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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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Alternative to softboxes for client who hates them?
by Mike Costantini 3 weeks ago
I have this kit: http: www.amazon.com dp B005NJIWYY ref=pe_175190_21431760_M2T1_ST1_dp_i1 and I use two of them to create even nightly news style light for some videos that I shoot. Problem is that th
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Re: Alternative to softboxes for client who hates them?
by Bob Cole 4 days ago
I agree, Mark. Lighting the rest of the room (selectively) makes the "hot seat" less intimidating. I've sat in that chair, looking into darkness, and found it definitely uncomfortable. As for the loca
Coloring bulbs
by Rick Wise 2 months ago
There's a pretty fascinating online post about DIY firelight, using multiple bulbs dipped into different Rosco Colorine colors. (http: nofilmschool.com 2012 07 shane-hurlbut-shows-mimic-fire-light-diy
Re: Coloring bulbs
by Bob Cole 3 weeks ago
Rick, you may also want to look at the Shadowmaker from Magic Gadgets - especially if you can find it as a rental, because it's rather expensive. But it's very cool - has programmable settings for var
Sony Cameras - EX-1/EX-3 replacements... Your current work-horse? Favorite features?
by Tom Laughlin 4 weeks ago
Hey everyone, I'm looking at getting some new cameras, and well, since it's been a challenge to see what's what, I'm coming from an EX-1, thought about a PMW-200, then reading up on the PXW-x200, and
Re: Sony Cameras - EX-1/EX-3 replacements... Your current work-horse? Favorite features?
by leslie wand 4 weeks ago
interesting... still ex1. am not interested in 4k other than for reframing, but given the cost of a decent 4k camera, plus the upgrade new pc required to work with 4k as easily as i do with xdcam i mi
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How to best archive decades of video, audio?
by Neil Orman 1 month ago
I recently started working for a 30-year old think tank that wants me to archive decades of Institute events (video and audio) recorded on a wide range of antiquated media. What's the best method of a
Re: How to best archive decades of video, audio?
by Bob Cole 3 weeks ago
re service company for the digitizing: In the Washington, DC area, Video & Film Solutions is probably a good bet. They do transfers for the National Archives, so they have a lot of equipment and exper
Raccoon eyes
by Nick Griffin 2 months ago
I wish there was an easy solution to this, but if there isn't this post is just a complaint about something that I've run into multiple times. That is "raccoon eyes" caused by the subject of a talking
Re: Raccoon eyes
by Bob Cole 3 weeks ago
Hi Nick, Interesting problem. You're right, that a make-up artist is usually not in the budget. But maybe carrying along some make-up cream would help. The smart-aleck in me would suggest a wide shot,
Advice on shooting 1st Person POV restaurant scene
by Calvin Gaunce 1 month ago
I have an upcoming shoot where I will need to capture a restaurant scene in first person point-of-view. It seems pretty straight-forward, but I want to make sure it truly looks like the subject's poin
Re: Advice on shooting 1st Person POV restaurant scene
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
http: www.shapeways.com product 7YV3VFB6H gopro-mouth-piece-camera-mounting-bracket li=search-results-6&optionId=42277083 mnoh crmmnennt
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"Failed to copy the clip."
by Bob Cole 2 months ago
Using XDCAM EX Clip Browser on an older MacPro, transferring a BPAV folder to a new drive, one file generates this message: "Failed to copy the clip. Reason: You don't have a right to access the file
Re: "Failed to copy the clip."
by Bob Cole 2 months ago
Yes. Files before and after transfer fine. I did discover that when I try to play that clip in the transfer browser, it crashes about 1 3 into it, and requires a Force Quit. So the file must be corrup
Advice on controlling sunlight outdoors for coverage.
by Kyle Smolic 3 months ago
I have a shoot coming up in a few weeks that takes place on a soccer field. There will be a lot of bright sunlight during our shoot and I'm trying to figure out the best way to diffuse it as we want t
Re: Advice on controlling sunlight outdoors for coverage.
by Bob Cole 2 months ago
What about staging the event so that the parents are backlit
Reality......
by Dan Asselin 2 months ago
Might be funny if it was happening to some other business http: www.kijiji.ca v-photography-video markham-york-region youtube-shortfilms-advertisement-video-services 1069105794 enableSearchNavigationF
Re: Reality......
by Bob Cole 2 months ago
This is fantastic news. We can all just subcontract our projects to this guy, go out on the golf course instead of working, and cash our $100 checks for doing nothing but a phone call! Awesome. Bob C
Significance of AJA price drops
by Bob Cole 2 months ago
Is there any The online reaction to the CION seems to be, in a word, disillusionment. Bob C
4K vs. 4.6K
by Bob Cole 2 months 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 Don Scioli 2 months ago
I sorry, but I've looked at the test footage of the 4.6 Ursa and it doesn't look that good. The color is flat, the skating shots are terribly backlit with no detail of the subjects and the overall ima
seeking app for marking good takes by time-of-day timecode
by Bob Cole 2 months 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
Re: seeking app for marking good takes by time-of-day timecode
by Bill Davis 2 months ago
(((OOPS, sorry, I didn't notice I wasn't in a FCP X group - so if you're not using that - this doest apply. Sorry. ))) Bob, Intelligent Assistance's Lumberjack does this and a whole lot more. You can
Mad Max: Fury Road
by Scott Roberts 3 months 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 2 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 3 months 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 3 months ago
David Roth Weiss "Call me Bob..." Hi, Bob!
How do Video Production skills transfer into other careers?
by Robert McGunnigle 5 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 3 months ago
Corporate relations. It's a different world from broadcast, and you may prefer it.
The COW deserves some credit
by Bob Cole 3 months 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 3 months 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 5 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 3 months 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 4 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 6 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 12 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 4 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 9 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 5 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 6 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 6 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 8 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 7 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 9 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 months ago
Thanks Dan - good to know. b
Can I use my iMac as a monitor with my mac pro tower?
by Christophe Bryant 10 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 8 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 11 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 months ago
Very interesting video. Thanks, Mark.
support above all
by Bob Cole 12 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 12 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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


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