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David Dean

Member Since:
January 14th 2008
86 Posts
Credits question
by David Dean 2 weeks ago
Hi - my company has hired someone whose job it is to prep Premiere projects for me as the editor. I'm using Tentacle Sync (a miracle!) to create XML timelines, and it's his job to make sure the multic
Re: Credits question
by David Dean 2 weeks ago
Okay, thank you. It's been decades since I was an assistant, and I was there during the entire editing process, in proximity to the editor. And somehow during my entire career I've never had a job whe
What if Copy & Paste doesn't work?
by David Dean 3 months ago
Hi - honestly asking for a friend - she is not able to copy material from one timeline, with in and out marks, and paste it into a second one. I do this all the time - it's essential to my workflow. B
Re: What if Copy & Paste doesn't work?
by David Dean 3 months ago
Hi, John - thanks for the quick reply. No, we both work with multichannel audio and multiclips, so we already deactivate the audio channels we don't want before copying and pasting (so yes, tracks ARE
Modifying proxies?
by David Dean 3 months ago
Good morning - I think I made a stupid mistake, so this is probably a stupid question. Usually when I create proxies for my UHD footage I do it within Premiere, after importing all the media. It takes
Re: Modifying proxies?
by David Dean 3 months ago
Figured. Thanks.
Lagging, choppy playback in PP 13.0.2 (me too)
by David Dean 8 months ago
Hi - I know this issue is all over various forums, but I'm finding it's nearly impossible to smoothly edit these days using CC2019 (13.0.2). I'm running it on Mojave, 32GB RAM on a late-2015 iMac. Mos
Re: Lagging, choppy playback in PP 13.0.2 (me too)
by David Dean 8 months ago
Thank you so much for your detailed response, Merlin. Is there any way I can respond to all of your points outside of the forum What I can immediately tell you is that I am one of two editors on a PBS
More realistic fake zooms?
by David Dean 11 months ago
Hello - aesthetic question. Does anyone have any tricks or techniques to make quick re-scalings seem more like camera zooms and less like I've just, well, adjusted the numbers to bring the shot closer
Re: More realistic fake zooms?
by John Pale 11 months ago
There s probably a better way to do it, but several times I ve duplicated the clip and masked out the subject, subtly applied keyframed blur (only a very small amount) to the background clip, so that
Renaming External Drives
by David Dean 1 year ago
Hi - I m an editor working in Premiere Pro, and I ve been given a 10TB hard drive to work with. Months later, I ve discovered that it was originally formatted in Mac OS Journaled, which didn t affect
Re: Renaming External Drives
by David Dean 1 year ago
Hi, all - I've just gotten off the phone with Apple, and no, it isn't possible with a different drive formatting.
Stock footage sound bite shortcuts?
by David Dean 1 year ago
Hi, everyone - here's what I'm trying to do. I have a paragraph of text that I want to montage, word by word, using film clips. I'm sure I don't have the rights to use anything that's not in the publi
Re: Stock footage sound bite shortcuts?
by David Dean 1 year ago
Yes, the multiple speakers is the effect I'm trying to do. (The extra pun of "Caan" saying "can" would be a private joke...)
Title Tools not Saving
by Mario Valdivieso 6 years ago
Hi, I am having a problem with my title tools in Avid on a mac. When I edit my title tool and I go to save as it won't save. It won't even allow me to put a name to it save it as. Anybody know what co
Re: Title Tools not Saving
by David Dean 4 years ago
This is happening to me as well (MC 8.3 on Mavericks). I'll open Title Tool, create a title as simple as a word of text, hit Save, and it all disappears. No window to name it, nothing. When I try to c
Changing a relink path for AMA files
by David Dean 4 years ago
Hi - I've been handed a massive documentary to locate and export deleted scenes for its DVD. It was cut on MC 3.5 on a Windows XP computer, with four internal hard drives and four external ones to con
Re: Changing a relink path for AMA files
by David Dean 4 years ago
Thanks for your quick response, Glenn. I've tried your method without success. Here's what I did: I created a new bin within the project called "Relinked AMAs From Drive 1." Then I went to the Finder
Making 5.1 Blu-rays & tearing out hair
by David Dean 6 years ago
Hi, everyone - for the past three days I've been trying to burn a 5.1 surround sound Blu-Ray. I think I'm doing the right things but it's not working at all. I'm starting by exporting a 6-track Quickt
Re: Making 5.1 Blu-rays & tearing out hair
by David Dean 6 years ago
Good heavens, Mark, I think it worked! I'm unfortunately not anywhere near a Blu-Ray player to test it, but there were absolutely no hiccups in the process at all. I actually did try your method earli
How can a 90 minute movie take 500 HOURS to compress?
by David Dean 6 years ago
Hi - I am trying to make a Blu-Ray of a feature film I've cut with a 5.1 surround mix. I still use FCP7 and Compressor 3.5.3. I've successfully created a 5.1 ac3 track but am now trying to create an M
Re: How can a 90 minute movie take 500 HOURS to compress?
by David Dean 6 years ago
Thanks for responding, Russ -- I DO use h.264 when I'm making a simple stereo Blu-Ray -- choosing "New Batch From Template" and picking "Create Blu-Ray." And it's worked fine, with an acceptable timef
5.1 mix configuration in FCP7
by David Dean 6 years ago
Hi - I've never been able to find out how to create a Quicktime movie with 6 tracks for a 5.1 mix until today. (An old video on YouTube was extremely helpful, even if it was for a product that doesn't
One codec up from H.264?
by David Dean 6 years ago
Hi - usually I export sequences from FCP7 using either ProRes or H.264. But I also know that importing an H.264 sequence back INTO the program has its limitations. So, facing that huge list of exporti
Re: One codec up from H.264? (PLUS MASKING QUESTION)
by David Dean 6 years ago
Wow -- that's great! I never would have thought to put the matte BELOW the movie, but it works simply and beautifully. There's another forum post from a few months ago raising the same issue, and I'd
How can an entire menu bar item disappear?
by David Dean 6 years ago
I'm clinging onto FCP7 as long as I possibly can, but in the last week or so my entire "EDIT" menu has disappeared at some point, every time I open the application. It jumps from "File - Edit - View"
Re: How can an entire menu bar item disappear?
by Dave Farrants 6 years ago
LOL! - I posted about this 2 years ago, thought it was me going mad, seems it only affects some systems. Finally traced it to when I used the drop down in the viewer to get a generator but getting a g
Research tips
by David Dean 6 years ago
Hi, everyone. I'm currently editing a feature film and am trying to present a cliched scene in a less-cliched manner. The camera is locked down in front of a mirror and a character enters the frame in
Re: Research tips
by David Dean 6 years ago
Thanks, Stephen. As it happens the director liked what I did. Because the actress pretty much duplicated her actions as she checked out the various outfits, I matched her action from dress to dress. B
Extraordinarily long conversion time
by David Dean 7 years ago
Hi, everyone - I have a 93 minute 1920x1080p movie with a ProRes HQ codec and 48 khz audio. I have to convert it to an H.264 44.1 version. My first attempt was through Compressor, bringing in the 123
Re: Extraordinarily long conversion time
by David Dean 7 years ago
Okay, here's the damn thing. When I started writing this post, at 1:00 in the morning, it was at 40% with 24 hours still to go. Twenty minutes after I hit "post," as I was going to bed, it had jumped
Media Composer 5.5.3 XDCam AMA support
by Jon Wright 8 years ago
Hi there, I've been coming across a problem when trying to AMA some MP4 XDCAM files from an external drive. We've just installed Media Composer 5.5.3 and it keeps coming up with 'Unable to link to the
Re: Media Composer 5.5.3 XDCam AMA support
by David Dean 8 years ago
I'm having the same problem. I've just purchased 5.5.3 (I didn't want to upgrade from Snow Leopard to Lion just yet in order to buy 6.0), and have downloaded and installed the Sony XDCAM plugin (versi
Suddenly, a codec error
by David Dean 8 years ago
Hi, everyone - hope your Fourth is happier than mine... I'm trying to export a 100-minute, full-sized, 1920x1080 Quicktime movie from FCP. I have used this process for the entire six months of this pr
Re: Suddenly, a codec error
by David Dean 8 years ago
Hi, Jerry. Thank you so much for your observation that the percentage of the export corresponded to the percentage of the timeline. It seems obvious in retrospect, but I hadn't heard it spelled out so
24 Hours Of Compressor
by David Dean 8 years ago
Good morning, everyone... I'm having all kinds of problems while trying to get a 100-minute timeline from FCP7 to a DVD. My normal process is exporting the movie (1920x1080, XDCAM EX 24p codec) to a f
Re: 24 Hours Of Compressor
by David Dean 8 years ago
Hi, Craig. Between this thread and the one on FCP, and a very helpful Larry Jordan video on YouTube, I was able to export a 1920x1080 Quicktime movie successfully without any "Codec Error" messages. W
Text with gradient colors?
by David Dean 9 years ago
Hello, everyone... I've been working on FCP after many years on Avid, and one thing that I think Avid has all over FCP is the title tool. I love being able to use the arrow keys to precisely move the
Re: Text with gradient colors?
by David Dean 9 years ago
Thanks, Andy (and everyone). I wound up rebuilding all my titles using Title 3D, and they look very nice. What I found odd, however, was that I tried to duplicate the basics of the text -- the same fo
Avid DVD by Sonic, packaged with MC
by David Dean 10 years ago
Hi -- I'm trying to activate the DVD burning software that comes bundled with MC 3.5, and even though it installed properly, using the 17-digit serial number on the disc sleeve, it appears I now have
Re: Avid DVD by Sonic, packaged with MC
by Mark Kiss 10 years ago
Hi David, were you able to resolve this problem Althought I doubt it, did the activation code for MC work to AVID DVD Posters on AVID forums have complained about conflicts with other Roxio Sonic prog
XDCAM audio silent in timeline
by David Dean 10 years ago
Hi, everyone... I'm working on my Media Composer with XDCAM footage for the first time. I don't know if that's pertinent, but my problem is that I can only hear the audio from my source clips if I edi
Re: XDCAM audio silent in timeline
by David Dean 10 years ago
Hey, guess what It's not just me! Here's a post from the Avid forum, dated in March: "I have been very excited about the new AMA-feature of MC3.5. It's a great way to access P2 and XDCAM EX-media! How
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