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Bob Cole

Have enjoyed being part of the D-Vision, oops, "edit" community, now happily learning the Mac side oflife.
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4K vs. 4.6K
by Bob Cole 3 days ago
Why is the 4.6K Blackmagic URSA Mini going to be so much more expensive than the 4K And is it by any stretch worth it Bob C
Re: 4K vs. 4.6K
by Gary Huff 2 days ago
Bob Cole "Why is the 4.6K Blackmagic URSA Mini going to be so much more expensive than the 4K And is it by any stretch worth it " Really should wait until "in the wild" footage starts coming out to s
seeking app for marking good takes by time-of-day timecode
by Bob Cole 3 days ago
For interviews, I'd like to find an app which would enable me to create a list of the best sound bites, simply by discreetly pressing a button. I've found it to be disruptive when the producer interru
Mad Max: Fury Road
by Scott Roberts 1 week ago
I'm going to attempt to formulate my thoughts into word sounds over the weekend when I have time, but I managed to see Mad Max Fury Road last night... My early reaction: You should go see this movie.
Re: Mad Max: Fury Road
by Bob Cole 5 days ago
Scott Roberts "This movie is all about the explosition. See what I did there Yeah, I'll pat myself on the back for that one." And another pat from me. Prediction: new Internet meme starts here. Bob C
Your Favorite Critic
by Bob Cole 2 weeks ago
Who is your favorite film tv critic I used to look forward to the reviews of a few writers - but they are all either dead or "gone" - no longer employed at the job. Who's next Bob C
Re: Your Favorite Critic
by Scott Roberts 2 weeks ago
Stephen Smith "I used to enjoy one of our local critics but honestly I enjoy Scott's reviews the best." Thanks Stephen! That makes me feel good! Of course I see that on a day when I posted a pretty l
Editing techniques for organizing large amounts of doc footage?
by Michael Wisniewski 7 years ago
What techniques do you use to organize & handle large amounts of documentary footage for the editing process Think 200+ hours or more.
Re: Editing techniques for organizing large amounts of doc footage?
by Bob Cole 3 weeks ago
Tim, what's the state of the art here Am I missing something by not using Avid I transitioned from FCP7 to PPro, partly with the hope that PPro would create transcripts. However, this capability has b
Recommendations for travel green screen lighting
by Justin Francese 3 weeks ago
Dear Lighting Design Pros, I am about to be on the road for two weeks with a 9 foot cloth green screen for an non-profit training video series. Its a tight budget and I am working alone. When I am not
Re: Recommendations for travel green screen lighting
by Bob Cole 3 weeks ago
All good solutions. I love the idea of renting Diva's; Rifa's also sound great. But when traveling, a big concern is keeping the package as portable as possible. So I use Mole Nook-lites, which are ve
Software for hard drive archiving/backup
by Bob Cole 4 weeks ago
I know this is an LTO-centric forum, but I have a hard drive question: I would like to find Mac software to automate the processes of archiving and backup to hard drives. Ideally, the software could h
Re: Software for hard drive archiving/backup
by Bob Cole 4 weeks ago
David Roth Weiss "Call me Bob..." Hi, Bob!
How do Video Production skills transfer into other careers?
by Robert McGunnigle 3 months ago
Hello! The title pretty much says it all. I ve been working in broadcast television for the past 15 years as a video producer. My skills include conceptualizing, creative problem-solving, writing, sho
Re: How do Video Production skills transfer into other careers?
by Bob Cole 4 weeks ago
Corporate relations. It's a different world from broadcast, and you may prefer it.
The COW deserves some credit
by Bob Cole 4 weeks ago
I want to congratulate the COW's editorial team, for something you DON'T do: when you publicize articles, you DON'T engage in "clickbaiting," though the practice is rampant online nowadays, and is alm
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Re: The COW deserves some credit
by Tim Wilson 4 weeks ago
Thanks Bob! Clickbait drives me insane. I assure there will never be any at Creative COW. The one that is currently getting on my nerves is articles listed in newsletters or teased as "recommended" at
Article: Open Letter to Companies Exhibiting at the NAB Show
by Kylee Wall 3 months ago
NAB Show Open Letter to Companies Exhibiting at the NAB Show "Trade show exhibitors are all competing to be the loudest, shiniest and sexiest," says Creative COW Contributing Editor Kylee W
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Re: Open Letter to Companies Exhibiting at the NAB Show
by Bob Cole 4 weeks ago
So what happened at the panel Any new revelations btw, I notice that you used one of the "Rosie the Riveter" images to publicize this event. Mary Doyle Keefe, the model for Norman Rockwell's original
Troubleshooting "Media Pending" - Adobe Tech Support? - 3rd Party Tools?
by Bob Cole 2 months ago
I'm relatively new to PPro, and would appreciate some feedback and advice on how to deal with the problems that will happen with any complex software. My early impressions are: 1. very easy to migrate
Video Noise - how to hide it
by mark thompson 4 months ago
Hi, I did a shoot last week in a studio. There was plenty of light available. However when the clips were green screened in AE the noise on the darker parts of the picture were very pronounced. Lookin
Re: Video Noise - how to hide it
by Bob Cole 2 months ago
Mark, in Keylight there are a couple settings which can make a difference in noise in dark areas. Look at Keylight Screen Matte Replace Method, and experiment with Soft and Hard Colour, etc. Bob C
re-linking EXCAM files
by Bob Cole 2 months ago
I edited an EXCAM project on PPro CC and imported the material in a non-standard way: I imported the .mp4 files directly, rather than go through Media Browser. It was tedious, but it all worked, and s
Re: re-linking EXCAM files
by Ht Davis 2 months ago
Media browser is great for importing the clips initially. But moving between systems, the files may reside on a drive that shows with a different name in the system. On MAC, you are always shown your
Fair Use by editing compilation videos from other people's YouTube videos???
by stan welks 9 months ago
I have a hundred or so videos of my bird uploaded to YouTube, with some of my videos having over 500,000 views. I placed ads at the beginning of my videos with the intention that I might be able to ea
Re: Fair Use by editing compilation videos from other people's YouTube videos???
by Bob Cole 2 months ago
Stan, it's been awhile since I've seen this thread. I'm sure a lot of us are curious as to what has happened. Also, could you give us enough information to see your video(s), as well as the videos tha
Archiving fees
by Bob Cole 7 months ago
What do you charge for archiving client materials I've never included it in the cost of the current job, but I do try to hold onto past material, because "you never know." And, how do you persuade cli
Re: Archiving fees
by Bob Cole 3 months ago
I hope you charge them what it actually costs to retrieve the data. I'm with Todd about explicitly charging for an archive, though -- unless, as David says, you charge for every year. Guaranteeing an
Green screen lighting conundrum 2015
by andy lewis 4 months ago
My turn for some green screen advice (hopefully). We'll be filming 4 or 5 kids (up to 12 years old) dancing in front of green screen. We'll be doing this many times over 3 months. The room is 43' by 1
Re: Green screen lighting conundrum 2015
by Bob Cole 4 months ago
Change the room. The only good thing is that it is deep. It's not wide enough, though. Your dancers will not even have 12' in which to dance. They will have to be far enough away from the green screen
outlet sleuthing
by Bob Cole 4 months ago
Is there a way to test two or more electrical outlets and determine (before tripping a breaker) whether they are on the same circuit I have run stingers from several rooms, just to lower the odds that
Re: outlet sleuthing
by Bob Cole 4 months ago
Thanks Mark and Todd. I went onto a professional electrician's forum and discovered that the answer was basically "no." The only way to get the answer is apparently to buy a circuit tracer, and then u
time accounting software for Mac
by Bob Cole 5 months ago
One of the hardest "easy" things in my post-production work is tracking the time I spend on different projects. I use three computers, in part because I don't like to wait around for After Effects ren
Re: time accounting software for Mac
by Chuck Johnson 5 months ago
Hi Nick, I understand your desire for calendar-based PM software. I currently use an obsolete system myself that uses FileMaker Pro as the engine. I is the StudioCzar and it was written for FMP V7 - w
PL zoom lens for AJA Cion
by Bob Cole 5 months ago
The ergonomics and light weight of the AJA Cion make it look like a good choice for a run-and-gun style of shooting. But that same style calls out for a zoom lens, and that's where I've encountered a
Re: PL zoom lens for AJA Cion
by Bob Cole 5 months ago
Very interesting, Erik, and pretty much what I was suspecting. With 4K coming, those particles that are not visible in HD because they haven't clumped together enough, will be monsters. Erik Anschicks
High Dynamic Range (HDR) in Video?
by Blake Barnett 7 months ago
Is it possible to capture High Dynamic Range Imaging (HDRI or HDR) with a video camera HDR techniques have been used by photographers to reproduce an image with a greater range of luminosity than can
Re: High Dynamic Range (HDR) in Video?
by Bob Cole 5 months ago
Nice work! I want to know more about your secret sauce. Thanks for sharing. Bob C
Pick your brains: Portable Green Screen vs Rotoscoping
by Seth Baron 6 months ago
Hi, I am planning to film a project in a very flat location but will be adding additional CG elements in the background. I am wondering what typically works better when dealing with the foreground sub
Re: Pick your brains: Portable Green Screen vs Rotoscoping
by Bob Cole 5 months ago
Seth, this is a case where a test is in order. Find out how long it takes to roto five seconds of representative footage, then figure out how many seconds you'll need to do for real. If the foreground
wireless to monitor
by Bob Cole 6 months ago
I use a nice 17" monitor to help directors see the shot, and would like to untether. I'm shooting mainly with a Sony EX1R, so have a choice of outputs. What wireless solution would you recommend And,
Re: wireless to monitor
by Bob Cole 5 months ago
Thanks Dan - good to know. b
Can I use my iMac as a monitor with my mac pro tower?
by Christophe Bryant 8 months ago
I want to know if there's a way to combine my iMac and Macpro in any way that would help me set up a good edit workstation. Preferentially, I'd like to be able to use the monitor of my iMac for my tow
Re: Can I use my iMac as a monitor with my mac pro tower?
by Bob Cole 6 months ago
Christophe, I'm only replying because no one else has. I'm not an expert on this, but I have noticed that the specifications for the new 5K iMac say that it cannot be used as a monitor for another com
That "n/c" item on the invoice
by Bob Cole 7 months ago
On this forum, what I'm about to confess is probably considered criminal, or at least shameful, but nonetheless, I'm willing to take the heat, for the sake of hearing your response. Please note, this
Re: That "n/c" item on the invoice
by Bob Cole 6 months ago
Not sure what you meant by that, and I'm not a lawyer, but I don't think you can deduct a "n c" from income. If you just mean your internal accounting, that is a very interesting idea.
Archiving into one folder
by Bob Cole 6 months ago
I'm archiving my old projects - creating pairs of hard drives with files that are organized by client. I use an older Mac Pro for this, running XDCAM EX Clip Browser. (I know, LTO is better -- but I h
Re: Archiving into one folder
by Bob Cole 6 months ago
Michael Slowe "Yes Bob, the main disadvantage with only archiving files is that on re import you don't get all the audio tracks, only left and right." When I'm pretty sure we'll be updating the show,
AT&T --- Is anyone else enjoying all these phone calls?
by Todd Terry 6 months ago
Is it just me We have for weeks now been getting phone calls from AT&T. Every day. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Without fail. Today, actually, we got two. We are an AT&T customer. They have our phone lines goi
Re: AT&T --- Is anyone else enjoying all these phone calls?
by Bob Cole 6 months ago
Bill Davis "I now think of these as "fishhook agreements" - easy to get into - but darn hard to stop. " Very true. I use direct withdrawals for credit cards, but not for Comcast. When my mother-in-la
mobile lighting setup for interviews
by Lillian Fidler 9 months ago
I'm looking for a good, reasonably priced and light weight and mobile setup for conducting interviews. Would LED lights be the best option Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. Best regards, Lillia
Re: mobile lighting setup for interviews
by Bob Cole 7 months ago
Both of those LED lights look a bit small and perhaps underpowered. The larger the source, the softer the light. I'd recommend a KinoFlo Diva 4-light, which allows both tungsten and daylight. You may
SxS "Unknown Media"
by Bob Cole 8 months ago
My EX1R displayed a message that one of my three SxS cards was "Unknown Media." The material on the card is readable in my Mac. I did recently change from P30 to P24 and back to P30, and I thought I h
Re: SxS "Unknown Media"
by Bob Cole 8 months ago
Sorry for the delay in responding. Yes, the card had the BPAV structure -- I was always able to offload the media from the card, from the Express Card 34 slot in my 2008 MacBook Pro. As a precaution,
PreRoll Post
by Kevin Patrick 9 months ago
I came across Larry Jordan's review of PreRoll Post and wondered if anyone here as looked into, or had comments on this product. Kevin http: www.larryjordan.biz product-review-preroll-post-from-imagin
Re: PreRoll Post
by Bob Cole 9 months ago
Bob Zelin "PreRoll Post does NOT support tape libraries (only single tapes), so if you need library function, it's a no brainer - you choose Tolis BRU. " Hi Bob, I know this is a dumb question, but I
Nice overview on portrayal of texting on tv and film
by Mark Suszko 9 months ago
http: vimeo.com 103554797 Shows how our perceptions of what's needed to convey the information keep compacting and contracting, down to the essentials. Also, it gets rid of a lot of tedious motion tra
Re: Nice overview on portrayal of texting on tv and film
by Bob Cole 9 months ago
Very interesting video. Thanks, Mark.
Updating Project Files
by Neal Petrosky 11 months ago
I'm in a strange position- My company switched from FCP to Premiere a couple years ago (2012). Up until that point we were using Final Cut Pro to do all of our NLE work. We were approached by an old c
Re: Updating Project Files
by Bob Cole 9 months ago
Todd Terry "every estimate and subsequent invoice includes a line item, "Archival." It's not much, less than a hundred bucks, but enough" It would concern me to make any sort of promise to a client t
support above all
by Bob Cole 10 months ago
I'm looking for a company that sells, and more importantly, supports, a RAID 5 system, Thunderbolt 1 or 2, with at least 4 drives and preferably more like 8. It isn't just a matter of technical specs;
Re: support above all
by Bob Cole 9 months ago
Bob Zelin "even if you can get GREAT SUPPORT from someone, the damn part is no longer manufactured anymore" Wow - coming from you, that scares me. That isn't even what I was concerned about, but I am
Alright, It's Confession Time... Here's 15 Popular Movies I've Never Seen
by Scott Roberts 10 months ago
I see more movies than the average person, but probably less than a psychotic person (not calling anyone here at the COW a psycho!), but every so often, usually at a party BBQ friendly gathering, some
Re: Alright, It's Confession Time... Here's 15 Popular Movies I've Never Seen
by Bob Cole 10 months ago
Funny thread. The only problem is that it might make somebody miss out on an experience they would have enjoyed. If you go into a movie thinking about it too critically, you won't be able to enter its
Questions to ask my interviewee
by karthik kesan 1 year ago
I am making a documentary about a football player. I am going to interview and film a friend of this football player. Can I get some insight on the kind of questions I should be asking I did a similar
Re: Questions to ask my interviewee
by Bob Cole 11 months ago
It's an art. I'd recommend that you start listening to Terry Gross on "Fresh Air." And look up John Sawatsky of ESPN too, for some great tips that specifically relate to athletes. Bob C
Where's Mrs. Pak?
by Bob Cole 11 months ago
Just watched "The Red Chapel," a doc about a pair of Danish-Korean comedians who visit North Korea. The comedians, one of whom is spastic, deliberately create a terrible performance, which is modified
Re: Where's Mrs. Pak?
by Mark Suszko 11 months ago
Sounds iffy in terms of taste, as well as your concerns. OTOH, you can bet that anybody that's allowed to talk to foreigners there, is a cleared and confirmed regime loyalist. Particularly "handlers"
Transcribing footage: Best Practices?
by Joe Mole 12 months ago
Hey All, I'm doing short and long documentary work. I transcribe all of my interviews however I have not settled on a best practices work flow. Right now I just play the footage in a media player and
Re: Transcribing footage: Best Practices?
by Bob Cole 12 months ago
Whom do you recommend for transcription Does your $60 hr source provide timecode Bob C
Lighting an open restaurant night scene
by Ali Quintana 1 year ago
I have to light a night scene, its a dark open air restaurant. I onlly have 1 oker set. it cinsists out of 4 lights (blue). My question is, I have some normal lights abailable, warm lights to light up
Re: Lighting an open restaurant night scene
by Bob Cole 1 year ago
john sharaf "I'd suggest using the four 800's as background and night ambivalence." John, what do you mean by this statement bob c
keep foam from flaking - but BORING
by Bob Cole 1 year ago
This could win the award for Most Boring Post but here goes anyway: I'm using an old Halliburton case to consolidate all my 4" filters and matte box. It's been a long time since I've used a case that
Re: keep foam from flaking - but BORING
by Bob Cole 1 year ago
Mark, does the hot knife help to solidify the foam and prevent pilling
computer recommendation for PP CC
by Bob Cole 1 year ago
I currently edit on Mac, but have several programs for which a PC is needed, and would like to experiment with using PPro on a PC. (The price of the new Mac Pro is daunting.) I would like to upgrade m
Re: computer recommendation for PP CC
by Bob Cole 1 year ago
Thanks Ann. That's a great resource. But I still would appreciate some specific advice. Although the base price of the "classic choices" in the HP line is not that high, it really adds up when you sta
RAID 6 vs. 2x RAID 5
by Bob Cole 1 year ago
I know this is OT for this forum, but it is tangentially related, so I'll try my question here: For 1080p30 editing applications where reliability is paramount, and quantity of storage is not as cruci
Re: RAID 6 vs. 2x RAID 5
by Tim Jones 1 year ago
With RAID-6, you can lose 2 drives within the array before your data is gone. On the other hand, with 2 RAID-5's mirrored, you could lose an entire array and one drive in the second array. Given an un
half-height vs. full-height HP LTO-6
by Bob Cole 1 year ago
I had my HP LTO-3 external half-height drive repaired by Midwest Technical, after HP told me it was a lost cause. I asked their tech which brands types of drives to buy avoid. He commented that full-h
Re: half-height vs. full-height HP LTO-6
by Tim Jones 1 year ago
In the days of LTO-4 and earlier, the Full height drives provided an average of 50% better throughput than the half height versions of the same drive. This was because the mechanicals were larger and
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Archiving: Keep a great lossless copy or not?
by Travis Landers 1 year ago
I will certainly show my ignorance at some point but I have reached a point in my reading where I was wondering if anyone would comment on something I am pondering.... Some of this is about archiving
Re: Archiving: Keep a great lossless copy or not?
by Bob Cole 1 year ago
Eric Hansen "I've had feature length ProResHQ files develop errors in playback (glitches or 'hits' in the video), and some even become completely corrupted and won't open. I'm not sure exactly why th
Buying a Mac Book Pro
by Bob Cole 1 year ago
Where do you recommend buying a MacBook Pro A lot of retail outlets seem to offer a $50 discount. But I found a much bigger discount ($699) for a MacBook Pro with Retina display, at Mac Mall. But that
Re: Buying a Mac Book Pro
by Bob Cole 1 year ago
Well.... I was very happy with my refurbished MBP Retina, until it simply didn't power up one day. Eventually it did, but that was enough. (It probably heard me bragging to my client about it just bef
anti-virus program for Mac?
by Bob Cole 1 year ago
Any recommendations I'm looking for a program which offers the best balance of protection and not getting in the way. I'd prefer a multi-device program which would also cover our PCs, but I'm willing
Re: anti-virus program for Mac?
by Al Bergstein 1 year ago
Bob, I've been very happy with Intego software's VirusBarrier. They also include a Netbarrier, but I've never turned that on. The footprint of Virusbarrier is very light. Right now, while active, it's
DIY 1K and 2K dimmers
by Rick Wise 1 year ago
Anyone have good plans for making DIY 1K and 2K dimmers And or, sources for "cheap" dimmers to handle 1K and 2K. I'm not finding much online. Rick Wise Cinematographer Lighting and Camera Instructor A
Re: DIY 1K and 2K dimmers
by Bob Cole 1 year ago
Memories of cheap junk... I bought a Chinese-made box cutter (matte knife) at WalMart. When I was bearing down on a piece of wallboard, the handle literally fell apart in my hand. The box cutter was "
Adobe Double-bills, then responds to complaint by triple-billing
by Bob Cole 2 years ago
I need to find a phone number which someone will answer, or a mailing address with a human who can read. I've been trying to resolve a billing issue with Adobe. Briefly, I got a phone call offering to
Re: Adobe Double-bills, then responds to complaint by triple-billing
by Bob Cole 1 year ago
Be persistent. My problem with Adobe's billing was resolved when it got "escalated" to a supervisor. They couldn't have been nicer. But until then, it was frustrating, and I feel your pain. I dislike
Template won't let me change opacity
by Bob Cole 1 year ago
I inherited a template and it is... educational. Some of the layers display the Opacity in a pink-red shade. When I try to change it (either from 0 to 100%, or from 100 to 0%) it won't allow me to do
Re: Template won't let me change opacity
by Bob Cole 1 year ago
Thanks! Learning expressions is on my to-do list. Bob
HP xw8200 - add more RAM, or dispose of it?
by Bob Cole 1 year ago
This is a trivial question, but since it could lead to my disposing of a computer, I thought I would ask the experts. My editing system is Mac-based, but I use a PC for accounting and also to test com


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