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Chip Thome

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Ethical question regarding "moonlighting"
by Laura Hopkins 7 years ago
I was hoping to gain some advice from others on this ethical delema. I currently work for a small videography company editing and shooting weddings, recitals, etc. I get paid $9 an hour, for all and e
Re: Ethical question regarding "moonlighting"
by Chip Thome 7 years ago
It sounds as though you knew the company was booked and told her so, correct IMO, you just covered the ethics aspect, as you are not stealing any biz any from your boss, who is booked anyways. BUT, th
Pros and Cons of switching to MAC.
by Chris Barnes 8 years ago
So I shoot several different forums of motocross clips. (product promo's, rider promos, race coverage) and I am currently working with a PC and editing with sony vegas movie studio platinum HD 10. I h
Re: Pros and Cons of switching to MAC.
by Chip Thome 8 years ago
If you buy a Mac, first off your Vegas might as well go on Ebay because it's not going to install, ever, on a Mac. As far as Final Cut X, there are guys jumping the Apple ship all over the place becau
lens for full portrait
by Alex Badila 8 years ago
Witch lens is good to shoot, for a full portrait from a distance of 4m (13ft) The person to shoot has 170-180m(6ft). I want to use with Nikon D5100. The lens: 18-55mm, 18-105mm, 55-200mm are good for
Re: lens for full portrait
by Chip Thome 8 years ago
I have the same camera and just did some portraits of a lady last week. My working space was similar, somewhere between 3 and 4 meters distance. I used the Nikon 35mm f1.8G and shot with the camera ti
Sports Videography Ethics Question
by Aaron Cadieux 8 years ago
Hello Everyone, I do a lot of sports videography. This season, I was hired by a local parent to film all of his son's high school football games. At the end of the season, all of his son's highlights
Re: Sports Videography Ethics Question
by Chip Thome 8 years ago
Here's my take. Daddy hired you to shoot footage. At a future date Daddy is then going to hire you to edit a highlights film. These are two separate transactions with separate compensation. IMO this m
Industry Standard For Second Shooters (Wedding Video)
by shane jenny 8 years ago
To put it simply, I'm starting a wedding video company and am trying to get my numbers right for our cost break down analysis. I know everybody's situation is unique, but I'd like to get an idea of wh
Re: Industry Standard For Second Shooters (Wedding Video)
by Chip Thome 8 years ago
The one thing you are not taking into consideration here is the greed factor. There are going to be times when you are going to have to take some short deals, just to keep some income coming in. 15% o
T2i and video
by Will Hughes 8 years ago
I just got the Canon T2i not too long ago and am starting to us it for video recording. I am new to using a DSLR for HD recording so if anyone has any tips on how to use the camera effectivly it would
Re: T2i and video
by Chip Thome 8 years ago
If you haven't done it already, get a large container of your favorite beverage and sit down tonight and watch all the DSLR Podcasts here on the Cow. When you are done, you will at least know some of
DSLRs and pyrotechnics
by Pete Burger 8 years ago
Does anyone has experience with shooting pyrotechnical effects with a DSLR I was asked to shoot a music-video and the band wants to have some pyro effects in it. Should I expect problems with rolling
Re: DSLRs and pyrotechnics
by Chip Thome 8 years ago
IMO, it shouldn't be any different than shooting fireworks, which is basically what pyrotechnics are. If you can find the proper shutter speed for fireworks, I would think you should be good to go.
Samyang 85mm f/1.4 - DOF & Old School Fool
by Danny Grizzle 8 years ago
Yes, I would love to own a Canon 85mm f 1.2L ($2,200). Or a Zeiss 85mm f 1.4 (manual @ $1,300). But I was tempted to try a Rokinon (aka Bower) 85mm f 1.4 ($275), a lens made by Samyang. Samyang is a K
Re: Samyang 85mm f/1.4 - DOF & Old School Fool
by Chip Thome 8 years ago
Not quite the same situation at all. This is the Rokinon 85mm at f2.8 because f1.4 was blown out. Time was 2:45 AM and shot into a black, overcast, dead of night sky. Dome was located a block and a ha
Switching to DSLR - what's the basic kit to get up and running?
by Wes Browning 8 years ago
I currently own a Sony PWM-EX1 and am thinking about upgrading to the Canon 5D Mark II. I'm interested in obtaining greater DOF and would like a lighter kit for when I have to travel internationally.
Re: Switching to DSLR - what's the basic kit to get up and running?
by Chip Thome 8 years ago
Steve is right, you are going to be comparing apples and baseball bats trying to think you are going to put them side by side in a comparison. The shooting of a DSLR takes more photography knowledge t
Looking to buy a camera
by Edwin Reik 8 years ago
I'm trying to decided what to buy. This would be my first camera and I'm broke. I'm interested in shooting short films. I've read through some of the other threads so I just thought I'd give you a hea
Re: Looking to buy a camera
by Chip Thome 8 years ago
If that is brand new, not a bad price. If it is used, that's a touch pricey, keep looking. As far as what it will do, Vimeo has a group dedicated to it. There are lots of clips there showing the abili
Wedding Photogs vs. Videogs
by Aaron Cadieux 8 years ago
Hey guys, On the rare occasion that I video a wedding, I usually find myself in a power-struggle with the wedding photographer. Photographers seem to automatically assume that the job they're doing is
Re: Wedding Photogs vs. Videogs
by Chip Thome 8 years ago
We did one first dance where the groom's uncle was also shooting the entire wedding as his gift. The uncle was shooting to VHS and had this killer 50w spot on top of his cam. I had nothing but my seco
Equipments and number of crew to be an event videographer?
by Christan David 8 years ago
Hello, I am asked to cover a birthday party soon and I only have experience on the post production process, editing events video. As for shooting the actual event, I was hoping someone could give me s
Re: Equipments and number of crew to be an event videographer?
by Chip Thome 8 years ago
Going in with your post production background, you should have a good idea of the shots you need to make a nice video of the event. If I were you I would start with that, putting together your list of
Panasonic GH2 Lumix Zoom Lens - Contant Aperture - Video
by Matt Taylor 8 years ago
I'm sure this has been answered somewhere so allow me to apologize in advance. I've been looking for a zoom lens that maintains a constant aperture while zooming during a video shoot. I've found a cou
Re: Panasonic GH2 Lumix Zoom Lens - Contant Aperture - Video
by Chip Thome 8 years ago
There's nothing for M4 3 so might as well look toward legacy glass and there you will find quite a few. Tokina, Nikon, Sigma, Canon all made at least one fixed aperture zoom, which I think is more ref
Mixing DSLR with Vixia HD footage?
by Gerry Bayne 8 years ago
I do simple interviews currently with a Sony Vixia SF100. Good quality for what I need. I currently have the opportunity to add another camera to my arsenal. I have the option of getting another Vixia
Re: Mixing DSLR with Vixia HD footage?
by Chip Thome 8 years ago
As far as how jarring the differences, it could be very stark depending on the lenses you use and depth of field you select on the DSLR. I good buddy did a music video and used both his SD DVX100B and
Tripod head making "crunching" sound?
by Brett Pierce 8 years ago
Hey guys, Just ordered a new Davis and Sanford tripod with the FM-18 head and have been testing it out. Everything's great besides the fact that when I pan or tilt the camera the tripod head makes sor
Re: Tripod head making "crunching" sound?
by Chip Thome 8 years ago
See if you can rent something else for your gig and worry about this after. The few dollars to rent something is cheap insurance that this tripod and it's noises don't ruin your most important gig.
White Balance
by David Sikes 8 years ago
Hello! I'm in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and we have a new amphitheater. Our film department at the University of Alabama is the videography crew for most events - students shoot, produce, direct and td near
Re: White Balance
by Chip Thome 8 years ago
After dark is the easy part, you mix to the color temp of the bulbs (tungsten, LED etc), not the color of their tint or gels. 3200K is 3200K whether it's a blue bulb, or red or or whatever color. The
Is it Really Possible?
by Jim Zaccaria 8 years ago
I've been told by an event producer that he could have hired a local Las Vegas Videographer to record a 2-Day event for $200. Really Any thoughts comments on This
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Re: Is it Really Possible?
by Chip Thome 8 years ago
I would not be at all surprised if this person had seen a Craigslist ad that offered this. Michael also most likely described this shooter to a T. In my day job when I have been presented these compar
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Music Licensing
by Alison Huckett 8 years ago
Hi I am thinking about setting up my own wedding videography business part time (I work full time as an Editor and have been an occasional wedding videographer for the past 5 years - working for someo
Re: Music Licensing
by Chip Thome 8 years ago
Phil you don't mention where you are going to be conducting business, be it the US or elsewhere. Here in the US to get a license to use for broadcast, it is the same for your website as it is for nati
I'm great with my camera, I suck at marketing
by Sebastian Alvarez 8 years ago
I have very decent equipment (such as a Sony HDR-AX2000 among others), a very powerful computer with Edius and a GrassValley HD Spark card to monitor the editing properly, and a lot more equipment tha
Re: I'm great with my camera, I suck at marketing
by Chip Thome 8 years ago
Sebastian I am going to take a wild guess and say if we had to classify you as either a business guy or a creative guy, you are the latter, just like most of the other people on these boards. Coming h
Will I need to transcode ???
by Chip Thome 8 years ago
I was asked to quote an editing project where up to 20 people were to use a Flip to record their video. Then Flip announced its demise. Today I was asked if the project could be done with each partici
Re: Will I need to transcode ???
by Chip Thome 8 years ago
Yes Alex my assumption was I may end up with Interlaced and Progressive formats as well as an off chance of SD format as well. I do not know for sure, but assumed Premiere may deal differently with ea
Video Project for PC viewing only
by Chip Thome 9 years ago
Here's the background. There are 10 people from each of 4 locations creating their own video clips to be included in this project. They will select 7 out of 9 possible listed subjects and create their
Re: Video Project for PC viewing only
by Chip Thome 9 years ago
Client is going another route..... thanks for any considerations.
Why does 24p footage shoot darker than regular video?
by sally obrien 9 years ago
When I set my DVx100 to 24p, the image gets darker (even when I open my lens all the way). Why does it shoot darker than regular video Sal
Re: Why does 24p footage shoot darker than regular video?
by Chip Thome 9 years ago
I too have wondered this as a friend gave me the scene file settings for my DVX he has used for the weddings he has done. When I set everything including 24p, indoors, it is way too dark to be usable.
Deciding between Panasonic AG-DVX100B or AG-HMC40
by Melina Kolb 9 years ago
I am looking to upgrade my really old Sony VX-2000 and am looking at two options: Panasonic AG-DVX100B or AG-HMC40. I just can't seem to decide whether I should get the HD model or not. I shoot mostly
Re: Deciding between Panasonic AG-DVX100B or AG-HMC40
by Chip Thome 9 years ago
I bought a pair of used DVX100Bs 5 months ago, and love 'em. One had 10 hours, one had 26 hours and I paid 2500 for the pair with Kata bags. Buying a new DVX would be a waste of money, IMO. The 40, ju
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