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Bob Mark

Producer/Director/DP 25+ yrs. experience.
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November 12th 2007
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Audio Recommendations for Short Documentaries
by Lauren Brinkman 1 month ago
Hi everyone, I am shooting several short documentaries this year and am looking to invest in a few audio pieces for my kit. Currently I own a canon C100 Mark 1 (with two XLR inputs on handle) and have
Re: Audio Recommendations for Short Documentaries
by Bob Mark 3 weeks ago
Hello Ty. Righty-O. I have a couple EMW mics and like them very much. I have never tried a B6, but I sure like the small size! Bob
News: Blackmagic Design Announces the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K
by Cow News Droid 1 month ago
Camera features dual native ISO, full 4 3 HDR sensor, 13 stops of dynamic range, and ProRes or RAW recording to internal SD UHS-II and CFast cards, or even external USB-C drives! (Las Vegas, NV--April
Re: News: Blackmagic Design Announces the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K
by Bob Mark 3 weeks ago
I wish it had a larger sensor. Bob
Ty Ford's audiocentric NAB 2018 report
by Richard Crowley 4 weeks ago
Since our gracious host seems too modest to post this himself, permit me..... https: tyfordaudiovideo.blogspot.com 2018 04 nab-2018-las-vegas-baby.html ------------------------------------------------
Re: Ty Ford's audiocentric NAB 2018 report
by Bob Mark 3 weeks ago
Excellent read! Thanks. Bob
Speakers for Editing
by Chris Newberry 2 months ago
I'm just upgrading some parts of my edit suite and I need to get a new speaker set up. I'm not a sound editor, so I appreciate you guys probably use kit that is a lot more expensive and awesome than I
Re: Speakers for Editing
by Bob Mark 2 months ago
Hello. I assume you are talking about "near field" monitors. This might be of interest: https: www.bhphotovideo.com explora audio tips-and-solution studio-monitors-nearfields I have had good results w
Technical Issue - Sennheiser Lavalier with limiter/distortion?
by André Mascarenhas 3 months ago
Hi there, I've been willing to post this issue for a while, since I haven't found anything similar (maybe I've been using the wrong keywords ) and since last week I had an important shoot that was the
Re: Technical Issue - Sennheiser Lavalier with limiter/distortion?
by Bob Mark 3 months ago
Glad to be of assistance, Andre. Bob Mark Bob
Where do you go for music?
by Spencer Tycksen 3 months ago
I am not sure if this is the right forum for this question, but I'm wondering where people go to find music to use for video work. I have used premium beat and the music bed, as well as some stuff on
Re: Where do you go for music?
by Bob Mark 3 months ago
I like Music Bakery, too. Shockwave-sound has some cool tracks as well. Bob
wireless receiver/transmitter for Canon Vixia HF R82
by Dennis Roliff 3 months ago
Hello all, I do simple video for corporate presentations, talking heads etc. I am not a video or audio professional. I've got a Panasonic HMC40 video camera with XLR adapter and use the Sennheiser G3
Re: wireless receiver/transmitter for Canon Vixia HF R82
by Bob Mark 3 months ago
Take a look at page 118 of this manual. http: gdlp01.c-wss.com gds 0 0300025910 01 vixiahfr80-82-800-im-en.pdf The external mic input is 3.5mm. Ty, maybe this would work https: www.amazon.com C2G-Cabl
Anybody here selling stock footage? Either as a sideline or a main business....
by Tim Wilson 1 year ago
I'm just curious about this. It's been a while since we've talked about it here, and I know that business has changed for a lot of you over the years, so just laying it out there. Anybody selling foot
Re: Anybody here selling stock footage? Either as a sideline or a main business....
by Bob Mark 3 months ago
Very cool, Stephen. Bob
720P or 1080P?
by Greg Ball 5 months ago
I'm working on a trade show video for a client and also a series of ad spots for TV. We're only using their footage which is 720 X 480! I suppose that I can edit on a 720p timeline for the trade show,
Re: 720P or 1080P?
by Bob Mark 3 months ago
Yes, ask the outlet what there deliverables specs are. I recently did a spot for a cable network and they gave me several options. To my surprise they didn't care about bars and tone. Bob
4k 8 bit 4:2:0 (100mbps) vs HD 10 bit 4:2:2 (50mbps)
by CG Coffyn 3 months ago
We are looking at a low profile Sony XDCAM (PXW-Z90V) and considering shooting in one of these two formats: 4k 8 bit 4:2:0 (100mbps) OR HD 10 bit 4:2:2 (50mbps) I've been searching to get more info on
Re: 4k 8 bit 4:2:0 (100mbps) vs HD 10 bit 4:2:2 (50mbps)
by Bob Mark 3 months ago
Hello. Based on what you stated, I would agree that HD 10 bit 4:2:2 50mbps would be fine. That is what many broadcast outlets request. Being 4:2:2 will give you advantages as far as compositing goes.
EX-3 Camera Replacement
by Mike Lavelle 3 months ago
I have been very happy with my Sony EX-3 but I am getting close to finding a replacement. We went with a couple of new Sony PXW-X160 cams. I am not real happy with them. I prefer the viewfinder setup
Re: EX-3 Camera Replacement
by Bob Mark 3 months ago
I am not sure what type of work you do, but the popular Panasonic HC-X1 seems to have a lot of features at a reasonable price and it has a 1" sensor. Bob
White noise on SONY PXW Z 90 is this normal?
by Rich Kaelin 4 months ago
Okay, so I jumped right in and bought the PXW Z90 that was just released this month. It's a really nice compac t4K camcorder that I think is going to be great for a job I have to film where a really s
Re: White noise on SONY PXW Z 90 is this normal?
by Bob Mark 4 months ago
Can you record without an input microphone connected and then look at the file in a program that will show the waveform Then you will see the self noise. Some camcorders have noisy pre-amps. Are you r
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Best DSLR or Mirrorless for video/stills?
by Bob Mark 6 months ago
Hello everyone. I am considering buying a DSLR or mirrorless camera for video and stills. Up until now, I have only owned camcorders for video and DSLR for stills. Do you think any of today's DSLR cam
Re: Best DSLR or Mirrorless for video/stills?
by Bob Mark 6 months ago
Thanks Kevin, for that great info! Bob
Does This Sounds Like a Fair Price to Repair?
by Ernie Munick 6 months ago
Hi, everyone. My Sony FXW-Z150 is in the shop for repair. The main issue is the focus ring, but they said the the lens needs replacing as well. Here is the estimate---before taking off a couple small
Re: Does This Sounds Like a Fair Price to Repair?
by Bob Mark 6 months ago
So they are offering $300 off. That is nice. It's hard to say if that is a reasonable price unless you check other shops. I have used Macie Video in the past and was very happy with the result. http:
BCC licensing problem Vegas Pro 15
by Bob Mark 9 months ago
Hello everyone. I can't get BCC to run without the licensing text on the screen. I input in the BCC serial number and it was accepted and it then said to restart the program. I did that, but the licen
Re: BCC licensing problem Vegas Pro 15
by Bob Mark 7 months ago
Still no solution. Pretty unbeliveable. Bob
Unable to license BCC inside Vegas Pro 15
by Bob Mark 8 months ago
Hello. I am unable to make BCC work with the serial number I was given. It appears to accept it, then continues to show licensing info on screen. I have contacted Boris FX, but they have not gotten ba
Re: Unable to license BCC inside Vegas Pro 15
by Bob Mark 7 months ago
Mike knows about it. But, thanks. Bob
Completely Stumped....
by Ashley Ripka 9 months ago
I have not had much experience with broadcast in the past. I have been trying to get a commercial approved and it has been rejected about 10 times for illegal RGB limits. I am using Premiere Pro CC 20
Re: Completely Stumped....
by Bob Mark 7 months ago
I'm late to the parade, and I don't use Premiere, but I would open up a vector scope and then apply a chroma level video effect to the project and adjust accordingly with the scope. Good luck. Bob
Is there any way to retrieve .veg file?
by Tommy Håberg Skogly 7 months ago
Hi, I forgot to save my project file before rendering. When I try to access my autosaved + backed up files, the project is nowhere to be find. Is there a way to retrieve the .veg file from my rendered
Re: Is there any way to retrieve .veg file?
by Bob Mark 7 months ago
Did you try a general search for" veg.bak" files and look at the dates to see if it might be there Bob
Vegas Pro 15 Update 1 (Build 216) released!
by Setiawan Kartawidjaja 7 months ago
Vegas Pro 15 Update 1 (Build 216) released! Read more here: https: www.vegascreativesoftware.info us forum vegas-pro-15-update-1-build-216-general-discussion--108930 Setiawan Chungs Video Production B
Re: Vegas Pro 15 Update 1 (Build 216) released!
by Bob Mark 7 months ago
Here's the download link. https: www.vegascreativesoftware.info us proxy a3ef2df6e2241169b6b1 link=http%253A%252F%252Frdir.magix.net%252F%253Fpage%253D9OK0C3E94P31 Bob
3 weeks, first impressions with MVP 15?
by Scott Francis 8 months ago
Hey All, Curious with everyone's initial reactions to the new version. I have not tried it yet (just finished up 3 MAJOR projects Friday and didn't have time desire too). So what's the good, what's th
Re: 3 weeks, first impressions with MVP 15?
by Bob Mark 8 months ago
I have been unable to get BCC 3D Objects unit to work, and slo-mo is not so hot. So far, not a great start for me. Bob
Vegas 15 Pro slow-mo settings?
by Bob Mark 8 months ago
Hello. I have some 1920x1080 29:97 progressive footage and when I try to slow-mo it, it looks "ghosty" and interlaced. What is a good setting for smoother slow-mo Also, can you set the velocity rate w
Re: Vegas 15 Pro slow-mo settings?
by Bob Mark 8 months ago
Thanks for that info about the sampling and Twixtor. I want to set the % of velocity with the keyboard, not by dragging a line down. Thank you. Bob
I am not receiving subscribed emails
by Bob Mark 8 months ago
Hello. I have subscribed to threads in several forums, but I don't receive any email alerts. I have white listed all messages from @creativecow.net on my hosting company email server. Any suggestions
Re: I am not receiving subscribed emails
by Bob Mark 8 months ago
Hello Tim. If this has helped you in any way I am glad. Creative cow sure has helped me!!! Thank you! Bob
Is this a scam?
by Ned Miller 2 years ago
It s not a Nigerian prince but this does smell a little. A couple of weeks back I received an email from someone with an American or British type name from Romania and he inquired about me doing a two
Re: Is this a scam?
by Bob Mark 2 years ago
Yeah, I guess you are right, but it still is a concern to me. Bob
BCC Uprez settings for 4x3 interlaced footage?
by Bob Mark 2 years ago
Hi everyone. I am trying to uprez interlaced (lower field first) 4x3 Betacam footage to widescreen for DVD. What would be the best settings for this Thank you. Bob
Main output LEDs dead on Yamaha EMX512sc mixer
by Bob Mark 2 years ago
Hello everyone. I have an EMX512 that works fine, except for the mains LEDs. Both L&R side displays are dead. There are two LED drivers in there, but I find it strange that both sides are out. Any ide
Can I convert my film's aspect ratio from 4X3 to 16X9 using FCP 6.0.6 to then export a self-contained QT file?
by Donia Mili 5 years ago
Hello people, It's been a while since I have been on this site or reflected on FCP or filmmaking for that matter... A distributor is interested in my last documentary-film but in the decoding process
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Re: Can I convert my film's aspect ratio from 4X3 to 16X9 using FCP 6.0.6 to then export a self-contained QT file?
by Bob Mark 4 years ago
Hello Donia. Thanks for your reply. I'm sorry to hear about your problems in finishing your film. I appreciate the info you provided and will definitely look into it. I am trying to accomplish a simil
Panasonic Drops the Ball with AG-HPX600
by John Stephens 5 years ago
I just read a rather negative review of the new Panasonic AG-HPX600 P2 camcorder in Studio Daily. I was really looking forward to this new camera as a way to make up for the mistake I made on the 370.
Re: Panasonic Drops the Ball with AG-HPX600
by Bob Mark 5 years ago
I cannot find the raster size of the this camera's MOS sensor. Is it another pixel shift camera Bob
EX1 not fully connecting by USB 2.0
by Bob Mark 5 years ago
A friend of mine is trying to connect his EX1 to a Win7 computer, but it never fully connects. When he executes the connect command it stays "connecting" but never says "connected". However, he can se
Re: EX1 not fully connecting by USB 2.0
by Bob Mark 5 years ago
Thanks Don. I'll tell my friend. Bob
Using DVCPro HD 1280x1080 in 1920x1080 timeline??
by Bob Mark 5 years ago
Hello. How do you incorporate DVCPro HD 1280x1080i in a 1920x1080i project Is there a big quality loss Thanks. Bob
Re: Using DVCPro HD 1280x1080 in 1920x1080 timeline??
by Bob Mark 5 years ago
Thank you very much. I haven't worked with Panasonic DVCPro HD before, so that is good to know. Thx. Bob
PMW-200: Polarized vs. UV filters
by Oliver de Morassé 5 years ago
For our outdoor work (often sunny bright skies, glare from snow...) does it make sense to use a polarized or UV filter Or should we play around with the NR and Picture Profiles within the camera itsel
Re: PMW-200: Polarized vs. UV filters
by Bob Mark 5 years ago
A UV filter (for UV haze) won't help you on outdoor exposure control. You need to use the camera's ND filters. I don't know about the PMW-200, but I have had color shift (toward green) issues when usi
White vs. Warm Balancing
by Oliver de Morassé 5 years ago
I use a Sony PMW-200. I thought about purchasing a good quality 18% gray card for my white balancing. However, I was also recommended to try the Vortex Media WarmCards 3.0 instead. I film mainly indoo
Re: White vs. Warm Balancing
by Bob Mark 5 years ago
Here's a run down on what Vortex Media cards offer. http: www.warmcards.com WARMCARDS_USERGUIDE_V3.pdf Take a look at page 6 to see how each card effects the white balance. For another option you can
Sony Balanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilization
by Bob Mark 5 years ago
I just saw a demo on Sony Active Mode Balanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilization (HRX-NX30) and couldn't believe how well it worked. I wish it was available on more expensive camcorders like the
Graffiti 5 won't accept serial number
by Bob Mark 5 years ago
I had a hard drive problem and to reinstall Graffiti 5. Now it won't accept my serial number Any ideas Thanks. Bob
Re: Graffiti 5 won't accept serial number
by Bob Mark 5 years ago
It just worked. Bob
selling stock footage - worth it or not?
by Russ Stiggants 10 years ago
Forgive me if this has been raised before but I'm wondering if selling stock footage is in any way lucrative. Some qualifiers: I know many would want me to define 'lucrative', and I know stock footage
Re: selling stock footage - worth it or not?
by Bob Mark 6 years ago
I just got an inquiry from someone who saw one of my time lapse clips online. He wants to license it for a film. It's about 15 sec. long. Any idea what I should charge Thanks. Bob
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AGC and limiter for audio
by jim stamos 6 years ago
i shoot alot of events and noticed tonight that some of my audio seemed too hot. should i have my AGC set to High or Low and what does the limiter do i have to On. will having it set to High cause wha
Re: AGC and limiter for audio
by jim stamos 6 years ago
i never had a problem with this issue with my dsr300 and i shot 100s of receptions. is the recommended mic for the ex1r going to be as bad as the oncam mic would hate to throw money and time away if i
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DVD architech Pro 5 Photoshop menu
by Bob Mark 8 years ago
I'm trying to use a custom PSD graphic as the main menu in DVD architect Pro 5. If I use the PSD file as a background, should I be able to select the different layers in the DVDA workspace and link th
Re: DVD architech Pro 5 Photoshop menu
by Bob Mark 8 years ago
I tried that but it didn't seem to give me individual objects to work with. Thanks. Bob
DVD architect recompress problem
by Bob Mark 8 years ago
I'm trying to learn DVDA and I'm having this re-compress problem. I have a still image for my menu but DVDA says it's video and it's bit rate is too low to re-compress. It's a still image! Also, all m
Re: DVD architect recompress problem
by Bob Mark 8 years ago
I saw another post about this. I uninstalled and reinstalled DVDA and the errors disappeared. Some kind of bug I guess. Thanks for the suggestion. Bob
DVD Architect Pro subtitle text adjustment?
by Bob Mark 8 years ago
I'm trying to adjust the text in a subtitle track, but I see no options for adjusting text outline, drop shadow or color. Is there anyway to do that Also, is there a setting to have the subtitles perm

by Bob Mark 9 years ago
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by Juris Eksts 9 years ago
'i' am that I am I thought it was a Biblical thing - (Exodus 3:14) Juris
HD to DVD settings
by Bob Mark 9 years ago
I have been using 1920x1080 30p footage to make a DVD from Vegas. The video looks very soft and the moving titles look funny. I understand that Vegas does not do a good job of rescaling HD to MPEG2 fo
Re: HD to DVD settings
by Douglas Villalba 8 years ago
It is never going to look as good as HD. The higher the resolution of the TV the worst it is going to look. The best you can do is stay progresive all the way through. Offer Blu Ray intead, it has com
sending TC out through MXO2 box to LM-1760 monitor
by Jason Brown 9 years ago
Hey Guys, Anyone using the LM-1760 in conjunction with the matrox mxo2 I'm not getting tc on the monitor display. Is there some secret Or does the MXO2 not pass it through -Jason
Re: sending TC out through MXO2 box to LM-1760 monitor
by Bob Mark 9 years ago
I totally agree with what you said. I was just commenting that I thought it was odd to market a SD rez monitor as Hi Def. I guess saying SD resolution with with Hi Def inputs doesn't sound that good.
Looking for video production work in Virginia
by Bob Mark 9 years ago
Hello. We are looking for video production work in Virginia. 25 yr. broadcast corporate video experience. We have worked for many television networks, non-profit organizations and corporate clients. W
How to deal with a problematic client
by dorit grunberger 9 years ago
So this is the situation: - We sent in a final cut of a project (currently 11.5 minutes long). The client wants it to be no longer than 9 minutes total. We agreed on subplots to cut out. So far so goo
Re: How to deal with a problematic client
by Bob Mark 9 years ago
Traditionally, still photographers have owned their negatives. In consulting with an entertainment law attorney, I was told that the production company owns the rights to the raw footage unless the co
should I film in 720p or 1080p
by stephen hoyal 10 years ago
Hi all, I have the hvx200. I am doing a family doc. I already asked in the past if I should film it in 720p or 1080p. I noticed at best buy and circuit city that a lot if not most of the tv sets are 1
Re: should I film in 720p or 1080p
by Bob Mark 9 years ago
Actually, the chips in the HVX200 are only 950x540. Not true HD.Bob
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