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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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Stay away from the service called HIGHTAIL.
by Ned Miller 2 weeks ago
There was a great company called Yousendit but it was bought out and became Hightail. Although they claim it's the same people, my experience is that it got run into the ground, so I am going back to
Re: Stay away from the service called HIGHTAIL.
by Bob Cole 6 days ago
Ned, I copy the entire link and paste it into an email directly to the client, where I can change the final character. Or, you can paste the link (and modify it) into tinyurl.com, to create a shorter
Tips for making a character drown?
by Bree Williams 4 weeks ago
I'm directing my first short film soon and I am needing some tips for how to make a character drown. I've produced a couple of shorts before but this is my first time directing. It's a very short film
Re: Tips for making a character drown?
by Bob Cole 3 weeks ago
You might want to ask a lifeguard trainer this question: "What does it really look like when someone is drowning " Apparently, a lot of people drown right in front of witnesses who have no idea what i
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the ever changing angry reader of Creative Cow
by Bob Zelin 3 weeks ago
Hi - as we approach NAB 2016, I have found it increasing "amusing" that I seem to offend readers with my replies when I try to explain to them that their old antiquated equipment is obsolete and they
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Re: the ever changing angry reader of Creative Cow
by Bob Cole 3 weeks ago
All true, and I totally enjoy your curmudgeonly observations. But there are two wrinkles to this question of new technology, one from the client POV, one from the producer's. 1. Most clients are obliv
FCP 7 Log and Transfer -> "unsupported media" on Yosemite
by Bob Cole 6 months ago
A Tale of Two Laptops, FCP 7, and Sony EX1R BPAV files: old MacBook Pro, OSX 10.8.5: no problems doing Log and Transfer new MacBook Pro, OSX 10.10.5: consistently cannot import BPAV files Any clues wo
Re: FCP 7 Log and Transfer -> "unsupported media" on Yosemite
by Bob Cole 3 weeks ago
Hi Irene, When I re-read my answer I realized it was too long, so I'll sum it up quickly: Use Sony Catalyst Browse to create ProRes files, and keep editing in FCP7. ===================================
Kino Flo Diva Lite 400 - mix daylight and tungsten lamps?
by Sophia Smoloka 1 month ago
Hi, I realize this might be a dumb question, but here it goes anyway: I've got a Diva Lite 400 light at work, with alternating True Match daylight and tungsten lamps (i.e. 2 daylight and 2 tungsten la
Re: Kino Flo Diva Lite 400 - mix daylight and tungsten lamps?
by Bob Cole 3 weeks ago
Being able to mix the daylight and tungsten-balanced tubes is one of the nice things about the Kino Flo Diva. Just as some people like to "cheat" the white balance process with a 1 4 blue gel over the
Sorta OT: Ransomware and subscriptionware
by Bob Cole 3 weeks ago
Just heard a radio program, "On Point," about ransomware. Very scary - a growing threat. Virus writers design for vulnerabilities in widely-used software, including that from Adobe and Microsoft. That
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Re: Sorta OT: Ransomware and subscriptionware
by Ned Miller 2 weeks ago
I forgot to mention, I not only keep my Time Machine hard drive disconnected from the internet but I unplug it from AC power. I had a neighbor whose tree was struck by lightning. The juice went throug
Shooting flat for color grading with EX1
by Tom Laughlin 1 month ago
On their websites, I have read that Allister Chapman, Phillip Bloom, and Doug Jensen, all have good picture profiles, and so I've loaded quite a few of them already onto my EX-1. I've also done record
Re: Shooting flat for color grading with EX1
by Bob Cole 4 weeks ago
In my experience, the EX1 R's "cine gamma" profiles are helpful. If you edit your own footage, you can use the "cine gamma" profiles and modest color correction to come up with a very nice end result.
XDCAM EX to ProRes - best software option?
by Bob Cole 4 weeks ago
I know this is a perennial topic, but it might need updating and I haven't seen a definitive answer in my searches of this forum, so here goes: I need a utility to batch transcode XDCAM EX footage fro
Re: XDCAM EX to ProRes - best software option?
by Bob Cole 4 weeks ago
So, Steve, are you a Catalyst Prepare user, or are you saying that you are able to bypass this step because of your Atomos My further research: I'd prefer Catalyst (for the color correction) if I coul
The Oscars made me feel dumb
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
I must live in a cave... Watching the "In Memoriam" segment on the Academy Awards last night, Dave Grohl is singing along as the images of the departed go by, and suddenly the name and face on the scr
Re: The Oscars made me feel dumb
by Bob Cole 4 weeks ago
If you are not old enough to remember Nagra tape recorders, you won't appreciate this AT ALL. Wexler's "Medium Cool" was probably not a great movie, but I loved it. It was ostensibly a political film,
International work - Scotland
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
Hi all... I've been in film biz for several decades now (gosh I'm old), but this is one thing that I'm a TOTAL and complete newbie at... international work. I've never done one lick of work outside th
Re: International work - Scotland
by Bob Cole 4 weeks ago
Todd Terry "I'm really only concerned about what hoops we have to jump through to get it in and out of the country" I hope this advice is not too late. The warnings about coming into Scotland on busi
My major beef
by David Mathis 3 months 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 4 weeks 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
Cancellation fee for multiple days
by Bob Cole 1 month ago
When a client books you for multiple days, for instance one 5-day week, what is your policy on cancellation fees For one or two days' work, I understand that many of us charge on a sliding scale, depe
Re: Cancellation fee for multiple days
by Bob Cole 1 month ago
Your observation about the importance of the particular relationship is very true. I've paid my valued free-lancers in full for cancelled days, even beyond the 48 hour period, because they turned down
Shooting for cruise ship
by Greg Ball 1 month ago
Has anyone here ever shot for multiple days on a cruise ship I'm working on a proposal and I'd love to pick your brains. Greg Ball, President Ball Media Innovations, Inc. https: www.ballmediainnovatio
Re: Shooting for cruise ship
by Bob Cole 1 month ago
Ned Miller "If possible, if you are going to hire some crew to go with you, get strong young kids." All great advice, but I'm not so sure about equating strong and young. I suspect that a lot of olde
Print out data from AEP's for reference
by Bob Cole 2 months ago
Is there a way to print out the Render Queue, or better yet, to output a data file which would list the information in the Render Queue for each AEP Ditto for the folders and files in the Project Wind
2016 Oscar Picks!
by Scott Roberts 2 months ago
I've taken 30 minutes out of my honeymoon to do the one thing I kind of enjoying every February; struggling to predict the Academy Awards to perfection. Only once I get a 24 out of 24 will I be free o
Re: 2016 Oscar Picks!
by Bob Cole 2 months ago
You did pretty well, Scott. I haven't seen all of the nominees but enjoyed watching and guessing. I have a question for the Academy of Cows. Rather often, the "Best Picture" comes to be seen as a mist
Hail, Caesar! - Deadpool - Zoolander 2
by Scott Roberts 3 months ago
I haven't had a lot of time to write as much as I'd like to lately (I mean, I guess I am getting married this weekend...), but I still managed to sneak in a few movies recently, and if I don't spit ou
Movies I Walked Out On
by Bob Cole 3 months ago
It's on! (I changed the subject line even though that is "not done," because this deserves its own thread.) What movies have you walked out on Did you have any regrets later on Change your mind and we
accidental masking with Selection Tool
by Bob Cole 3 months ago
I have a layer selected. I have the Selection Tool activated. I try to move the layer in the comp window, but instead of an arrow, I have a crosshair, and I start drawing a mask. The mask is applied t
Re: accidental masking with Selection Tool
by Bob Cole 3 months ago
Not only did I close, restart, re-open AE, but I tried two different versions of AE with the same result.
The annual commitment "paid monthly" is NOT a month-to-month subscription
by Bob Cole 3 months ago
I am writing to make a suggestion to others who are considering a subscription to the Creative Cloud: be very clear about the commitment that you are making. I say this in light of my own failure to d
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Re: The annual commitment "paid monthly" is NOT a month-to-month subscription
by Bob Cole 3 months ago
Thanks for the "due respect," Oliver. But no need for any respect at all! I made a bad choice (or failed to make the right one). I should have taken the time to double-check the options. I only wrote
Adobe's Record Revenue Shows the way to Business Transformation
by walter biscardi 5 months ago
"As we watch organizations like IBM, HP and EMC struggle to transform, Adobe is an interesting contrasting case. It went from selling boxed software to a cloud subscription model in shorter order, and
Re: Adobe's Record Revenue Shows the way to Business Transformation
by Bob Cole 3 months ago
This thread reminds me of the famous story which has been summarized in a book titled "Where are the Customers' Yachts " The summary: A visitor to New York admired the yachts of the bankers and broker
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For you subscribers, are you using Office 365?
by Rich Rubasch 5 months ago
We have been using the older Office 2011 for a while now and it works but wondering if any of you Mac users have moved to Office 365 subscription model and if you like the updates. Assuming since you
Re: For you subscribers, are you using Office 365?
by Chris Jacek 4 months ago
I just don't think this is true. It absolutely is about the price. If CC was only $10 a month, and that price was locked in for 10 years, I doubt we would have anyone complaining. Or at least far fewe
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Bob Cole liked this 4 months ago
durable fixtures for shipping
by Bob Cole 6 months ago
What lighting gear have you found to be the most indestructible for shipping LED Fluoro Tungsten and what brands Mole KinoFlo Lightpanels etc. Matches and kindling I find that I bring redundant fixtur
Re: durable fixtures for shipping
by Bob Cole 4 months ago
Thanks. I should have said that I was looking for a daylight balanced keylight I could fly on a boom, on the order of a 1000 watt tungsten equivalent. This is for two-person interviews. Bob C
Canon EF lenses - aperture control
by Bob Cole 4 months ago
This is just a matter of curiosity on my part: If, as I believe, Canon EF lenses change aperture in 1 3-stop steps, how can they be considered for videography, where you sometimes have to change apert
Re: Canon EF lenses - aperture control
by Alex Rodriguez 4 months ago
Rokinon, which is the same brand as Bowen, and Samyang, has just introduced a new line of cine primes for dslr shooters called xeen. The aperture ring is smooth and and the focus ring has a long throw
Music Library
by Bob Cole 5 months ago
I'm looking for recommendations for music libraries to use in corporate videos. Buy-outs, preferably. But mainly, I need an upbeat, hip, fresh selection of songs, with underscores available as well. T
Re: Music Library
by Mark Suszko 5 months ago
May I suggest Sonic Fire pro; it's not a conventional library of fixed needle-drop music. Instead, it is loop-based with a self-assembling algorithm. Pick any duration you need covered, you're not lim
Very nice montage set to "uptown funk"
by Mark Suszko 6 months ago
https: www.youtube.com watch v=M1F0lBnsnkE
Re: Very nice montage set to "uptown funk"
by Bob Cole 5 months ago
Hey, THANK YOU. That is one of the most enjoyable videos of the year - maybe #1. What great work. Bob C
AJA KI Pro Quad
by Bob Cole 6 months ago
I'm looking for an external recorder which I can use with my current camera (Sony EX1R, with 10-bit SDI 1920x1080 output), as well as with my "next" camera, which will certainly be 4K. I do not have a
Re: AJA KI Pro Quad
by Bob Cole 5 months ago
I haven't bought one yet, but the Atomos seems the likeliest bet. I decided to wait until buying a new camera, as that will influence the decision as to which item to buy, or whether to buy one at all
Joining the ranks of the apostates - well... kind of...
by Chris Pettit 7 months ago
This is a full-disclosure post. Like Aindreas, I feel compelled to disclose my latest decisions regarding CC since I've spent so much time slapping Adobe for shoving this whole subscription mess on us
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David Lawrence liked this 7 months ago
Re: Joining the ranks of the apostates - well... kind of...
by Bob Cole 5 months ago
If you define "exit strategy" as the ability to preserve projects (esp. After Effects) which are created on the most recent CC version, here is what you have to do: AE will save "backwards" one versio
Filmmaker/Film Critic
by Bob Cole 3 years ago
I was just wondering whether any of you know of a great (even good) filmmaker who also has written intelligent film criticism. Any recommendations Most film criticism is barely film-literate. I'd like
Re: Filmmaker/Film Critic
by Bob Cole 5 months ago
An update to this old thread: I just ran across the film reviews, on video, of Tony Zhou. I recommend that you look at his commentary-through-compilation approach. Using actual clips, he is able to sh
Saving Project backups
by Bob Cole 6 months ago
For peace of mind, I like to be able to save projects on more than one hard drive. Also, given the possibility of a corrupt file, I like the idea of having multiple copies of the project file. I under
Re: Saving Project backups
by Bob Cole 6 months ago
Thanks! Related question: File Project Settings Auto Save gives several options: - Off - On - To Backup Project What are the relative advantages and disadvantages of "On" vs. "To Backup Project"
external 10-bit recorder - any updates on best one?
by Bob Cole 6 months ago
I would appreciate a recommendation for an external 10-bit video recorder which accepts the EX1R's SDI output. The application is green screen (so portability is not a huge issue), and the footage wil
Re: external 10-bit recorder - any updates on best one?
by John Treffer 6 months ago
I'd say Convergent Design is the best quality and Atomos is the best bang for the buck. If HDMI is reliable enough for you're ready with a $295 ninja star. If you want very sharp monitoring, 4K record
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Some forums are dying
by Bob Cole 6 months ago
I've noticed that posting to certain underutilized forums is not successful. I've started to look at the dates of posts in order to decide where to write my questions. Perhaps some forums should be co
Re: Some forums are dying
by David Goodwin 4 months ago
Some forums automatically 'lock' posts after a time and only keep the page active for reference and the BBC shows old pages as archived for the same reason.
Flying Cherub Chandelier...Any idea on worth?
by Josea Balzack 6 months ago
Found this at a house cleanup. Any idea on the value
Re: Flying Cherub Chandelier...Any idea on worth?
by Bob Cole 6 months ago
Do you ever get the idea that people don't know that this forum is for professionals in the film video lighting community Bob C
timestamp app
by Bob Cole 7 months ago
Has anyone found an app which will allow you to make a list of timestamps for video editing The situation: I'm shooting a whole bunch of interviews this week, each of which I have to edit and turn aro
Re: timestamp app
by Bob Cole 6 months ago
Thanks! Great idea.
Best DSLR light for talking head interviews?
by Caroline Scott 7 months ago
I have just bought a Panasonic GH4 DSLR and need a light for the top of it. I film a lot of talking head interviews in situations where the lighting is bad, and need the light to mount on top of the c
Re: Best DSLR light for talking head interviews?
by Bob Cole 7 months ago
Mark Suszko "At least consider adding a diffuser and a short arm to offset it by a foot or two." Great idea. If you have to be mobile and keep the light on the camera, you may want to visit your loca
risky question about eyelight
by Bob Cole 8 months ago
Risky because the answer is probably so obvious that it will be embarrassing, but anyway, here goes: On the show "Humans," for example, the robots often have a weirdly bright reflection in their eyes.
Re: risky question about eyelight
by Bob Cole 7 months ago
Erik Anschicks "use ND gel or black hairspray or something akin." Black hairspray
best back-up software
by Bob Cole 7 months ago
What do you recommend for backups for Windows 10 devices I bought Acronis some years back, and they are now telling me that I should upgrade to their latest software, which includes cloud backups. Thi
Re: best back-up software
by Bob Cole 7 months ago
Joseph W. Bourke "I have an 8TB Drobo (purchased used on Ebay), and I have set the software to backup my media drives twice a week - it's all automated, and you can tell the software what folders and
migrate .aep from AE CC (2014) to CS6
by Bob Cole 8 months ago
I understand that After Effects enables you to back-save a project one generation earlier. I would appreciate some clarification as to exactly what that means, and exactly which versions of AE I need
Re: migrate .aep from AE CC (2014) to CS6
by Bob Cole 8 months ago
Thanks, Todd. Great article. The "missing link" was After Effects CC (12). Whenever I searched for (12), the Adobe website kept sending me to AE CC (2015). It took some doing, but through a third-part
Shooting stand up comedy
by Shane Copland 8 months ago
Hi all! I'm a comedian and have never had a lot of luck filming my sets. The problem I get is a washed out face (not sure that's the right term. Basically what happens is I'm pale and the spotlight on
Re: Shooting stand up comedy
by Bob Cole 8 months ago
"exposure... but not too much." Way to go! You have a bright future.
RED lenses
by Bob Cole 9 months ago
I'm choosing a 4k camera, and am also evaluating PL mount lenses. The RED website cites an image diagonal of 32mm for their primes; is that equivalent to an image circle of 32mm What does the RED comm
Re: RED lenses
by bryce arroyo 7 months ago
BOB, At MAxx Digital we are a highly valued reseller for Red Cameras. Would love to talk to you about specific lenses you are looking at and need. Give me a call anytime you're free. Bryce Arroyo Maxx
Strategies to get off the Cloud
by Bob Cole 9 months ago
My subscription price just jumped dramatically, which makes me think about switching away from CC. What are some of the gotchas, and some of the strategies, to transition existing CC projects (mainly
Re: Strategies to get off the Cloud
by Bob Cole 9 months ago
All true, but there is a "hassle factor" to all of this. Much easier to capitulate to Adobe's pricing, or to find a clean alternative. I'm thinking about the possibility of subscribing to just one or
Sony Cameras - EX-1/EX-3 replacements... Your current work-horse? Favorite features?
by Tom Laughlin 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 11 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months ago
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"Failed to copy the clip."
by Bob Cole 11 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 11 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
Significance of AJA price drops
by Bob Cole 11 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 12 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 11 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 12 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 11 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


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