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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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LED double-ended bulbs for Mole-Richardson NookLite, Lowel Tota-Light
by Bob Cole 3 hours ago
Has anyone experimented with replacing their tungsten double-ended bulbs with LED If not (and I haven't found one), is this just a matter of not being able to fit enough LED bulbs into that form facto
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 Bob Cole 1 day ago
Thanks Michael. I see the pic on your Vimeo page. Is that the mount Bob C
FCP7 Projects as Archives - what now?
by Bob Cole 3 weeks ago
I get it: FCP7 is going away at last. But very often I have to open up an old FCP7 project simply as a means of tapping my archive of old graphics and clips. When a client asks about an old show and w
Re: FCP7 Projects as Archives - what now?
by Bob Cole 3 weeks ago
Great points. Sure, .xml is a help, and holding onto an old Mac is a smart idea. But there are a couple of problems. 1. For an archive, keeping the bin structure is important. 2. I have hundreds of FC
knock-off lenses?
by Bob Cole 3 weeks ago
I've been searching for prime lenses for a 4k camera, and have noticed a supplier whose prices are about 25% less than B&H. They are not an authorized dealer. Two questions: 1. Should I walk the other
Re: knock-off lenses?
by Bob Cole 3 weeks ago
Thank you. I will test, which I should do in any case. I contacted the distributor, who informed me that the vendor was legitimate, even though they were not listed as a dealer on the website. I still
Tutorial: Blackmagic Fusion 9's Most Powerful Tool: The Custom Tool
by Simon Ubsdell 1 month ago
Blackmagic Design Fusion Blackmagic Fusion 9's Most Powerful Tool: The Custom Tool Meet The Custom Tool, the most powerful and versatile tool in Blackmagic Fusion's entire toolbox " which ironically
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Re: Blackmagic Fusion 9's Most Powerful Tool: The Custom Tool
by Bob Cole 4 weeks ago
Fascinating. It is neat to see the terminology of image control (especially my favorite, "gamma") expressed in simple math. This is going to be like learning a new language and might even help me bett
the "sad" state of our industry
by Bob Zelin 1 year ago
I guess this is for old timers. Today, with free editing software, quality cameras built into our CEL phones and iPads, free streaming software, free color grading software, free data transmission sof
Re: the "sad" state of our industry
by Bob Cole 2 months ago
sorry - I was wrong about 80+ people - it was more like 40 people whom Watson replaced.
Don't you hate it???
by Todd Terry 3 months ago
Just an exasperated rant I thought I'd share... We're prepping for a big location shoot tomorrow... and found this little blue screw in the bottom of the main camera case... It's not too unusual for s
Re: Don't you hate it???
by Bob Cole 2 months ago
Todd, thank you so much! I lost a blue screw while browsing this website - please send it asap. Bob C
minus green for chroma key
by Bob Cole 4 months ago
Which minus green do you recommend for helping create an edge for chroma key shooting Not full, but 1 8 1 4 1 2 Thanks! Bob C
Re: minus green for chroma key
by Bob Cole 4 months ago
Sounds good. Thanks Todd. Like you, I haven't used minus green for awhile, but I have a lot of interviews coming up to shoot and key, and for efficiency's sake, I want to give myself every "edge" I ca
Product "How-To" Video Lighting Question
by Chris De La Fuente 5 months ago
Hey, I am a long-time lurker, but first-time poster! I have been working with a client of mine for a while now making product how-to videos. These are very simple, shot on a color background using han
Re: Product "How-To" Video Lighting Question
by Bob Cole 4 months ago
Chris De La Fuente "Bonus problem: Do you know of a solution for a color seamless that I could get wet greasy and just wipe off. " A big sheet of laminate (e.g. Formica) can be bent to create a "cove
Video quality for broadcast
by Bob Cole 5 months ago
There was an interesting thread here about some Osmo footage being rejected by a network's QC. Do you know of any studies of the major drone camera makers, which would rank the quality (and broadcast
Re: Video quality for broadcast
by Bob Cole 5 months ago
Sorry - I was referring to normal b-roll, not extraordinary one-of-a-kind documentation.
How do you label your drone shots?
by Michael Tyas 5 months ago
I'm self-trained in drone videography. While I feel confident that my shots are professional, I'm lacking the language to label keyword them in my editor for easy retrieval, or to communicate with a t
Re: How do you label your drone shots?
by Bob Cole 5 months ago
Good labels would be very helpful, not only in cataloging shots but also in directing the path of the drone. With limited flight time good pre-visualization will be valuable. OTOH... improvisation is
DVD director's commentary
by Bob Cole 5 months ago
I've been using streaming rather than DVDs for awhile, but I just watched a DVD with a director's commentary, and realized how interesting that can be. Have you found a particular DVD commentary more
Re: DVD director's commentary
by Mike Cohen 5 months ago
My favorite commentaries are from Spielberg. He really takes you inside the world of film and provides lots of interesting knowledge to the film buff. Mike Cohen
Release of DaVinci Resolve 12.5.6
by Peter Chamberlain 5 months ago
We are pleased to announce the release of DaVinci Resolve 12.5.6. This is a no cost update for existing customers and you can download from https: www.blackmagicdesign.com suppor ... and-fusion Please
Re: Release of DaVinci Resolve 12.5.6
by Bob Cole 5 months ago
Peter Chamberlain "With v14 you can edit audio at sample level" That is fantastic. Is that in the Edit pane or do you have to be in Fairlight World
NY Times Daily 360
by Bob Cole 6 months ago
Take a look at the NY Times website for their "Daily 360." I'd like to hear what you think of it, technically, esthetically, and in terms of potential for clients. Bob C
Re: NY Times Daily 360
by Bob Cole 6 months ago
and... if you search for "Antarctic Dispatches site:nytimes.com" and choose the link titled "Miles of Ice Collapsing...", then navigate to the second section, you will find an amazing immersive video
Tripod Tilting Problem
by Nick Karner 6 months ago
Hi everyone. I have Manfrotto MA055CX3 carbon legs and a 501hdv fluid head. I shoot a lot of shows and I'm usually center in the auditorium. For a while now, I've had a weird problem. If I'm shooting
Re: Tripod Tilting Problem
by Bob Cole 6 months ago
Your tripod head is not level. The head itself is probably tilted up, but you are using the "tilt" feature of the head to bring it down. When you are pointing straight ahead, it looks level. But it is
best forum for camera talk
by Bob Cole 6 months ago
There are COW forums for various camera brands. I'm in the market for a 4k camera, and would like to ask questions that cover several makers, specifically Blackmagic, Canon, Panasonic, and Sony. Which
Re: best forum for camera talk
by Bob Cole 6 months ago
Thanks Gary. Very helpful! And to think this all started with the Instamatic my big sisters gave me for Christmas when I was ten.... Loved that camera! Bob C
Is this allowed by the COW's code?
by Bob Cole 6 months ago
Only because I am worried about him, I have been trying to contact someone who lives several thousands of miles from me, in another country. He and his wife showed me great hospitality when I was in h
Re: Is this allowed by the COW's code?
by Tim Wilson 6 months ago
Hi Bob, Of course it is! Also, if you want to drop me a note offline, I'll try to contact him directly with the address we have on file. We never give out anyone's address, but I'd be happy to let him
DOF on the Sony PXW-Z150
by Michael Slowe 8 months ago
Shallow DOF is proving quite elusive with the new Sony PXW-Z150 camera, do any other users find the same Although there is a one inch sensor, as opposed to the half inch on the EX cameras, the DOF app
Re: DOF on the Sony PXW-Z150
by Bob Cole 6 months ago
Hi Michael, I apologize for dropping the ball here. I guess we are in agreement, right I suspect from your posts that you know these tricks already, but in case it helps someone else: 1. To simulate o
Studio version - free with what?
by Bob Cole 6 months ago
Is there a list of Blackmagic products which come with a "free" copy of Resolve Studio 14 Bob C
Re: Studio version - free with what?
by Joseph Owens 6 months ago
Its usually a higher line of cameras and of course the "full" panels. jPo, CSI "I always pass on free advice -- its never of any use to me" Oscar Wilde.
Sony Content Browser 2 doesn't work with new MAC OS 10.12.4 update....Update
by Bill Griffin 7 months ago
Hello all.... Any update on this issue I still use Content Browser to transcode raw BPAV files into .mov for Final Cut Pro. But I do need to update my Mac, but I don't want to loose the use of CB2, as
Re: Sony Content Browser 2 doesn't work with new MAC OS 10.12.4 update....Update
by Bob Cole 7 months ago
I think you have to choose whether to keep Content Browser and your older OS, or upgrade and try EditReady or Catalyst Browse. Bob C
A milestone, of sorts....
by Todd Terry 8 months ago
I just wanted to take a sec to share a little good news with my friends in the B&M forum. Hopefully I will sound at least a little bit humble and grateful, and not braggadocios, as that is what I trul
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Re: A milestone, of sorts....
by Bob Cole 7 months ago
Congratulations, Todd. And thank you for sharing your experiences and insights so generously. Your success couldn't happen to a nicer guy. I always enjoy your posts. And yes, you are an extremely tale
State of the art in monitors?
by Bob Cole 7 months ago
To the lucky (and tired) ones who are just returning from NAB: Did you notice a new "sweet spot" in production monitors Portable, 15-17" range, accurate color, SDI component HDMI inputs, LUTS, light w
Mysteriously missing Sony BPAV clips when using BlackMagic Video Assist
by Bob Cole 7 months ago
I use BlackMagic's Video Assist when shooting chroma key with my EX1R. This gives me ProRes HQ 10-bit files which are quite nice for keying. The VA is automatically triggered whenever I press the EX1R
parfocal incompatible with autofocus?
by Bob Cole 8 months ago
I've been holding off buying a 4k camera, even though there are several great models, because of the cost of a good zoom lens. I thought I'd found the ideal solution: Sony's18-110mm e-mount for the FS
Re: parfocal incompatible with autofocus?
by Gary Huff 7 months ago
Bob Cole "How does the AF work here " I usually have the AF set to "Face Detect" for interview situations. The C300 Mark II's sensor size is the equivalent to 35mm motion film, so we're not talking a
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Sony: 18-110 lens parfocal, "sorta"
by Bob Cole 8 months ago
According to a video (on newsshooter dot com) of a Sony engineer at IBC 2016, the new 18-110 lens is parfocal, but only with the assistance of the autofocus. What does that mean It's standard operatin
Competitive pricing for a chroma-key
by Jack Steiner 8 months ago
I'm opening a chroma-key studio very soon in Europe.. Chroma-key studio will be 1000 square meters with a length of 20 feet and a professional high-end lighting setup, two make-up rooms and extra prop
Re: Competitive pricing for a chroma-key
by Bob Cole 8 months ago
I have no idea, Jack, what studio rates in Europe run. I don't even know whether the 9-hour day is common in Europe. But here are some thoughts: 1. I'm sure you've thought of this, but I'm sure studio
LinkedIn Question
by Todd Terry 8 months ago
I know some (many ) of you are LinkedIn users. I am a cursory user of only the mildest degree, so I had a newbie question... When a person sends you an invitation, and you decline it, does that person
Re: LinkedIn Question
by Bob Cole 8 months ago
And Shane was correct - I never got any indication from Linked In whether you had declined or ignored the invitation. Your former friend, Bob
How to budget a Cooking Show ?
by Robert Bengraff 8 months ago
I have been asked to put numbers together to produce five 5-8 minute outdoor, roaming host food show. I am currently under NDA so I can't give too many details, but think outdoor festival, tailgaters,
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Re: How to budget a Cooking Show ?
by Bob Cole 8 months ago
Hey Ned, Good to see you back here, providing a bit of a reality check. I hope that you find a renewed pleasure and enthusiasm for the craft, through working on personal and pro bono projects. You are
Lighting for white background
by Bartek Bart 9 months ago
Hi, I need to make the video interview on white background. I made some shots, but I have some problems with lightning. The actor is to flat in my opinion, and also to gray. Later I'll put here sample
Re: Lighting for white background
by Bob Cole 9 months ago
I'm with Todd on this. White limbo is not as easy as it looks, and green screen (done properly) makes it easy to fine tune it in post. A white limbo background is just an extremely difficult thing to
Black magic support for Video assist with SDI
by Alex Forsey 1 year ago
Pardon my ignorance if this is actually a silly question. I've just bought the black magic video assist monitor and after connecting my sdi cable to sdi connection on monitor it is now stuck. I can't
Re: Black magic support for Video assist with SDI
by Bob Cole 9 months ago
Just curious: did you ever get an answer to your question I have the Video Assist, and I have not had this problem... yet. Bob C
What in the world!
by Stephen Smith 10 months ago
I have color graded an image in Resolve and really like it. I exported the clip and brought it into Adobe Premiere and it doesn't look the way it did in DaVinci Resolve. Any idea on how to fix this. H
Re: What in the world!
by Bob Cole 9 months ago
Shane Ross "requires a blackmagic (and ONLY Blackmagic) device " Exactly which Blackmagic devices do you recommend, for a MBP with Thunderbolt and HDMI outputs, and monitors with SDI and component in
Doc's on directing actors
by Bob Cole 9 months ago
It's time to learn something from the masters. I'm looking for rec's for doc's which show great directors at work with actors. For example, I vaguely recall a documentary which features Ingmar Bergman
Re: Doc's on directing actors
by Tim Wilson 9 months ago
Stephen Smith " It was interesting to see how Alfred Hitchcock approached directing." The best documentary on directing, period, is based on a book (!!!), Francois Truffaut's Cinema According to Hitc
Sierra for FCP7?
by Bob Cole 10 months ago
With some minor glitches, I am running FCP7 on a mid-2014 MBP with OSX Yosemite. Apple keeps nagging me to update to Sierra. Has anyone had success running FCP7 on Sierra Thanks. Bob C
Re: Sierra for FCP7?
by Shane Ross 10 months ago
You can test it, and safely too. Step 1: Buy Carbon Copy Cloner and clone your working OS to a backup drive. Step 2: update your OS to Sierra Step 3: Test FCP 7 Step 4A: If it works, YAAAAY! continue
Wedding Videography Negligence = $$$ Reimbursement? Is this legal?
by Chris Campbell 10 months ago
Hello Creative Cow, I'm a wedding videographer who's just applied to this one wedding videography company. They sent me a document to sign and 95% of it is exactly what I'm expecting. But, there's one
Re: Wedding Videography Negligence = $$$ Reimbursement? Is this legal?
by Bob Cole 10 months ago
A savvy businessman, who LOVED making deals and starting new enterprises, told me once that the best deal he ever made was "ALL the ones I passed up."
DJI Osmo full of compression artifacts - failed Netflix qc
by Sam Lee 11 months ago
I knew it was too good to be true... DJI Osmo scenics footage failed Netflix qc. Looking carefully at the raw capture, I see plenty of color banding and dithering when there is shot of tree and shade
Re: DJI Osmo full of compression artifacts - failed Netflix qc
by Bob Cole 11 months ago
OT: How are you using Netflix in your business Bob C
Not cutting it when the cutting gets tight?
by Bob Cole 11 months ago
I'm editing on a 16GB mid-2014 MBPro with solid state system drive, NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M 2048 RAM, OSX 10.10.5 (Yosemite), and a CalDigit T4 RAID (with 3TB free). The only oddity in my system is tha
Re: Not cutting it when the cutting gets tight?
by Bob Cole 11 months ago
Marc Wielage " you can use lower-res proxies" I guess you are saying that, if the data rate is low enough, Resolve is capable of fine-grained editing. Would you be able to use that low-res proxy in c
No more Cool Lights Fresnel 650's. Alternative?
by Rick Wise 1 year ago
Cool Lights (Richard) has informed me he will no longer carry the 650 tungsten Fresnel. I require my online lighting students to have one of these to learn about that multiple advantages of using Fres
Re: No more Cool Lights Fresnel 650's. Alternative?
by Bob Cole 11 months ago
John, have you figured out a way to power your VisionSmith ReLamp'ed fresnels from batteries Bob C
Is color temp of green screen lights critical?
by Bob Cole 11 months ago
Sort of an academic question, but it may come in handy some day when I'm shorthanded with lighting: how critical is the matching of the color temp of the key and green screen light What made me wonder
Re: Is color temp of green screen lights critical?
by Bob Cole 11 months ago
Thanks, Todd and Erik. I'm transitioning to bi-color LEDs, but to light the chroma key evenly, I like to place the green screen lights as far off as I can. Knowing I don't have to worry a bit about ma
Green Screen very large, can't light it evenly...
by Gerry Cast 1 year ago
I have a very wide green screen that I'd like to put a 5 person band in front of. The enclosed photo shows it "almost" as wide as I'm going to have it, but even at this width, I don't seem to be able
Re: Green Screen very large, can't light it evenly...
by Bob Cole 11 months ago
Sorry you didn't get responses earlier. Can't tell from the photo, but I suspect that your studio has an advantage and a disadvantage: The truss is fantastic, but the studio might not be wide enough f
Double Polarizing
by Mark DAgostino 11 months ago
Our company recently built a new regional corporate headquarters. The walls are all glass looking out over the city and the harbor. All the conference rooms are full glass walls, like fishbowls. I'd l
Re: Double Polarizing
by Bob Cole 11 months ago
Erik Anschicks " Rosco specifies that using any other glass Pola in front of the lens other than their specially-made View one will result in unwanted color shift. " Thanks! I used a non-Rosco polari
Dragon voice-to-text software for transcripts
by Bob Cole 1 year ago
It's been awhile since I've tried to use Dragon voice-to-text software for transcripts. There's a new edition (#13) on sale today at B&H, and I wonder whether anyone has used it successfully to transc
Re: Dragon voice-to-text software for transcripts
by Bob Cole 11 months ago
Right. Have done that. What I am still looking for is the Holy Grail: import audio file, get transcript.
picky question about burn-in time code
by Bob Cole 1 year ago
When I select Source time code burn in on the Color Page, I get something like this: SRC TC: 15:48:48:02 Picky, picky, I know -- but is there a way to edit this line I'd like to delete the "SRC TC" pa
Re: picky question about burn-in time code
by Simon Ubsdell 1 year ago
Bob Cole "Picky, picky, I know -- but is there a way to edit this line I'd like to delete the "SRC TC" part." If you go to the burn-in settings, to the right of the burn-in selection window, there is
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no ProRes UHD?
by Bob Cole 1 year ago
I was hoping to use Catalyst Browse to transcode from XAVC-I 3840x2160 to ProRes UHD. The highest option I'm seeing is ProRes HQ 2048x1080. What am I missing Thanks. Bob C
Re: no ProRes UHD?
by Bob Cole 1 year ago
I am not really answering my own question, but I found a work-around. The free, basic version of DaVinci Resolve will transcode my MXF files to ProRes UHD. If someone knows the answer, I'm still inter
Export entire project to FCP7
by Bob Cole 1 year ago
Well... I tried to use Resolve but discovered that my 2014 MacBook Pro is not up to the task. I cleaned out my RAID, maximized the graphics priority -- but the delayed playback continues. I really lik
Re: Export entire project to FCP7
by Bob Cole 1 year ago
Thanks. If I may, another question(s): I have already started editing, organizing the material into bins and timelines. Does Resolve offer a path for me to create proxies in mid-stream I have actually
Where to find good used Macs for FCP7
by Bob Cole 1 year ago
I'm looking for a backup Mac Book Pro with an older OSX suitable for FCP7. Do you have any suggestions for a vendor with good used machines that haven't been updated Thanks. Bob C
Re: Where to find good used Macs for FCP7
by Bob Cole 1 year ago
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Ursa Mini?
by Bob Cole 1 year ago
Is there a forum for the Ursa Mini, or have there been too few buyers so far, for there to be any useful feedback I'd like to see some field reports. Bob C
Re: Ursa Mini?
by Keith Stark 1 year ago
most of the Black Magic conversations happen on bmcuser.com or on Black Magic's main forum under cinematography. tons of info there. I prefer BMC user, much better organized and a bit less whining.
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Create this simple effect
by hanna dean 2 years ago
i want to add this black hole on a face with the sharp corners and now doing something add a terminator face or metal behind that black area and the sharp area corners should look like the skin is wr
Re: Create this simple effect
by Bob Cole 2 years ago
Hanna, thank you for sharing the YouTube video. Good luck with your project. Bob C
RGB gone wild
by Bob Cole 2 years ago
I set up a color expression layer, and input an RGB value. All fine. When I went to put in a new RGB value, I found that on its own, the RGB had changed from the 0-255 range to ranges in the thousands
Re: RGB gone wild
by Bob Cole 2 years ago
Brilliant! Thanks so much! That is exactly what happened, as I had to switch from 8-bit to 16-bit output. How do you deal with the translation, when you are given 0-255 values for RGB and you have to
The Top 50 Movies of the Last 5 Years
by Scott Roberts 2 years ago
Reviews of The Jungle Book, Huntsman 2, and Keanu to come next week. But for now, I'm feeling rather LISTY. And you know how I like my occasional lists... LOFTY, LENGTHY, and DISAGREEABLE! Enjoy the b
Re: The Top 50 Movies of the Last 5 Years
by Bob Cole 2 years ago
Another Guardians of the Galaxy fan here - glad to see it heading your list. Also glad to see you mentioning the repeat-viewing criterion. There are some movies that I know are not great, yet I enjoy
My major beef
by David Mathis 2 years ago
Why there are things I like about X there is one thing that aggravates the (censored word of choice) out of me. Why does a cross dissolve affect both audio and video Yes, there is a way to make a cros
Re: My major beef
by Bob Cole 2 years ago
I like Bill's point. Actually, not his point, but his refusal to see things from only one point of view. To take a totally non-video angle on it... I interviewed a law professor who specializes in the
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