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Blaise Douros

Corporate Filmmaker & Independent Score Composer
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Wildlife Filmmaking Camera Questions
by Patrick Negwer 4 hours ago
Hello everyone! First time poster! I've been a photographer and videographer for over 10 years now. My hobby is to travel around the world to nature reserves and watching animals. To do so I camp, wal
Re: Wildlife Filmmaking Camera Questions
by Blaise Douros 2 hours ago
The Sony RX series are great--I use the RX10 II for a B camera, and it is good enough for any amateur. I haven't used the IV, but I'm sure it's nothing but an improvement on a great little camera! How
Canon C300 MkII and external monitor via HDMI
by Nels McLaughlin 9 hours ago
Hey everyone - I have a new (purchased in December 2018) Canon C300 Mark II cinema camera, and I am trying to connect it to an external monitor - in this case, a Vizio TV AND a SmallHD monitor. I have
Re: Canon C300 MkII and external monitor via HDMI
by Blaise Douros 8 hours ago
I've had issues getting HDMI signal from an FS7 into certain consumer monitors unless the camera's system frequency is set to 29.97 (or multiples thereof, e.g. 59.94--basically anything but 23.976). I
Advice on shooting light trails with a Sony PXW Z150
by Anna Little 2 weeks ago
Hello I've been asked to shoot light trails with my Sony PXW Z150. I've found loads of info online for shooting light trails with DSLRs, but nothing with my video camera. Can anyone tell me how I can
Re: Advice on shooting light trails with a Sony PXW Z150
by Blaise Douros 10 hours ago
YouTube or Vimeo Don't go to any trouble, I was just curious :)
Does Anamorphic 1.33 Lens Result in LOSS of Resolution and Blocky Images
by Steve Crow 3 days ago
I have been having some trouble with image quality (blockyness) using a 1.33x anamorphic lens. It happens to be concerning still images shot on my iPhone using the Moondog Labs anamorphic lens (I assu
Re: Does Anamorphic 1.33 Lens Result in LOSS of Resolution and Blocky Images
by Blaise Douros 3 days ago
When you "desqueeze" the image, the machine takes the original readout and stretches the pixels horizontally. This obviously gets mapped to the pixels on your monitor, but that's how the computer "thi
Construction Safety - Compliance Video
by Andrew Tucker 1 week ago
Good Afternoon, I am the video specialist for a Construction company and have been asked to create a field employee orientation "video." Our copyrighter and myself took their powerpoint presentation a
Re: Construction Safety - Compliance Video
by Blaise Douros 6 days ago
Expressions are mostly good for making things move in reaction to other things. But when it comes to building a text-heavy template, there's no substitute for good old-fashioned rolling up your sleeve
Create Tear/Water drop
by Bernhard Walzl 1 week ago
Hello! I was just browsing through half the internet in search of tutorials without really finding what I am looking for. My footage is a close up of a cell phone and I want to create a tear drop whic
Re: Create Tear/Water drop
by Blaise Douros 1 week ago
...reshoot it, and drop a droplet of water on it This is the best solution. By far. Shoot a droplet of water falling onto a greenscreen, and do your best to key out all but the highlights shadows crea
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Trying to explode windows using shatter.. but having issues
by Robin Frost 2 weeks ago
I've masked out three windows on a big building and trying to apply the shatter effect so i can simulate them smashing, but it covers the entire frame, when i want it to just cover the parts i've mask
Re: Trying to explode windows using shatter.. but having issues
by Blaise Douros 1 week ago
Here, watch this Total Training video on Shatter: https: www.youtube.com watch v=dDYv5UjbJbA This will show you how to use the Corner Pin camera to place a texture over the windows to have them break
Animating equalizer
by Ruban Tamrakar 2 weeks ago
I am trying to create an animated equalizer, with a specific look. Here is the static design of what needs to be animated. In my attempts, I am able to create this. Here I have used Sound Keys spectru
Re: Animating equalizer
by Blaise Douros 2 weeks ago
Maybe I'm not being clear: I'm talking about creating a grid of pills that you overlay on your existing EQ animation. That way the "lights" light up the way you want it to, and the mask with pill-shap
Trying to get a particle stream to follow a car...Im having more trouble than I expected.
by Richard Garabedain 2 weeks ago
SO i got the tracking and masking information from mocha. Just 5 second clip. I thought I could use particle world by attaching the producer to a null then to track the car...but this did not work bec
Re: Trying to get a particle stream to follow a car...Im having more trouble than I expected.
by Blaise Douros 2 weeks ago
I think a 3D camera track is going to work better for this application; this will get you the camera-to-world-movement you need to get the particles to react right. Track in a solid to the ground plan
what this button does?
by Nitai Lev-Oren 3 weeks ago
what do you do with button
Re: what this button does?
by Blaise Douros 3 weeks ago
Re-read Walter's comment, but slowly this time. He tells you the exact circumstance under which you would use this.
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How to.. Remove large object in video footage that changes scale & perspective
by Adam Leonardi 3 weeks ago
Hi guys, fairly new to compositing any kind of footage, I've got a architectural visualiser background however I've never done anything this 'complicated' before, i usually stick to static imagery! I
Re: How to.. Remove large object in video footage that changes scale & perspective
by Blaise Douros 3 weeks ago
Trying to do this is your worst possible option for integrating your CGI footage into this scene. Why not go the other route, and work on masking off your footage so that the tree appears to be in the
Video looks grainy/compressed?
by Ritz Ho 3 weeks ago
My videos have come up so much more grainy than usual all of a sudden with this rainbow tinge and I can't figure out why. My camera only recently started doing this but I've tried changing up a lot of
Re: Video looks grainy/compressed?
by Blaise Douros 3 weeks ago
Looks like garden-variety moire to me.
Motion Control Rig for Smaller Cameras
by Kevin Camin 4 weeks ago
Does anyone have a good recommendation on a rig for a smaller camera like a Sony AR3 with a telephoto lens I saw some things on FB a while back with smaller rigs for smaller cameras but it has since v
Re: Motion Control Rig for Smaller Cameras
by Blaise Douros 3 weeks ago
I use a Syrp system for motion control for our B cam, which is an a7III. It's a shade less precise on slider moves than other systems, but its flexibility in setup makes up for that.
Howcome Red/Arri being with small sensor look so good in low light ?
by Soumendra Jena 4 weeks ago
Hi, my question might be vague for some experts, but I would love to learn the reason. I use full frame mirrorless cameras and totally love it. I had a project which involved a lot of low light and th
Re: Howcome Red/Arri being with small sensor look so good in low light ?
by Blaise Douros 4 weeks ago
This is such a big topic, and requires so much background knowledge, that I pretty much have to tell you that you need to go research the history of film sizes, sensor technology, noise reduction, cod
Looking for ideas how to make an idea possible...
by Erik Davis 1 month ago
Hi. I have a DJI Mavic Air. I would like to fly 15 1km flights in succession and try to stitch them together using either a special software or editing technique to give the illusion of one continuous
Re: Looking for ideas how to make an idea possible...
by Blaise Douros 4 weeks ago
Apply for a waiver from the FAA for Section 107.25 Operation from a Moving Vehicle or Aircraft. If you can prove you can do this safely, and get the FAA to sign off on your waiver, just follow the dro
Vintage SLR lens on m4/3 dslr
by Peter Robertson 1 month ago
Hi There are many bargain vintage lenses on ebay and I have found a Tokina with "M MD" mount. Is this simply the Minolta MD mount. The prefix M is confusing me since there are many MD to M4 3 adapters
Re: Vintage SLR lens on m4/3 dslr
by Blaise Douros 4 weeks ago
Actually, vintage stills lenses work great for video--many of them are great quality, they're available for low prices, and they can be modded so that the aperture changes smoothly. The focus breathin
Skin tone IRE for dark scenes
by Olivier Prudhomme 1 month ago
Shooting a horror scene. Dark. What should be the skin tone exposure when typically it s 70ire. Thx Los Angeles - TV Promo Editor - FCP - AVID
Re: Skin tone IRE for dark scenes
by Blaise Douros 1 month ago
Whatever you want it to be for the scene. Narrative is different from documentary eng beauty commercial. Lighting can greatly effect how the scene is perceived, so if you're trying to keep someone's i
Barren landscape 3D camera track woes
by Boris Dimitrov 2 months ago
I am having a lot of trouble getting a 3D camera solve on a particular shot I need to track the camera for. Its a really barren, featureless landscape that extends far toward the horizon (here is a fr
Re: Barren landscape 3D camera track woes
by Blaise Douros 2 months ago
Took about eight minutes. Precomped it, and lightened the color up, increased contrast so that the plain had lots of easily-trackable black spots. Used 3D Camera Track, and used Detailed Analysis, sel
FS7 Footage @120fps
by jamie mcgee 2 months ago
Hi, I have been given a load of footage to prepare for an edit. Director wants it as slo as possible. XAVC Intra HD Looks like FS7 capture FPS at 120 fps HD Record Frame Rate at 50fps Shutter angle 36
Re: FS7 Footage @120fps
by Blaise Douros 2 months ago
Exactly. The shutter setting of 1 120 @120 fps means that the amount of motion blur on each frame is what would be appropriate for a shot that was captured at 60 fps. The shutter should have been at 1
DV / Firewire recorder?
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
I'm trying to get some life out of our old Canon XLH1... or more accurately, I'd say "resurrect it," as it has been stored for several years now. It was a great camera in its day... and would come in
Re: DV / Firewire recorder?
by Blaise Douros 2 months ago
Hah, it's never as simple as that, is it Sounds like you're on top of the problem, sorry to imply you hadn't thought it all the way through!
One point color for canon C100?
by Sebastian Santana 2 months ago
Hey guys! Any idea how to select one color in camera on Canon C100 mkii I m shooting live and need the picture from the camera to be black and white with only green visible as color. Panasonic has the
Re: One point color for canon C100?
by Blaise Douros 2 months ago
I've never heard of any camera including this feature, ever! A little more context might be helpful. When you say "live" do you mean "broadcast," or do you just mean you want to get it in-camera
Recording PowerPoint and speaker as inexpensively as possible
by Bob Cole 2 months ago
I got a request to shoot and edit speakers who are using PowerPoint. It is for internal use, so quality has to be adequate, not broadcast. My first reaction was labor-intensive: Shoot the speaker and
Re: Recording PowerPoint and speaker as inexpensively as possible
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
This stuff has been my bread and butter for years. I've done it every way that it can be done, probably. The current workflow I use, when it's long-format, multi-hour stuff we need done cheap, is: A K
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Problem 'scaling (subtitles) to frame size' in version 13.0.2
by Neil Orman 2 months ago
I'm trying to add subtitles to my PPro sequence in Version 13.0.2, so I can burn them in to the exported video. But I'm having a problem I've never encountered before. In the past, I've created my sub
Re: Problem 'scaling (subtitles) to frame size' in version 13.0.2
by Blaise Douros 2 months ago
According to your second image, your captions are already at 1920x1080. Are you just trying to increase the text size If so, you can do that in the Caption panel: select all your captions from top to
How to get consistent lighting/color over jump cuts?
by Kevin Hickey 2 months ago
New to the forums here and just invested in starting to build home office studio and started a new channel for my wife. I started filming with the Canon M50 for my wife's new Youtube series but when e
Re: How to get consistent lighting/color over jump cuts?
by Blaise Douros 2 months ago
You'd be amazed at how quickly natural light can shift--when you're shooting outdoors, the sun goes behind a tree or cloud, and boom, two full stops of exposure change. Since it's not your only source
Fast movement issue Panasonic Lumix GX85
by Aleksandar Ljubomirovic 2 months ago
Hi there. I have one question about Panasonic Lumix gx80. If anyone can check the video below and answer to my question I would be grateful. This was recorded with Panasonic Lumix GX80. As you can see
Re: Fast movement issue Panasonic Lumix GX85
by Blaise Douros 2 months ago
Mike Smith "You don't mention whether you are using progressive scan or interlaced video (at 24fps). Interlaced will allow you to push your pan a little faster before this kind of effect shows up - t
Sshd ?
by peter brelan 3 months ago
Hello, i wanted to build a RAiD working station. 4x4to But i cant' find SSHD 4To 7200rpm. I read somewhere that SSHD for video post production doesn't change big things as video uses more than the 8Go
Re: Sshd ?
by Blaise Douros 2 months ago
Good luck finding SSDs with any rpms at all, let alone 7200rpm!
Best FS5+Alpha Picture Profile, no grading
by Tsvi Landsman 3 months ago
Hi Guys. I'm a chief cinematographer for a TV show. I'm looking for a picture profile that can get us to deliver best looking footage without any grading. We are about to do extensive testing, but I t
Re: Best FS5+Alpha Picture Profile, no grading
by Blaise Douros 3 months ago
I will have to give this a try--matching those two cameras drives me nuts. Thanks for sharing!
Film in 2019
by mark thompson 3 months ago
I've just seen a summary of the cameras used in the 2019 set of oscar nominations. In spite of reports that film is dead, quite a few of the movies were recorded on film. At a talk I attended, some ye
Re: Film in 2019
by Blaise Douros 3 months ago
I mean, don't get me wrong, I'm not shooting film. I don't have budget for that. Film is one of those things that, for me, might not be super useful because of the expense. But again: the benefits are
what is the difference?
by Jim Williams 3 months ago
Between Premiere and Premiere Rush Is it a lite version
Re: what is the difference?
by Blaise Douros 3 months ago
Premiere Rush is the iMovie of the Adobe CC. It's for people who don't know how to edit and don't want to take the time to learn a real NLE.
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Nested sequence has visual effects applied twice
by Amy Young 3 months ago
Yes, I know nesting is evil. I think Premiere Pro has been gaslighting me. I have a different nesting problem with effects -- they are applied twice it seems. Specifically, the Lumetri adjustment in t
Re: Nested sequence has visual effects applied twice
by Blaise Douros 3 months ago
Check to make sure that Lumetri isn't applied both to the individual original clip in the nested sequence, and to the nested sequence in the main timeline.
Replicate this FCPX text effect in Premier
by Luke Watson 3 months ago
Hi, I've built an edit in FCPX and client has requested PP versions, anyone advise on this simple text effect Need to replicate inside PP, https: vimeo.com 312986011 Many Thanks Luke
Re: Replicate this FCPX text effect in Premier
by Blaise Douros 3 months ago
One of the Blur effects, I forget which one, has the ability to select horizontal vs vertical directional blur. Select the horizontal direction, and keyframe the Blur Amount from whatever high value c
NAS for Home Business Editing, 3 Macs
by Aj Jasche 3 months ago
I've been reading the forums for years for advice but this is my first post. My brother and I run a video business out of our house using two Macs and a MacBook running Adobe CC. Typically we have had
Re: NAS for Home Business Editing, 3 Macs
by Blaise Douros 3 months ago
Echoing Bob; you can get into an incredibly well-performing QNAP system for a couple thousand bucks that has terabytes and terabytes of space. If you consider the NAS system your "online" drive, and u
Sony PMW 200: Shooting in S-Log?
by toni wash 3 months ago
A client wants me to shoot in S-Log. Is this even possible with the PMW 200 If YES - how do you do it If NO - would it be ok to create a comparable picture profile Could you point me to a link on how
Re: Sony PMW 200: Shooting in S-Log?
by Blaise Douros 3 months ago
You can't shoot Slog2 on the PMW-200, and you can't re-create it via menu settings. I would suggest either proposing to the client that you shoot in one of the Hypergammas, or renting a camera that ca
FS5 Documentary kit list advice
by Turab Shah 3 months ago
Hi, I'm looking for some advice regarding kit I should purchase for an upcoming observational documentary shoot. I usually use a cameraperson for my shoots, so don't have to worry about kit, but this
Re: FS5 Documentary kit list advice
by Blaise Douros 3 months ago
Consider the second mike, and also the K1M or K2M XLR add-on which will allow you to have four XLR inputs (shotgun mike plus two lavs). Forget the gimbal. As a solo shooter, you will kill yourself try
Particle Sprite Z-depth pop
by Eric Barker 3 months ago
For my work, I do a lot of cloud simulations using particle sprites. I've used Particular for about 10 years, and demo'd Superluminal Stardust. One glitch that ALWAYS drives me crazy is that when spri
Re: Particle Sprite Z-depth pop
by Eric Barker 3 months ago
Definitely agree with your last point there. Still don't think multi-layer instances is an option for my particular cases, considering I often swing around the systems, particles need to be able to ov
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What's the Easiest way to create the lightsaber effect?
by Sa Dilshan 3 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 Blaise Douros 3 months ago
Make a really visible track point at both the tip and the hilt of your lightsaber. Use the Point Tracker to track each of these points. And then download this plugin: https: www.videocopilot.net blog
Make eyes open
by Steve Adams 3 months ago
I have video of an asian girl, below, where the eye opening is so narrow it's difficult to tell if the eyes are open or shut: I'm looking for some way, with PPro CC2017, to get some white or gray into
Re: Make eyes open
by Blaise Douros 3 months ago
There is some very limited masking and tracking capability in PP2017, but I would be awfully leery of trying to get consistent results over a five minute video. Are there at least some cuts, so you ar
How can I make my footage look like it is shot on a phone?
by Mark Mathews 3 months ago
Hi there, I'm editing a short film and part of one of the scenes is someone filming the action on their iPhone. I want to add the record stop button and a basic timer (minutes and seconds) that counts
Re: How can I make my footage look like it is shot on a phone?
by Blaise Douros 3 months ago
As a followup--ask yourself whether you've ever seen phone footage where this stuff is actually baked into the video. I don't think I have. Why not just do a vertical crop on it
Network Server Editing
by Kelly Longtine 3 months ago
Hello - My companies IT dept. wants to try and set our AV department up on CISCO Hyperflex. It's a SSD Server with unlimited expandability (space). That is all I really know about it. The goal is to u
Re: Network Server Editing
by Blaise Douros 3 months ago
Kelly, The solution is very simple--you need to tell your IT team that it's not their fault but they aren't qualified to set it up (they aren't), this is an extremely specialized area (it is), and tha
Is there a way to get different aspect ratios on my DSLR?
by ryan elder 4 months ago
When it comes to Canon DSLRS do they have softwares or apps that you can put on the camera card to shoot in wider aspect ratio options that are more wide than 16:9
Re: Is there a way to get different aspect ratios on my DSLR?
by Blaise Douros 4 months ago
No. It's a physical limitation of the sensor--there are no more pixels there to shoot wider. Even 16x9 is just a crop of the actual 3:2 sensor size--so you could always just crop it more in post, it w
Anyway to save this footage?
by David Weathersby 4 months ago
I had a shoot at a club with very low light and strobe lights. My assistant was shot some footage I'd like to use but they were shooting into flashing lights and I believe they had the wrong shutter s
Re: Anyway to save this footage?
by Blaise Douros 4 months ago
I'd just lean into it, if I were you. There is NO automated solution to this--you would need to go frame by frame to matte the color, change the exposure of the matted areas, etc., and paint the foreg
Does anyone know a good tripod for doing roll moves?
by ryan elder 4 months 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 4 months 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.
Backing up video on external dvd recorder - which camera is best
by Luc Tarradelles 5 months 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 4 months 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.
Tools to make an interactive video
by H├ęctor Moreno 5 months 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 5 months 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
stealth camera
by James Araki 6 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 5 months ago
Yeah, but winners don't use AWB anyway ;)
My lens is really sensitive to focus, any thoughts on how to do these shots?
by ryan elder 5 months 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 5 months 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
What do you think of multiple-camera setup, good or bad?
by ryan elder 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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
AE half resolution preview not accurate
by James Inniani 6 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 6 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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QNAP - video convertions
by Stefano Monthy 6 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 6 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
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