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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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Archiving fees
by Bob Cole 4 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 2 weeks 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 3 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 2 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 4 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 months ago
Thanks Dan - good to know. b
Can I use my iMac as a monitor with my mac pro tower?
by Christophe Bryant 5 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 3 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 4 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 3 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 4 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 3 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 4 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 3 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 6 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 months ago
Very interesting video. Thanks, Mark.
Updating Project Files
by Neal Petrosky 8 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 7 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
Fair Use by editing compilation videos from other people's YouTube videos???
by stan welks 7 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 7 months ago
There are thorough discussions of Fair Use online. But from your description, this does not sound "transformative." That would require the usage to show a different meaning, from their particular usag
support above all
by Bob Cole 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 10 months 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 9 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 9 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months ago
Mark, does the hot knife help to solidify the foam and prevent pilling
computer recommendation for PP CC
by Bob Cole 11 months 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 11 months 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
half-height vs. full-height HP LTO-6
by Bob Cole 11 months 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 11 months 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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RAID 6 vs. 2x RAID 5
by Bob Cole 11 months 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 11 months 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
Archiving: Keep a great lossless copy or not?
by Travis Landers 12 months 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 11 months 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 12 months 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 12 months 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 12 months 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 12 months 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 1 year 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 12 months 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
4K might become a reality quicker than we think
by Andre van Berlo 1 year ago
On this forum I ve seen people figure that they won t need 4K editing capability for the next 2-3 years. This week I saw that Panasonic is going to release its GH4 with 4K. Estimates are that it will
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Re: 4K might become a reality quicker than we think
by Bob Cole 1 year ago
A reality-check aside: "Broadcast tv" may say it is HD, but when you see it through cable, the compression is so severe that it probably should not qualify as high definition. I just cut the cable, an
Switching to Adobe CC. Windows or Mac?
by Vishal Pulikottil 1 year ago
Our company is switching from FCP 7 to Adobe Premiere CC. We're just about due for a hardware refresh too so we're seriously debating the switch to Windows. We've been using Mac for the last 15 years
Re: Switching to Adobe CC. Windows or Mac?
by Bob Cole 1 year ago
There have been some excellent, highly technical replies to the OP. In case you want a response from a non-techie person, I just "voted" on this very issue by buying a MacBook Pro, for four reasons: 1
Adobe PP - Stereo/Mono Audio Issues
by zoe griffiths 1 year ago
Hello, I'm working with footage shot on a C100, which I'm bringing into Adobe Premier Pro. I'm completely new to the software, so I'm finding it a little confusing... When I bring it into PP it makes
Re: Adobe PP - Stereo/Mono Audio Issues
by Joe Barta IV 1 year ago
When your clips are in a BIN, highlight them, then go to top menu CLIP, Modify, Audio Channels In the Audio Channels tab change the Preset to MONO. This will put each audio channel in its own track an
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Blog: What's the big deal with how an LTO (or other) tape is written?
by Tim Jones 1 year ago
DANGER - Vendor Perspective Follows - Someone made a comment in a thread that my posts are often related to the fact that I have skin in this game. Absolutely true! Why do I continuously post about BR
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Re: Blog: What's the big deal with how an LTO (or other) tape is written?
by Bob Cole 1 year ago
Hi Tim, I respect your erudition, and that of the many contributors to this forum, who represent other approaches to LTO software design. But most of it goes right over my head, and all I can conclude
Holding the EX1 against chest
by Arvid Utas 1 year ago
Hi, I know there's been a lot of discussion regarding handholding the EX1 but here's a question I haven't found an answer for yet. I am looking to buy an EX1 but my only worry is that I do a lot of ha
Re: Holding the EX1 against chest
by Bob Cole 1 year ago
You have gotten some great advice here. imho, if hand-holding is important to you, you have to go to a good dealer or a big convention (NAB ) and just try every camera you can lay your hands on. It's
XDCAM EX into iMovie?
by Bob Cole 1 year ago
A client wants to use XDCAM EX footage in iMovie. Is there a "best path" for this conversion Thanks! Bob C
Re: XDCAM EX into iMovie?
by Don Greening 1 year ago
I just tried an XDCAM EX mov. file in iMovie version 9.09. It transcoded the file on import to the Apple Intermediate codec. During the import iMovie said it was "optimizing" the movie. So I guess the
XDCAM to DNxHD (on PC) workflow, using a Mac
by Bob Cole 1 year ago
I have FCP7 & Adobe Media Encoder on the Mac, and some XDCAM EX footage, which I'd like to put on a hard drive for an editor with Avid on a PC. Preferably with the software I have, what is the best wo
Re: XDCAM to DNxHD (on PC) workflow, using a Mac
by Michael Phillips 1 year ago
Yes, DNxHD is a cross platform codec allowing for both compression and decompression. It can wrapped in MXF or QuickTime. Depending on application you use, it can be one or the other. You may also wan
XDCAM footage used natively in PPro
by Bob Cole 1 year ago
I'm getting ready to try PPro CC, and would appreciate some feedback on use of XDCAM footage. It is commonly understood among XDCAM users that the "BPAV" folder and its contents should be treated with
Re: XDCAM footage used natively in PPro
by Walter Soyka 1 year ago
Bob Cole "With PPro, I understand that the "best practice" is to use the camera native files. Has this been a problem for those of you using XDCAM footage How do you address file management while res
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Mavericks compatibility with ShotPut Pro
by Bob Cole 1 year ago
Has anyone upgraded to Mavericks, and used the prior version (4.1.4) of ShotPut Pro successfully I just got an email from Imagine Products saying that their "current" software is compatible with Maver
Re: Mavericks FCP 7
by Bill Griffin 1 year ago
A editing friend of mine just today updated to Maverick 10.9 and has FCP 7....and it works just fine...she says no problems... I have 10.8 on my MacBook Pro and FCP 7...but I am going to wait awhile t
EX1R Lengthy Horror Story with happy ending and a Big Question Mark
by Bob Cole 1 year ago
My EX1R had a persistent problem, which is irrelevant to this discussion. Fortunately, before sending the camera off to Sony for exorcism (it's still there, awaiting a new lens), I stored its setting
Re: OP with New Chapter in the horror story - different camera, similar issue
by Bob Cole 1 year ago
Very interesting. How do you use a camera with the audio turned off And by "turned off" do you mean that the audio monitoring is turned off, or audio recording as well I have been using the Sony EX1R
Filmmaker/Film Critic
by Bob Cole 1 year 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 Tim Wilson 1 year ago
Scott Roberts " Hey}}; I re sent; th;at -rE ma'rk* ;;" Your problem is that you are using the semicolon with words, rather than as a substitute for them. ;-) It was a bit of a stretch to call me a fi
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Specs for Genaray SpectroLED-14
by Rick Wise 2 years ago
I have hunted all over without success to find any lighting specs for the round Genaray SpectroLED-14 and the smaller -9 version. I did find a reviewer who commented on the clean daylight with no gree
Re: Specs for Genaray SpectroLED-14
by Bob Cole 1 year ago
Rick Wise "the Lux or foot-candles for light intensity at 3 feet, 6 feet, and 10 feet. " Acc. to the specifications tab on the BH website: 6,800 Lux @ 3.3' (1.0 m). No other distances were given. Cus
fluoro lamp tester
by Bob Cole 1 year ago
Tungsten lamps are easy to test; if they don't light up, they're dead. You can even see the busted filament. Fluorescent bulbs are another story. I've had bulbs that were flakey, and yet not entirely


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