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David Chai

Just a filmmaker wanting to change the world using sound and images.
Member Since:
November 24th 2003
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Speakers for Editing
by Chris Newberry 1 year ago
I'm just upgrading some parts of my edit suite and I need to get a new speaker set up. I'm not a sound editor, so I appreciate you guys probably use kit that is a lot more expensive and awesome than I
Re: Speakers for Editing
by David Chai 1 year ago
JBL 305's are great. They are even better when you add the sub LSR310s. Add a decent sound card and you get awesome sound you can mix with and translates well to other speakers. ----------------------
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need gigabyte gc-thunderbolt 2 card
by Manish Choudhary 2 years ago
need gigabyte gc-thunderbolt 2 card "urgent" anyone please need urgent reply email - manish.nrm@gmail.com
Re: need gigabyte gc-thunderbolt 2 card
by David Chai 2 years ago
Thunderbolt 3 card add-in card is compatible with a lot of motherboards if you flash the bios. Check Gigabytes website to see if your motherboard is compatible. Can buy it here: https: www.frys.com pr
Motion as a photoshop replacement
by David Chai 3 years ago
I had a green screen photoshoot for a poster, and was thinking of a clean way to take out the background, then decided to try motion to do a custom comp at 4050x 6000 pixel resolution. Guess what! It
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Re: Motion as a photoshop replacement
by David Chai 3 years ago
Sorry Robin, I wasn't meaning to be giving attitude. I've had another look at Affinity photo's tools and it seems it is indeed much better than using Motion. I found the selection brush tool works pre
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Highpoint RocketRaid 4522 with El Capitan
by Bruce McCallum 4 years ago
I have been using the HighPoint RR4322 controller card for 3 years until Yosemite was released, at which point it ceased to work. I upgraded to the 4522 card as it was allegedly compatible with Yosemi
Re: Highpoint RocketRaid 4522 with El Capitan
by David Chai 3 years ago
Had a 2522 that was freezing like you said in Yosemite. Firmware update solved the issue. ------------------------ David Chai - Writer . Director www.davidchai.com
Affordable Reference Monitor for color grading
by Marcelo Tché Franco 4 years ago
Hello there, I'm trying to find a good Reference Monitor that is affordable for me (maximum of $2,000). I have a DeckLink SDI card, so I'm thinking of a SDI Monitor. I am going to use this monitor for
Re: Affordable Reference Monitor for color grading
by David Chai 4 years ago
I haven't used it or seen one, but if price is a concern and you need SDI, B&H sell something called the View Z VZ-215LED-SN for around $755 US. From what I've gathered around the internet, they are a
Audio Interface recommendations
by John Bauwens 4 years ago
Hey all, So I primarily do video and FX, but we often end up recording voiceovers or small music sets. I have been using an old MBox 2, but it's limited and I am looking to upgrade to a newer board an
Re: Audio Interface recommendations
by David Chai 4 years ago
Why not a microphone like the Apogee MiC that can connect to an iphone or ipad and record anywhere I use an apogee one (which has a built in mic) and can directly record through FCPX or Digital Perfor
Budget IPS monitor for grading
by Michael Lewis 4 years ago
I was wondering if anyone had suggestions on a budget monitor for color correction. I've owned the dell U2410, the U2412, U2413, and the hp zr2440w and zr24w. They have served me fairly well in the pa
Re: Budget IPS monitor for grading
by David Chai 4 years ago
The most important thing you can buy if you are using cheap monitors that don't come calibrated is a probe. I like the X-rite I1 Display Pro. If you get the free calibration software HCFR you can also
XML from DaVinci would not open in FCPX
by Sascha Engel 5 years ago
Hi, in Short my problem: Running FCPX 10.0.8 (cause I have a HacMac) and DaVinci 10. Finished grading in Resolve, tried exporting both "Export for FCP" and "FCP Roundtrip". The I tried to import the X
Re: XML from DaVinci would not open in FCPX
by David Chai 5 years ago
FCP7 runs just fine on Mavericks on a Hackintosh. For all intensive purposes there are very few differences to a real mac software wise. Updating software for the most part just means you just have to
Why is the render quality motion 4 better than motion 5
by Johan van den Heuvel 6 years ago
Hello, I am new to this forum. I already work in motion 4 for some while, Now I tried to work in motion 5 and it looks and works a lot more efficient but one thing I really don't understand and did co
Re: Why is the render quality motion 4 better than motion 5
by David Chai 5 years ago
Did you make sure the project settings are matched to your footage - interlaced vs progressisve Set incorrect and it will not be so sharp. I believe the default is progressive. David -----------------
Can either of the two NLE's do this
by Vince Sanchez 6 years ago
Since this forum seems to have both the Adobe and Apple camps I'm wondering if anyone knows if this is possible. I have clips that are 60fps on a 24 timeline. This is fine. Now at some point I need a
Re: Can either of the two NLE's do this
by David Chai 6 years ago
The FCPX speed tool also allows you to use Optical Flow for your retiming, and it's pretty good too. ----------------- David Chai Writer . Director www.davidchai.com dc@davidchai.com
Calibration with X-Rite i1 Display Pro
by Rob Grauert 6 years ago
Hi, Has anyone here ever used the X-Rite i1 Display Pro to calibrate their reference monitor Every time I see this product demonstrated they use a computer monitor, which is of course fed the GPU's si
Re: Calibration with X-Rite i1 Display Pro
by David Chai 6 years ago
I think it's extremely valuable to understand how to do monitor calibration, even if you end up getting an expert, as more knowledge is power. For you to do calibration you need: Software, Probe, Patc
Current state of Plasma HDTV vs LED vs Broadcast monitor (for color correction)
by Justin Crowell 6 years ago
Hi everybody, I have been doing basic CC for a few years, and am currently in the process of learning Resolve. I want to pull together a basic setup--just enough so that I can get a fullscreen image o
Re: Current state of Plasma HDTV vs LED vs Broadcast monitor (for color correction)
by David Chai 6 years ago
Justin, Actually there are drawbacks for every technology right now. LED has limited viewing angle. Black levels tend to be higher. Uneven backlighting issues. Plasma has Automatic Brightness control
Will my Mac Pro Tower handle FCPX?
by Ned Miller 7 years ago
I would like to migrate to FCPX from my present FCP6 on OS 10.5.8 and will probably get a 27" iMac in the spring. As of now I need to limp along with my tower which is probably five years old. Here's
Re: Will my Mac Pro Tower handle FCPX?
by David Chai 7 years ago
Your 2600xt graphics card is not supported, so you'll need to upgrade that to a better one. The mac 5770 works fine, or if you are more adventurous, you can get a PC nvidia GTX 570 or 670. Just instal
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Noise reduction Tecnique for FCP x
by willy pimentel 7 years ago
I would like to ask about the favorite tecnique for Video Noise reduction. I uploaded a screen shot of the video noise and would like to find out how to fix this problem. The image was shot again a br
Re: Noise reduction Tecnique for FCP x
by David Chai 7 years ago
neat video is your best option, absolutely amazing results, but super long render times... ----------------- David Chai Writer . Director www.davidchai.com dc@davidchai.com 212 363 0159
FCPX Share menu greyed out
by Sandra Soroka 7 years ago
Please help me! The options of the share menu are greyed out on *some* projects but not others. I edited a 33 minute long wedding and it won't let me export the final timeline. The menu is all greyed
Re: FCPX Share menu greyed out
by David Chai 7 years ago
I had this happen to me and it was driving me crazy, as it was on one project and no others. I came across this link and it helped me out. http: revuptransmedia.com index.php component content article
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Beware new Nvidia Driver 3.04
by David Chai 7 years ago
I have a macpro 8 core 2.8ghz, running 10.8.2 and 10.0.6. Nvidia card GTX 570, 2.5GB non flashed. I installed the latest Nvidia driver and lo and behold, my export from FCPX would quit the application
Re: Beware new Nvidia Driver 3.04
by Gary Huff 7 years ago
Not just OSX. The latest NVIDIA driver basically hosed my Windows box to the point where I couldn't render out of Premiere, and even saw my first BSOD in a super long time. I was worried my card was g
EFI GTX 570 crashing on boot...
by Pedro Conforti 7 years ago
Hi there, after a long wait (due to brazillian customs law), I've finally got my GTX 570 to use with Resolve, with the modded firmware by macvidcards. Installed it inside my 3,1 Mac Pro (slot 1), next
Re: EFI GTX 570 crashing on boot...
by David Chai 7 years ago
No problems Chris: 1) was only able to get around 11fps before, now I can get full frame playback with multiple nodes with the GTX 570. 2) I use FCPX a lot, and if anything seems to run faster with th
What GPU card for Mac Pro?
by Michael Holmes 7 years ago
Well, I give up on avoiding buying a reference monitor, even though much of the work goes to the Internet. I usually do a Blu-ray video (of live band performances) along with the H.264 QT movies for t
Re: What GPU card for Mac Pro?
by David Chai 7 years ago
I'm using a standard PC EVGA GTX 570 with 2.5GB of ram, and Resolve runs pretty much real time on my macpro 3,1 2008, using Lion 10.7.4. No flashing required, just install lion and nvidia and cuda dri
Moving from tricaster to ATEM?????
by George Budoloski 7 years ago
I am currently using a tricaster to run live internet. I would like to switch to ATEM but have found Black Magic people very un-helpful. We run an internet tv station and want to duplicate what the tr
Re: Moving from tricaster to ATEM?????
by David Chai 7 years ago
Well, there is a FREE CG, http: www.casparcg.com Runs on PC though... ----------------- David Chai Writer . Director www.davidchai.com dc@davidchai.com 212 363 0159
New HyperDeck 2.5 Beta software available now.
by Kristian Lam 7 years ago
Hi, Thanks for all the feedback about the HyperDecks. Based on your feedback, we have just released the HyperDeck 2.5 Beta software and it is now available from our website. This beta release adds RP1
Re: New HyperDeck 2.5 Beta software available now.
by David Chai 7 years ago
Please Add ProRes! Please add ProRes! As much as I respect Avid, I'm a final Cut guy... David... ----------------- David Chai Writer . Director www.davidchai.com dc@davidchai.com 212 363 0159
Problem With Transitions
by Chillaa SoSeriuz 7 years ago
I'm working on a music video and whenever i try to add a transition to one of the clips it shifts all of the other ones and the words and the beat are no longer in sync Can somebody please tell me how
Re: Problem With Transitions
by David Chai 7 years ago
Thanks for that! I didn't even notice they pulled that preference... on one hand, does that mean they are changing things based on feedback Or does it mean, that they are just making one silly flip fl
FCP X Six Months Later - Blog Post
by Shane Ross 8 years ago
Blog post by Art Guglielmo - http: www.artguglielmo.com blog 2011 12 24 think-for-yourself.html He nails it with this statement: "No one in their right mind would ask a "professional" photographer to
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Re: FCP X Six Months Later - Blog Post
by David Chai 8 years ago
To answer the question, how could Motion compete with Photoshop. Well photoshop was invented in the 90's and at the time didn't have a huge undo buffer, it only had one undo, so in order to make effec
complete confusion from the new Universal Videohub advertisement
by Bob Zelin 8 years ago
Hi - in the new add, it shows the Universal Videohub 288 Crosspoint at $19,995. Is this the price for the complete system The big chassis and all I O cross points for 288 x 288 It should the Universal
Re: complete confusion from the new Universal Videohub advertisement
by David Chai 8 years ago
Seems to me like you need to add all the components up to get the full package. 1 x chassis $8,345 1 x Crosspoint $19,995 72 x SDI interface $27,720 1 x power supply $2,995 72 x Remote Cable $5,400 To
Ultrastudio 3D dual ingest
by Michael Gossen 8 years ago
One of the features of the Ultrastudio 3D is to ingest "dual stream 3D workflows by capturing left and right eye to separate QuickTime or DPX files..." When I tried this with Media Express, both strea
Re: Ultrastudio 3D dual ingest
by David Chai 8 years ago
I had the same question that you did as I couldn't find anyone who had done this before, and was able to do a test before actually recording for real. The two cameras we used were Sony EX-3's, and I j
Studio Videohub - Can someone confirm the routing of the outputs
by Shaun Roemich 8 years ago
The Studio Videohub until very recently was marketed as 16 x 32 router but is now being marketed as a 16 input, 32 output router. Can I assume that the outputs are not INDIVIDUALLY routable and in fac
Re: Studio Videohub - Can someone confirm the routing of the outputs
by David Chai 8 years ago
Yes, it is 16x32. Having used both video hub studio and broadcast videohub which has 72x144 - worked flawlessly for almost a year now. ----------------- David Chai Writer . Director www.davidchai.com
Effects and the Modern Age
by Ethan Young 8 years ago
Let's say I import long interview for a documentary. FCPX wants me to use the new keywords system in the Event Viewer to go through and break this clip down into folders for each topic the interview c
Re: Effects and the Modern Age - Review of FCPX Color Board
by David Chai 8 years ago
You can use the FIND command, and the clips from the same interview probably have the same clip name. Highlight them all, and paste attributes. ----------------- David Chai Writer . Director www.david
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Best program for making .wmv
by Jeff Gish 8 years ago
We are a mac based house and a client needs a bunch of .wmv file made in odd sizes, so we are looking for a program that we can batch with on a mac. Not looking to spend a ton of money, but what progr
Re: Best program for making .wmv
by David Chai 8 years ago
By far the best program is free, but it runs on windows. Microsoft Expression Encoder 4 - the quality you get with this for low bitrates is unbelievable. Tried mac version of WMV software, but in the
1 Frame Offset Issues
by Al LeVine 9 years ago
I've been having an issue with my setup that even AJA Tech Support can't help me figure out. 2 out of every 3 layoffs I put out on tape is off by 1 frame. It seems pretty random as well; either 1 fram
Re: 1 Frame Offset Issues
by David Chai 9 years ago
I have the solution for you, but you may not want to hear it. Use a decklink card. The drivers for deck control actually work acurately. Someone told me this once, while I was working at a post facili
Live keying with Blackmagic card?
by Nate Vander Plas 9 years ago
I have a shoot coming up which will be on green screen. We'd like to be able to preview what the key will look like live right on set. We're shooting on the RED and have a Mac Pro with a Blackmagic HD
Re: Live keying with Blackmagic card?
by David Chai 9 years ago
Rent a Sony Panasonic Switcher which has a built in Chromakeyer, and then you can feed the background with the Macpro and the front with the Camera HDSDI feed. Then you can preview the output in HDSDI
Final Cut Pro 7 to DVD Woes
by Robbie Roof 9 years ago
I have AVCHD 1080P 30 footage from my Canon Prosumer camcorder. It was ingested as ProRes LT. I exported to Compressor with high quality 90 minute DVD settings. I prepared a DVD in DVD Studio Pro and
Re: Final Cut Pro 7 to DVD Woes
by David Chai 9 years ago
The downconverter in FCP7 is a joke, compressor is also not good enough. The only decent scaling available in the FCP Suite is MOTION. But MPEG Streamclip does a better job on highly detailed material
Does FCS hold a candle to Adobe anymore?
by Christopher Hill 9 years ago
Final cut has seen a large gap between it's last two refreshes and honestly the last one to FCS(3) seemed more like a service pack than an overhaul (just my opinion). So for my own curiosity, I'm wond
Re: Does FCS hold a candle to Adobe anymore?
by David Chai 9 years ago
Don't forget to add that $1,500 Nvidia Quadro card to take advantage of that brand new Mercury engine. If it wasn't for Final Cut Pro, we would still be paying $50,000 for AVID (not that there's anyth
External Raid Enclosure for video capture and editing
by Ryan Moyer 9 years ago
I do a lot of work with game (as in videogame) promos. I capture most of the video using this: http: www.amazon.com Hauppauge-1212-Definition-Personal-Recorder dp B0018LX0DY Currently for my workflow
Re: External Raid Enclosure for video capture and editing
by David Chai 9 years ago
What about the Promise DS4600 Raid 5, very affordable and esata connection. Not good enough for uncompressed. A software 3 drive sata RAID 0 will give you more speed, but no protection. --------------
Your advice on choosing between Premiere Pro and Final Cut please
by Gavin Stokes 9 years ago
Hi everyone, The aim of this post is not to start a flame war for those loyal to either camp, but I need some feedback to help guide our upgrade purchase. If you would prefer to drop me an email or re
Re: Your advice on choosing between Premiere Pro and Final Cut please
by David Chai 9 years ago
Also having dealt with both systems. HD format editing is much slower on Adobe Premiere, and that includes Mpeg2 not just H264. I cannot get realtime playback fullscreen on the same machine (macpro 8
H.264 vs x264
by Brent Streeper 9 years ago
Hi, I've heard that x264 is superior to h264, and I was wondering if anyone here could back up that claim. The Apple trailers are what got me wondering about this. To me, trailers on the Apple site re
Re: H.264 vs x264
by David Chai 9 years ago
There's a new version for download on Apple's download page under video. Follow the link: http: www.apple.com downloads macosx video x264encoder.html ----------------- David Chai Director . Camera . E
FCP SAN for feature
by Paul Urubian 10 years ago
I've been editing on shared Avid systems for years, and am now looking to do so for the first time with FCP. I've got a feature project coming up, and would like to have a "Bob Zellin" type ethernet S
Re: FCP SAN for feature
by David Chai 10 years ago
Paul, you could just put three drives in a raid zero on one of your mac pro systems and export a self contained ProRes HD file to that for playout. This way you get the benefit of shared storage durin
slightly ghetto san
by marcus lyall 10 years ago
We've got a Procurve 2810 switch that I'm using to run the whole office network. But I'm planning to use it to run a video network. Mostly for AFX rendering, and Pro_res editing. Here's what I'm plann
Re: slightly ghetto san - THANKS Creative Cow
by David Chai 10 years ago
Hi Marcus, Welcome to the brave new world of DIY shared storage! You can use the benchmark tools from AJA Blackmagic, but nothing is better than the real thing. Copy some video files over to the new s
motion master templates on FCP 7.01
by Gabriele Girardi 10 years ago
hallo everybody, on FCP 7.0.1 when i select master templates in the viewer (any kind, hd sd ecc) it seems load it but after a few seconds i see a white screen no images, nothing.. anyone knows what is
Re: motion master templates on FCP 7.01
by David Chai 10 years ago
I've seen this problem on a friends Quad Core macpro. 10.5.8, QT 7.6.4, FCP 7.01. Template opens fine in Motion but is always a white screen in FCP. Video is fine, only Motion Templates are a probIem.
Optical Flow + Unwanted Random 'Predator' Effect
by james aldred 10 years ago
Hi i've been using optical flow with a 50% success rate. at times, or during certain frames there is a 'predator movie' type effect surrounding the edges of the subject as it moves, a blurry watery li
Re: Optical Flow + Unwanted Random 'Predator' Effect
by David Chai 10 years ago
If you are using interlaced footage, make sure that it's interpreted correctly with the right fields before starting the optical flow analysis. Sometimes the footage is not interpreted on import and t
Offline/Online Frame Accuracy Issue
by Matt Doe 10 years ago
Hello all, At my company we work in an offline online workflow. We offline our material at DV rez and once we pix lock we create an offline sequence through media manager and re-digitize at DVCPro HD
Re: Offline/Online Frame Accuracy Issue
by David Chai 10 years ago
We had inaccuracy issues with Deck control capture and layoff until we moved to Blackmagic Decklink. 2:3 pulldown removal perfect everytime. Laying off - frame accurate every time. On Kona 3, 1080p to
The BEST mpeg2 encoder up to date!!!???
by Rani Korkise 10 years ago
Hey guys. Just before you suggest that I google this. Let me tell you that I've tried and I've tried. :) I can't seem to find any clear comparisons made of different mpeg2 encoders that are still up t
Re: The BEST mpeg2 encoder up to date!!!???
by David Chai 10 years ago
The Cinema Craft Basic is great if you don't need segment re encoding and costs something like $68. The Xtream engine is better and there is a MAC plugin version for $800, but you can always try out C
Capturing Mpeg2
by Jason O'Connell 11 years ago
I have been capturing classical concerts to a DVD recorder for the past year. This works great because we typically don't apply any effects to the video and the turn around time is very quick (we reco
Re: Capturing Mpeg2
by David Chai 11 years ago
How much does Metus Ingest cost Also, how stable is it Does it work with Decklink Extreme in HD or only in SD thanks for your help, David Chai----------------- David Chai Director . Camera . Editor ww
DSK over video during capture into FCP
by David Chai 11 years ago
Hi, Does anybody know if you can key a graphic (logo) over video going into the Kona 3 and capture that video into FCP with the logo already mixed into the video Thanks for your help! David
Re: DSK over video during capture into FCP
by walter biscardi 11 years ago
As far as I know, that's only for output, hence the name "downstream keyer."Walter Biscardi, Jr. Biscardi Creative Media HD and SD Production for Broadcast and Independent Productions. STOP STARING AN
Apple Pro-Res HQ 1920X1080 as a RECORDING codec ?
by Michael Pierre 11 years ago
I'm going to shoot a little test this weekend. My plan is to pipe a signal out of the HD-SDI of a Sony XDCAM EX-1 into my AJA Kona 3. I spoke to an AJA tech the other day who said I shouldn't have any
Re: Apple Pro-Res HQ 1920X1080 as a RECORDING codec ?
by David Chai 11 years ago
Definitely go with Prores HQ, we used to use DVCPRO HD but there would be softness introduced from the scaling to 1280 x 1080. The Pro Res is a lot sharper and gradations definitely are smoother. Davi
Cinema Display or Panasonic BT-LH1700
by als 13 years ago
Hi guys, We have purchased a MultiBridge Extreme for our new editing suite, and we are looking for a LCD for monitoring. Presently our acquired material are mainly DVCPro HD 720P. If I understand corr
Re: Cinema Display or Panasonic BT-LH1700
by David Chai 13 years ago
The 2600 has excellent color, very close to a BVMA20F1U monitor, the main difference is the blacks are not as deep as the CRT, but it's very close. For the money, it's a no brainer, the BVM HDSDI opti
Can't Import P2 after FCP 5.1.2 update
by Chad Newman 13 years ago
This one has me stumped. After updating to 5.1.2 I can not import P2 footage. When I click on the import Panasonic P2 tab under the import menu, nothing happens. Then, I click on it one more time and
Re: Can't Import P2 after FCP 5.1.2 update
by David Chai 13 years ago
happend to me, the fix is to trash FCP and prefs, and the receipts in the library receipts , reinstall 5.1, then update to 5.1.2. All is well with P2 after doing this. David :D
ANIMATTE /PAINT as in avid for FCP I HAVE A REAL NIGHTMARE HERE read on
by Andrew 13 years ago
Hello all my FCPers, big nightmare here, an editor friend of mine cut this open promo on an adrenaline using a lot of animattes, now we have been asled to do 3 more, except this time we want FCP, and
Re: ANIMATTE /PAINT as in avid for FCP I HAVE A REAL NIGHTMARE HERE read on
by David Chai 13 years ago
How exactly is he using the animattes Got any pictures David :D
MacGurus Burly Hotswap SATA Enclosures - Thoughts? Noise?
by Sean 14 years ago
I'm looking for a good external hot swappable SATA enclosure. Anyone have experience with the MacGurus Burly 4 drive or 8 drive units How's the noise Any other suggestions I like the Burly units becau
Re: MacGurus Burly Hotswap SATA Enclosures - Thoughts? Noise?
by David Chai 14 years ago
Why not check out www.cooldrives.com They have tons of SATA enclosures of all different designs. David :D----------------- David Chai Director . Camera . Editor www.davidchai.com dc@davidchai.com 212
FCP /iMac for Broadcast?
by The Bill 14 years ago
Hello Anyone, I have a G5 IMAC 2G's of RAM 160 HD (w lots of external FW drives) and FCP 5. Basically I don't understand some tech issues dealing with Beta quality footage (4:2:2) Normally, I work in
Re: FCP /iMac for Broadcast?
by David Chai 14 years ago
You could always use the DVCPRO 50 codec which is very nice or else the photo jpeg codec at 75% to preserve the quality of your graphics and work within your system, but at much lower data rates than
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