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Blaise Douros

Corporate Filmmaker & Independent Score Composer
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shoulder-mount Sony FS7m2
by Bob Cole 2 weeks ago
There are quite a few shoulder mounts out there for the FS7 -- too many to try them all. So I'm wondering whether anyone has found a good way to shoulder-mount the FS7. I tried the Zacuto Pro Baseplat
Re: shoulder-mount Sony FS7m2
by Blaise Douros 7 days ago
Sounds like you have more room for ideas than I do--it's important to let them bounce around in there for awhile! So here's my last suggestion; if you took that rod down to your local machine shop, it
FS7 questions
by Elizabeth Johnson 3 weeks ago
Hi all! I'm working with a client who typically uses the FS5, and so wants me to use my FS7 to match the following settings: Hi folks! I'm coming from using the Canon C100, and have my first shoot wit
Re: FS7 questions
by Blaise Douros 3 weeks ago
Oh, and re: slow motion. I would check with the client to see what they want. The easiest way is to set up S&Q with your desired framerate, and use the dedicated S&Q button to toggle it on and off. Ho
Drone footage not clean?
by Kasey Gay 3 weeks ago
Hey guys, can you talk to me a bit about this I was shooting last week and the footage coming out of my P4 just is NOT clean. I I'm dealing with what looks like blur or a "double image." My shutter sp
Re: Drone footage not clean?
by Blaise Douros 3 weeks ago
That looks like totally normal motion blur to me. There's always going to be a certain amount of it in your footage--if you set your shutter too high, you get that nasty GoPro look, where motion is ov
Camera Upgrade
by Peter Balser 1 month ago
Hi everyone! Currently working as a staff photographer for a smaller newspaper and shooting with a Canon EOS Rebel T5. I've had this camera for a while, and I'm looking to upgrade. It's important to n
Re: Camera Upgrade
by Blaise Douros 3 weeks ago
Oh cool, I wasn't aware of that. Good to know!
Drones? The jury's still out for me.
by Dave LaRonde 3 months ago
Now I understand this is is a forum for people who want to use their drones successfully. But after careful consideration, I still think they can't be used with any great success. At this point in tim
Re: Drones? The jury's still out for me.
by Blaise Douros 4 weeks ago
Mark, your post is what an intelligent critique of the current state of drones looks like. No cloud-yelling going on here.
Nikon D500 or Sony Alpha 7
by Bernhard Walzl 1 month ago
Hi! I will be shooting soon a short film and have the option between two cameras on which both I have never shot before: Nikon D500 or Sony Alpha 7 I was wondering what you guys think, which of those
Re: Nikon D500 or Sony Alpha 7
by Blaise Douros 4 weeks ago
The Sony, no question whatsoever. Nikon's video features are an afterthought, while Sony has a solid codec, the option of Slog2 color, and choices of framerates.
Good 3D cinematography forums?
by Andy Zou 2 months ago
It's still such a relatively niche and cost-prohibitive field which is probably why all the internet forums online seem to be relatively tiny and uninhabited. The ones that I've seen at least. I'm loo
Re: Good 3D cinematography forums?
by Blaise Douros 2 months ago
Fair enough. You may need to resign yourself to, say, 165 degrees, given that at 180, your stereo rigs would still appear in each others' shots. Bottom line, I think you're getting ahead of yourself.
FS7 scene file or picture profile
by John Treffer 2 months ago
Hi, Does anyone know what properties can be stored in a FS7 scene file I understand the scene file is another name for a picture profile on the FS7. Please correct me if wrong. Kind regards, john
Re: FS7 scene file or picture profile
by Blaise Douros 2 months ago
Scene Files are stored Paint menu setups that can only be used in Custom mode, unlike MLUTs, which are used in CineEI. Yes, they're basically Picture Profiles. But they're better than PPs, because you
Milwaukee Irish Fest
by Dave LaRonde 2 months ago
Drones cropped up as a subject of discussion between my wife and I yesterday. She told me she noticed a drone overhead during one of the many musical performances at the Milwaukee Irish Festival about
Re: Milwaukee Irish Fest
by Blaise Douros 2 months ago
https: www.faa.gov uas beyond_the_basics #waiver Did you also explain that this is one of the sections subject to waiver, and that the operator could easily have been doing it perfectly legally Get ed
Rode Video Go Mic not working on the eos c100
by Cristina Kumka 2 months ago
The Rode video go mic plugged into the MIC port on the new eos c100 is not working. Is this mic compatible with the cam Tried switching to EXT settings on the camera's internal mic arm and then tried
Re: Rode Video Go Mic not working on the eos c100
by Blaise Douros 2 months ago
Does the C100's mic port have 2.5v plug-in power If not, the Rode Videomic Go will not work. It requires power from the camera. Most pro cameras don't have this, since it's really a feature reserved f
Digital Distortion Dropout
by lisa dunn 3 months ago
Hi there wondering if anyone can help me. I ve been filming with Canon Vixia HF S21 as a second camera and suddenly digital distortion occurs half way through filming. I m left with unusable footage u
Re: Digital Distortion Dropout
by Blaise Douros 2 months ago
It looks like a codec error, which would imply a glitch in the processor. Could even be a problem with the sensor. But without files to look at, and the camera to test with, I couldn't tell you for su
Accidentally washed my Filters?
by Kasey Gay 3 months ago
Hey team, So my Polar Pro lens filters accidentally went for a complete wash dry cycle. I cleaned them off and they LOOK ok, but now I'm completely unsure. Is there any chance that they're still worka
Re: Accidentally washed my Filters?
by Blaise Douros 2 months ago
If they were in a pants pocket, there's no reason they shouldn't be fine--the cloth would protect them from the worst. You might want to swab them off with 50% alcohol, 50% distilled water, to make su
Good DI for Canon 70D MOV files?
by John Lotz 3 months ago
Hi - I just started shooting with a Canon 70D. It produces H.264 video inside a MOV container. I would prefer to record using the Inter-frame (IPB) mode to keep the recorded file sizes smaller. With m
Re: Good DI for Canon 70D MOV files?
by Blaise Douros 3 months ago
These days, is it really necessary to transcode h.264 media You don't pull any more detail or color depth out of it, it takes up a lot of additional HD space, and almost any modern machine is more tha
Sports photography advice
by Joe Clark 3 months ago
Hello, looking for some advice on shooting an indoor event next week.I almost only shoot landscape and astro, but was asked to volunteer to shoot the action at this event so I would love some tips as
Re: Sports photography advice
by Blaise Douros 3 months ago
If you're shooting ambient light only, fast shutter will be your primary goal, with the secondary goal of not cranking your ISO too crazy high or having to go wide open so you miss focus. If they'll a
Shooting Unboxing Videos- Best Lens for job?
by Sam Miles 3 months ago
Hi Guys, I am filming some overhead product unboxing videos and I cant seem to get enough things in focus at the same time. The camera I am shooting with is a Canon 7D (cropped sensor) with Kit Len 18
Re: Shooting Unboxing Videos- Best Lens for job?
by Blaise Douros 3 months ago
18mm on APS-C should be more than wide enough for most unboxing videos, and you can set your aperture wherever you want. At 18mm and F8, you should have basically everything in focus. Do you have enou
1080p 30fps vs 60fps. Does higher frame rate really degrade the quality of individual frames?
by Mike Gray 4 months ago
I can't seem to find a concrete answer on this question. I always assumed shooting a higher frame rate (Under well-lit conditions) is better quality. But I've heard some people say that the higher fra
Re: 1080p 30fps vs 60fps. Does higher frame rate really degrade the quality of individual frames?
by Blaise Douros 4 months ago
The question here is whether the video bitrate changes depending on your camera's frame rate. If the camera has a maximum bitrate of say, 35 mbps, and both 30p and 60p video are encoded at 35mbps, the
Sony PXW-FS7M2 vs Canon C-300
by Craig Alan 4 months ago
Canon C-300 vs Sony PXW-FS7M2 Pros and cons Canon is on sale this month putting it in the same ballpark as the Sony. I'm posting in both forums, hope that is not inappropriate. Imacs (i7); Canon 5D Ma
Re: Sony PXW-FS7M2 vs Canon C-300 MARK II
by Blaise Douros 4 months ago
Craig, sorry for the late response. The main useful thing I see in the FS7ii is the electronically variable ND. Setting exposure like that could be super useful. They also allow DOF-pulls which are a
FS7 mk1 Green-Blue(artifacts) in shadows
by tielman dewaele 4 months ago
Hey I have the fs7 for a while know(mark1) and mostly when i shoot something with bright areas like windows in my shot, i get this ugly looking blue-ish greenish colors in my images. Fs7 Metabonesboos
Re: FS7 mk1 Green-Blue(artifacts) in shadows
by Blaise Douros 4 months ago
What happens when you apply your sLog3 LUT If you're just looking at the ungraded footage, you'll see all sorts of problems that won't exist once you've done your color correction. I suspect that the
Wipe / Fade based on honeycomb pattern
by wilhelm Hagberg 5 months ago
Hi. I've created an Illustrator document with a honeycomb pattern. The illustrator file has 260 layers (each a hexagon) . I've imported the illustrator file as a composition into AE. Now i want to cre
Re: Wipe / Fade based on honeycomb pattern
by Blaise Douros 5 months ago
In your original document, if you fill each hex (or each line of hexes) with a different ascending or descending grayscale value, you could use a gradient wipe with the hexes as the source.
confused on log, exposure and final image
by clyde villegas 5 months ago
I'm just starting to learn about exposure and log. I've read that while filming in log, you should already be decided on the final image. Either you over expose or under expose to protect either the s
Re: confused on log, exposure and final image
by Blaise Douros 5 months ago
In a word, yes. Log footage has almost double the dynamic range of Rec709. For example, in a dark situation, with regular Rec709 gamma, you might see some noise in your shadows if you exposed the imag
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60fps / 150% / 25fps / Math issues
by Lucas Fiederling 7 months ago
Hey everyone! I've encountered a math drama here that I'm unable to solve. Situation is the following: For a musicvideo we've shot a couple takes where the song was played back at 150% speed which the
Re: 60fps / 150% / 25fps / Math issues
by Blaise Douros 7 months ago
I think you're over-complicating this. Drop your 59.94 clips onto your 25p timeline, without interpreting the footage to 50p. If the camera interpreted your 59.94 shots as 25p, then interpret them bac
Cutting together a before/after schene in background. Lining up humans - Best to use morph cut? Filming Tips
by Richard Zellmer 7 months ago
I am going to film an auto repair video where I remove the bumper and headlights of the car. It will take us a few hours to do the work but I want to be talking in front of the car and snap my fingers
Re: Cutting together a before/after schene in background. Lining up humans - Best to use morph cut? Filming Tips
by Blaise Douros 7 months ago
You could always bring in a greenscreen to place behind yourself on-set, shoot it against that so the lighting conditions are identical, and then just composite the result over two background plates t
One point Perspective
by Dionne Knapp 8 months ago
I'm doing a student film (junior in college) and there's a door at the bottom of a staircase that is increasingly foreboding to the main character who is irrationally afraid to open it. I want the sho
Re: One point Perspective
by Blaise Douros 8 months ago
Oh, it IS much harder than that. Syncing the focus, zoom, and camera movement will have you tearing your hair out. As long as your camera is on a stable dolly, you might have a chance. Forget doing it
Lights for DSLR Video
by Adriano Castaldini 8 months ago
Hi, I'm searching for lights for DSLR videos, but I'm a newbie so I'd need some advices. I thought a pair of lights w stands and soft-box, or simply a pair of dimmable led panels. But I've noticed tha
Re: Lights for DSLR Video
by Blaise Douros 8 months ago
You could make do with either. The LEDs will probably need to be placed closer to the subject to make a difference. Conversely, the tungstens, while more powerful, will need to have daylight gel place
Alternates to Canon FD Ultra Wide lenses
by Dan Rodgers 8 months ago
Hi Folks, I am appealing for some advice. Not so long ago I bought a Panasonic G7 and decided to get a Roxsen lens adapter with a Canon FD mount as I'd heard good things about second hand Canon FD len
Re: Alternates to Canon FD Ultra Wide lenses
by Blaise Douros 8 months ago
In FD mount, your pickings are going to be extremely slim if you're not looking at Canon first-party lenses. You'll be mostly limited to Vivitars, Tokinas, and maybe Sigmas, and this means that most o
If the exposure is low, should I ever raise the gain or just do it in post?
by Noam Osband 8 months ago
Sometimes, when I shoot with my XA-10, the image is dark. I usually raise the gain by 3 or 5 to make it brighter. However, is there any advantage to doing that as opposed to simply doing it in post It
Re: If the exposure is low, should I ever raise the gain or just do it in post?
by Blaise Douros 8 months ago
It's probably slightly better to do it in-camera when you're shooting a low-bitrate h.264 camera like the XA10. Realistically, you will add just as much grain in post, if not more, by trying to lift t
Timecode issues from camera to edit timeline
by Jerry Jones 9 months ago
I have a client who shot sevearl hours of footage on his new small compact Canon HD camera. (Do not have the model number, but hope to have it tomorrow.) It is being recorded on a 64 gig card. ON HIS
Re: Timecode issues from camera to edit timeline
by Blaise Douros 8 months ago
I'm afraid I'm many, many years out of practice with FCP7, and I'm a Premiere guy now, so I can't help you with X. I replied with the one piece of potentially useful information I had--hopefully it wa
Fs7 grain
by D j Harris 8 months ago
Hi, I'm asking this question from the perspective of post production - we have an Fs7 but we often seem to have terrible trouble with grain and digital pixelly noise, particularly in dark areas. Any k
Re: Fs7 grain
by Blaise Douros 8 months ago
In Cine EI mode, the ISO does not change when you change the setting. It is always set to 2000. However, you can "rate" it the way you would a film stock by pushing or pulling the image in post based
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Neon light 'zebra stripes' in footage from Sony EX1 and Sony PMW200
by Debbie Elbin 8 months ago
Bad news: we didn't notice this when we shot in Berlin, Germany. But in post its clear as a bell: we have 'zebra stripes' running horizontally throughout all our footage shot indoors in workshops and
Re: Neon light 'zebra stripes' in footage from Sony EX1 and Sony PMW200
by Blaise Douros 8 months ago
Your shutter speed is mismatching with the flicker rate of the fluorescent lights. There are a hundred articles out there explaining why this happens, so I won't try to explain it here--go do a bit of
Conform 25fps Canon footage to 24p
by Drew Lahat 8 months ago
This shouldn't be a rare need, but Google makes me feel as if I'm the first soul in the world tackling it. I'm prepping post for an independent documentary feature shot in different continents. Finish
Re: Conform 25fps Canon footage to 24p
by Blaise Douros 8 months ago
I would say it's better to conform both the footage and timecode so you can work seamlessly within the timeline--you just have to record it in your production notes. Anyone trying to re-create a seque
New MacBook Pro, Fs7 4k and bad playback performance
by Hamish Boyd 8 months ago
This may or may not be a Premiere thing, but from what I can deduce at this point it seems to be point this way..... Specs: Latest MacBook Pro 2.9 with 16gig ram 1tb internal and extra GPU Footage: fs
Re: New MacBook Pro, Fs7 4k and bad playback performance
by Blaise Douros 8 months ago
Sounds like what you really need to do is roll your laptop back to the previous version of Premiere, if you can. That would tell you whether the update is the culprit without borking your iMac. Altern
Canon c300 mark ii vs Sony FS7 Lens Test
by Micolli Davis 9 months ago
Hi guys, I have been given a task to do a camera and lens test. The task is to do a lens test between the Canon c300 mark ii and Sony FS7. Compare the differences e.g. the lens resolution, lens contra
Re: Canon c300 mark ii vs Sony FS7 Lens Test
by Blaise Douros 8 months ago
God, there is so much confusion. I'm so confused at what you think you're going to accomplish. I'm confused at whether you understand the words I'm typing. If the lens has +1 barrel distortion on one
Autofocus Okay with Green Screen?
by Remi Belcourt 8 months ago
Has anyone tried keeping autofocus on a subject who is in front of a green screen I'm going to be owning an 80D soon, and I was wondering if anyone had tried this, what would be the best settings for
Re: Autofocus Okay with Green Screen?
by Blaise Douros 8 months ago
Autofocus on video DSLRs sucks. Period. You should not use it, basically ever. Especially on a green screen shoot! If it hunts for focus in the middle of your shot, you're going to have trouble with t
In & Out selection from a clip (CC17)
by Fanis Tops 8 months ago
QUESTION: If u can help.. I would like to use In & Out points to choose a range-part from a segment clip. In cc17 it's choosing the whole segment clip and not only the points from in to Out. I can do
Re: In & Out selection from a clip (CC17)
by Blaise Douros 8 months ago
Sounds like you want Premiere to do something it doesn't do. Set your In and Out points, and press the "C" key to enable the razor tool, and cut the clip at the in and out points. Press V, and drag th
Audio hiss, a malfunction of my t2i or of my rode mic?
by John Heckt 9 months ago
Hey guys. I'm using a Rode VideoMic on my rebel t2i and now get a hiss on my audio. Is this a malfunction of my DSLR or my mic I've been told if it is a malfunction of the DSLR, then the t2i settings
Re: Audio hiss, a malfunction of my t2i or of my rode mic?
by Blaise Douros 8 months ago
It's probably both, to be honest. The VideoMic is really noisy, especially at higher gain levels, and so is the t2i's preamp. It's a bad combination of equipment.
Upgrading my equipment
by Alex Dean 9 months ago
Hello all, I am a professional working in the education sector as a video content producer. I shoot and edit all my own audio and video but, because of the financial climate, I use my own equipment fo
Re: Upgrading my equipment
by Blaise Douros 9 months ago
Yes, Sony's mirrorless cameras will give you the best bang for your buck. In particular, if you don't care to move to full frame, check out the a6500. Add the K2M XLR attachment, a Metabones EF-to-E a
Is there any way to import footage shot in PF24 so that it comes as 23.98?
by Noam Osband 9 months ago
I have footage from an XA-10 that I accidentally shot in PF24 instead of 24P. When I import it on FCP 7, no matter whether I have the "remove pulldown" preference checked or not, it comes in as 29.97.
Re: Is there any way to import footage shot in PF24 so that it comes as 23.98?
by Blaise Douros 9 months ago
There's no way to import it as native 23.976. If I remember correctly from my FCP7 days, you have the option to run a 3:2 pulldown on the sequence when you create it, so that it correctly reads the PF
Drastic difference in quality between mp4 and wmv?
by Duke Sweden 9 months ago
I just discovered that I get perfect color reproduction of my videos when encoded as WMV files. So naturally I went to check on the difference between the 2 as far as quality and compression, and of c
Re: Drastic difference in quality between mp4 and wmv?
by Blaise Douros 9 months ago
Hey Duke, saw your shoutout There are more qualified colorists than me who can answer some of these questions, and there are a TON of variables out there in any color pipeline. With that said, here's
This is getting bad
by Duke Sweden 9 months ago
For the last 3 days I've been getting the absolute worst crap video out of this thing!! I'm not doing anything different than before. Out of camera video is oversharpened (I have it set at -5), skin t
Re: This is getting bad
by Blaise Douros 9 months ago
Aha. I think I see the problem here, or at least, one problem. You may be relying too heavily on the histogram to expose your image. Histograms aren't that useful in video, because they don't tell you
Difficult planar/camera track
by josef brett 9 months ago
I have a shot that I took on a slider of two phones. The shot moves from the back phone to the front and I would like to add things to the screens. I'm having real trouble getting the track of this to
Re: Difficult planar/camera track
by Blaise Douros 9 months ago
It's hard to make a recommendation without knowing what technique you used in the final shot. However, I would tend to say that the 3D camera tracker might have done the job here, with the caveat that
Shatter Parameters
by Tim Glaim 9 months ago
Hello, everyone. So, I'm trying to use the Shatter effect and - in short - it doesn't work; it doesn't shatter. I've tried fiddling around with almost every single parameter and I can't get it to work
Re: Shatter Parameters
by Blaise Douros 9 months ago
Tim, the Shatter plugin has not changed significantly since it was introduced, so it's all relevant regardless of the version of AE. Did you ever try my first suggestion Why not upload screenshots of
MOCHA corner pin off in After Effects
by Clarke Flippo 9 months ago
I have a great track in Mocha AE, and I'm using Mocha Import to paste the tracking data in AE. Corner pin data is off in AE. It's perfect in Mocha so not quite sure why it's not lining up in AE. Here
Re: MOCHA corner pin off in After Effects
by Blaise Douros 9 months ago
http: www.videocopilot.net tutorials magic_tracking Use this. It will allow you to adjust the image along the plane of the track, so you can tweak the position and size to match more accurately.
After Effects Explosion
by Emori Smith 10 months ago
I am getting ready to shoot an action scene for a feature film. I need to know how to shoot it to allow for some effects work later. My questions are: 1. Can you FX a distant explosion outside and thr
Re: After Effects Explosion
by Blaise Douros 9 months ago
Get with your VFX person, and ask them how they'd prefer it. If you don't have a VFX person yet, get one, then go to step one. You need to consult with them beforehand, rather than just doing what you
Connect two Objects with dotted line
by Julia Hoerr 10 months ago
Hi, I know this topic has been discussed a few times before, but I couldn't find the right solution for my project. So maybe someone can help me with new ideas. I have two objects and I want them to b
Re: Connect two Objects with dotted line
by Blaise Douros 9 months ago
I know, right I don't do music videos, sci-fi VFX, or anything like that, so this is the only application I've ever found for that effect :)
Teleconverters and B4 Lenses
by Sejin Kim 9 months ago
NOTE: I'm not sure if this is the right categorization; if it can go in a better one, please tell me. I recently acquired a Canon B4 broadcast lens that I would like to use with EF. I removed the serv
Re: Teleconverters and B4 Lenses
by Blaise Douros 9 months ago
This is not possible, period. The sensor on a 2 3" camera is tiny compared to APS-C, and the image circle of the lens will not come anywhere close to covering it. You'll be looking down a tunnel. It's
New Canon camera purchase question
by Jenn Lindsay 10 months ago
Hello there! I've been shooting doc footage on a Canon T5i and I've been pretty happy with it, although I'm ready for an upgrade to better image quality and full HDMI out. I'm trying to make a decisio
Re: New Canon camera purchase question
by Blaise Douros 9 months ago
Awesome--be bold! You'll spend a little time learning the Sony menu system, and be sure to read up how to best expose Slog2 and 3. But otherwise, everything will feel pretty familiar. And come back an
3d Camera Tracker and Particle World
by Stuart Samuels 10 months ago
Hi. I have tracked some arial footage using the 3d camera tracker and would now like to add some clouds that extend through Z space. I have been experimenting with CC Particle World to create the clou
Re: 3d Camera Tracker and Particle World
by Blaise Douros 10 months ago
Phew! It was just a guess based on what I know about the way AE functions. Glad it paid off!
Video Issue - Jagged lines appearing when filming guitar strings
by Simon Foster 10 months ago
Hello there, The issue is attached in picture form as a screenshot and is primarily to do with how guitar strings are coming out in the video. As you can see from the still, they have this kind of str
Re: Video Issue - Jagged lines appearing when filming guitar strings
by Blaise Douros 10 months ago
Yep, this is moire, or aliasing. Changing the camera angle so that the strings are parallel in frame or zooming in a bit may help.
Frame Rates: Auto-Conforming and Slow Motion
by Jon Shank 11 months ago
If I have a 29.97 sequence and drop in 119.98 footage (gopro), premiere does a pretty good job of autoconforming the footage to the correct frame rate. Here's my question: If I then slow that footage
Re: Frame Rates: Auto-Conforming and Slow Motion
by Jon Shank 11 months ago
Thank you for the reply and the courtesy. I have been at the brunt end of that know it all but not actually help behavior for so long that I thought I was just being dramatic so I'm glad you pointed i
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Micing up for dance videos
by Al Rivera 11 months ago
Currently recording dance videos with a cheap Sony stereo lav and my smartphone and have a bunch of rubbing noise (hair maybe) even when I wear it externally. I am looking to upgrade my setup with an
Re: Micing up for dance videos
by Blaise Douros 11 months ago
Do you mean that you're wearing the mic and dancing A little more info would be helpful. If that's what you're doing, then a headset mic may be the best solution for you, in combination with that wire
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