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Byrd Mcdonald

Member Since:
July 23rd 2003
105 Posts
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Working with Directors/ The Edit Room Challenge
by Byrd Mcdonald 2 years ago
I manage a lot of different edits at any given time. Most of the projects I'm overseeing I've also produced and or directed. I'm having a challenge with one editor in particular who somehow never seem
Re: Working with Directors/ The Edit Room Challenge
by Dan Powers 2 years ago
He is on a Mac Pro. Like me.
Anyone have any experience with this software?
by Noam Osband 8 years ago
https: s29039.gridserver.com IntelligentAssistanceStore prEdit i'm thinking of getting this bit of software. If it works as good as it promises, it seems like a good deal. That said, I'm skeptical of
Re: Anyone have any experience with this software?
by Byrd Mcdonald 8 years ago
I've been using PRedit for about a year, and it's had an amazing impact on my work and my business. An important point to make -- this software does save time, but that is not where it's greatest stre
Smart Business Model
by MIke Guidotti 8 years ago
Honestly this was probably a smart move by Apple because they were not making enough money off broadcast, feature film, and corporate video users. They have not abandoned all professional users though
Re: Smart Business Model
by Byrd Mcdonald 8 years ago
I seriously can't believe how ignorant these hippy-dippy defenses of apple's strategy sound. You are clueless. Byrd McDonald
All 500 + reviews removed from App store
by Adam Ashby 8 years ago
I was reading the reviews today and all of a sudden "Be the first to write a review" came up. Really Apple can't handle criticism
Re: All 500 + reviews removed from App store
by Byrd Mcdonald 8 years ago
That anyone can defend apple right now is an amazing bit of evidence that Mac fanboys lack critical thinking skills. Small business owner with shop built on fcp, this makes me question apple to the de
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C'mon! There must be more benchmarks!
by Byrd Mcdonald 9 years ago
So, besides this link, and the standard tests done at Barefeats, is there really not a website with more in depth benchmarks for the Final Cut Pro Suite running on the latest macs Just spent the weeke
Re: C'mon! There must be more benchmarks!
by Byrd Mcdonald 9 years ago
Been meaning to reply to this for some time. I think you make a great point that it isn't about the toys, it's how you use them. But I will say that it's exciting for me to get to a point in my pro li
The truth about Premiere
by Guy Ross 9 years ago
If you're considering switching to Premiere... here's my experience I saw the Premiere FCP shootouts, and was excited about native playback of DSLR footage. I tried it for one project, and I'm still s
Re: The truth about Premiere
by Byrd Mcdonald 9 years ago
Adding in my experience. Recently bought a 8-core Mac Pro (Mac Pro5,1). Loaded it with 20 gigs of ram. Purchased the Nvidia Quadro 4800 for mac. Also added a PCI-E sata card (that plays a later role i
Wow, Episode much better than Flip4Mac
by Byrd Mcdonald 10 years ago
I guess it stands to reason, with the price difference being exponential. But, wow. I just demoed Episode, as I, like most people, still live in a world where corporate clients watch everything on Win
Re: Wow, Episode much better than Flip4Mac
by Daniel Low 10 years ago
Good feedback. To be fair, F4M is a super cut down version of Episode, and just for Windows media. It's like comparing QuickTime pro with compressor. Or Episode for that matter!) _____________________
Blocking a large group interview
by Byrd Mcdonald 10 years ago
Wondering if anyone has any advice on how to block a 10 person interview! The client wants to have 10 people being interviewed at the same time. I'm likening it to a reality tv "reunion" show where mu
Re: Blocking a large group interview
by Paul Crowe 10 years ago
If it suits the style of what you are trying to achieve you could have a 'host' type person running the I V that way they could just pass the mic around. A bit like a talk show audience.Think Oprah. P
International Cityscapes - Is there a resource?
by Byrd Mcdonald 11 years ago
Greetings all. Working with a corporate client with a slender-ish budget. We are being asked to depict the international "connectedness" of business today. We can sell international for interiors thro
Re: International Cityscapes - Is there a resource?
by David Richter 11 years ago
Interesting. We had this problem last year and it actually became more cost effective for us to travel across Europe rather than buy stock. Though of course we needed specific shots and we were able t
Hard drive suggestion
by Byrd Mcdonald 11 years ago
Hey all, Looking to stock up on some hard drives - what's the current opinion on most cost-effective archiving hard drives that are also fast enough to be employed for an edit Any thoughts experience
Re: Hard drive suggestion
by Bob Zelin 11 years ago
look to your left, and to your right. Every drive that you see advertised on Creative Cow is perfect for your application. "Isn't there something cheaper " - you ask - NO ! bob Zelin
Anyone using the JVC DT-V24L1D monitor??
by Alan Lacey 11 years ago
Addressed to anyone using the JVC DT-V24L1D or L3D LCD monitors. When monitoring SD signals is it possibel to judge interlace errors on these monitors Many thanks for your comments. Alan in PALland
Re: Anyone using the JVC DT-V24L1D monitor??
by Byrd Mcdonald 11 years ago
Sorry to be the one naysayer - and it's likely that my case is an exception, but I've owned the monitor for a few months and just this week I'm noticing a very strange, very distracting "flicker" in t
horizontal line problem
by Byrd Mcdonald 11 years ago
Greetings, I searched this topic and found people having other horizontal line problems in their canvas that don't quite seem like the one I'm having. I have a quad 2.6 intel box with 4 gigs of ram.
Re: horizontal line problem
by Russell Lasson 11 years ago
For troubleshooting, I'd take out the AJA card and uninstall the AJA drivers. Then see if it's still happening. Next, if you installed after market RAM, I'd take that out and see if it makes a differe
horizontal lines problem in FCP 6
by David Wheeler 12 years ago
I'm experiencing these glitchy horizontal lines when playing project in canvas. Whether i'm working with DV or still images for a slideshow this horizontal digital noise pops in randomly and i have no
Re: horizontal lines problem in FCP 6
by Byrd Mcdonald 11 years ago
I'm having the same problem with the same system. The suggestion doesn't change it for me. I'm looking at my show at 33%, and I still get these random horizontal lines. Byrd McDonald
workflow riddle: 24p to 29.97 to 24 p
by Byrd Mcdonald 12 years ago
THE BACKGROUND Shot a feature in 720p 24n on HVX-200. While show is a mix of formats, our primary codec is the DVC Pro HD 720p 24 codec that we shot in natively. We are finishing the film, out of mone
Re: workflow riddle: 24p to 29.97 to 24 p
by Byrd Mcdonald 12 years ago
Thanks all for the input. I agree, it's a mess of a workflow, and I think I see the light. It's just really difficult in Oregon right not for HD color correction. Sure, I have Color, but no time to le
Corrupt P2 Files - Can they Be Fixed?
by Leif 13 years ago
I'm importing my P2 files to FCP 5.1 and am getting hung up on one. I'm getting the "unable to import... possibly corrupt" error after FCP 5.1 tries to import (no problems importing other files from s
Re: Corrupt P2 Files - Can they Be Fixed?
by Byrd Mcdonald 13 years ago
Jan, I just shot a feature with the camera. We shot 92 rolls, had a great time with the camera. In post, we are finding reallly odd glitches on footage from 10 of those roles. It's a very specific pat
WAYS TO RECOVER clip from P2 card
by Byrd Mcdonald 13 years ago
As anyone ever accidentally erased something on their P2 card and attempted to recover it using data recovery software Just curious! Thanks.
Re: WAYS TO RECOVER clip from P2 card
by Shawn Hamer 11 years ago
I know this is an old thread, but let me add on here: I just did that very thing today. And, yes, I also previously thought that it would be impossible to do it. I went to delete a clip that I recorde
Creative Cow Magazine
by Ralph Hajik 13 years ago
Hello Ron & Kathlyn Lindeboom Unfortunately I didn't attend NAB this year, but I received the Creative Cow Magazine in the mail. I was impressed on the articles and the information within the magazine
Re: Creative Cow Magazine
by Byrd Mcdonald 13 years ago
Ditto. I received my first issue of Creative Cow Magazine, and I was mightily impressed. I feel like this publication will really fill a niche that is not getting the info and support it continually c
Downconverting Variable Speed 720p24N footage to SD
by Byrd Mcdonald 13 years ago
Have done an hours worth of searching on the board, so please don't shoot me if it is here and I haven't found it. Just got back from London where I shot my first footage with HVX for a video for a co
Re: Downconverting Variable Speed 720p24N footage to SD
by Byrd Mcdonald 13 years ago
Thanks for the quick response. Yes, I'm sure that the Kona 2 would provide a better end result, and I'm sure the AFter Effects method you mentioned would work as well. I guess I'm still wondering what
spirals
by Byrd Mcdonald 14 years ago
Does anyone know a way to create a "spiral" effect in motion Think Uzumaki.
Re: spirals
by Jim Kanter 14 years ago
Replicate a small shape as a spiral. One arm, huge amount of points per arm. Adjust end scale. Not as clean as being able to draw a spiral or create one easily with filters, but it might do what you w
TRAILER for feature film; would love feedback
by Byrd Mcdonald 14 years ago
This is a trailer for a feature I produced. It's being released theatrically this January by First Run Features. Would love to know what you guys think of the trailer. Thanks. Byrd Mcdonald www.scotty
Re: TRAILER for feature film; would love feedback
by Reelmom2 14 years ago
I am seeking contact info for Byrd McDonald. Please reply to: Reelmom2@yahoo.com
Editor/Producer Demo Reel (Different Approach)
by Matt 14 years ago
Trying to tell a story, while highlighting my editing style...And leave the viewer wanting more...DOES IT WORK http: www.gsweb.org mabron Thanks M
Re: Editor/Producer Demo Reel (Different Approach)
by Byrd Mcdonald 14 years ago
Same here, chop-o-rama. But wonderful content. Very cool.
Editing/Graphics Reel
by Brian24DP 14 years ago
This is my first time posting, heres a sample reel... A little bit of editing, some motion graphics and some rotoscoping. Let me know what you think. Enjoy! http: www.24dp.com Edit_Reel.html or www.24
Re: Editing/Graphics Reel
by Byrd Mcdonald 14 years ago
I agree, this reel is stronger, but I still think that both reels need faster pacing. Heads and tails of almost every shot could be trimmed, and the music could still use to be more propulsive. You ar
DP Reel
by Brian24DP 14 years ago
I just put up my editing reel... Im also a DP. Check it out, let me know what you think. Thanks! http: www.24dp.com DP_Reel.html or www.24dp.com DP_Reel Brian
Re: DP Reel
by Byrd Mcdonald 14 years ago
You have an abundant amount of work in here; I think your reel should be 3x shorter. I don't care for the ending with the soldier, either. And, yes, this song must go far far away. Impressed with your
Demo Reel 2005
by Crystal Behrends 14 years ago
Hello! I have finally finished my 2005 demo reel and would really appreciate some input comments criticims! http: www.retrokix.com demo.html
Re: Demo Reel 2005
by Byrd Mcdonald 14 years ago
I was very impressed with the editting of the reel. I agree, also, that you need a bit more context up front about what it is you do. I assume your are a motion graphics designer from watching this, b
slipping a clip in motion
by Byrd Mcdonald 14 years ago
Hey all, Quick question - as I'm primarily an editing guy, this motion world is new to me. I've built an elaborate bumper for a show, and I now have a need to simply "slip" a clip in my nest in order
PLEASE DISREGARD MY REDUNDANT POST!
by Byrd Mcdonald 14 years ago
I found my answer! right in the forum.
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