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Dan Brockett

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Our Tascam DR-40 Really Hosed Us
by Dan Brockett 6 years ago
I recently flew about 1,200 miles to shoot a high profile series of interviews for the digital promotion of a feature film. Used a couple of 5D MKIIIs, Tascam DR40 for audio. Begged studio for a sound
Re: Our Tascam DR-40 Really Hosed Us
by Brendan James 3 years ago
Hi, logging in my first time to update those experiencing the same problem with the DR-40 and possibly other audio recorders. I was able to recover my audio from an EXTREMELY important interview after
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Looking for Director/DP/AC quotes about Arri Amira
by Dan Brockett 6 years ago
Hi all: I am in the midst of writing a first look article for an industry magazine on the new Arri Amira. I would be interested in hearing some quotes from fellow DOPs ACs Directors about what you hop
Strange P2 weirdness from rented cards and camera
by Dan Brockett 6 years ago
Hi all: Did a shoot yesterday, used my 170 and then asked producer to rent a second 170 for a different camera angle. We shot about two hours worth of footage and I dumped all of the shot cards to two
Re: Strange P2 weirdness from rented cards and camera
by Dan Brockett 6 years ago
Hi Shane: Thanks for your ideas. We had small (8GB and 16GB only) P2 cards for this shoot so I had to download the cards to two drives, re-format them and re-use them as we shot. I suppose that I coul
advice on 720 vs 1080
by Nelson May 10 years ago
I am going to be shooting a documentary this summer on a subject that will have a lot of eye candy. I doubt this will go to film or even blue ray DVD, but just in case, I want to have the best resolut
Re: advice on 720 vs 1080
by Dan Brockett 7 years ago
Hi Edgar: Wow, talk about a necro post, I have been shooting DSLRs mostly since this thread but I can try to give you an answer. I still have my P2 camera but really have not used it much in the two y
Interview Chair
by Rich Rubasch 8 years ago
Looking for options of the best chair for studio use for interviews. I envision an armless chair with lower back support and a decent amount of vertical adjustment, with swivel but has a swivel lock.
Re: Interview Chair
by Dan Brockett 8 years ago
I know the chairs you are talking about, yes they work really well also. They are stackable, heavy duty and just work. Dan A Producer Who Is Also A DP Yep, that's Me. www.danbrockett.com
Shooting in UK/Germany
by Peter Mackay 8 years ago
In a few weeks I will be traveling to Europe to shoot interviews for a corporate piece. I need to know what to change in my HVX200 settings to prevent flicker from the 50hz electrical supply. I need t
Re: Shooting in UK/Germany
by Dan Brockett 8 years ago
I did a shoot in Denmark with my HPX170 and a shoot in France with my 5D MKII. In both cases, 1 50th of a second shutter removed all ballasted lamp flicker issues, the video looked great. Dan A Produc
Am I stuck in a 720p rut?
by Matt Dufilho 8 years ago
Hey guys, I'm performing a self-evaluation and needed some input. I shoot mainly on an HPX170 and 300, and for as long as I've been shooting on them, I've shot in 720. I like the frame rate choices, o
Re: Am I stuck in a 720p rut?
by Dan Brockett 8 years ago
I too have been shooting 90% in 720 for the past few years with my HPX-170. Last year, I did what Jason has been doing, shot a whole raft of projects in 1080p when I knew I was editing on a 720p timel
New Panasonic Cameras
by Dan Brockett 9 years ago
Not sure when links to images will appear but Panasonic has announced whole new crop of cameras pre-NAB at their press conference today. http: eon.businesswire.com news eon 20110410005066 en AG-3DP1,
Re: New Panasonic Cameras
by Dan Brockett 8 years ago
The Beeb has also approved the Canon XF300 series too and this new camera will have a superior codec so I would not be surprised if the BBC and some others (Discovery Networks) allow footage from the
Inexpensive LED lights
by Kenny Kinds 9 years ago
Hi, I'm looking for inexpensive LED lights for film projects. Does anyone have a good brand type to suggest Thanks
Re: Inexpensive LED lights
by Dan Brockett 9 years ago
Yeah, I am liking the resin panels a lot more than gels these days. Do their fluorescents also have a green spike too or do you just mean that it would be nice to have ND or CTB CTO as resin panels on
Using Both XLR Inputs on my Camcorder- Bad Idea?
by Jared Smith 9 years ago
Hey guys I am shooting quite a few talking head interviews next week. I will be a one man show and want to make it as organized and simple as possible. It is 13 lawyers who have squeezed me into their
Re: Using Both XLR Inputs on my Camcorder- Bad Idea?
by Dan Brockett 9 years ago
Only recording interviews with a boom mic is common but it also boxes you into a corner. What if there is too much ambient noise that begins to show up mid-interview What if the person's voice just do
New Pricing for E series P2 cards
by Steve Eisen 9 years ago
Panasonic announces new lower price reduction for P2 cards. http: www2.panasonic.com webapp wcs stores servlet prModelDetail storeId=11301&catalogId=13251&itemId=620002&modelNo=Content0222201105390476
Re: New Pricing for E series P2 cards
by Dan Brockett 9 years ago
No 128s That's too bad, most of us were hyped about someday using 128Gb and 256GB P2 cards. Dan A Producer Who Is Also A DP Yep, that's Me. www.danbrockett.com
Cool Lights - Tungsten and other
by Rick Wise 9 years ago
I am writing another online lighting class (...) and am trying to recommend gear that is more "affordable" to students starting out. As much as I'd prefer to recommend Arri or Mole, the costs are gene
Re: Cool Lights - Tungsten and other
by Dan Brockett 9 years ago
Hmm...I have used Peppers but never a Pepper kit. Interesting, I didn't know that they did kits. Good little lights. Yes, I think DeSistis are quite the underground thing, a few people in the know use
HPX370 vs 371
by Marc Newy 9 years ago
What is the difference between the HPX370 and the HPX371
Re: HPX370 vs 371
by Dan Brockett 9 years ago
Yes, it is just the warranty difference. I would highly advise buying the camera model that is sold in your country. While the new Panasonics are functionally the same, you won't get a 370 serviced un
Intercutting HPX170 & EX3 - Continuity
by Isaac Brillant 9 years ago
Hi, Has anyone used the HPX170 and Sony EX3 as an A camera and B camera in an interview set up Do they match as far as the look goes (aside from some minor color correction) I'd be shooting them side
Re: Intercutting HPX170 & EX3 - Continuity
by Dan Brockett 9 years ago
Isaac: I have a client who owns the EX1s, I shoot with them often and they essentially look the same as the EX3. I own the HPX170. IMHO, you will never, ever match the two in the way you are attemptin
What Are The Following Key Technical Differences Between FCP + Avid?.....
by Ersel Erdal 9 years ago
Hi there guys, I'm a newbie and currently learning both FCP + Avid. I really need to know the key differences - if any - between these programs on the following subjects: Importing, capturing, transco
Re: What Are The Following Key Technical Differences Between FCP + Avid?.....
by Dan Brockett 9 years ago
While I have not yet cut with the V5.0 of MC, I believe that AVID is now much more FCP-like with this latest version than ever before. Perhaps someone with MC 5.0 can chime in but some of the latest s
no hope for PBS acquisition with HPX370 footage?
by Philip Fass 9 years ago
Looks like there's no hope of PBS acquiring a video shot on an HPX370, according to this document: http: www.pbs.org producers TOS-1-2010-Submission-to-PBS.pdf Basic problem is that chip has to be at
Re: no hope for PBS acquisition with HPX370 footage?
by Dan Brockett 9 years ago
I agree Shane. The more films and television programming I shoot on my AG-HPX170, the more I realize that. I shot a feature film last year on the 170 that premiered in Copenhagen at the IMAX Theater l
Please recommend Light for lighting backgrounds during interviews
by Anderson Black 9 years ago
I'm buying the LEDs as the key and fill for the subject but I'm looking for a light to throw on backgrounds to add some patterns and color to the scene. Could you guys recommend some cost effective op
Re: Please recommend Light for lighting backgrounds during interviews
by Dan Brockett 9 years ago
I agree, a Source Four Leko would be ideal for lighting BGs and throwing patterns. The only possible challenge might be that Source Fours Lekos are relatively huge and heavy if you are a one man band
How's this done?
by Thomas Morter-Laing 9 years ago
http: vimeo.com 16990163 How do I do this I hope you werent expecting specifics in this post.... although feel free to ask, but I wanted to do something like this ages ago and coudnt pull it off very
Re: How's this done?
by Dan Brockett 9 years ago
If anyone is truly interested, the editors and compositors can be contacted directly here http: www.motionserved.com gallery SURFAHOLICS-Pink-Lady 818429 Dan A Producer Who Is Also A DP Yep, that's Me
video camera best choices
by Gerardo Flores 9 years ago
Best regards every one Im planning to buy a digital video camera; I have look for some very nice camcorder from RED and ARRI ( very expensive ones ) as well some normal camcorder from Canon and Panaso
Re: video camera best choices
by Dan Brockett 9 years ago
Wow Gerard, that doc about Oden is amazing, I don't see how anyone can watch that without shedding a tear. Thanks for posting that. Dan A Producer Who Is Also A DP Yep, that's Me. www.danbrockett.com
Panasonic AG AF101... I want it... But...
by Dylan Hargreaves 9 years ago
So the AG AF101's being released in the UK next month and at first glance it's got me salivating... All the pros of the DSLR with none of the cons - and for under 5k at European prices. At first I'm t
Re: Panasonic AG AF101... I want it... But...
by Dan Brockett 9 years ago
I know, XDCAM EX for $20k What are they thinking Much more talented minds than mine have proven that AVCCAM at 24MBPs looks slightly better than XDCAM EX at 35MBPs. So Panasonic's $5k digital cine cam
Lighting Design software
by Mark D'Agostino 9 years ago
Is there software, (preferably freeware or very inexpensive-ware), that I can use to create a lighting diagram. I am doing mostly studio lighting with existing grid. I'm looking for something that has
Re: Lighting Design software
by Dan Brockett 9 years ago
Actually, looks as if the cost has increased http: www.amazon.com v-2009-Spotlight-RenderWorks-MAC dp B000XAWRMQ ref=sr_1_2 ie=UTF8&qid=1289144105&sr=8-2 I am sure it is a great program but only withi
Lighting a train engine
by Caleb Coppola 9 years ago
I need to send a gear list out for lighting a train engine -something I've never shot before. We will be shooting it in a warehouse with mixed lighting (daylight from windows and nasty halogen overhea
Re: Lighting a train engine
by Dan Brockett 9 years ago
You need the photometrics of the lights you will be using and the material you will have in your frames in order to figure out if you have nearly enough light but based upon instinct, I don't think th
OT - Attack of the As? Mail is showing As instead of E-mail content?
by Dan Brockett 9 years ago
Hi all: Apologies for the off topic subject but there doesn't seem to be an Apple Mail board here. Just in the past few days, most of the e-mails I am receiving are showing up as full of little As, so
Re: OT - Attack of the As? Mail is showing As instead of E-mail content?
by Dan Brockett 9 years ago
Wow, very interesting, I have never heard of this feature. That would take care of this pesky problem if I can figure that out. Thanks for the heads up on that. Dan A Producer Who Is Also A DP Yep, th
Porta-Jib Explorer System experience?
by Max Fancher 9 years ago
Hi Creative Cow community, I rent the Porta-Jib Traveller locally and it's become my tool of choice for many of my video productions. I shoot with lightweight cameras (ex1, 5dmII, 7d) and so it works
Re: Porta-Jib Explorer System experience?
by Dan Brockett 9 years ago
Wow, that looks really sweet. I have visited their shop in Hollywood, they are nice guys and take care of you after the sale. I have a separate slider, but it is nowhere near 6' long. FWIW, I think th
Panasonic AG-3DA1 | 3D camera
by mark anthony 9 years ago
Does anyone know if the Panasonic AG-3DA1 camera will have the ability to shoot both 3d and standard HD and how will that look. Does any one have any first hand testing experience with this camera bei
Re: Panasonic AG-3DA1 | 3D camera
by Dan Brockett 9 years ago
I have not shot yet with the AG-3DA1, but I have written some articles on the 3D production process, most notably the 3D cover story for the NAB issue of HD Video Pro Magazine. You can easily shoot an
Blocking a large group interview
by Byrd Mcdonald 10 years ago
Wondering if anyone has any advice on how to block a 10 person interview! The client wants to have 10 people being interviewed at the same time. I'm likening it to a reality tv "reunion" show where mu
Re: Blocking a large group interview
by Dan Brockett 10 years ago
A few years ago, I produced an eight person interview with the cast of Hill Street Blues for the Hill Street Blues Season One DVD. Did the semi-circle panel setup with eight director chairs. Individua
Do I have to blur Canon Logo in Video?
by tony gomez 11 years ago
If Im correct i can get sued if I show a logo thats not mine on a commercial video right I have the subject holding a canon 35MM camera and for a quick second.. you can see the Canon Logo. Do I have t
Re: update
by Dan Brockett 11 years ago
I can offer some input on the Hollywood sign. The image of the Hollywood sign is administered by an entity called Global Icons LLC. I had to pay them many thousands of dollars when I produced the thre
Where do I go from here?
by Evan John 11 years ago
I am overwhelmed with anxiety and I feel utterly useless. I have been searching for edit gigs (I am a video editor) through friends collegues and production-job websites, and nothing is panning out. T
Re: Where do I go from here?
by Dan Brockett 11 years ago
Mark: While your response was directed toward Evan, I think it was a very thoughtful and intelligent answer and one with which I totally agree. I think most of us are finding the phone not ringing as
Acceptable practice in editing interviews?
by Thomas Seeuws 11 years ago
I have seen fine feature films that have resorted to using a dissolve to black between takes in a single angle interview (Man on Wire comes to mind). Some find this tendency distracting, though, and I
Re: Acceptable practice in editing interviews?
by Dan Brockett 11 years ago
Thomas: In traditional visual terms, a fade to black is meant to emulate the curtain dropping on a stage performance. It symbolizes the beginning or end of a scene. Of course, as the others have allud
Copyright Issue with Karaoke
by Matthew Mercier 11 years ago
I'm producing a short doc about karaoke enthusiasts. This would be a for-profit venture and I'm wondering if I would run into any copyright issues with the music, having footage of people performing c
Re: Copyright Issue with Karaoke
by Dan Brockett 11 years ago
Hi Rich: I am not an attorney, so I don't know for sure, but it surely does sound as if they would need to pay the same sorts of license fees that any other user would. As far as Spain, I don't know w
Has Anyone Had Success With Bulk Emailing Programs?
by Nicole Frank 11 years ago
I've tried one to market my business, but didn't care for it and got poor results. Has anyone else had experience with bulk emailing Which programs would you recommend I'd prefer one that sends the ma
Re: Has Anyone Had Success With Bulk Emailing Programs?
by Dan Brockett 11 years ago
I agree, a waste of kilobytes. A lot of electrons are killed to generate those e-mails and spamming just wastes this precious, natural resource. Do you think any professionals would take you seriously
Forms are the DEVIL!!
by Perrone Ford 11 years ago
Ok good people, I am at my wits end. I have been tasked with reshooting a "corporate training" video. The audience for the video will be legal professionals, and the group commissioning the video need
Re: Forms are the DEVIL!!
by Dan Brockett 11 years ago
Not sure if many of you saw this but here is the most classy and artistic way to handle forms but you had better be a good artist and good in AE. What an engaging way to look at a document. http: prov
To Flash or not to Flash?
by Dan Brockett 11 years ago
Hi all: My website is ancient and badly in need of a makeover. The main purpose of my website is to show reels. I have been browsing a lot of reels in the demo reel section and I notice that it seems
Re: To Flash or not to Flash?
by Dan Brockett 11 years ago
Hi Abraham: Thanks for the advice, I appreciate it. I will be hiring someone who knows Flash to do this website, I don't really have time to learn it. I am not by any means of the imagination a design
Site Redesign Advice
by Mark Walczak 11 years ago
Hello everyone! My name is Mark and I am a designer in Chicago. I always love doing freelance work, and would like to redesign my website to better cater to potential freelance clients. I would like t
Re: Site Redesign Advice
by Dan Brockett 11 years ago
Mark: Nice site but when I look at your reel, a lot of that Speed Channel car stuff looks way too dark to see much. And yes, the screen on my MBP that I am looking at it on is calibrated with the Spyd
producing and selling stock video footage !!
by gareth blakemore 11 years ago
I'm trying to find out as much information as I can on the stock video footage market. If anyone can give me any help to these questions or have any other info I would be very grateful. Who buys 10sec
Re: producing and selling stock video footage !!
by Dan Brockett 11 years ago
Hi Gareth: 1. Anyone buys stock footage. It is used in all types of productions, from broadcast to DVD to features to web. 2. I wouldn't say that there is demand for HD footage, I would say that all f
Reel and Website
by Mario Mendez 11 years ago
Hey everyone! After a ton of hard work and fast paced learning I was able to transform my regular website into a flash based website. Also is my latest demo reel and samples of my work. Please take a
Re: Reel and Website
by Dan Brockett 11 years ago
Mario: Awesome website and reel. You do nice work. DanProviding value added material to all of your favorite DVDs
Trade Shows
by Todd Terry 11 years ago
Hey gang... Have any of you guys who are commercial producers even attended a trade show I mean, sure we all have... but as vendors I can't really say I know of any producers who've done that. We prod
Re: Trade Shows
by Dan Brockett 11 years ago
So Todd, did you ever attend this trade show Was it worth it What was the experience like Did you book any new business from attending Thanks, DanProviding value added material to all of your favorite
Lost analog audio output from Kona 3...again
by Tom Matthies 11 years ago
Hi All. Back in February I lost the analog audio output from my Kona 3 boaed via the K-box. I fixed it with the suggestion from Arnie to Zap the P-RAM on the computer. It worked. A few months ago, I l
Re: Lost analog audio output from Kona 3...again
by Dan Brockett 11 years ago
I agree with Bob. My K3 lost analog audio output last year, I tried all kinds of re-installations, zapping PRAM, etc. with the help of AJA Tech Support. They then sent me a new K-Box and it as worked
Boom Mic ?
by Chuck Manly 11 years ago
Hi Everyone, It's my first post to the Audio Forum so be gentle. LOL Here is the background: We're doing a 2 day corporate video shoot at 2 different locations. 1 is a private home and 1 is an office.
Re: Boom Mic ?
by Dan Brockett 11 years ago
Yes and no. Does the MKH416 sound better than the AT Yes, a little. Will it make your end product sound better Depends on if your audio person knows what they are doing. Audio is 80% skill and about 2
audio over firewire?
by Steve Rhoden 11 years ago
Anyone knows of an audio editor that can preview (or playback) audio over firewire Steve Rhoden Creative Director TNX EFFECTS STUDIOS. sample bits at www.youtube.com hentys
Re: audio over firewire?
by Dan Brockett 11 years ago
I would recommend the M-Audio family of Firewire audio interfaces. I have the M-Audio Firewire Solo. It was inexpensive and sounds decent. I use it with Soundtrack Pro, Peak and a few other programs a
Lav and shotgun combo
by Craig Bass 11 years ago
Well, I've shelled out the funds for a nice sennheiser lav, and now have a question regarding its interaction with shotgun microphones. I will be in situations where I will want to have the main subje
Re: Lav and shotgun combo
by Dan Brockett 11 years ago
The main problems you will run into will be phase related. I can think of no way to totally isolate a shotgun or hyper from the voice of the talent during takes. If you want ambient to blend, you need
Lapel Mic: Good and Inexpensive
by Craig Bass 11 years ago
Can anyone recommend a lapel microphone that is fully wireless, in that it runs on either batteries or phantom, and does not need to be plugged into a wall; and is fairly inexpensive. I'd like to rema
Re: Lapel Mic: Good and Inexpensive
by Dan Brockett 11 years ago
Craig: In your situation, I would seriously consider renting a wireless system like a Lectro 400 series. You will be in retail environments with lots of RF, fluorescent lighting with noisy ballasts. t
to buy: mic suggestions needed
by Jessica Robbins 11 years ago
Hello, My company is slowly building up equipment for production. We do some interviews with Lav lapel mics. Which lav. mic would you recommend (preferably wireless) Also, what is a good multi-use boo
Re: to buy: mic suggestions needed
by Dan Brockett 11 years ago
Hi Jessica: You may find both of these articles to be helpful in narrowing down your choices for shotguns and lavs. http: www.kenstone.net fcp_homepage right_mic_brockett.html http: www.kenstone.net f
Kona RAID level... polling the forum?
by Mitch Ives 11 years ago
Up until now we have been using RAID 0 for most of our RAIDS. It seems we can never have too much throughput with HDCAM, etc. Now we're setting up a new 8-drive RAID, so I thought I'd poll the collect
Re: Kona RAID level... polling the forum?
by Dan Brockett 11 years ago
Yes, I agree, RAID 0 is living dangerously. Fortunately I am not an editor by trade and just use my system for occasional projects for clients. If I were an editor, I wouldn't chance RAID 0, it's for
Audio Noise Reduction Software
by Laura Gruszczynski 11 years ago
Hi, I am looking to purchase software to remove a humming noise from audio that was recorded elsewhere. I am 90% sure I am buying Bias SoundSoap Pro but would like to know if anybody has any other sug
Re: Audio Noise Reduction Software
by Dan Brockett 11 years ago
Hi Ty: Feature for feature, Izotope appears to have more options, but my Hollywood guys I have been interviewing for some articles swear that WAVES has more fine adjustment within it's parameters, esp
Dead but Decorative
by KC Allen 11 years ago
I have a video production company, and we're moving into an industrial location that used to be a factory but is now a "mall" of tech companies. The walls are cinder block and paneling and the ceiling
Re: Dead but Decorative
by Dan Brockett 11 years ago
Hi KC: More than you will ever want to know about constructing acoustically inert environments http: www.acoustics101.com There are a lot of tricks to the. Forget egg crates, they are terribly in effi
Copyright
by Michael Allen 11 years ago
I do corporate video for a large business. Our writers like to use TV or Movie themes in their scripts. Usually the video is used for teaching purposes. We do not broadcast or give to clients. The pro
Re: Copyright
by Dan Brockett 11 years ago
Mark: Great post, I agree 100%. Back when I used to do a lot of corporate, my eyes would roll back into my head when clients would request this and I would tell them many of the same points that you m
AJA saved my butt 3 times in the last 2 days
by Bob Zelin 11 years ago
There is no support in the industry like AJA support. End of story. Bob Zelin
Re: AJA saved my butt 3 times in the last 2 days
by Dan Brockett 11 years ago
Aja Tech Support came to my house, made me iced tea, fixed the washer and mowed the lawn. I love them! Seriously, they shipped me a new BOB for the Kona 3 with no questions asked after I troubleshot i
Corporate Job Posting - Are we going to keep taking this?
by John Grote, Jr. 11 years ago
Good day all, I am back from the dead so to speak and I am posting something here that I find very offensive to all of us hard working, ever learning, creative editors and graphic designers. The job
Re: Corporate Job Posting - Are we going to keep taking this?
by Dan Brockett 11 years ago
Good one! ;-) I must say that in all my years of corporate video, I have never worked staff, always as a freelancer or contractor. I have worked with some good staff producers, but never with a talent
Lav Article Debuts
by Dan Brockett 12 years ago
Hi all: It's finally live. 16 models of lavalier mics tested, 105 images, 83 sound samples. Hope that this helps you buy the best lavalier for your needs. http: www.kenstone.net fcp_homepage lavs_broc
Re: Lav Article Debuts
by Dan Brockett 12 years ago
Hi Rennie: I am so glad that you found it helpful. Let me know if you need anything clarified. Thanks, DanProviding value added material to all of your favorite DVDs
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