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Dan Powers

Effects Editor / Creative Editor / Compositor
Editing for 30+ years. Former Linear On-line Editor back in the good old days of the multi million dollar editing suites.
Member Since:
January 1st 1970
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Austin TX
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How do I export the smallest possible mp4 file
by Anne Colton 3 weeks ago
I have a client who wants me to create a number of USB flash drives for a high school band. In addition to the short video that I am editing for them and a few folders of photos, they also want me to
Re: How do I export the smallest possible mp4 file
by Dan Powers 3 weeks ago
There is supposed to be an attached image showing media encoder settings. If it doesn't show up soon, I will post it to dropbox.
File: MP4 export settings
by Dan Powers 3 weeks ago
png file MP4 export settings https: f1.creativecow.net 11426 mp4-export-settings
Re: MP4 export settings
by Dan Powers 3 weeks ago
Using this setting you will be at about 100MB per minute and it will look great. (1MB per sec=8Mbps) If you need smaller, crank down your target and max bitrate. 3Mbs is minimum for 1080. 1280 X 720 i
Best method to obtain "cool" look
by Duke Sweden 3 weeks ago
I've noticed that when I "warm" up my video it looks really nice, very filmic and rich. But when I try to get a "cool" atmosphere it always looks like poorly white balanced video. I've followed countl
Re: Best method to obtain "cool" look
by Dan Powers 3 weeks ago
Examples By cool I assume you mean blue tinted
Why do my shirts always "solarize"?
by Duke Sweden 4 weeks ago
This is really getting perplexing. OOC files are fine, but obviously I'm doing something wrong either in exposure or post production. As you can see in this still from a recent video, everything looks
Re: Why do my shirts always "solarize"?
by Dan Powers 3 weeks ago
Agree with the codec and color depth issue. In your sequence settings, change editing mode to Custom and modify your Preview file format to something that is HQ. Experiment. If you take your camera fi
rendering just a part of a a clip
by Mike Tyler 3 weeks ago
I wasn't sure how to title this... Basically, I've rendered out the whole project video and found a mistake at one spot - is there a way to not have to render out the whole sequence again When working
Re: rendering just a part of a a clip
by Dan Powers 3 weeks ago
Did you render and export it out to a pro res file Unclear if you are talking about rendering a bunch of effects on the timeline or a full export. If just multiple effects, you can fix just what you n
Premiere Pro Conforming Taking too Long
by Gary Retzel 4 weeks ago
Hey, everyone! I'm still new to Premiere Pro and editing in general, and whenever I start work on a new project I almost always get a message saying that it's conforming. I'm pretty sure it's the audi
Re: Premiere Pro Conforming Taking too Long
by Dan Powers 4 weeks ago
I think it has something to do with drawing audio waveforms. What version of PP are you on I remember seeing that months ago.
always getting errors / crashes when rendering
by Mike Tyler 4 weeks ago
So I was about to render out a project and I am getting this error within Premiere: and Encoder: Also my Macbook already crashed once.. Why's this happening and what do I do Was meant to hand in the p
Re: always getting errors / crashes when rendering
by Dan Powers 4 weeks ago
First thing is do not export to your desktop. An old story I was told is that the desktop files are in some way system cached and a over a few gigs on the desktop is a performance hit. Dont know if th
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Source Footage location for RAID 0 Editing....
by Gerry Cast 1 month ago
Hi Everyone. I have almost 1 Terabyte of source footage of an entertainer. It's footage of many of his one hour shows, his music videos, his interviews etc....Some of it is high quality HD, and some o
Re: Source Footage location for RAID 0 Editing....
by Dan Powers 4 weeks ago
Depends on the quality of your H264 files. I am not a fan of editing with H264 Proxies or otherwise. Its a distribution format not a post workflow format. Exporting what you need from the old projects
Edit time logging system
by D j Harris 1 month ago
Hey, I wasn't sure where to post this - more of a post production admin question, but anyway... I'm looking for a (preferably free) software that can track time per project on an edit suite, and then
Re: Edit time logging system
by Dan Powers 1 month ago
I would also be interested. Time Fox is one I was looking at. Monthly fee per user though.
Transition effect
by Yoshi San 1 month ago
Hello all, I recently stumbled upon a really neat transition effect that i seen in a video on youtube. I sometimes take videos of cars and wonder how this effect is created. I can not find source on t
Re: Transition effect
by Vince Becquiot 1 month ago
I think these are actually canned transitions from Film Impact: https: www.filmimpact.net plugin transition-pack-2 Zoom blur and Impact Directional Blur. They are definitely quicker. Vince Becquiot In
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Dan Powers liked this 1 month ago
Transform effect problem premiere
by Sebastian Forssman 1 month ago
Hello! I have a problem with The transform effect. To start with i worked well. I apllied it to several clips where i wanted to use it. I unchecked The "use composition shutter angle" and set my own t
Re: Transform effect problem premiere
by Dan Powers 1 month ago
Well I hope it isnt buggy now that you have pointed out a way to get motion blur on a basic transform! Never used that plugin!
Captured Audio & Video Out of Sync with Ultra Studio 4K
by Dan Powers 3 months ago
Black Magic Ultra Studio 4K. All drivers and PremProCC updated. Feed a live video and audio feed into the SDI inputs on the Ultra Studio 4K and attempt to capture audio and video. In my situation the
Vertical Video: Just say No!
by Ned Miller 7 months ago
ADMIN NOTE: This thread began in Creative COW's Business & Marketing forum, but since this topic also cuts across shooting, editing, and distribution, we thought it'd be fun to open the discussion up
Re: Vertical Video: Just say No!
by Dan Powers 7 months ago
Just say Yes! It creates more work for editors!
Silly concept BMD
by Dan Powers 7 months ago
The fact that you cannot record audio only with any BMD product is stupidity. Buy a $2000 device and it requires you to have a video input connected and must also record the video is an unfathomable d
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Richard Crowley liked this 7 months ago
Re: Silly concept BMD
by Bob Zelin 7 months ago
oops - I did not accurately address the first post - need video https: www.bhphotovideo.com c product 558912-REG Blackmagic_Design_CONVMSYNC_Sync_Generator.html $185 - ooh, too much money ! How about
3D Camera Tracker technique question
by Dan Powers 2 years ago
Imagine your scene is a room wide with floor visible. The floor has a rug with a stain. Plenty of tracking dots come up for tracking the floor and the rug. The scene starts from a lock off then pans.
Re: 3D Camera Tracker technique question
by Frank Feijen 2 years ago
This is how I would go about this: Track the camera. Make a solid the size and inclination of your rug. Then project the psd-file onto the rug-solid. Do this via a light at the same position of the ca
Power Window softness keyframable by dragging points?
by Dan Powers 3 years ago
So I want to keyframe the position of inside vs outside. for example drag only the pink softness points to a new position. Often need to color scenes that need a lot of softness on the left and almost
Re: Power Window softness keyframable by dragging points?
by Dan Powers 3 years ago
Thanks for the feedback! My Kensington Expert Mouse Pro Trackball doesnt have a middle button, but I did find that pressing down on the scroll wheel and moving the trackball will reposition the zoomed
Clips with no timecode for XML import are ignored.
by Dan Powers 3 years ago
Most clips come in through the XML import just fine, however there are a few clips that for some reason count from zero at frame one. In the project settings I checked the box to Use Timecode From the
Re: Clips with no timecode for XML import are ignored.
by Andy Winter 3 years ago
force conform with selected clip in media pool! (right click in the timeline)
Broadcast standards regarding video noise
by Zak Whiteman 4 years ago
Dear ruminants We recently filmed some B-roll (on Panasonic TM700 and X920) some of which is unusually noisy, particularly clear blue skies. I'm familiar with the NeatVideo plugin, but even that isn't
Re: Broadcast standards regarding video noise
by Dan Powers 4 years ago
Noise could be art. So it is subjective. Are you seeing grainy noise or 8bit color banding in the sky gradient Post a frame. I have seen Neat do a good job on sky noise before. You could always layer
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XDCam footage at 59.94 instead of 23.98
by Dan Powers 9 years ago
So I shot my footage on the Sony EX1 XDCam at 1080p 23.98. The latest version of Transfer says it is 59.94 (23.98) and puts in the 3:2 cadence. I need native 23.98 progressive frames. How do I get Tra
Re: XDCam footage at 59.94 instead of 23.98
by Dan Powers 4 years ago
Wow that was so long ago I do not recall the resolution. Sorry, I just cant remember the details A lot has happened in 6 years! Explain what you have going on and I will see if it jogs my memory. I ha
7D footage in FCP is cleaner at Upper Field Dom- Unless...
by Dan Powers 4 years ago
I know this has been talked about many times but I have never found an accurate response to the problem. Canon shoots progressive 2997 but it is tagged as upper. If you transcode to Pro Res or leave i
AE CS6 3D camera tracker will not track distant objects
by Dan Powers 4 years ago
I have a ton of composites to do and AE CS6 3D camera tracker will not track distant objects. For example, several objects near camera and midground no problem, but get something far away and it just
Re: AE CS6 3D camera tracker will not track distant objects
by Dan Powers 4 years ago
Thanks Roland. We you able to get ANY mountain results with test3 In order to make that clip work I had to precomp it and crop out most of the foreground. It is strange to me that it wouldnt look at t
Model limitations?
by Dan Powers 5 years ago
Wondering what the model limitations are... I hope to have my modeler build a basic layout of an 18 wheeler. Not worrying about glass or that kind of detail, but I need to be able to for example turn
Re: Model limitations?
by Dan Powers 5 years ago
Thanks Fernando I will forward to my Modeler. Dan Powers P3 Media Austin, TX
Copy Keyframes
by Bob Vick 12 years ago
How do I copy a set of keyframes at one location of a clip to another location of that same clip Basically I have a simple pip effect that moves forward, stays at that location and then returns to the
Re: Copy Keyframes
by Dan Powers 7 years ago
Fast forward six years. Had Apple addressed this yet Dan Powers P3 Media Austin, TX
Beta SP input calibration issue Help Needed
by Dan Powers 7 years ago
I have a pvw 2800 and the input black levels of the deck seems to be set to zero for setup instead of 7.5 when viewing the output on a composite waveform. I am feeding component bars in, and have all
Re: Beta SP input calibration issue Help Needed
by Dan Powers 7 years ago
Thanks for the replies. Here is what I found. I thought my deck was out of calibration but I had overlooked the 7.5 vs 0 ire setup switch on the AJA Kona. What I wonder is why would you want one vs th
Kona Settings
by Earle Nichol 9 years ago
Hey gang, I was wondering if anyone could tell me what the rule is for component analogue output settings on the Kona LH. There are 2 settings 1 - COMPONENT(smpte EBU N10) and 2- COMPONENT (Beta) The
Re: Kona Settings for Component Digitizing
by Dan Powers 7 years ago
The problem with using SMPTE EBU N10 is that when you calibrate and record with it, you are fine in your world but take that beta dub to the station and your chroma levels are going to be really low.
Mixed Frame Rate resolution bugs
by Dan Powers 9 years ago
Here is a test for you. Create a graphic in After Effects or other application of your choice. 1280 X 720 30fps Now create another one that is 1280 X 720 23.976 (Please note it is not 23.98, I will ge
Re: Mixed Frame Rate resolution bugs
by Dan Powers 9 years ago
Thanks Sean, I must admit I have ignored Cinema tools up to now. I use a Kona for output so I usually have it create the output as needed. I also use Natress to add and remove 3:2. So apparently Cinem
EX1 shot at 1080p SP 23.98 Transfers at 59.94
by Dan Powers 9 years ago
So I shot my footage at 1080p 23.98. The latest version of Transfer says it is 59.94 (23.98) and puts in the 3:2 cadence. I need native 23.98 progressive frames. How do I get Transfer to NOT add the 3
Re: EX1 shot at 1080p SP 23.98 Transfers at 59.94
by Dan Powers 9 years ago
I am sure your 1080p HQ footage did look progressive since it is. THe problem is that we used the 1080p SP setting for an extended record time for an event and that SP mode is field interlaced instead
Motion 8 sec clip...12 minute render?!?!?
by Chris Borjis 10 years ago
I'm posting this here because it is happening in final cut 6. I have a number of .motn files I use as slates. I always render them in final cut because my workflow is most efficient this way. These s
Re: Motion 8 sec clip...12 minute render?!?!?
by Dan Powers 10 years ago
It's not just motion. FCP 6 is much slower. I have been rendering clips all week long on the previous version 5, just compression exports and they were running 11 minutes. Now after upgrading they are
Ripple mode
by Dan Powers 11 years ago
Seems that FCP 5.04 sometimes acts like ripple mode is on. For example when you want to duplicate a clip on the timeline by doing an option drag, it is rippling the entire contents of the timeline dow
Re: Ripple mode
by Dan Powers 11 years ago
Thanks for both helpful suggestions. I didnt realize you could add a speed change in the viewer. Makes perfect sense. Thanks again!
two 30" Apple or Dell?
by Tim Irwin 11 years ago
Gonna be ordering a new mac pro with an ati 1900 card in it. Wanted to splurge for the ultimate in screen real estate, was planning on the apple cinema displays but had a look at dells site and their
Re: two 30" Apple or Dell?
by Dan Powers 11 years ago
Here is something to consider. Where is your CPU going to be The Apple Cinema displays are Digital DVI and cable distances are a problem. We went with the Dell because they have VGA inputs as well as
Panasonic HVX200 workflow questions (used to DVCAM).
by iMan 11 years ago
Panasonic HVX200 workflow with FireStore I am about to buy a Panasonic HVX2000 camera, but I would like some advice on the workflow I have in mind. I'm working in PAL in the UK. Question 1: P2 cards a
Re: Panasonic HVX200 workflow questions (used to DVCAM).
by Dan Powers 11 years ago
iman wrote: " When the HVX records DVCProHD as 720p the frame size is 1280x720 which just so happens to be the same frame size as the JVC recording in HDV mode." Problem is that the 720p Varicam files
Split screen rendering
by Jim Sanders 11 years ago
I just submitted a bug report to Adobe but, I am not sure if it is a bug. I just upgraded to AE 7.0 and everytime I render out my 3D scene (with the active camera view)my final .mov file looks like it
Re: Split screen rendering Active only?
by Dan Powers 11 years ago
By default when adding a camera to the timeline it not turned on even though you see it on output. To see the the layer camera when rendering, it has to be turned on or else it renders the standard fi
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