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Chris Tompkins

Producer & Director Since 1993.
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Will horrible dissolves ever be fixed in Premiere Pro CC?
by Dan Friedman 2 months ago
Over the past two years I've managed to pry my fingers loose from the now-chilled corpse of FCP7. I've moved on to get comfy with both Premiere Pro and Avid Media Composer. I'm not interested in a glo
Re: Will horrible dissolves ever be fixed in Premiere Pro CC?
by Chris Tompkins 2 months ago
yes, I've seen this forever, why are we paying them again Chris
Adobe Premiere CC 2015 too slow
by Michael Alexandrovich 2 months ago
Hello, I'm currently facing a very frustrating issue in Adobe Premiere CC 2015. I'm trying to edit 1080p, 30 fps footage with a bitrate of 20Mbps but editing it is impossible for me at the moment beca
Re: Adobe Premiere CC 2015 too slow
by Chris Tompkins 2 months ago
2015.2 win 7 very slow, black screen for video freezes lockups Chris
video playback issue in latest update yesterday
by Brian Cooney 2 months ago
I'm on a PC and since the CC2015.3 update yesterday i'm not getting video playback in the timeline. audio yes but just black screen. the project was originally created in the previous version and it p
Re: video playback issue in latest update yesterday
by Chris Tompkins 2 months ago
How do we back install to the previous version please Having the same issue with 2015.2 and Windows 7 Chris
Big Problem! How to replace clips in Premiere CC?
by Michael Luber 2 months ago
Hi, first I have to say that I'm not a pro, but a advanced user. I finished the cut of a whole 15 min movie. Shot with a GoPro Then I added some Lumetri color grading and looks and after that, heavy a
Re: Big Problem! How to replace clips in Premiere CC?
by Chris Tompkins 2 months ago
Yes, very easielly. 1. import all the new clips into the project. 2. with the edit sequence open, select (single clcik) the new clip in the browser. 2. Select the clip it's replacing in the sequence a
2015.3 2 Bugs...Anyone Else?
by Duke Sweden 2 months ago
1. In the Media Browser, the files are constantly blinking on and off and shooting up to the top whenever I try to select 1 or more to import. If I leave it alone they behave. I can import through the
Re: 2015.3 2 Bugs...Anyone Else?
by Chris Tompkins 2 months ago
Yes, Massive slow downs. Do they do this to encourage hardware upgrades hmm Can someone please provide the steps to roll back a version Chris
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 3 months 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 1 year ago
Premiere Pro will only export parts of my sequence
by Samuel Chamalet 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago
If your footage is Interlaced I would: Capture Interlaced. Edit Interlaced. Export a progressive version. 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
GH4 yellow skin tone
by Paul Lo 2 years ago
Hi all, I have been getting this yellow skin blotches ever since I bought the GH4. It's a very nice camera, but I kept getting the yellow blotches on people. I would like to know what I did wrong or d
Re: GH4 yellow skin tone
by Chris Tompkins 2 years ago
No, No, a still from the video with the issue. Export a frame from the video track. Chris
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
Best settings for HVX 200 when mastering 720_30P?
by Michael Johnson 2 years ago
Have any of you camera folks found it that much better to shoot 1080 when the final product is always 720 Does it depend on the shoot We are not that choked for P2 space. I have NOT found it to be bet
Re: Best settings for HVX 200 when mastering 720_30P?
by Chris Tompkins 2 years ago
One advantage with 1080 is you can still edit in a 720 sequence, thus having room to push in and re-position shots without losing resolution. Chris
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
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
Totally screwed up frame rate issue
by Todd VanSlyck 2 years ago
I've got a screwy situation here and was wondering if one of you could help me. I borrowed a Panasonic HVX200AP P2 camera to use as a second camera to shoot a graduation ceremony. I set the capture mo
Re: Totally screwed up frame rate issue
by Chris Tompkins 2 years ago
You can use 24p footage in a 30p edit and not have any speed change... Chris
What to do w/ the legacy AJ-SDX900 cams?
by Sam Lee 2 years ago
Couldn't find tape-based Panasonic forum to post. But I'm facing a dilemma w the AJ-SDX900 cam. Even it's over 10 years old, taking the same 2 3" HD lens over to this legacy body still produce pretty
Re: What to do w/ the legacy AJ-SDX900 cams?
by Chris Tompkins 2 years ago
Hang on to it for the occasional SD only job or just sell it or donate it to a school college church. I'm sure it has made you some money over the years. Can't think of a good use for SD cams anymore.
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
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
2 HPX 170 questions
by Jack Niedenthal 3 years ago
1) when I shoot 1080i 60 and then output it as an H264 file it comes out as 29.67 fps. Shouldn't is be 60 fps as I have the settings on FCP to look at the first clip and set that as the frame rate 2)
Re: 2 HPX 170 questions
by Chris Tompkins 3 years ago
1080i 60i is 60 fields per second or 29.97 FPS. 1080i 30p is 29.97 FPS. The 170 is not that great in low light, you gotta bump up the gain, keep the shutter at 1 60. Chris
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Awesome behind the scenes look at the TV operation for the Super Bowl
by Mark Suszko 3 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 3 years ago
Great stuff, thanks for posting. Chris
Let's play "Bid This Crazy Edit Job" Give me your hypothetical price?
by Karen McCrocklin 3 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 3 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 3 years ago
Field monitor suggestions
by Troy Vaupel 3 years ago
I'm looking to purchase a field monitor for use with my HPX-170. I do heavy retail work in the automotive field, so something sturdy would be a necessity. I'm always hesitant to trust reviews on retai
Re: Field monitor suggestions
by Chris Tompkins 3 years ago
FSI Monitors are top-notch. Their field monitors are a little on the heavy side but are solid and quality. Chris
Exporting in 1920 x 1080 vs 1080 x 720
by Lance Thompson 3 years ago
I am shooting footage in 24p on a Panasonic HVX 200. I delivered the finished product in 1080 x 720 initially (264) but they said it looked grainy and asked for it to be delivered in 1920 x 1080. I di
Re: Exporting in 1920 x 1080 vs 1080 x 720
by Chris Tompkins 3 years ago
Nobody said anything about full raster Tom. We knows DVCPROHD is a thin raster format. The 200 shoots 1080p. You can export to a 1920x1080 file just fine with that. Chris
To deinterlace or not to deinterlace when transcoding footage?
by Andy Jarvis 3 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 3 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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audio issue with Sennheiser mics and HPX170
by Jack Niedenthal 3 years ago
I was filming the other night with 2 sets of the Sennheiser ew 100-ENG G3 Wireless Clip-On Lavalier Microphone Sets. The mics and their bases were set to different frequencies and I used both 1 & 2 XL
Re: audio issue with Sennheiser mics and HPX170
by Chris Tompkins 3 years ago
For one, you should not be running Phantom Power to those mic receivers. Chris
Video shoot advice
by Scott Gaskin 3 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 3 years ago
dog bark Chris
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HPX-170 Camera
by Chris Tompkins 3 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
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