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Canon C-300 MARK II vs Sony PXW-FS7M2
by Craig Alan 3 months ago
Canon C-300 vs Sony PXW-FS7M2 Now that they are selling within the same price range at least for this month. Thoughts Imacs (i7); Canon 5D Mark III 70D, Panasonic HPX250P, FCP X 10.3, teach video prod
Re: Canon C-300 MARK II vs Sony PXW-FS7M2
by Craig Alan 2 months ago
I decided on the Canon C-300. I felt at that same price point that the Canon had the better build quality and better ergonomics in terms of basic controls. Though Sony seemed to have a better form fac
Copying Media and File Storage
by Kasey Gay 3 months ago
Hi team, I apologize for posting something so obvious, but I ran a few searches and feel like my search terms are so vague that I can't find answers to the basic questions. 1. Can you shine some light
Re: Copying Media and File Storage
by Craig Alan 2 months ago
Two basic things that pretty much is universally agreed upon in the production community. One: do not keep your media on your system drive. The system drive is used for OS and Apps and small files. Ex
In/Out Points in the Timeline
by Adam White 4 years ago
In and Out Points in the timeline are driving me crazy in FCPX. Something happens with the in out points in the timeline which is hurrying me along into insanity. It is very possible that I am doing s
Re: In/Out Points in the Timeline
by Craig Alan 2 months ago
Not a comment on which is faster or more ergonomic; but whenever i want to select a beat on the timeline that I will need to use later for whatever reason, I just hit M (marker). If I want to set mult
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shogun as video and audio recorder
by Craig Alan 3 months ago
If I were using a Shogun to capture 4K video from either a Canon C-300 mark II or Sony FS7 mark II or Blackmagic Ursa, would the Shogun record the audio from a Sound Devices 302 with good quality or w
Re: shogun as video and audio recorder
by Craig Alan 3 months ago
"No one ever complains that there are to many copies of the media...... Ever" Yes of course. When you say camera disc you do mean the cam's media card, right I was asking about the other way round. Ha
Sony PXW-FS7M2 vs Canon C-300
by Craig Alan 3 months ago
Canon C-300 vs Sony PXW-FS7M2 Pros and cons Canon is on sale this month putting it in the same ballpark as the Sony. I'm posting in both forums, hope that is not inappropriate. Imacs (i7); Canon 5D Ma
Re: Sony PXW-FS7M2 vs Canon C-300 MARK II
by Craig Alan 3 months ago
Thanks Blaise. Having used the FS7 mark 1 what in particular was aded to the mark II that you think is worth the extra coin From BH site canon c-300mii color space 4:2:2 (YCC) 10-bit 4:4:4 (RGB) 12- o
FS7markII
by Film Fool 5 months ago
I'm a new FS7markII owner. I often have to shoot in Custom Mode and give clients media at the end of the day. No matter what I do with the Gamma settings my camera image looks flat in Custom mode. My
Re: FS7markII
by Craig Alan 3 months ago
Don't own one but looked into it. I remember reading that they have a preset in LUT 3 If so the review included some shots straight out the cam and they looked really good. Imacs (i7); Canon 5D Mark I
BrickSculpting and Classical Conditioning.
by Bill Davis 4 months ago
Catching up on the threads today I found myself thinking about how I learned to swim decades ago. The pool our family frequented as respite from the summer heat, had a swimming instructor named Joe, w
Re: Classical Conditioning
by Craig Alan 4 months ago
I find that post much more balanced and self reflective than your first. A swimming technique and the debate about editing workflows modified by the strengths and weaknesses of a given editing applica
why does some media keep disconnecting in my event?
by Jenn Lindsay 3 years ago
I filmed over a period of 3 months last spring with a Canon HF-10. I collected a lot of scattered folders of AVCHD footage. Then I moved, got a new computer, and last week just imported it all into FC
Re: why does some media keep disconnecting in my event?
by Craig Alan 5 months ago
This may be way off but have you tried modifying the storage locations and consolidating all the media to those locations even if they are all to the library which you might have done already by defau
video noise reduction plug in
by Craig Alan 5 months ago
Is NEAT still the best plug in for video noise reduction Anything built it - don't see it in effects. Imacs (i7); Canon 5D Mark III 70D, Panasonic HPX250P, FCP X 10.3, teach video production in L.A.
Re: video noise reduction plug in
by Craig Alan 5 months ago
Thanks John and Kannan. After reading it here and seeing it recommended at Ripple training (will be getting their training on color correction) I got a copy of Neat for $100 and applying it to a very
how to reset keyer to default
by Craig Alan 5 months ago
Someone was fooling around with both keyer and luma keyer trying to key with a white background. That didn't work but now I can't get the keyer to return to its default. Imacs (i7); Canon 5D Mark III
Re: how to reset keyer to default
by Craig Alan 5 months ago
Thanks Noah and Brett. Got a handle on it now. Imacs (i7); Canon 5D Mark III 70D, Panasonic HPX250P, FCP X 10.3, teach video production in L.A.
keying a green screen with a green shirt on subject somehow worked.
by Craig Alan 6 months ago
Perhaps because a Luma mask adjustment took place first . Have not hit the tutorials on this. All I know is when I applied a keying effect to the MCU the woman's shirt which was green turned to a ligh
Re: keying a green screen with a green shirt on subject somehow worked.
by Noah Kadner 6 months ago
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time code generator
by Craig Alan 8 months 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 8 months ago
Thanks Brian. The 633 was not mentioned in the sound devices video but if I can jam sync each camera to the 633 that should do the trick. When folks talk about drifting within 24 hours is that continu
raid 0 long shot
by Craig Alan 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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
Is It Save To Upgrade to El Capitan?
by Ken Bennett 2 years 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 8 months 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 10 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 8 months 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 9 months 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 8 months 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
battery power to a kino select 30 DMX
by Craig Alan 9 months 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 9 months 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
Jobs' advice
by Oliver Peters 9 months 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 9 months 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 11 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 11 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 12 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 12 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 12 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 12 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 1 year 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 1 year ago
Re: levels
by Craig Alan 1 year 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
A different camera?
by Andrei Constantinescu 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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
Folder Greyed Out in Finder
by Chip Hess 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 2 years 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 1 year 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 2 years 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 1 year 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 2 years 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 1 year 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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
RAID Stolen, what should I get to replace.
by Richard Windsor 2 years ago
So last week I came home to my apartment and my new Mac Pro was gone, along with a lot of other stuff. They also took my Pegasus R4 RAID. Turns out I only have $2500 of coverage for business related m
Re: RAID Stolen, what should I get to replace.
by Craig Alan 2 years ago
no direct experience with this one but have had good luck with company http: eshop.macsales.com item OWC TB2SRT08.0S Mac Pro, macbook pro, Imacs (i7); Canon 5D Mark III 70D, Panasonic AG-HPX170 AG-HPX
software to Diagnose health of drives
by Craig Alan 2 years ago
Promise told me their utility showed bad sectors and therefore replace the drive. Is that true Mac Pro, macbook pro, Imacs (i7); Canon 5D Mark III 70D, Panasonic AG-HPX170 AG-HPX250P, Canon HV40, Sony
promise pegasus R4 first gen drives
by Craig Alan 2 years ago
These are the ones blessed by Promise: what would you recommend I'm going to go to using a doc and a bunch of naked drives for back ups. Again what drives would you recommend. also if i do have say tw
HPX 250 clips broken into 5 min clips
by Craig Alan 2 years ago
Been using this camera for a long time without media issues. On this shoot, I used two cameras and two cards in each camera. Not sure if i messed up a setting when I set all the metadata to show on a
Re: HPX 250 clips broken into 5 min clips
by Craig Alan 2 years ago
Not sure it exactly relates to what your past frustration, but I have on occasion reorganized my finder folder structure and moved P2 footage around. I have been able to relink those files so the excl
Why buy a BMPC today when the Ursa mini is the same price?
by Philippe Orlando 2 years ago
Am I the only one to think the Ursa Mini is making the BMPC 4K Irrelevant If you're going to stay with the 4K sensor, why not just by the Ursa Mini instead of the BMPC 4K Am I missing something here
Re: Why buy a BMPC today when the Ursa mini is the same price?
by Craig Alan 2 years ago
I know I'm late to this thread but I would also vote for the Alexa if you can find one for the same price as any of the BM cams. Good luck with that. Mac Pro, macbook pro, Imacs (i7); Canon 5D Mark II
10.21 Screen redraw issues
by Mitch Ives 2 years ago
I've been dealing with this strange phenomenon of audio waveforms not redrawing properly, but today I saw something new and quite strange with separate audio tracks.. All of the separate audio tracks
Re: 10.21 Screen redraw issues
by Bret Williams 2 years ago
I've seen that quite a lot over the years. I think it happens when you have a lot of tiny audio clips. I guess it has something to do with a minimum size that it can visually squish them all together
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alternative to square space and smug mug
by Craig Alan 3 years ago
experimenting with sites to host our video photo biz. Using vimeo for video. The problem we have with the square space site is lack of full screen mode for stills. I want a folder of photos to display
Re: alternative to square space and smug mug
by Craig Alan 3 years ago
Thanks Rob. Beautiful shots. However, I am still not seeing full screen on any of your links. Your cover page with or wout the text would still have the browser's navigation bar above the picture. Aga
C100/C100 Mark II camcorder thoughts.. coming from a DSLR background.
by Marios Karageorgiou 3 years ago
Hi everyone, Im working on a web TV channel that I do as Camera operator and post production a lot of interviews and TV series and recently I sold my gear (5d3, lenses, flash, rigs, tripods etc) to mo
Re: C100/C100 Mark II camcorder thoughts.. coming from a DSLR background.
by Craig Alan 3 years ago
https: vimeo.com 113068790 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
Looking to get a second camera. Camcorder, or DSLR?
by Sean McNally 3 years ago
Just recently, my trusty 650D broke, leaving me cameraless. Luckily, I had a warranty from Best Buy, but now I'm without a camera, and have decided to look into getting a second one. I'm looking to sl
Re: Looking to get a second camera. Camcorder, or DSLR?
by Craig Alan 3 years ago
The 70d was a huge step forward if you are using dslr for movies. It allows a camcorder type focus system. But no dslr can compare with a camcorder for movie making ergonomics. Prosumer level is reall
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