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time code generator
by Craig Alan 2 days ago
Would like to start using gen lock and timecode sync for multicam shoots. Not quite getting the chain of connections. I will have 2-3 camcorders with gen lock and timecode sdi bnc. I'm planning to buy
Re: time code generator
by Craig Alan 5 hours ago
Thanks Brian, i need to get the proposal in yesterday so am under pressure. So what gear do I need to use the 633 to jam sync the cameras Just interconnects The two devices need to connected when your
relinking media on back up drive in 10.3
by Craig Alan 3 months ago
In previous versions, I could reimport my entire card copy folder and missing media would repopulate in FC very quickly. In 10.3 I can relink only by navigating to the media folder (I do not keep mine
Re: relinking media on back up drive in 10.3
by Craig Alan 2 days ago
to sure why I didn't see this before. That was not the behavior before 10.3. If a codec was native to FCP X ir would only rewrap it not transcode it even if you selected optimized. Its logic was its a
looking for cloud back-up
by Craig Alan 2 days ago
I have the need for both my home office and for a studio I run. I want incremental backups of media raids without my having to deal with it. I use four drive raid 5 in Pegasus and Thunderbays. I am ti
Re: looking for cloud back-up
by Craig Alan 2 days ago
yeah i see that now. wouldn't mind spending some on faster bandwidth. How fast do I need it That doesn't change the fact that at least CrashPlan PRO didn't feel they could handle that much data - they
Can a project be too large?
by Noam Osband 4 days ago
I'm working on a film that's a little over 3 hours. I find every day, FCP X crashes once or twice. I usually close most of my programs so it's not computer memory, and both my computer and the externa
Re: Can a project be too large?
by Craig Alan 2 days ago
I don't have experience with MBP but what I am told and haven't had time to deal with it yet is to take it to apple store and insist on a new one. They will of course look into the problem before doin
raid 0 long shot
by Craig Alan 5 days ago
a raid 0 pegasus first gen. Four 2TB drives. Populated with sparse bundles. One of the drives died at least according to Pegasus utility and the same drive has a red light indicating it has a problem
Re: raid 0 long shot
by Craig Alan 3 days ago
yup. So what system or service should I look at that could do incremental backups of 7 stations with a raid 5 media drive each without my needing to be doing it I'm wearing too many hats and working 2
sony lenses
by Craig Alan 1 week ago
listening to reviews. ran into one from a pro film maker who went into a lot of detail on the FS7 but back in 2015. He said that the sony lenses were really poor for manually focus and recommended the
Re: sony lenses
by Craig Alan 3 days ago
Thanks Mark, My conclusions after some more research. I'm gong to go with a Metabones T Smart Adapter Mark IV but not the speed booster which does not work with the PXW-FS7M2 or the A7Sll. I'm going t
Looking for new camcorders with best image quality.
by Craig Alan 1 week ago
The Sony A7S R mirrorless cams are getting a lot of attention as having perhaps the best image quality for video short of an Alexa. After looking into it, I find the Sony FS7 line and perhaps the Sony
Re: Looking for new camcorders with best image quality.
by Craig Alan 1 week ago
Speedbooster is a cool thing Was on my list for the very reasons you mentioned. But once you do, it gives you a lot of power in post that you never would have with a camera shooting a straight Rec709
best bang for the buck Sony camcorder
by Craig Alan 1 week ago
The Sony A7S R mirrorless cams are getting a lot of attention as having perhaps the best image quality for video short of an Alexa. After looking into it, I find the Sony FS7 line and perhaps the Sony
FS7 shooting ProRes workflow. Thoughts?
by Chris Linke 3 weeks ago
Our company has just purchased an FS7. We also purchased the XDCA-FS7, which allows us to shoot ProRes in the camera. Not having to transcode XAVC to ProRes is a nice timesaver in post. We're still ed
Re: FS7 shooting ProRes workflow. Thoughts?
by Craig Alan 1 week ago
get a video recorder like Atomos Shogun Inferno (disclaimer: I'm in the market for one but don't know the best model for my needs yet) https: www.bhphotovideo.com c product 1247728-REG atomos_atonfi00
Is It Save To Upgrade to El Capitan?
by Ken Bennett 1 year ago
I never jump on a new OS until all the bugs have been worked out. When El Capitan came out there were pros and cons at about 50 50. So I did not upgrade. I heard stories that the computer ran slower a
Re: Is It Save To Upgrade to El Capitan?
by Craig Alan 2 weeks ago
You could create a partition or use an external drive and clone your system on to that drive. Then update your FC drive to the latest OS and stay current. But better check if the latest FC works with
Should I invest in a new camera body or new lens?
by Ezra Phelps 2 months ago
I have a Canon Rebel T3i that I bought over two years ago. It has been a good little camera, but as I have learned more about it over the years I have discovered things I don't like about it. This inc
Re: Should I invest in a new camera body or new lens?
by Craig Alan 2 weeks ago
If you get EF lenses and stay with Canon (or any cam that uses EF lenses) in the future it makes huge difference. If you are shooting indoors then invest in studio lights and separate your subject fro
New Canon camera purchase question
by Jenn Lindsay 4 weeks ago
Hello there! I've been shooting doc footage on a Canon T5i and I've been pretty happy with it, although I'm ready for an upgrade to better image quality and full HDMI out. I'm trying to make a decisio
Re: New Canon camera purchase question
by Craig Alan 2 weeks ago
in case u haven't spent all your budget yet. try this Canon EF 50mm f 1.8 STM Lens B&H # CA5018EFSTM MFR # 0570C002. https: www.bhphotovideo.com c product 1143787-REG canon_0575c001_es_68_lens_hood.ht
Update 'Projects' and 'Events' Folders with 10.3?
by Doug Metz 3 weeks ago
Here's a good one... I've got a few older drives with the old 10.0.x Projects and Events folders, and can't seem to find a way to merge those into a Library with 10.3.x, as it appears Apple has remove
Re: Update 'Projects' and 'Events' Folders with 10.3?
by Craig Alan 2 weeks ago
back em up first. Mac Pro, macbook pro, Imacs (i7); Canon 5D Mark III 70D, Panasonic AG-HPX170 AG-HPX250P, Canon HV40, Sony Z7U VX2000 PD170; FCP 6 certified; FCP X write professionally for a variety
battery power to a kino select 30 DMX
by Craig Alan 3 weeks ago
trying to power this light by battery: Kino Flo Select 30 DMX System B&H # KISYSS30120U MFR # SYS-S30-120U What do you think of this : IDX System Technology Two DUO-C95 V-Mount Batteries & Charger Pow
Re: battery power to a kino select 30 DMX
by Todd Terry 3 weeks ago
Hi Craig... Those batteries should work, but you'll have to do a bit of DIY... You'll need to be able to wire two of those batteries together (wired in a series, not parallel). Firstly, you'll need tw
Sierra vs el cap
by Craig Alan 4 weeks ago
Any reason or not to update One Up side is it will shut apple up till we move to a new gen. Downside is I'd rather my phone acted like my mac than vice versa. Mac Pro, macbook pro, Imacs (i7); Canon 5
rebooting
by Craig Alan 3 weeks ago
Yeah I know I'm not alone on this rebooting issue and some of the descriptions of what happens varies. Since Apple can't consistently reproduce it its hard to solve. Its really unnerving when using co
Jobs' advice
by Oliver Peters 4 weeks ago
Relevant to why FCPX is what it is today. https: qz.com 884489 steve-jobs-saved-apple-and-nike-with-the-same-piece-of-advice - Oliver Oliver Peters Post Production Services, LLC Orlando, FL www.oliver
Re: Jobs' advice
by Craig Alan 3 weeks ago
And Photos has (according to Apple but not pros) replaced iPhoto AND Aperture. I was thinking at the time that Apple would get rid of iMovie and Photos would evolve into a true Aperture replacement li
FCP X features or lack thereof. Your opinion on the rationale.
by Tangier Clarke 4 months ago
Re: FCP X 10.3 Folks, I am a proponent of FCP X for a lot of reason I don't care to rehash here and now. I've been committed since it's buggy release. The updates (large and small) have been great, bu
Re: FCP X features or lack thereof. Your opinion on the rationale.
by Craig Alan 3 months ago
Did you just let the app store do its thing or did you do a clean install Mac Pro, macbook pro, Imacs (i7); Canon 5D Mark III 70D, Panasonic AG-HPX170 AG-HPX250P, Canon HV40, Sony Z7U VX2000 PD170; FC
10.3 and previous version on the same system?
by Fabrizio D'Agnano 4 months ago
Hello. I installed 10.3. I am now upgrading the libraries I was working on. Some went through flawlessly, one is showing some issues. It won't upgrade. If I launch El Capitan and open it from the "old
Re: 10.3 and previous version on the same system?
by Craig Alan 3 months ago
any progress on this issue debating the switch to sierra. had no issues on FC 10.3 w capitan. Should I upgrade the OS Did you do a clean install or not Mac Pro, macbook pro, Imacs (i7); Canon 5D Mark
No more Cool Lights Fresnel 650's. Alternative?
by Rick Wise 4 months ago
Cool Lights (Richard) has informed me he will no longer carry the 650 tungsten Fresnel. I require my online lighting students to have one of these to learn about that multiple advantages of using Fres
Re: No more Cool Lights Fresnel 650's. Alternative?
by Craig Alan 3 months ago
Thanks. do you have any side by side comparisons or even just examples of the light you are getting with the new ones. Are the traditional name brands not as good as the ones you are suggesting or jus
safe to update to 3
by Craig Alan 4 months ago
Surprised not seeing the usual warnings of bugs and experiment on a separate drive etc. Is it safe to just update or do I keep the older version for unfinished projects. If so how to start learning 3
Re: safe to update to 3
by Craig Alan 4 months ago
How are your finding rx 4 for removing unwanted b.g. noise Will RX 5 work with FCP X 3 Mac Pro, macbook pro, Imacs (i7); Canon 5D Mark III 70D, Panasonic AG-HPX170 AG-HPX250P, Canon HV40, Sony Z7U VX2
Sierra vs El Capitan
by Craig Alan 4 months ago
I'm still on El Capitan. Should I update Also is there anyway to do a clean install and then bring my mail and bookmarks and so forth into the clean install. I used to do this every update. But with E
levels
by Craig Alan 6 months ago
From the SD 302 manual: "The 302 s scale is designed for digital recording devices, providing maximum information between -30 dBu to 0 dBu which is where typical peaks occur (-50 to -20 dBFS). This al
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Robert Withers liked this 6 months ago
Re: levels
by Craig Alan 5 months ago
Thanks Ty, setting the limiter below+20 to +12 makes sense to me. So getting back to my original question: "I normally run peak levels to -10 to -12 on the mixers and output of the 664." are these you
Senneheiser G2 wireless mics - transmitter immediately turning off
by Daryl Meowder 6 months ago
Hello, I just borrowed a set of wireless mics from someone for a last minute shoot. They are the Sennheiser EW 100 G2. I'm not familiar with the quality of the mics and as soon as I got them home, thi
Re: Senneheiser G2 wireless mics - transmitter immediately turning off
by Craig Alan 6 months ago
unlikely but possible: check the battery contacts and makes sure there is no acid build up. if there is, wipe it clean with a tooth brush or a cleaner like Deoxit D5. Also check cables - a loose conne
A different camera?
by Andrei Constantinescu 6 months ago
Hello, nice to meet you! :) I've been using a Panasonic GH2 and wanted to switch now to a Canon 5D Mark III in order to make cinematographic movies. However, I started asking around if it would be bet
Re: A different camera?
by Craig Alan 6 months ago
The lenses you mentioned will cost way more than the 5d. B&h has a three lens kit for 14,000. Check the mm prices you need. The 5d m4 was just released. Mac Pro, macbook pro, Imacs (i7); Canon 5D Mark
LED fixtures in high humidity
by Bob Cole 6 months ago
With LEDs we are exposing circuit boards to a lot of stresses, not least of them humidity and heat. Several fixtures that I have seen have vents, some on top, to handle heat dissipation. Any real-worl
Re: LED fixtures in high humidity
by Craig Alan 6 months ago
We are using LEDs that were designed to wash the outside walls of buildings in our studio to light the CYC wall. Diffusion needed to be added inside the fixtures. Certainly not humid here. But outside
security cable
by Craig Alan 6 months ago
I need to hang a space light and the only mounting point I see is a vertical support supporting an HVAC duck. Can I put a security cable through the support beam and hang the light from this I assume
Re: security cable
by Craig Alan 6 months ago
Ok just thought maybe there was a way to rig it so it wouldn't rock. I have an order I'm hoping will be approved that includes a lot of grip equipment including Matthew's hangers which might be better
Getting a sound feed for Sony PXW-X70 camcorder from SD 744T
by Anna Wong 7 months ago
Hi everyone, I would like to see if it is possible to connect the hardwares in the following way in order to receive the sound fee from my SD 744T. The sound feed is mainly for rough cut editing and s
Re: Getting a sound feed for Sony PXW-X70 camcorder from SD 744T
by Craig Alan 7 months ago
From the 744T manual: Analog Line Out L, R The analog line outputs are active-balanced line-level signals on Switchcraft TA3M locking connec- tors. The output level is a nominally 0 dBu at -20 dBFS. T
Folder Greyed Out in Finder
by Chip Hess 8 months ago
I have a 1TB drive I have been using on an editing project. Today I went to add some material to a footage folder, which has suddenly been greyed out, and am unable to open. I ran Disk Utility and dri
Re: Folder Greyed Out in Finder
by Craig Alan 7 months ago
Just to make sure i understand, once the folder was moved inside a new folder, it could then be opened and all the files inside it were then readable Mac Pro, macbook pro, Imacs (i7); Canon 5D Mark II
TV LED BackLights
by Ryan Walker 8 months ago
I am shooting a video in an office that has quite a few blueish purple LED TV backlights. Normally I would turn these off, but I'm curious if there is a trick to shoot around these with out the blow o
Re: TV LED BackLights
by Craig Alan 8 months ago
Can't imagine what the point is of LED backlight on a TV monitor. I could see the monitor becoming a framed piece off art display or slide show when its not being used but shining distracting lights a
Lighting Design Pros forum
by Craig Alan 8 months ago
where did it go Mac Pro, macbook pro, Imacs (i7); Canon 5D Mark III 70D, Panasonic AG-HPX170 AG-HPX250P, Canon HV40, Sony Z7U VX2000 PD170; FCP 6 certified; FCP X write professionally for a variety of
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Re: Lighting Design Pros forum
by Craig Alan 8 months ago
Thank you! One of my favorite forums. Combo of old and new school and really generous dialog. Mac Pro, macbook pro, Imacs (i7); Canon 5D Mark III 70D, Panasonic AG-HPX170 AG-HPX250P, Canon HV40, Sony
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Preference for LTO6 tape brand?
by Matthew Fisher 1 year ago
Is there any compelling reason to use one tape brand over another for LTO6 HP, Sony, IBM, Fuji ,Quantum, Maxell, IBM and TDK are all priced with $1 or $2 of each other. Is there any reason to go with
Re: Preference for LTO6 tape brand?
by Craig Alan 8 months ago
New to this. In the days of tape based camcorders and players it was highly recommended to have a head cleaning once per year. Does the same apply to LTO drives Mac Pro, macbook pro, Imacs (i7); Canon
Best backup storage for large media (100+gb cards etc.)
by David Wiese 11 months ago
Hey everyone, I'm the DIT for a smallish production company. In the past we have been backing up most of our raw shoot data to Sony Blu-ray discs using the PDW-U1. Unfortunately as we have moved furth
Re: Best backup storage for large media (100+gb cards etc.)
by Craig Alan 8 months ago
Also considering a move to LTO back up solutions. Does LTO software allow for incremental back ups Not sure I can afford buying both hard drive based incremental back ups and LTO. Currently looking at
Interested in buying Black Magic URSA
by Phillip Knapp 12 months ago
So the past couple years I've been working with the Sony NX5U and the boss man says to look into potentially a new better camera. I've heard great things about Black Magic and the price range is great
Re: Interested in buying Black Magic URSA
by Craig Alan 9 months ago
Don't think a cinema camera like the ursa is the right choice for this application. Try an ENG cam. Do you really want footage you need to grade and for the most part manually focus and expensive medi
iMac Hard disk partition got greyed and missing
by Naveen K. Chauhan 1 year ago
Dear All, I recently purchased iMac with Yosemite (10.10.3). Having 1 TB HDD, I created a partition named "MacWork". For last 3 days this partition is missing in finder and in DiskUtility a greyed nam
Re: iMac Hard disk partition got greyed and missing
by Craig Alan 1 year ago
Don't think disk warrior can rewrite a directory it can't see. If It won't mount, it can't help. There are other recover programs that will grab whatever files it can. Hard drives die and develop bad
Updating Apps on OSX? (FCP, Compressor, Motion)
by Stephen Rutherford 1 year ago
My predecessor at my job was responsible for setting up the Mac I am using (iMac) and seemingly set up things using his own personal Apple ID. When I (the "new guy") attempt to update the software, it
Re: Updating Apps on OSX? (FCP, Compressor, Motion)
by Craig Alan 1 year ago
Too many things you can't do wout admin account password. Try contacting Applecare. They should have a record based on serial number of Mac who owns it. Have that ready before you call. It's on the bo
Mac Hardware
by Rich Rubasch 1 year ago
Hi all; We have 6 older MacPro towers going back to 2007. Most are 2010 4.1 or 5.1 machines. All are pretty maxed out, except for graphic cards which we will be upgrading soon as we migrate to Premier
Re: Mac Hardware
by Craig Alan 1 year ago
Yes. Thanks. I think Bob Zelin recommended the Highpoint dock. I'll check again in article on backing up. OWC now makes one but not a lot of feedback yet. What do you use for backups I guess i could u
is Creative Cloud one way ticket?
by Craig Alan 1 year ago
Will the subscription model be a regrettable decision in the long run Let's say one wanted to buy in. Let's say 3 years down the road one wanted to buy out. You could continue paying month to month un
Re: is Creative Cloud one way ticket?
by Craig Alan 1 year ago
Thanks. Lots of links claim Aperture works fine with Captain. I haven't upgraded to Captain either but if I buy a new Mac my hand is forced. Or can I install Yosemite on the new Mac Took me a while to
Creative Cloud Holiday Discount Accounting?
by Bill Davis 1 year ago
So lots of email today and ads with DEEP discounts for a first year of CC. Like pushing near 70% off. IIRC the earlier discussions here the idea advanced was that the subscription rate didn't reflect
Re: Creative Cloud Holiday Discount Accounting?
by Craig Alan 1 year ago
Again it would be worth taking advantage of the sale if you had some way to access your projects and transfer export them if you choose to not renew (at full price). "Loss leader" may not be the case
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