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Chris Tompkins

Producer & Director Since 1993.
Offering High Quality Video Services.
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August 17th 2003
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AVCHD - Use .MTS files only?
by Max Frank 3 years ago
Hi there, I've been doing some experimenting with AVCHD files from a C100. As most you already know, there is a TON of meta data and all sorts of folders and whatnot. But all I care about is the foota
Re: AVCHD - Use .MTS files only?
by Chris Tompkins 5 days ago
Panasonic GH series cams do not have any record limit but card capacity. Chris
How do I rent a live monkey for a video shoot?
by Stephen Pickering 1 year ago
Hi there, I have two questions. First, my shoot will probably take place in Madison, WI. I Googled "madison monkey rentals" and found one company who rents monkeys, unfortunately it's not the ideal sp
Re: How do I rent a live monkey for a video shoot?
by Tom Sefton 1 year ago
If you manage to get a monkey, I will happily fly from England to work as a monkey fluffer or gear lackey on this shoot.
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Chris Tompkins liked this 11 months ago
Premiere Pro will only export parts of my sequence
by Samuel Chamalet 11 months ago
Hello everyone ! So I juste tried to export my new project in H264, and for some reasons, two parts of my 5:30 sequence won't render. They show up as this : The first part that doesn't render is a 5 s
Re: Premiere Pro will only export parts of my sequence
by Chris Tompkins 11 months ago
A couple of things to try; Copy all footage to a new sequence. Export direct from Pr instead of queue send to Me. Render out the AE clips first and import them into the edit. Chris
Having lots of trouble with Ultra Keying GH4 Footage...
by Chris Cella 11 months ago
http: i.imgur.com mTbJLDK.jpg Above is a still from the clip I'm trying to key. I have used this admittedly crappy blue screen setup before and I didn't have issues. Now I am having a difficult time s
Re: Having lots of trouble with Ultra Keying GH4 Footage...
by Chris Tompkins 11 months ago
Lighting is everything. That does not look well. Also, .h264 codecs are a poor choice for keying. You want 422 color or better. Advice; rotoscope. Take it into AE and make a tight mask around him, key
Mixing Footage 1080p & 720p Best Workflow?
by charlie parkinson 11 months ago
Hi there, I have been shooting in 1920x1080 25fps & 1280x720 50fps on a Canon 7D Mk1. I'm planning to downconvert the 1080p footage to 720p and work in a 25fps 720p sequence. The end film is only rele
Re: Mixing Footage 1080p & 720p Best Workflow?
by Chris Tompkins 11 months ago
drop your 720p footage into a new sequence to match settings. Scale your 1080p footage in Pr, in the 720p sequence. It'll work out just fine. Chris
deinterlaced video
by sebastian toth 11 months ago
What it best way make progressive video from interlaced video betacam SP (player SONY J3 SDI out) - AJA IO EXPRESS - QT mov (upper fields) Client wants QT prores LT progressive. I have some attemps (v
Re: deinterlaced video
by Chris Tompkins 11 months ago
If your footage is Interlaced I would: Capture Interlaced. Edit Interlaced. Export a progressive version. Chris
1080p input, but 720p ouput
by Michael Jansen 11 months ago
I am still a novice with Premiere, so please forgive my ignorance. I'm trying to create a little movie. My imported input files are all 1080p, and I successfully put together a little sequence with a
Re: 1080p input, but 720p ouput
by Chris Tompkins 11 months ago
Make sure your settings look like this pic: Adjust frame rate accordingly. Chris
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Strange audio glitch on output - is this a bug?
by Joe Chow 2 years ago
I had this problem a couple of months ago and posted something about on another forum, and I'm having the same problem again. Basically, it happens when I stack 2 or more audio dissolves fades on audi
Re: Strange audio glitch on output - is this a bug?
by Chris Tompkins 1 year ago
I don't think the settings will get around the glitches. This is the issue, the glitches, the fix needs to come from Adobe. Chris
I need a wireless mic system that works
by Dan LaCloche 2 years ago
What is the best wireless lav system I have an audio-technica 1800 series, but it's been letting me down (drop-outs, interference, range issues. Is there a higher quality, more reliable system out the
Re: I need a wireless mic system that works
by Chris Tompkins 2 years ago
LectroSonics - best Chris
Trying to settle something about 60fps to 24
by Sean Winn 2 years ago
Hi, I've been trying to settle something in my mind about shooting at 60 and dropping into a 24fps timeline. I've shot 60 for slo mo before, and most recently dropped it in the timeline, then slowed i
Re: Trying to settle something about 60fps to 24
by Chris Tompkins 2 years ago
Ya, there is no interlace. Your all progressive at 60p and 24p. So, the answer is yes, you can always shoot 60p, edit in 24p and only slow down what you want. Just recognize that 60p looks different t
Mixed formats and hanging macbook
by Ben Cooper 2 years ago
Hi Thanks for looking... CS5 2009 Macbook pro 10.6.8 2.66GHz core 2 duo I have around 6hrs of footage to cut down to an hour and a half. It's mpeg and mov from a canon 60D and XHA1. I think where I we
Re: Mixed formats and hanging macbook
by Chris Tompkins 2 years ago
Your system is aging and this project could be taxing it's resources. You do NOT want to got to .h264 for the cross hop. This is more of a delivery codec, sometimes acquisition. Can you import just th
Trendy effect in TV commercials and movie trailers
by Phil Snyder 2 years ago
I'm new to Adobe Premiere and AfteEffects. Can someone explain how to create that trendy effect you see in TV commercials and movie trailers where the title is partially obscured by an actor in the sc
Re: Trendy effect in TV commercials and movie trailers
by Shane Ross 2 years ago
Make REALLY BIG letters out of styrofoam and hang them from wires. PRACTICAL EFFECTS, YO! Shane Little Frog Post Read my blog, Little Frog in High Def
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Chris Tompkins liked this 2 years ago
AME: renders audio squeak/squak or no audio at all
by tad newberry 2 years ago
This is intermittment, though of course tonight, it is consistent. Last render out of Premiere, via AME, gave me no audio. The next gave me audio, but nothing but an annoying squak through the whole c
Re: AME: renders audio squeak/squak or no audio at all
by Chris Tompkins 2 years ago
I've seen this on occasion. What I did: Adjusted the audio ever so slightly right where there is the issue, like in my case, there were several audio snippets close together and over lapping. Try chan
Converting 25p footage with audio to 24p
by Joshua Gomeh 2 years ago
I have 25p footage which includes audio (voice) for documentary. How to convert it to 24p, while maintain sync, preferably also maintain the correct audio pitch Software I have include Edius 6, Adobe
Re: Converting 25p footage with audio to 24p
by Chris Tompkins 2 years ago
Try making a 24p sequence in Pr. Drop your clip in there and render, play, export, you might find it works fine. Chris
.prores Files
by Phil Evans 5 years ago
Hello all I have been sent some rushes and amongst the .movs are also .prores, .pcm and xml files. I was just wondering how I could have a look at the .prores files - I can't seem to open them in QT o
Re: .prores Files
by Chris Tompkins 2 years ago
.prores for a file extension is new to me. Prores is the codec. They should be .MOV files. What did your files from Chris
Exporting to 16:9 advice please
by Dougie Campbell 2 years ago
Hi there, I'm looking for some advice on exporting to 16:9 please. I'm exporting at 1920 1080. In the past, there have been times where everything has looked ok on my pc yet after exporting a head may
Re: Exporting to 16:9 advice please
by Chris Tompkins 2 years ago
Export - choosing the DVD mpeg2 option. Once the DVD compliant files are ready, import them into Adobe Encore or your choice app for Disc authoring. Chris
Adidas Battle Pack Commercial
by Rob Jennings 2 years ago
https: www.youtube.com watch v=--CeaG_rH64&feature=kp Could anyone provide insight into how this was made Absolutely stunning commercial work. Thanks
Re: Adidas Battle Pack Commercial
by Chris Tompkins 2 years ago
3D software Chris
Freelance video, new to DSLR
by Neil Orman 2 years ago
Hi, I have my first freelance video shoot using a DSLR camera and had a couple of questions for people with DSLR experience. I recently got a Canon 5D Mark III but come from a camcorder background, an
Re: Freelance video, new to DSLR
by Chris Tompkins 2 years ago
Being new to the camera and shooting kids (very active) getting into the menu switching formats might be the last thing you want to deal with on the fly like that. Shoot all 720, make it easy. JMO Chr
PrPro export to quicktime. HD
by Alan Stephens 4 years ago
I need to export from PrPro CS5.5 to a quicktime file (.mov) so I can import into a Finalcut 7 project. I'm using the great green screen in PRPro, but need to finish a FC project. PrPro or media encod
Re: PrPro export to quicktime. HD
by Chris Tompkins 2 years ago
Ya, the Prores codec is not free, there are apps to buy which come with it. Sending to cue using AME is nice for cueing up several vids to render, also does not tie up Pr. Use the Avid codex Dnx, it's
PRE PRO CC - Render work area befor exporting?
by Duca Simone Luchini 2 years ago
Hello everybody, I'd like to know if is necessary to render the entire work area sequence BEFORE exporting or not. I mean, if my work area is not completely rendered (to previsualize) it affects the e
Re: PRE PRO CC - Render work area befor exporting?
by Chris Tompkins 2 years ago
No need to render, Pr will refer to the raw material for export. Unless, you want to use the render files in your export, that is a checkbox option. Chris
Lenses for GH4
by James Dow 2 years ago
I've been shooting with an HVX200a for years but now I want to jump into DSLR video. I was about ready to plunk down the $$ for a Canon C100, as I already have some nice lenses. Now I'm intrigued by w
Re: Lenses for GH4
by Chris Tompkins 2 years ago
Ahh, yes. I have a 25mm Lumix f1.4 that is amazing, I would recommend something close to that. (Should have used it on that job) You can get old Canon glass for a deal and an adapter too. Take care an
Time lapse
by Stephen Smith 2 years ago
Just completed a fun Time-Lapse video that I thought turned out good, I hope you enjoy: http: vimeo.com 91439067#comment_11480226 Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Re: Time lapse
by Chris Tompkins 2 years ago
Nice job, looks great. Chris
Shooting aerial video from a helicopter
by Alex Ojeda 2 years ago
Hi, I will be shooting some aerial footage in a few weeks from now from a manned helicopter. This would be my first time shooting from it, so any tips, suggestions, do's and dont's would be greatly ap
Re: Shooting aerial video from a helicopter
by Chris Tompkins 2 years ago
shoot with the higher quality cam. shutter at double the frame rate and you'll be fine. Do you have a gyro mount Hand-held Chris
Open Restaurant Night Shoot
by Ali Quintana 2 years ago
Hi all. I have a hard job coming up. Shoot in an open air night time restaurant. Lots of warm practical lights agains an open air night background. Will fo this at 800 native iso on the BMCC. With a 5
Re: Open Restaurant Night Shoot
by Chris Tompkins 2 years ago
You're not getting any light from the night sky. Chris
70D vs. GH4
by Ryan Bales 2 years ago
So, since this is my first post, and I know the rules of most forums out there, here is a little bit about me: 1. I like shooting video 2. I like taking still photos 3. I am an amateur aspiring to cre
Re: 70D vs. GH4
by Chris Tompkins 2 years ago
For where you're at right now; I second the GH3 - amazing camera for your budget. Look up a couple GH3 shot clips. Chris
Cheap bag for transporting stands and gel rolls
by Mark Suszko 2 years ago
Probably not news to the pros here, but I found that a handy way to transport your lightweight light stands and rolls of window gel is with a baseball or softball fence bag. These are designed to hang
Re: Cheap bag for transporting stands and gel rolls
by Chris Tompkins 2 years ago
clever Chris
Difference in Component and Composite cables.
by John Mark 2 years ago
Hello CC, I have purchased the Intensity Shuttle for the purposes of outputting PAL video on a monitor. What analog signal for my HDTV will be best, component or composite cables Is there any differen
Re: Difference in Component and Composite cables.
by Chris Tompkins 2 years ago
Component signal is far superior to composite in all cases. Chris
Camera with wifi or camranger?
by Carlo Ferraro 2 years ago
After trying several bulb ramping devices for time lapse I decided to get back to change speed and Iso manually and edit on LRTimelapse, this time controlling the camera by wifi instead of moving sett
Re: Camera with wifi or camranger?
by Chris Tompkins 2 years ago
The Panny GH3 has wifi - fwiw Chris
Production Music
by Jon-Michael Brown 2 years ago
Can you guys please recommend a good resource or library for contemporary, good music. I'm doing a lot of instructional, corporate videos and I need something that can rest underneath narration yet gi
Re: Production Music
by Chris Tompkins 2 years ago
Check out beatsuite.com too. Chris
Moving project from fcp7
by Craig Johnson 2 years ago
I have been using fcp7 since it came out but realize all my work arounds will only continue to get more aggravating. I have a very long project I have picking away at for a year. It's done and Compres
Re: Moving project from fcp7
by Chris Tompkins 2 years ago
After you unlink the clip you can not delete the audio track Weird. Trash prefs Repair permissions Reboot Copy the edit and paste into new sequence Chris
Awesome behind the scenes look at the TV operation for the Super Bowl
by Mark Suszko 2 years ago
http: www.theverge.com 2013 11 25 5143794 inside-production-fox-sports-nfl-video
Re: Awesome behind the scenes look at the TV operation for the Super Bowl
by Chris Tompkins 2 years ago
Great stuff, thanks for posting. Chris
Let's play "Bid This Crazy Edit Job" Give me your hypothetical price?
by Karen McCrocklin 2 years ago
Just for fun, here's an edit job that I'm currently working on. I'm dying to know what any editors out there would quote for the job. After working on this for months I am fantasizing about the bill t
Re: Let's play "Bid This Crazy Edit Job" Give me your hypothetical price?
by Karen McCrocklin 2 years ago
After 20 years as a self employed editor I have learned only one thing. If my price is too high, your job is not for me. :)
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Chris Tompkins liked this 2 years ago
To deinterlace or not to deinterlace when transcoding footage?
by Andy Jarvis 2 years ago
I am confused by deinterlacing and would love an answer from someone who knows what they're talking about. I have just finished editing a documentary. It was shot on a DSLR Panasonic GH3, so it's HD 1
Re: To deinterlace or not to deinterlace when transcoding footage?
by Chris Tompkins 2 years ago
Well, Your footage was not interlaced to start. Would the "deinterlace" option do anything to progressive footage I'm not sure it would but don't know for a fact. Bring in a clip raw, render it and co
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Video shoot advice
by Scott Gaskin 2 years ago
Hi there, I am doing a video shoot next week for a person putting together online dog training videos. The studio is completely white. I am new to DSLR video and was reading up on good practice techni
Re: Video shoot advice
by Chris Tompkins 2 years ago
dog bark Chris
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HPX-170 Camera
by Chris Tompkins 2 years ago
For Sale up on Ebay right now: http: www.ebay.com itm HPX-170-Panasonic-Low-Hours-Video-Camcorder-AG-HPX170-Camera-3CCD-P2-HD- 111229048287 pt=Camcorders_Professional_Video_Cameras&hash=item19e5c495df
Audio Not playing
by Chris Tompkins 3 years ago
Pr Sequence-AVCDHD Export to mpeg2 DVD Bring into encore, audio does not play, mpeg audio or wav, sometimes plays, burn to disc - no audio, so frustrating, were is the PRO in this app Chris
Shooting from helicopter with an DSLR
by Lykkelige Larsen 3 years ago
I see there is need to update the discussion about how arial shots from helicopters can be done using DSLR's. In my case I will either be using a 7d or a 5d and as I'm mostly working on low budgets re
Re: Shooting from helicopter with an DSLR
by Chris Tompkins 3 years ago
There is a small gyro, stands on the floor on a stick, real cheap to rent, will make your footage much better. Do it right. Chris
Choosing proper XLR Microphone Cables
by Christopher Hill 3 years ago
I'm trying to find good XLR cables to replace our aging and inefficient cables, but with the myriad of options available I'm becoming quickly overwhelmed. We shoot very frequently in areas where there
Re: Choosing proper XLR Microphone Cables
by Chris Tompkins 3 years ago
I second Canare cables. Chris
Mac Pro 1,1 with Blackmagic design
by Michael Fouther 3 years ago
I have a MacPro 1,1 (2008) which works with both FCP 7 & FCP X. The new issue that formed regarding the use of a Sony JH-3 Deck that I'll use to in-guest our HDCAM tapes into FCP to perform our online
Re: Mac Pro 1,1 with Blackmagic design
by Chris Tompkins 3 years ago
The Decklink Studio card will work in that mac, it will come with machine control, it will have SDI in and out. Chris
Cool stock music for accounting and other hip subjects
by jim brodie 3 years ago
Hi folks, I'm looking for new sources of reasonably priced music for a series of five minute corporate profiles I'm doing. I've used an excellent source called Premiumbeat.com but would like to search
Re: Cool stock music for accounting and other hip subjects
by Chris Tompkins 3 years ago
Mark Suszko "SonicFire Pro 5 here" Hey Mark, Are you paying for each track used with this Downloaded demo and it looks like you add to cart each track you work on Chris
Corporate B roll suggestions
by Mark Alexander 3 years ago
I have been doing shoots for law firms lately that basically consists of the attorney telling the viewer about the firm. Nothing new under the sun here but that is the problem. I have no desire to see
Re: Corporate B roll suggestions
by Chris Tompkins 3 years ago
It's a good question, there is only so much variety in an office. Maybe; more energy in the music for the edit, with shorter cuts, Have a wide,medium and close of the guy on cam to help keep it moving
C300 1080 59.94i / 720 59.94P Importing Problems
by Travis Marshall 3 years ago
I received a drive with footage shot on the c300 at various frame rates for different purposes. The footage shot 1080 23.98 imports fine into Premiere and Final Cut. The footage shot 720 59.94P import
Re: C300 1080 59.94i / 720 59.94P Importing Problems
by Chris Tompkins 3 years ago
60 fields is 30 frames - to use round numbers. 60p on the other hand is 60 frames. Chris
anyone knowing the real impact of compressed raw 12 stops in the blackmagic production 4k ?
by Evans BriceƱo 3 years ago
I'm stuck to decide wich will be the better choice between the original BCCM vs the Production 4K. does someone have any new knowlege about the real performance in low light and Dynamic range with the
Re: anyone knowing the real impact of compressed raw 12 stops in the blackmagic production 4k ?
by Chris Tompkins 3 years ago
59.94i. or. 60i. Is NOT 60 FPS That's 60 fields or 30 frames Chris


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