I have a metabones EF to e mount adapter
Re: Sony FS 5 ii and canon glass
by Blaise Douros 1 month ago
I use the Canon 24-105 on the FS7 with a speedbooster. I rarely use other lenses, aside from a 100mm macro lens. There are sharper lenses out there, but for what I do, it's a perfect all-around lens t
stealth camera
by James Araki 2 months ago
We are going over seas and would like a suggestion for a stealth camera set up something that is not too big and won't draw attention. Thanks
Re: stealth camera
by Blaise Douros 1 month ago
Yeah, but winners don't use AWB anyway ;)
camera advice x2, continued
by Bob Cole 1 month ago
My main cameras: Sony EX-1R and Sony FS7-m2. I love the EX-1r and I respect the FS7. I am probably going to sell the FS7, as most of my jobs do not demand its level of sophistication, and it is harder
Re: camera advice x2, continued
by Blaise Douros 1 month ago
I'll second the A7III. Very capable, has UHD, and with the addition of the K1M or K2M, you can get two channels of XLR inputs. Slow motion in HD at up to 120 fps. SLog2 and 3 if you need it, otherwise
My lens is really sensitive to focus, any thoughts on how to do these shots?
by ryan elder 1 month ago
Basically I have a project where I want to shoot an actor running and I want to track the actor during from the side. I also have a shot where an actor is kneeling and I want to be on a close up of hi
Re: My lens is really sensitive to focus, any thoughts on how to do these shots?
by Blaise Douros 1 month ago
Sigh, I'm going to take the bait. 1. They have a dedicated focus puller. 2. DOF depends on more than just f-stop. Focal length and subject-to-camera distance also affect it. 3. When there are multiple
Premiere Pro - How work with source files from another location
by Nigel Bennett 1 month ago
Hi guys . Long time viewer, first time poster. Great site! I have read up a bit on the internet but I have been busy and don't think I quite understand whatever was written. I need advice. I have been
Re: Premiere Pro - How work with source files from another location
by Blaise Douros 1 month ago
For the love of God, don't try to sync files with your clients over Dropbox if you have limited data. Video files are so big. SO. BIG. If you have a 300 gig data cap, that could be eaten up in one pro
How to maximize battery usage
by Xavier Paredes 2 months ago
I'm catching a plane tonight for a long flight and would like to wok while on the plane. Besides quitting all apps that I am not using, are there any other tips tricks that can help prolong my battery
Re: How to maximize battery usage
by Blaise Douros 2 months ago
Check under your seat--a lot of planes have AC outlets now.
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EI mode and green screen
by Kevin Raichl 2 months ago
I have a Sony FS7; getting ready to do a green screen shoot. Will I get a better key shooting SLog in EI mode, or standard Any recommended settings Kevin
Re: EI mode and green screen
by Blaise Douros 2 months ago
Whether you shoot in SLog shouldn't matter for your keying, as long as you're lighting the screen correctly. What you want to ask here is whether you need to do much grading after you pull your key. Y
What do you think of multiple-camera setup, good or bad?
by ryan elder 2 months ago
Do you think that shooting multicamera is a good idea I was told that I should try to get on some sets to study the DPs, and I was thinking back to a web series I helped worked on set for and a featur
Troll alert
by Bouke Vahl 2 months ago
Since moderation does not kick in, can we PLEASE ignore this guy Foy you who do not yet know him, he will never every stop asking stupid questions nor will he do anything with the answers. It's a wast
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Best pro camera for audio
by Adrian Smith 2 months ago
Hello all- I'm working on a project where using separate audio is not going to be possible. I have a good selection of microphones and a solid understanding of audio recording. I know there probably i
Re: Best pro camera for audio
by Blaise Douros 2 months ago
I have a Sony FS7 with the additional K2M attachment (there's also a tether version, the K1M), which allows a total of four channels of XLR audio into the camera. The audio quality is excellent on all
Native format or ProRes transcode for seriously mixed media short doc?
by Samuel Frazier 2 months ago
I m editing a short doc of a live event that has at least 8 cameras. They & their formats given to me by the camera operators are: Sony FS700 4k 24p ProRes HQ422 2 x Panasonic EVA1 108fps in log 1 x P
Re: Native format or ProRes transcode for seriously mixed media short doc?
by Blaise Douros 2 months ago
I would note that OP's main concern is playback. It seems to me that a long final render could be fine--sounds like he wants to find a solution other than buying a bunch of new storage. I agree that P
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Converting an exported h264 to Prores
by Bas Steeman 2 months ago
Hello, Is it possible to convert an h264 mp4 to Prores after it's already been exported from Premiere Pro Or do I need to export it again with Prores settings from a Premiere Pro installation on a Mac
Re: Converting an exported h264 to Prores
by Blaise Douros 2 months ago
Exporting a ProRes version directly from the sequence will get you the best quality. Transcoding an h.264 to ProRes is completely possible, but reduces the quality--h.264 has significant compression c
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AE half resolution preview not accurate
by James Inniani 2 months ago
Hey all, I have a major issue at the moment. I typically preview at half resolution to use less CPU RAM, and unfortunately, I just finished an entire project only to realize that when I render or prev
Re: AE half resolution preview not accurate
by Andrew Somers 2 months ago
Blaise Said: "Precompose the text... " LOL beat me by seconds... LOL Andrew Somers VFX & Title Supervisor https: www.GeneralTitles.com
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What do you think of these lens zooms?
by ryan elder 2 months ago
I wanted to do some fast zooms for a few shots in a current project, kind of like the fast zooms you see in older movies, during certain reveals. I did some practicing on the zooms, but what do you th
Re: What do you think of these lens zooms?
by Blaise Douros 2 months ago
Just cut to a wider shot, then. No need for a camera move or zoom, just as fast and impactful.
How do I make a beer foam with after effects
by Nitai Lev-Oren 2 months ago
I don't have particular plugin, I tried mercury plugin but I didn't succeed. someone have an idea
Re: How do I make a beer foam with after effects
by Blaise Douros 2 months ago
I would never, ever try to do this in AE if I wanted a photo-real result. It's just not practical. Shoot it for real or get a CG artist to do it for you in 3D.
QNAP - video convertions
by Stefano Monthy 2 months ago
Hello, I would like to know if I put a nvidia cuda card into Qnap Desktop NAS TS-1685-D1531-32G-550W 16-Bay (12x 3.5", 4x 2.5", 6x M.2), RAID 0 1 5 6 (Xeon D-1531, 32GB RAM, 550W) is there an app be a
Re: QNAP - video convertions
by Blaise Douros 2 months ago
If you have a Creative Cloud subscription, you already have the tool you need: Adobe Media Encoder. You can set up a Watch Folder that transcodes anything you put in it to a format of your choice. So
Canon 70D Video has stopped recording automatically.. after 5 or 6 seconds
by Alan Balch 2 months ago
So, I am completely stumped on this one. I was at a shoot this morning and my B camera, the Canon 70D would not shoot more than 5 seconds of video at at time without this asinine message. I am back at
Re: Canon 70D Video has stopped recording automatically.. after 5 or 6 seconds
by Blaise Douros 2 months ago
Do a fresh, in-camera format of the card. Sometimes it screws things up when you delete files from it in your desktop OS. The other thing to try is shooting a really overexposed scene. I don't know wh
How do I change the aperture on a lens, if there is an adapter, preventing me from doing so?
by ryan elder 3 months ago
Basically for my current short film shoot, I am getting the shots ready, and deciding on lenses, and I want to hook up a canon lens I have to a Sony A7s camera. It's a 300mm which was not available fo
Re: How do I change the aperture on a lens, if there is an adapter, preventing me from doing so?
by Blaise Douros 2 months ago
You might double check that the camera isn't set to Auto ISO. It will adjust exposure even in M mode.
Tips for making footage look deliberately low quality?
by Matt Locke 2 months ago
I've got some 4K footage that I want to make look and sound like a low-quality Facebook livestream. Does anyone have any tips or links to effects packages that can help sell the illusion Thanks!
Re: Tips for making footage look deliberately low quality?
by Blaise Douros 2 months ago
Nest it within a lower-framerate timeline, reduce that timeline's size to a lower resolution, and then scale up the nested sequence within your final timeline.
What do you think of this lens for video shooting?
by ryan elder 2 months ago
I was thinking of getting this one, but I was very surprised at the astonishingly cheap price: https: www.bhphotovideo.com bnh controller home A=details&O=&Q=&gclid=Cj0KCQjw0dHdBRDEARIsAHjZYYDWEVMG6Yh
Re: What do you think of this lens for video shooting?
by Blaise Douros 2 months ago
Yep. It's a reflex lens. They suck for basically everything but astro.
Is it possible to mark which footage I have gone through vs, which I have not?
by ryan elder 3 months ago
Basically when it comes to reviewing a shooting take in Premiere Pro, is it possible to mark on the timeline which parts of the video have been reviewed, and which parts have not been, without making
Re: Is it possible to mark which footage I have gone through vs, which I have not?
by Blaise Douros 3 months ago
http: lmgtfy.com q=extend+premiere+pro+marker+duration
Codec/Bitrate confusion
by Roy Schneider 3 months ago
Help I am a Producer Editor and occasionally shoot my own Projects (low budget) I have been shooting on Fs7 for a little while... I did a shoot for a Project that is to be aired on PBS. I shot 4k, XAV
Re: Codec/Bitrate confusion
by Blaise Douros 3 months ago
In XAVC-I mode, the bitrate is 300mbps at 29.97. There's no way that's too low for some light grading. Maybe you recorded in XAVC-L by accident, which is 100mbps. Did you shoot in S-Log However, if yo
Canon Video bitrate
by jimmy joe roche 3 months ago
hi all, I posted this in another forum before I realized this is the better forum for my question: I am trying to get a better understanding of the image quality of various Canon cameras particularly
Re: Canon Video bitrate
by Blaise Douros 3 months ago
In short, yes. The 80D is five years newer than the C300 and C100, and thus, incorporates some better features! Usually, that highest bitrate is reserved for the 59.94 framerate--I don't know that for
Sony FS7 Thumbnails menu grayed out
by Nick 2746 3 months ago
I have just purchased a pre-owned Sony FS7. I did some filming with it and noticed that the Thumbnails menu is grayed out. I get the message 'Cannot Proceed'. However, if I assign the Thumbnail functi
Re: Sony FS7 Thumbnails menu grayed out
by Blaise Douros 3 months ago
Contact Sony support. This is above the paygrade of anyone on this board, or even Sony's own dedicated CineAlta forum.
Export settings for an hour long video/photo presentation
by Cale Henderson 3 months ago
Hey all, I'm trying to export a video that's going to be an hour long. It's just a webinar audio with a few slides to show while the viewer listens. I'm trying to export the video and keep quality hig
Re: Export settings for an hour long video/photo presentation
by Blaise Douros 3 months ago
If you reduce fps, you can reduce bitrate by a LOT. Bitrate and resolution determine your filesize--reducing the framerate just means that you can compress each frame less at super low bitrates. Maybe
Reversing a Multi-Cam Sequence
by Andy McKenzie 3 months ago
Hello, I am using Multi-Cam Sequences in Premiere, and most of the time they work fin but, I have a Multi-Cam that has all of the right video clips, but is using the wrong audio. Is there a way to dec
Re: Reversing a Multi-Cam Sequence
by Blaise Douros 3 months ago
If it's just using the audio from the wrong camera, right-click the MultiCam clip, and select "Open In Timeline." Then either move the correct camera's audio clip to the track with audio enabled, or e
Are there any gimbals that use manual focus when follow focusing?
by ryan elder 3 months ago
I was thinking of buying the Zhiyun Crane. However, I don't know if the follow focus is good on it, because it uses the cameras electronic focusing system, and I've never thought highly of electronic
Re: Are there any gimbals that use manual focus when follow focusing?
by Todd Terry 3 months ago
Blaise... that is my new favorite reply to this guy. T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc. fantasticplastic.com
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What about the new Canon XF705
by Don Scioli 3 months ago
Any comment on the new Canon XF 705. I'm continually amazed by the picture quality and usability of the XF 300 I use for most of our shoots. Regardless of the situation, the camera always performs exc
Re: Could you elaborate for us DSLR people?
by Blaise Douros 3 months ago
In a nutshell, yes. And let me be clear--I'm not bashing this camera. For certain fields, this is a great system. But for ultimate flexibility, it's not what I'd choose. Fixed lenses are often only so
FS7 No Audio!
by Ben Fischinger 3 months ago
Hi, I need to help troubleshooting an issue with my FS7 m1 I am getting no signals through the XLRs no matter whether it s line, Mic, or Phantom. I do still get the audio from the internal mic though.
Re: FS7 No Audio!
by Blaise Douros 3 months ago
Wait--one more question--have you actually recorded audio and found that nothing records, or are you just looking at the dancing levels on the monitor Because if you're just looking at the levels (and
How to fine tune tripod height?
by Olivier Prudhomme 3 months ago
I am struggling when shooting interviews to have the lense perfectly at my talent s eye level. It is very hard to fine tune the height of the tripod. My rig is heavy so going up or down a couple inche
Re: How to fine tune tripod height?
by Todd Terry 3 months ago
Ha!... we'll Blaise if you want to go on the lookout for these, here's an eBay trick... I learned this because I used to search often for Oconnor gear... The real name of the company is "Oconnor." But
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maintaining proper light exposure
by estevan horta 3 months ago
Hello friends! I am a new filmmaker and hoping someone could offer some advice on this issue I'm having. I'm still confused on how to maintain proper light exposure while filming outdoors for projects
Re: maintaining proper light exposure
by Blaise Douros 3 months ago
Normally, you'd adjust the aperture on the fly--true video lenses have a stepless aperture that lets you slide seamlessly between exposure values without the clicking you get in DSLR lenses. One other
Looking for Mobile Phone Production Setup
by Cameron Dozier 3 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 Blaise Douros 3 months ago
What you REALLY need to do here is get a new boss! I kid...mostly. What's the goal here Livestreaming If doing Facebook Live videos isn't the goal, shooting phone video presents a number of problems (
Just Can't Get an Accurate Light Reading
by Tony Laudati 3 months ago
I have three Canon T4i cameras. I am a one-man production crew and normally have the three cameras on tripods recording the subject in wide shot, medium and close-up. I shoot manually and just roughly
Re: Just Can't Get an Accurate Light Reading
by Blaise Douros 3 months ago
Remember that F-stops are not the same as T-stops, and there are a lot of factors in lens design that will change how much light is getting in. Your light meter can't take into account the focal lengt
What lights will I need to light a park at night?
by ryan elder 4 months ago
I am shooting a movie that has chase scenes at the park at night. I did some tests, and it seems that in order to have enough DOF for the chase, and all of the actors movement, I will have to shoot at
Re: What lights will I need to light a park at night?
by Todd Terry 4 months ago
A brilliant list of examples and suggestions by Blaise. Which, I suspect at this point, will fall on deaf ears. T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director Fantastic Plastic Ent
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Advice on capturing projector
by Nathan Gadd 4 months ago
Hi there, I've been running into a few problems trying to live capture the feed from a laptop to a projector. It usually just involves powerpoints, but occasionally people use the setup to browse othe
Re: Advice on capturing projector
by Blaise Douros 4 months ago
Get one of the many dedicated recording hardware solutions from Blackmagic, or Atomos.
Mac Pro 5,1 as a Shared Project NAS
by Joe Wood 4 months ago
I saw some other threads on here similar to this one but didn't find an answer. We currently have a small NAS system that our entire office uses and our video department experimented with using it for
Re: Mac Pro 5,1 as a Shared Project NAS
by Blaise Douros 4 months ago
As a very happy customer of Bob's, let me jump in. You've said that you're inexperienced in networking. How much is your time worth in your "real" role with the company How much will it cost your comp
Creative Cloud
by Marcus Warren 4 months ago
A recent article on pro video coalition stated: "...every editor has the Creative Cloud, no matter what NLE you use, as we all use After Effects, and Photoshop in one form or another". Is this true fo
Re: Creative Cloud
by Blaise Douros 4 months ago
I wouldn't take that bet--I know how resistant to change this business is! On a side note, for $10 a month, Photoshop is super stable, unlike the video side.
What can I do about this ND filter problem for a scene shoot?
by ryan elder 4 months ago
I have a scene shoot in 3 days and I was able to get pretty much all the desired equipment accept for ND filters, and it's an outdoor shoot and I'm worried that it will be overexposed without them. Th
Re: What can I do about this ND filter problem for a scene shoot?
by Todd Terry 4 months ago
I fully understand, because I, myself, am a Dapper Dan man. T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc. fantasticplastic.com
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Can anyone offer some advice about using a 85mm Prime with a C100mk2?
by Patrick Bronte 6 months ago
I'm about to purchase an 85mm Prime Lens to use to film interviews using my Canon C100mk2. I've been searching for some reviews and comparisons between the Sigma 85mm f 1.4 DG HSM Art lens and Canons
Re: Can anyone offer some advice about using a 85mm Prime with a C100mk2?
by Blaise Douros 6 months ago
85mm is pretty long on a Super-35 sensor. It's perfectly usable, but you'd better make sure you have lots of space to do your interviews, because if you want to show more than just a head, you'll have
Lumaforge ?
by Bob Zelin 6 months ago
HELLO What the hell is wrong with you people. LumaForge makes one of the greatest shared storage systems in history ! Particularly for use with FCP X, and of course Premiere and other editing and grap
Re: Lumaforge ?
by Blaise Douros 6 months ago
They DO look very nice. For what I do, with a total of two-and-a-half editor seats, it would be both overkill and a bit too expensive, though the Jellyfish seems in the reasonable range for a smaller
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