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Boyd McCollum

Independent documentary filmmaker
Cinematographer
Editor
Member Since:
September 26th 2004
280 Posts
100 posts
Location:
Colorado
Mpeg-4 archival footage unrendered in timeline
by Michael Graziano 11 years ago
Hi, I'm trying to edit together some archival footage encoded (and only available) in mpeg-4 with some HDV footage I shot. I saved the mpeg-4 clips as .mov files using Quicktime. When I bring the arch
Re: Mpeg-4 archival footage unrendered in timeline
by Boyd McCollum 11 years ago
You could also use Compressor to transcode directly to HDV.
Cute Story
by Sean ONeil 11 years ago
http: gizmodo.com 5098227 student-writes-to-steve-jobs-gets-free-final-cut-studio-2
Re: Cute Story
by Boyd McCollum 11 years ago
I dunno, a high school student asking for a student discount doesn't sound too spoiled to me.
Asset Management Question
by Charles Elmore 11 years ago
Hello, I'm trying to find a quick solution to our company's short term asset management workflow. Eventually we plan to be on a functioning server based asset management system, but in the meantime, I
Re: Asset Management Question
by Boyd McCollum 11 years ago
You need to think in terms of day-to-day back up as well as long term storage. At a minimum, I'd keep media files separate from the project files. Keep media on the external drive and all other projec
Extract subtitles
by Oliver Jones 11 years ago
Hi, How can I extract subtitles from Final Cut Pro as a text or word file Thanks!
Re: Extract subtitles
by Boyd McCollum 11 years ago
If you created the subtitles with Apple's texts generators, you can use an application called TitleExchange. You export an XML of your sequence and import the XML into TE, then select the track your t
Complete FCS Shortcuts
by Zak Ray 11 years ago
Dissatisfied with the keyboard shortcut appendices of the manuals, and the various incomplete versions that I found online, I compiled a chart of every shortcut for FCP, Motion, STP, Color, Compressor
Re: Complete FCS Shortcuts
by Boyd McCollum 11 years ago
I triple ditto that. Thanks!
How to highlight or single out someone on screen?
by Chuck Purnell 11 years ago
I am about to start working on a project where I need to be able to either highlight or single out the person on screen. The project is a High School Football player's athletic reel he wants to send o
Re: How to highlight or single out someone on screen?
by Boyd McCollum 11 years ago
You can do it in FCP. Duplicate the clip with the person you want to highlight and place it above the original clip. Add a Mask Shape filter to the duplicate clip (Effects Video Filters Matte Mask Sha
Create a new sequence
by Eric Holzapfel 11 years ago
Hello Members, I have searched around for the answer to my question before placing on this forum. I have not found the answer. Hence, my post. I have learned that using "Easy Setup" project settings c
Re: Create a new sequence
by Boyd McCollum 11 years ago
Eric Holzapfel "What I have been doing is opening FCP, and using the "Easy Setup", and changing settings to what I think I need, and then closing the "untitled" project, and opening up a new project
G5 for Final Cut Studio 2
by James Eckhouse 11 years ago
Finally switching from Avid Express Pro on my PC to FCut. About to buy a friend's G5. Never had a Mac before. Wondering if a G5 with Intel Dual 2.5, 8 gigs ram will be sufficient for smallish projects
Re: G5 for Final Cut Studio 2
by Boyd McCollum 11 years ago
If it's the Mac Pro, it should work well for "smallish" projects in FCS 2. I'd recommend getting a good graphics card.
Cross Dissolves
by Ryan Atkins 11 years ago
This has happened the past 2 times I've added a loop of a clip. Whenever I try to loop a clip, or put another video clip beside another and want to add a cross dissolve, FCP 6 and 5 never lets me. I a
Re: Cross Dissolves
by Boyd McCollum 11 years ago
David, If you want to go by technical definitions, I know "an NLE" refers to one of the current crop of computer-based editing systems such as FCP, AVID, etc. Also, by the strict definition, "linear e
Was I asked a trick Question?
by Ryan Domis 11 years ago
I was on set directing a scene in my Directing II class. We all take turns directing a scene every few days, with all of the other students in class acting as crew on eachother's projects. After we bu
Re: Was I asked a trick Question?
by Boyd McCollum 11 years ago
I wouldn't just assume that the gaffer was being rude or condescending to you or just out to embarrass you. Perhaps he was just frustrated that you weren't as prepared as you could have been. "1. Now,
Best camera for shooting wedding
by Mary Ann McClure 12 years ago
Any opinions on new camera's for this purpose Seems like HD might be overkill and low light shooting a big concern. What do you think is the best camera for this type of work Thanks M
Re: Best camera for shooting wedding
by Boyd McCollum 12 years ago
You may want to look at the new Sony Z7. From all the reports that I've heard, it has great low-light capabilities, especially for the prosumer-level HD(V) cameras. It records to tape (HDV DV) and CF
Giving the Script to a Potential Client
by Ryan Santos 12 years ago
I hired a script writer to make a script which I will then show to my corporate client. My client hasn't paid me anything yet so paying the script writer is somewhat risky for me. If the company rejec
Re: Giving the Script to a Potential Client
by Boyd McCollum 12 years ago
To follow up on Greg's advice, as a producer, you really should be able to write up a short treatment and the first page of a script yourself. It's not brain surgery, it's basic communication. It's no
Any sign of 32 or even 64 gig cards for ex yet ?
by ryan early 12 years ago
I see Panasonic have released the 64 gig p2 cards, in Australia it seems you can only get 8 and 16 gig cards at this stage. I'd love a couple of 32 gig cards, or 64, or 128...
Re: Any sign of 32 or even 64 gig cards for ex yet ?
by Boyd McCollum 12 years ago
I heard somewhere that SxS stands for Sony by SanDisk. If this is so, I'm not sure they will do a "knockoff".
Ray Farkas effect
by Bob Cole 12 years ago
A client wants me to videotape some interviews at a big (very big) company reunion. I was reminded of the "Interviews-50 Cents" series by Alex Chadwick, which I first saw on Slate.com. I've learned th
Re: Ray Farkas effect
by Boyd McCollum 12 years ago
I'd never seen these interviews, so I had to google them. I like the concept. Off the top of my head, I'd suggest having a dedicated sound guy with good mics - gotchas include interference and picking
I need some REEL critics.
by Luke Pearson 12 years ago
Hey guys. Here's a link to my first demo reel. Please give me some comments. What works What doesn't What do I need to change thanks in advance. www.liftfilms.net demoreel.htm
Re: I need some REEL critics.
by Boyd McCollum 12 years ago
you may want to post this on the FCP forum with it's own subject heading.
Camera Recommendations?
by Justin Hawley 12 years ago
Hello! I am looking at expanding my business and need some help. I currently do a lot of live, 3-camera events as well as tv commercials. I would LOVE to find a HD camera that shoots in 4:2:2 or great
Re: Camera Recommendations?
by Boyd McCollum 12 years ago
I believe the P2 cards are hot swappable. But then you have the issue of downloading them which you can't do directly to a hard drive, you'd need to use a laptop computer (or a desktop, depending on y
I need some REEL critics
by Luke Pearson 12 years ago
Hey guys. Here's a link to my first demo reel. Please give me some comments. What works What doesn't What do I need to change thanks in advance. www.liftfilms.net demoreel.htm
Re: I need some REEL critics
by Boyd McCollum 12 years ago
Luke, I agree with Chris. Great stuff as well. One suggestion - drop the "school project" or "only stuff from school" lingo and references completely from your vocabulary. For 2 reason - 1) because yo
My head is on the block.
by Chris Poisson 12 years ago
Comments My reel is on the home page, www.fisheyeedit.comHave a wonderful day.
Re: My head is on the block.
by Boyd McCollum 12 years ago
Chris, I like your work. My only suggestion would be to bring in some of your live action footage. As it stands right now, it feels as if you only do, or specialize in, motion graphic stuff. I like so
Online reel questions
by David Oulashian 12 years ago
Hi all, I haven't needed a reel in ages (because I have been working full time for the last several years) but then all of a sudden needed to quickly post some work samples for some people. First onli
Re: Online reel questions
by Boyd McCollum 12 years ago
Hi David, don't have an answer to the first question, though if you search on this forum or just on Google, you should find some pretty quickly. You might want to check an interesting article on Ken S
my longform workflow
by grinner hester 12 years ago
I am often asked how I approach longform reality shows as an editor. With no other content is there MORE content. We often shoot several hours and wind up with a good 6 minute piece and there is no wa
Re: my longform workflow
by Boyd McCollum 12 years ago
It's funny, I use both approaches as well, but in reverse. And I'm not sure really that the choice is necessarily between being authentic or not. I usually use Grinner's approach when I'm under a dead
The value of a proper editing reel
by Nicole Haddock 12 years ago
Hi all, I'm hoping some of you can weigh in on a question here. I'll explain why in a moment- What is the value of having a proper editing demo reel if you are an assistant editor and or editor Especi
Re: The value of a proper editing reel
by Boyd McCollum 12 years ago
mark Raudonis "Explain to me the difference between drop frame and non drop frame time code. " would that be semi-colon vs. colon :-) Just to add a perspective to this thread from a different pov, I
Managing depth of field for a low end camera
by anandabrata ghosh 12 years ago
Hi, I have a very low end sony mini dv. That does not have adjustable aperture settings. It does have manual focus which gives me two extreme options of potrait and landscape. So when I want the shall
Re: reply
by Boyd McCollum 12 years ago
There are really only 4 factors in depth of field for the same camera (film sensor size) based on specific constants (there are also specific mathematical formulae to describe these various relationsh
Literature
by Nate Boston 12 years ago
Hello, Lemme run a scenario by you....actually less of a scenario and more of my life as an editor.... So I've always pictured myself as an editor - I taught myself how to use all the tools - FCP, Aft
Re: Literature
by Boyd McCollum 12 years ago
I think Chaz nailed it. The books you should be looking at are not "editing" books, even those by Walter Murch. You should be reading books about storytelling and scriptwriting. Often the analysis tha
Television Reel Question
by BillG10009 12 years ago
Hi, I am a television editor working on putting together a demo reel. Most television reels I have seen amount to little more than show clips edited together in a interesting way, and that is what I h
Re: Television Reel Question
by Boyd McCollum 12 years ago
BillG10009 " but how do you tell a story in a two minute reel of five different shows cut together " It may not be possible with this as a set parameter. Is there a reason you can only have 2 minutes
First Post: Please Review My Customer Interview Videos
by Terrence C 13 years ago
Hello, first post here, seems like a great site! Could any of you review my software testimonial videos I work for a software solution company. I also have my own video production company, and have re
Re: First Post: Please Review My Customer Interview Videos
by Boyd McCollum 13 years ago
Hey Greg, I think we pretty much agree. I come from a narrative doc background, so odd framing doesn't bother me too much. However, they do require much more sophistication than people realize - and i
edit and color demo reel
by Yasu Tsuji 13 years ago
Hey everyone, I'm updating my edit and color demo reel for several perspective clients. I usually just string several edited scenes together for edit reel, but someone suggested that I should also inc
Re: edit and color demo reel
by Boyd McCollum 13 years ago
Nice work. I think a quick title between the sections would work great. I got the before and after with your color correction, and someone can always stop and go back, if they want a closer look - as
film editor
by rap 13 years ago
hello everybody, I've been a video editor for 3 years now, my main work has been documentaries. I always got the feelig that I'm missing a lot by not being able to edit film, lots a films are being ma
Re: film editor
by Boyd McCollum 13 years ago
There really isn't "video" editing or "film" editing at this point. Very few people edit linear videotape or edit with actual film prints on flatbeds. Pretty much everyone uses NLEs (AVID, FCP, Premie
Demo Reel Question
by cjahrens 13 years ago
I'm a commercial producer in a small market looking to move into a larger market in order to do more challenging work. My question is my main area of talent lies in telling a story visually and my dem
Re: Demo Reel Question
by Boyd McCollum 13 years ago
There's a certain element of flash that is appealing in the motion graphic reels one sees, but I wouldn't change my demo because of that. I do long form narratives and documentaries. People who hire m
Reel Feedback
by jordanderson 13 years ago
Hi, I'd like some reel critique. I'm interested in working in action sports, but would take any editing position. I tried to keep it short and fast. http: www.staticonline.com reel reel.html Thanks
Re: Reel Feedback
by Boyd McCollum 13 years ago
I thought your visuals were great. The music doesn't fit, especially with an idea towards "action sports". It took away a lot of energy from the visuals.
Editing Reel for feedback
by derek drouin 13 years ago
Hello, This is my first demo reel, and its a bit rough (one piece has unfinished greenscreen) and I would very much appreciate some criticism. I am hoping this reel can start me down the path of film
Re: Editing Reel for feedback
by Boyd McCollum 13 years ago
The password and files sizes didn't bother me. You could make a smaller version for those who can't or don't want to download a larger file. As for the reel itself, it looks good. Since you are doing
Substitute tv for a professional monitor
by cow_fan 13 years ago
I checked all the forums and I don
Re: Substitute tv for a professional monitor
by Boyd McCollum 13 years ago
You can substitute an ordinary TV, but it needs to be calibrated correctly. Do a google search on the web and you'll find many sites that talk about doing this. Here's a couple I got from the search "
Art of the Credit Roll
by Chris Bové 13 years ago
PBS National frowns on the standard credit treatment of white text over black because it "prompts a viewer to grab the remote". Though it's the most cinematic looking, there's no visual design that h
Re: Art of the Credit Roll
by Boyd McCollum 13 years ago
Cars and Monsters Inc both had great end credits. I'm not sure how I feel about it, but PBS could follow the recent trend that seems to be happening with lots of docs I'm seeing on Discovery Channel a
excel spread sheets
by Greg Ball 14 years ago
Does anyone have an excel spread sheet template they use for writing proposals, that calculates totals. I'd be grateful if you could share one with me. Thanks
Re: aanarav
by Boyd McCollum 14 years ago
Check out http: www.mwp.com books budgeting-financing video-budget.php4 from Michael Weise Productions. The book is a great resource for rates and he has Excel spreadsheets as well. Boyd "Go slow to g
the art of editing a feature film: workflow, tips, & philosophy?
by xianzi 14 years ago
I'm looking for some links to tips on workflow and philosophy of editing a feature film. i'm in foreign lands with no access to purchasing books, so any web-based info would be greatly appreciated. a
Re: the art of editing a feature film: workflow, tips, & philosophy?
by Boyd McCollum 14 years ago
Do a google search with words that you just used to describe what you were looking for. Also, search for Walter Murch and Sean Cullen - they've used Final Cut on their last two features (Cold Mountain
Keeping track of the creative proccess
by Rick Sebeck 14 years ago
I am knee deep in FCP - cutting two feature films. I have come from the commercial, promo, short film world, where keeping track of various versions of edits is as simple as duplicating timelines and
Re: Keeping track of the creative proccess
by Boyd McCollum 14 years ago
Two features at one time...that might be half of the problem! Keeping a mental picture roadmap gets easier over time as you get used to the volume of material and the form of a feature as opposed to s
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