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Control DSLR or GoPro via ethernet
by Chris Blair 3 years ago
We have a project that calls for installation of one or two cameras at a building site that's 60 miles from us. The goal is record time-lapse of some interior construction and design over about 30 day
Great Transcoding, Rewrap, Intermediate file tool for Editing Prep
by Chris Blair 5 years ago
I used to post a lot (although not in this forum) but not so much lately. But I found a wonderful software utility that needs to be shared. It's a Windows based tool that can transcode many pro camera
Excellent FFMBC GUI - Windows Rewrap and Transcoder
by Chris Blair 5 years ago
Used to post a lot but not so much lately. But found a wonderful software utility that needs to be shared. It's a Windows based tool that can transcode many pro camera formats codecs to professional i
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Alex Vak liked this 5 years ago
Re: Excellent FFMBC GUI - Windows Rewrap and Transcoder
by David Veeneman 4 years ago
AWPro works fine on my Win 7 machine, and the rewraps that it generates play fine in Windows Media Player and Quicktime for Windows. But when I import a rewrap into Premiere Pro CC, The picture is abo
Menu Graphic Size in DVD Architect
by Chris Blair 5 years ago
We don't make a ton of DVDs with menus but when we do we use DVD Architect, which I like...except for it's generally poor job of rendering menu graphics. We create our menus in Photoshop using the lay
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James Murphy liked this 5 years ago
Re: Menu Graphic Size in DVD Architect
by John Rofrano 5 years ago
Chris Blair " We've tried 720x480 (most projects are widescreen so with 1.2 to 1 aspect); we've tried 854x480 square pixels, 864x486 square pixel, 848x480 square and even 853x480 square pixel on the
Decklink HD Extreme and Premiere CS 5.5
by Chris Blair 6 years ago
Posted a few days ago but didn't get any responses so thought I'd try again. We're struggling with 1080i and 720p video playback out to our HD monitor using Premiere CS 5.5, latest Decklink drivers wi
Re: Decklink HD Extreme and Premiere CS 5.5
by Chris Blair 6 years ago
I'm the only user on the system and have admin privileges so unfortunately that's not the problem. On a total reinstall....been there, done that. No change...same performance. On codecs, that's a poss
DeckLink up-sampling vs. monitor up-sampling?
by Kelly Griffin 6 years ago
I'm a video producer editor designer, and I've had an issue since replacing my CRT 4x3 19-inch monitor with a new LG LCD 32-inch widescreen monitor, and an associate of mine suspects that the followin
Re: DeckLink up-sampling vs. monitor up-sampling?
by Chris Blair 6 years ago
Hey Kelly! We've run into the exact same problem and the only real solution we've found is to have an SD monitor in the suite along with the HD monitor. We have a broadcast Sony HD monitor in our HD s
Weird Blackmagic audio issue
by Chris Blair 6 years ago
I'm using CS 5.5 with Decklink HD Extreme on a Windows 7, i7 980 6 core CPU, 12GB Ram, etc. etc. The system is built to specs for Blackmagic hardware and Premiere CS 5.5 software. The problem is that
Premiere CS 5.5 playback with Extreme HD 3D
by Chris Blair 6 years ago
I've spent a ton of time searching for a solution but have not found one. Problem: Premiere CS 5.5 simply will not playback a simple HD timeline (one layer, no effects, a few simple dissolve transitio
Broadcast Fujinon lens conundrum
by Chris Blair 6 years ago
I've searched online for hours for a solution to my problem and have come up empty. I have a nice Fujinon 20x SD lens that we've adapted for use on an AG AF-100 (by way of a B4 to micro 4 3 adapter).
Re: Broadcast Fujinon lens conundrum (UPDATE)
by Chris Blair 6 years ago
Wanted to update this thread for anyone that may have read it. The AF-100 lens cable I bought from Ebay was likely NOT the cause of my power problem on my Fujinon lens, although we still have not foun
New To Episode but not Encoding and I'm totally lost
by Chris Blair 6 years ago
I'm new to Episode but have been encoding videos for nearly a decade. We currently use a variety of encoding tools, from Carbon Coder on the high-end, to Flash Video Studio on the low-end. I've also u
Re: New To Episode but not Encoding and I'm totally lost
by Chris Blair 6 years ago
That's basically what I did. I finally have at least basic encodes working on one machine. But strangely, version 6.2 keeps failing on encoding very basic hi-resolution WMV files. It will load and pla
Compression and Flash Encoding
by Todd Terry 7 years ago
Hi gang... Please forgive the question if this is not the appropriate forum.... I'm trying to create better looking .flv files for clients who occasionally need those as well. I've also asked in the A
Re: Compression and Flash Encoding
by Chris Blair 7 years ago
To add a little to this discussion. Are you playing the two encoded files back on the same computer using the same media player Media players (even the same version) on different computers can make vi
compression yields artifacts
by dorit grunberger 7 years ago
Hi all The setting: I have a 1hr, 20 minute SD project ending on DVD. MacPro, 8 core, 12GB RAM, OSX 10.5.8 and FCP Studio 3. The project is divided into 6 chapters and all the footage is shot in a stu
Re: compression yields artifacts
by Chris Blair 7 years ago
By conforming I mean choosing a format, frame rate, aspect ration and interlacing method that matches on all the footage. As Jeff pointed out, Final Cut is only so-so at taking different types of foot
DIY: SAN what software is good for what reason?
by Sean McPartlin 7 years ago
Let me start by saying Bob Z your posts are hell of a laugh to read. Truthfully I'm looking into an alternative to traditional SAN products IT buys. We own two or three low end modern HP EVA's and !ow
Re: DIY: SAN what software is good for what reason?
by Chris Blair 7 years ago
The only way you're going to make use of old, mismatched equipment in a shared video editing environment is if you're editing standard def DV based projects. Since it's only about 3.5MB sec per stream
When You Give Too Much (Fool on the Hill)
by Patrick Ortman 7 years ago
This is a followup to my earlier post about an agency client that insisted on having the raw footage for a project we did, in addition to what was in the contract- namely, our cut of a video promo. Ye
Re: When You Give Too Much (Fool on the Hill)
by Chris Blair 7 years ago
I agree with Bob. I'm not one who subscribes to the whole "grinder" theory. There are difficult clients everywhere. There are a few great clients here and there. There are a few clients that are a nig
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Sell out? Or stick to my principals and lose my modest salary and benefits?
by Michael Mahoney Jr. 7 years ago
The below post appears in the "Corporate Video" section of COW. I was advised to repost here for potentially better feedback. --My original "Corporate Video" post on Fri. Jan 7, 2011-- Ohhhh, boy. I t
Re: Sell out? Or stick to my principals and lose my modest salary and benefits?
by Chris Blair 7 years ago
"Michael Mahoney Jr wrote: Chris and John: I will not sign this legal document knowing full well that I intend to break it. Or just go blindly along thinking "they won't touch my stuff. They don't car
converting video_ts to work with FCP
by george sloan 7 years ago
Looking for constructive advice. I have no choice but to convert several clips from VIDEO_TS using MPEG Streamclip for editing on a FCP 1080i Timeline. The source material for the VIDEO_TS is from DVC
Re: converting video_ts to work with FCP
by Chris Blair 7 years ago
Jason, Yes it is. We had an intern who worked with us that's now at WFIE. I can't remember his last name. First name was A.J...A great kid. He one you know Chris Blair Magnetic Image, Inc. Evansville,
DV Codec for the AVS Video Converter
by Bob Amato 7 years ago
I don t know if this is the right forum ... This may sound as a newbie question, but here goes ... I need a DV Codec for the AVS Video Converter. I ve planned to use the Panasonic DV Codec 2.64. But t
Re: DV Codec for the AVS Video Converter
by Chris Blair 7 years ago
There's a difference between them but it's not huge. Microsoft's DV codec is generally considered pretty poor. But there are many others, from Panasonic's to Canopus that are all considered good codec
OT - Search Engine Optimization - Non Video Question
by Rob Grauert 7 years ago
This questions is completely irrelevant to what is generally covered on this site, so I apologize in advance. I figured someone here might have an answer. I know someone who was falsely arrested for s
Re: Search Engine Optimization to defend a false arrest
by Chris Blair 7 years ago
Mads Nybo J rgensen: Once something is on the net, it normally stays on the net. So even if the publisher was to remove the story, it will still be stored on Google servers and elsewhere. I don't beli
Footage Requests: Standard Procedure Thoughts?
by Patrick Ortman 7 years ago
Hi Guys, and Happy New Year! Mainly, our deal is a written contract and clear understanding that we'll deliver our cut of a project for a certain price (with a ton of caveats for things that often cha
Re: Footage Requests: Standard Procedure Thoughts?
by Chris Blair 7 years ago
This issue has been covered over and over in these forums and the same misinformation continues to be given in the answers. If you're hired to shoot a video for a client, in the absense of something i
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Requesting Footage...
by Anthony Bottini 7 years ago
Hi Everyone, Sorry for the somewhat elemental question but for the projects I normally take on for my small business, they typically only require me to use footage that I shoot. I now have a client th
Re: Thanks David
by Chris Blair 7 years ago
I used to do documentary work and we used Library of Congress photos in many of them. The research and duplication costs can surprise you. 17-18 years ago it used to average costing about $50-$75 per
VOB file to MPEG Streamline PROBLEMS
by cassie ross 7 years ago
I'm working with an iMAC Mac OSX 10.4.11 and MPEG Streamclip 1.9.2 My family shot some footage on a Sony camera that uses mini DVD's After getting the footage on the imac, i began to compress the file
Re: VOB file to MPEG Streamline PROBLEMS
by Chris Blair 7 years ago
I think you're misunderstanding how the chapter files work. You could have 40 chapter points with thumbnails and only 1 .vob file with all the clips in it. Or...you could have 40 chapter points and th
Decklink Extreme HD driver conflict
by Chris Blair 7 years ago
We have an older Decklink Extreme HD card in an HP xw6200 PC with quad-core processor, 4GB RAM, ATI Radeon 4600 graphics with 1GB memory, and plenty of hard-drive storage. It runs decently with Premie
the forum leaders just exploded
by Bob Zelin 7 years ago
Wow, how come we get the new cool look, and no one else does Bob Zelin
Re: the forum leaders just exploded
by Chris Blair 7 years ago
Whoa...I didn't even know I was a forum leader! Actually...I don't think I am...but glad to be up there! Chris Blair Magnetic Image, Inc. Evansville, IN www.videomi.com Read our blog www.videomi.com b
Sharemax
by Andrew Ryann 7 years ago
Hey. Anyone using the Sharemax Ethernet based video storage system from Promax Any other thoughts on Ethernet-based editing or experience with other providers of such Thanks, Andrew
Re: Sharemax
by Chris Blair 7 years ago
Probably 90% of our projects are SD; we only load "good" takes for projects, and we have a really good backup workflow. We backup to a 4TB LaCie network drive every night, then once every 30 or 60 day
Signs of the Apocalypse
by Chris Blair 7 years ago
In the last 6-12 months we've experienced some things that we believe are signs of a coming Apocalypse. 1. At major corporations, people are being transferred from previous careers in IT, Human Resour
Re: The Silver Lining
by Chris Blair 7 years ago
Wow...I didn't realize my rant would create such a stir! I will say that as a company we're going on our 15th year in business, so we're not new to any of this and have seen our share of change in tha
cross-platform SAN/NAS friendly to iMacs, laptops?
by Eric Jurgenson 7 years ago
According to info I am picking up on this forum, cross-platform (Mac Win) shared video storage doesn't work well in a NAS configuration because the Apple implimentation of SMB has issues. But in a SAN
Re: cross-platform SAN/NAS friendly to iMacs, laptops?
by Chris Blair 7 years ago
Apace's systems all work cross platform. They're file-system and protocol agnostic. They don't care what kind of OS you're using. They have many clients using them with both Windows and Mac editing sy
Somebody explain this to me
by Nick Griffin 7 years ago
I understand how social media works and how valuable it can be in business, career, etc. I'm especially sure that this is useful to people in big companies who need to foster network relationships to
Re: Somebody explain this to me
by Chris Blair 7 years ago
Scott Sherrif: 1. It is free. Of course, you get what you pay for, but since it is a free way to promote your business, why not use it. Lots of great posts about this subject (enjoyed Mike's conversat
Raw footage but different situation then past here..please read
by Steven Cambria 7 years ago
Hi All...Forgive me if this is the same topic that was discussed before, but I believe it to be different. Situation. I shot a short with acquaintances that all share an equal level. We are all actors
Re: Raw footage but different situation then past here..please read
by Chris Blair 7 years ago
If your description of the intent of the group is accurate, then the guy you're battling with is indeed a supreme douchebag! Why on earth would he not want you to have the footage Are you sure he does
SAN Network Question
by Larry Zapotocky 7 years ago
We produce a daily news show and have 7 computers connected via a GB network. We are looking for a central Network Attached Storage solution that we can all grab files from. We don't necessarily have
Re: SAN Network Question
by Chris Blair 7 years ago
I don't doubt Bob's recommendation or that SNS is a good solution too... but I can tell you from experience that Apace is also a great solution for GB shared video storage. We run one of their vStor s
I built a 3 workstation SAN spending $120 at Best Buy
by Jim Newman 7 years ago
Bob, don't be angry with me. I work at a small promo company. Over the course of the last couple months it had become increasingly clear that our one FCP station wasn't going to be able to maintain th
Re: I built a 3 workstation SAN spending $120 at Best Buy
by Chris Blair 7 years ago
To add to Bob's point....will this setup work reliably when you're working on deadline and you have drives that are 60-70% full We use an Apace vStor system with 4 edit stations attached via gig-e. Wh
SAN Idiot
by Catama Productions 7 years ago
Hey All, We run a small boutique house in Maine with 4 or 5 edit systems running FCP. I am trying to get my head around the SAN idea, and how it will save costs over our "Sneaker-net" system that we h
Re: SAN Idiot
by Chris Blair 7 years ago
And don't forget a backup array for all those files! You should also look at Apace. We have one of their systems and I can attest that it's a rock-solid piece of equipment that does EXACTLY what they
Steadicam vs. Camera Stabilizers
by Chris Blair 7 years ago
We'll be shooting a project for a Seminary where the client wants the video to give the viewer the feeling that the camera is following a couple of students through a typical day on-campus. We'd like
Re: Steadicam vs. Camera Stabilizers
by Chris Blair 7 years ago
Thanks guys. I understand built-in camera stabilization isn't a substitute for a steadicam and won't approach the look of one...but the client's budget may not allow for hiring a steadicam owner opera
DVD Disc Publishers
by Chris Blair 8 years ago
Not sure if this is the right place for this but it comes the closest to the topic. We're getting more jobs where we have to author and burn 100 to 1000 DVDs for clients and it's a pain to send the jo
Re: DVD Disc Publishers
by Noah Kadner 8 years ago
I think we're still a year or two away from Blu-ray large run dup projects. Personally I think we'll get to 100% downloadable content before that happens. Blu-ray is likely to be the last major physic
Author DVD to stop between titles without menu
by Chris Blair 8 years ago
We only author DVDs occasionally and we do fairly simple menus and submenus. We typically use DVD Architect but we also have Adobe Encore. We have a client that has an odd DVD request. We produced a s
Re: Author DVD to stop between titles without menu
by Chris Blair 8 years ago
Thanks guys! Appreciate the help. But naturally, since you've helped me figure out how to do it...the client now wants a traditional menu! But hey, I learned something new! Thanks again. Chris Blair M
Adding HDMI to Decklink HD Extreme 1
by Chris Blair 8 years ago
We have an HP system with the original Decklink HD Extreme card. We'd like to add HDMI monitoring to the system (we capture and output via SDI). What would be the best way to add that capability to th
Re: Adding HDMI to Decklink HD Extreme 1
by Chris Blair 8 years ago
Thanks...that's what I figured. Guess I should've waited a version or two to buy the Decklink HD Extreme! We'll just stick with component monitoring. Chris Blair Magnetic Image, Inc. Evansville, IN ww
Great De-noise Plug-in
by Chris Blair 8 years ago
I don't post in this forum much but figured this was the best place to post this. I also don't tout products or software that often, but I've recently found and used a plug-in that I think is the most
Re: Great De-noise Plug-in
by Duncan Moss 8 years ago
I have to agree. This is the best tool I've ever seen for reducing noise. When you need it - you really need it and this one really works. Duncan Moss Producer Moss Media Solutions
Make text description appear
by Chris Blair 8 years ago
I've designed a few websites but am not an experienced web designer. I've done some javascript & DHTML stuff but most of it has been created from tutorials where you can copy paste the code...and or t
Re: Make text description appear
by Chris Blair 8 years ago
Fernando, Thought I'd update this thread. We ended up using a variation on your method rather than using the javascript code from JW Player. We use Microsoft Expression and you can bascially do the sa
Background image and other images do no show on web
by DeeAnn Scott 8 years ago
http: myweb.cableone.net swcd home.htm My web site at address above (at work).... my background does not show on the web but it does in dreamweaver version 6 which I use....can anyone help me....the g
Re: Background image and other images do no show on web
by Chris Blair 8 years ago
It shows up when I look at it. Chris Blair Magnetic Image, Inc. Evansville, IN www.videomi.com
flv files vs. mp4
by Chris Blair 8 years ago
I'm still interested in hearing thoughts on many web designers' preferance for flv over mp4 H264 video. With all the major video sites switching or having already switched to H264, why the seeming pre
Re: flv files vs. mp4
by Chris Blair 8 years ago
Good point and likely a big reason for the preference. Chris Blair Magnetic Image, Inc. Evansville, IN www.videomi.com
making dvd accessable from website
by Gary Caganoff 8 years ago
Hi, I wish to upload my entire DVD to my website so people can download it menus and all. Firstly is this possible Secondly where can I find a tutorial to do this if it's not as straight forward as I
Re: making dvd accessable from website
by Chris Blair 8 years ago
Funny but we just did this for a client and that's exactly what we did. Create image files and the client just puts links on the pages. They even created cover art the visitor can download and print t
Any way to reduce echo in audio
by Dave Petteruto 8 years ago
Hello, I have a tool demonstration video that was shot in an enclosed garage. Because of the garage acoustics there is a slight echo in the audio. Is there anything I can do in Vegas (9) to reduce thi
Re: Any way to reduce echo in audio
by Chris Blair 8 years ago
There are also plug-ins (usually have "transient" in the name) that can help. We used one called Transient Shaper, and it can add to or reduce room acoustics. So while these were developed to give aud
Vegas + Decklink Studio = Thruput?
by Ken Wilson 8 years ago
This question is for anyone using Vegas who is capturing an SDI stream using a Decklink Studio card. Does the card also throughput the video stream to the analog outputs IE, can you use the card to bo
Re: Vegas + Decklink Studio = Thruput?
by Chris Blair 8 years ago
We have a Decklink HD Extreme that we use with Vegas. When we capture via SDI, we are able to see the output simultaneously via component on an NTSC studio monitor. So it definitely sends the SDI sign
Optimizing PC for Vegas 8 Pro
by Chris Blair 8 years ago
We've just recently started using Vegas 8 Pro on an HP xw6200 quad-core computer with 4GB RAM, huge SATA system drive using shared video storage on an Apace vStor via gigabit ethernet. The computer ha
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Norman Willis liked this 8 years ago
Re: Optimizing PC for Vegas 8 Pro
by Chris Blair 8 years ago
Yes..we realize all that...my question was, why the 4 different options on the preview dropdown It's very confusing and the manual doesn't clearly explain them or explain what the optimal settings sho
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