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Brendan Coots

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Independent Contractor Agreement
by Bill Paris 10 years ago
Has anyone found a good "boiler plate" for a television production Independent Contractor Agreement I have a large job coming up that I've coordinated for many years and need to establish the working
Re: Independent Contractor Agreement
by Brendan Coots 10 years ago
If you're not using contracts with both clients and contractors, you won't be in business long. Good idea on your part to start using them, there's no reason a contract should make things any less "ea
A personal note to all 3D TV pessimists
by David Roth Weiss 10 years ago
Dear Pessimists, Tuesday I saw the future of TV, and whether you come along screaming and kicking, or come along willingly, you will come along, and your future is definitely going to be 3D TV. And, i
Re: A personal note to all 3D TV pessimists
by Brendan Coots 10 years ago
The one thing I fear in this big push towards 3D is that it isn't easy to do right and the "bad" implementations may turn people off to it altogether. It's really complicated to get good results. I at
listing work as yours + subcontractors
by Phillip Wnuk 10 years ago
what happens when I (the production company) produces work for a client and hire subcontractors ie. editors, web designers etc. when the work is complete i put it up on my web site and these sub contr
Re: listing work as yours + subcontractors
by Brendan Coots 10 years ago
I agree 100% here. Contractual language is almost always the best way to deal with these types of issues. Our contract spells out that we have the right to use productions for self promotion. While 1-
The "no talent" competition
by Nick Griffin 10 years ago
We've run into a situation recently where a client heard at a Jeffrey Gitomer speech (well known business speaker sales consultant author) that the most effective way to go after new customers is with
Re: The "no talent" competition
by Brendan Coots 10 years ago
"In other words, someone accustomed to the $200 local ad is never going to be the customer for higher-end productions." While I definitely agree with you, I don't think the big-picture problem is that
Custom Export From AE
by Andreas Lupp 10 years ago
I've got a screen that is 3120x1050 pixels that I need to split into three screens of 1400x1050 for the Dataton Watchout system. In itself its not very hard to do using Quicktime and an animation code
Re: Custom Export From AE
by Brendan Coots 10 years ago
Ah, thanks for the clarification. I wasn't familiar with this particular system so I probably should have just kept my mouth shut. I just assumed the OPs problem was trying to feed an uncompressed vid
Problem Client Doesn't Return Calls
by David Jackel 10 years ago
This year we've done several video shoots for a company that does software demos. The deal is that we shoot the tapes, mail the tapes to them, and they edit the final product. So far they've paid ever
Re: Problem Client Doesn't Return Calls
by Brendan Coots 10 years ago
Haha, yes I was not even remotely suggesting this to be something the Cow would be involved in at all, just a personal pursuit of truth and justice. And yes, I would consult a lawyer before even consi
Fast and cheap business plan
by Doug Collins 10 years ago
http: www.wired.com magazine 2009 10 ff_demandmedia
Re: Fast and cheap business plan
by Brendan Coots 10 years ago
You make some great observations. I would only say that your boss had a point - as the business owner, he was presumably targeting lower dollar, higher volume work (which is a legitimate model) while
Keyed out HDV footage has noise
by Amit Ghildiyal 10 years ago
Hi, I shoot 1080i 60i HDV footage on greenscreen for editing in FCP. Since the keys arent perfect in FC I then export unkeyed footage as pro res HQ (interlaced, chroma subsampling) before importing it
Re: Keyed out HDV footage has noise
by Brendan Coots 10 years ago
Dave's response is 100% spot on, and here's a few additional points: 1. You shot in interlaced. Bad idea. Always shoot progressive for greenscreen, and ideally at the highest frame rate possible (24p
Exporting swf at 400x225 from larger footage
by Ian Smith 10 years ago
I'm new to using After Effects (using CS4). I'm attempting to create a swf from video footage edited in Premiere Pro. I also attempted to do this the best way I know how, being relatively new to the A
Re: Exporting swf at 400x225 from larger footage
by Brendan Coots 10 years ago
First of all, AE is a horrible tool for outputting compressed files. It should only be used for outputting final master-quality files. As such, you shouldn't export your SWF from there, but rather out
compression
by dimi devro 10 years ago
hey, i'm a filmstudent and for school i have to make a shortfilm that lasts about 5min. I'm using after effects to make my footage somewhat cooler (lens blur, color correction,...). The problem is I w
Re: compression
by Brendan Coots 10 years ago
To summarize the situation: - Render out your project to Animation codec (full quality, millions of colors) or similar. Yes, the file will be huge, if it were tiny the quality would suffer tremendousl
I am happy now
by les nemeth 10 years ago
I just installed my spanking new GeForce GTX 275 card (PNY brand). An upgrade from my 4 year old GeForce 7900GT. My comp that I'm currently working on in CS3 renders out 1 minute 20 faster with this n
Re: I am happy now
by Brendan Coots 10 years ago
I'm not sure that's even possible. AE can use OpenGL for preview and final rendering, but I've never heard of it providing meaningful speed bumps simply because you can't use "render multiple frames"
ProRes 4444 not available in Log & Transfer with R3D?
by Brendan Coots 10 years ago
I am conducting some tests using RED footage, FCS3 and CS4 Suite to get a handle on best practices for post. The files are in a folder on my local drive so I'm NOT capturing directly from camera. It s
Re: ProRes 4444 not available in Log & Transfer with R3D?
by gary adcock 10 years ago
Brendan Coots "It seems that a lot of people are suggesting the use of REDRushes for capturing R3D to ProRes 4x4, but I wanted to run it through FCP 7's Log & Transfer for testing. I am only getting
Codec for rendering
by John Pilgrim 10 years ago
Hi We're setting up a VFX pipeline for a microbudget feature shot on the Sony EX1 (1080p24). We have picture lock in FCP and will be color grading in Apple Color and finishing to ProRes. We are recrui
Re: Codec for rendering
by Brendan Coots 10 years ago
It's not free ($179 for single licenses, $120 for 2+), but you may want to look into the Sheer Codec. This is a proven codec used on The Simpsons and other high profile projects. If you want to avoid
Suggestions on how to film a sequence for post...
by Michael Brodner 10 years ago
Hey guys, I'm looking for some advice prior to filming a sequence for a music video. The whole music video is going to be really energetic and pretty much all handheld with like, 10 frame cuts and jer
Re: Suggestions on how to film a sequence for post...
by Brendan Coots 10 years ago
A pro only plans effects that they can completely pull off based on the resources available to them. My advice would be to avoid any and all effects that have the potential to look hokey because you l
RAID 0 for AE
by aaron martinez 10 years ago
Hello, iv been snooping around the forums looking for info on various internal RAID set ups... I will do mostly After Effects stuff but sometime editing. I am considering the following... set up 1 3x
Re: RAID 0 for AE
by Brendan Coots 10 years ago
The WD Caviar Black drives are awesome in my experience. Solid, reliable and they really are faster than normal drives provided they aren't super full. As for the RAID options, I would personally do a
FCP Takes 5 minutes to fire up after crash - Urgent!
by Brendan Coots 11 years ago
Recently, one of my editors had FCP lock up while simply trying to access the File menu. After a Force Quit and reboot, FCP will now go through the usual loading process, but hangs at the end with the
Re: FCP Takes 5 minutes to fire up after crash
by Brendan Coots 11 years ago
While most of our machines have BlackMagic Decklink cards, the two machines this happened on just so happen to have no third party cards of any kind installed. In fact, they are both very much stock c
Distributable DVD
by Dustin Brown 11 years ago
I'm going burn my reel off to some DVDs soon, and I'd like to get some recommendations from you guys on how to do my best to insure that it will play in just about whatever player or computer it gets
Re: Distributable DVD
by Brendan Coots 11 years ago
Sometimes consumer disc burning apps that make playable DVDs fail to write the required header information to the disc correctly. This can result in SOME players seeing it okay (such as built-in compu
New HD Demo Reel
by Brandon Lima 11 years ago
Hello Everyone, I just finished my new HD demo reel, I wanted to see what everyone things. Thanks! I don't have it on my site yet because I wanted to make sure some people like it first... http: vimeo
Re: New HD Demo Reel
by Brendan Coots 11 years ago
Personally I though the reel was really terrific. There is some excellent video work in there. Brendan Coots Splitvision Digital www.splitvisiondigital.com
New Demo Reel
by Bill Moore 11 years ago
Hey all. I just updated my reel. I would love to know what you think. It's a mix of motion graphics, compositing, shooting, editing, film, TV, and corporate video. http: www.lot25dmp.com reel index.ht
Re: New Demo Reel
by Brendan Coots 11 years ago
I agree with Vince on these points, and I would add that overall there isn't really any theme in your reel. Not just in the sense that there is nothing visual tying it all together and making it more
online reel questions
by Lori Miranda 11 years ago
So I am finally giving in and am designing my own website. I am a freelance editor and it has become apparent that nobody wants DVD reels anymore; everyone wants the online reel. So now I am in the pr
Re: online reel questions
by Brendan Coots 11 years ago
There is a tutorial here on the Cow for embedding Quicktime movies: http: library.creativecow.net articles chaffin_abraham embedding-quicktime-movies.php Honestly, your best bet is probably to convert
title sequence
by Eyad Abutaha 11 years ago
Here is a 30 Sec title sequence; based on tips from this forum tutorial page also Andrew Kramer 3D Room Smoke Screen tutorials. your opinions are always welcomed. http: www.eyadstudio.com Media prison
Re: title sequence
by Brendan Coots 11 years ago
I totally understand, and I am not trying to be harsh at all so sorry if it comes across that way. My point is that tutorials are only meant to illustrate concepts and techniques, not be taken literal
Our Demo Reel Won Two Tellys!
by Jonathon Robinson 11 years ago
My partner and I have a production company called Playhead based in New York. We just found out we won two Telly Awards for our demo reel! It won a Silver (the highest) for Use of Animation and a Bron
Re: Our Demo Reel Won Two Tellys!
by Brendan Coots 11 years ago
Awesome animation, that is very slick. Congrats on the Tellys! As for your XP IE woes (also a problem on Vista here, so it's clearly an IE problem all around), I think it is the method you used to emb
Production DVD demo - credits question
by Wojtek Jezowski 11 years ago
Hi, I starting up a small production company with a friend of mine. Both of us did freelance work for a couple of years and also we worked in a couple of production houses and tv stations. Im putting
Re: Production DVD demo - credits question
by Brendan Coots 11 years ago
opinions differ on this, but I don't think it's necessary to seek approval from previous employers to use stuff for your reel provided you actually worked on it. These days, it is a given that any pro
applying same adjustments to 100+ images
by thomas hensler 11 years ago
I am working in PS CS3 and i have a folder of more than 100 images that i want to apply the following adjustments.. 1. adjust the levels (not auto levels) but use specific values that are the same for
Re: applying same adjustments to 100+ images
by Brendan Coots 11 years ago
One of Photoshop's palettes is the "Actions" palette. This lets you record a series of steps that you apply to an image, and then apply those steps to any other image you want. The process is roughy a
Areca RAID card – any experiences good or bad ?
by Uli Plank 12 years ago
Does anyone around here use the Taiwanese Areca RAID card in a MacPro with FCP Does it work in 08 models How is the performance with 4 drives in RAID5 TIA, Uli
Re: Areca RAID card – any experiences good or bad ?
by Brendan Coots 11 years ago
I have the Areca 1220ML in a Leopard-based Xserve, connected to a NORCO DS1240 12 drive enclosure. When using 6 (mostly empty) drives in RAID 5, I am seeing speeds of 650MBps in Aja disc test. I am, h
FCP, other apps hanging! Recent update?
by Brendan Coots 12 years ago
Hello fellow Cows, Our studio has several FCP stations, and two days ago we installed the big bundle of Apple Software Updates that became available. Now, FCP hangs after getting a little way into the
Re: FCP, other apps hanging! Recent update?
by Shane Ross 12 years ago
Why the heck did you install the slew of updates If things are working fine, you SHOULD NOT install the updates. OR, if you do, you need to take the appropriate precautions. http: library.creativecow.
Apple Compressor
by Paul Fechtmeister 12 years ago
Ok...I know I shouldn't probably post this here but maybe I should. I'm trying to use compressor on the Mac side to get the highest resolution output for my movie ( 3 min) long that I exported from AE
Re: Apple Compressor
by Brendan Coots 12 years ago
Are you using a Compressor preset There are tons of them available for any need, and serve as a good starting point. The .mts file you are getting is, I believe, an MPEG2 type and that is NOT what you
Computer
by pleasehelpmethankyoulol 12 years ago
Hi. I am looking to buy a new computer for under
Re: Computer
by Brendan Coots 12 years ago
It would almost certainly be preferable, but the best way to gauge this is by checking Autodesk's list of certified cards. Some consumer-grade cards actually work fine, such as the ATI Radeon x1900 XT
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