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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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The annual commitment "paid monthly" is NOT a month-to-month subscription
by Bob Cole 1 week 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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David Lawrence liked this 1 week ago
Re: The annual commitment "paid monthly" is NOT a month-to-month subscription
by Bob Cole 1 week 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 2 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 1 week 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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Photo & Video sharing - professional and otherwise
by Bob Cole 2 weeks ago
After having tried several alternatives, I use Dropbox (paid version) for sending rough cuts & stills to clients. It works well. Just this week, a client and a colleague (different people) used Google
Re: Photo & Video sharing - professional and otherwise
by Al Bergstein 2 weeks ago
I currently am storing most everything on Smugmug (paid pro version). Very flexible. And if you have family members who like to get actual prints from shots, Smugmug has a brain dead way to have them
For you subscribers, are you using Office 365?
by Rich Rubasch 2 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 weeks 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 weeks ago
durable fixtures for shipping
by Bob Cole 3 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 1 month 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 2 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 weeks 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 2 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 2 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 3 months ago
https: www.youtube.com watch v=M1F0lBnsnkE
Re: Very nice montage set to "uptown funk"
by Bob Cole 2 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 3 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 2 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 4 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 4 months ago
Re: Joining the ranks of the apostates - well... kind of...
by Bob Cole 2 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 2 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 2 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
Article: Affordable, Easy LTO Archiving
by Bob Zelin 3 months ago
SAN - Storage Area Networks Affordable, Easy LTO Archiving It's a simple idea: your stuff is precious, but there's too much of it to easily store. The world of LTO seems expensive and confusing, and
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Wayne Williams liked this 3 months ago
@Robert Ober
by Bob Cole 2 months ago
You are correct! At least as of a few years ago, the National Archives was still using film to preserve their old motion picture footage. Not only does film last a long time (properly stored), but the
Saving Project backups
by Bob Cole 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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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Bob Cole liked this 3 months ago
Some forums are dying
by Bob Cole 3 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 1 month 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 3 months ago
Found this at a house cleanup. Any idea on the value
Re: Flying Cherub Chandelier...Any idea on worth?
by Bob Cole 3 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
FCP 7 Log and Transfer -> "unsupported media" on Yosemite
by Bob Cole 3 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
timestamp app
by Bob Cole 4 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 3 months ago
Thanks! Great idea.
Best DSLR light for talking head interviews?
by Caroline Scott 4 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 4 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 5 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 4 months ago
Erik Anschicks "use ND gel or black hairspray or something akin." Black hairspray
best back-up software
by Bob Cole 5 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 4 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
Colbert lighting
by Bob Cole 5 months ago
If you've seen the new Colbert Late Show, I'd like to know what you can tell me about the lighting. The studio underwent a huge renovation, but the lighting seems not quite up to standard. When Colber
Re: Colbert lighting
by Bob Cole 5 months ago
Mark Suszko "the one that actually seems to capture the essence and overall "flavor" of the Old Carson show at its best, was IMO actually Jimmy Kimmel's show," True! I enjoy Colbert a lot, but I had
migrate .aep from AE CC (2014) to CS6
by Bob Cole 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 months ago
"exposure... but not too much." Way to go! You have a bright future.
RED lenses
by Bob Cole 6 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 5 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 6 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 6 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 7 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 7 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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Bob Cole liked this 7 months ago
How to best archive decades of video, audio?
by Neil Orman 7 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 7 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 8 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 7 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 7 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 7 months 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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Bob Cole liked this 7 months ago
"Failed to copy the clip."
by Bob Cole 8 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 8 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
Reality......
by Dan Asselin 9 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 8 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 8 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 9 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 8 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 9 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 8 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 8 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 9 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
Software for hard drive archiving/backup
by Bob Cole 9 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 9 months ago
David Roth Weiss "Call me Bob..." Hi, Bob!
How do Video Production skills transfer into other careers?
by Robert McGunnigle 11 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 10 months ago
Corporate relations. It's a different world from broadcast, and you may prefer it.
The COW deserves some credit
by Bob Cole 10 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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Abraham Chaffin liked this 10 months ago
Re: The COW deserves some credit
by Tim Wilson 9 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
Troubleshooting "Media Pending" - Adobe Tech Support? - 3rd Party Tools?
by Bob Cole 10 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 1 year 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 1 year 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 11 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 1 year 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 12 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


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