David Roth Weiss is an independent producer, director, editor, and colorist, based in Los Angeles, with a broad range of creative and technical expertise. He is also a leading industry consultant and a well-known writer of popular articles and review... [more]
David Roth Weiss is an independent producer, director, editor, and colorist, based in Los Angeles, with a broad range of creative and technical expertise. He is also a leading industry consultant and a well-known writer of popular articles and reviews drawn from his industry experience.
David’s professional credits include: broadcast documentaries, corporate communications, feature films, commercials, network sports and promos, medical videos, and reality TV series. His award-winning documentary films have aired on National Geographic Explorer, Discovery, PBS, and the BBC.
An accomplished colorist, David's recent work includes behind the scenes documentaries for the major studios on films such as the multiple Academy Award nominated, UP IN THE AIR, and many DVD and BluRay extra features, such as: The making of Final Destination 4, and Gangsta Vision: Making Menace II Society. He was also the colorist on several recent documentaries, including the feature-length DVD release of BLESSINGS: The Tsoknyi Nangchen Nuns of Tibet; and SEX AND THE CINEMA, a one-hour TV special on the Starz Entertainment Network.
In 1983 he founded David Weiss Productions, Inc., which is still going strong today, specializing in High Definition post-production and color correction; complete film and video creative services on historical, political, and environmental documentaries; corporate communications; as well as technology-related consulting and problem solving.
David produced, directed, and shot the 1987 oceanographic documentary, AN INCIDENTAL KILL, which received the prestigious Genesis Award from The Fund For Animals and also won Best Professional Film at the International Wildlife Film Festival. An Incidental Kill initially aired on the National Geographic Explorer series and was also one of the first films featured on Discovery Channel's Shark Week. Scenes from the film can be seen on permanent display at Disney's Epcot Center, Seaworld, and Marineland.
David's favorite recent project is RUSH TO WAR, an award-winning feature-length documentary film he edited about the war in Iraq and the history of American foreign policy.
David's passions are historical, political, and environmental documentaries; true crime documentaries; his dog Augie; and of course, his golf game. David plays golf to a 5-handicap, so consider yourself forewarned.
David contributes to Creative COW magazine and also writes for CreativeCOW.net, and you can find him hosting in Creative COW's Apple Final Cut Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro basics, Business & Marketing, forums.
Second Monitor Playback by alec gitelman 2 years ago Hello, I haven't worked in Resolve since a few versions back, and I remember that for full screen playback on a second monitor I needed to run it through a Blackmagic I O device. Is that still the cas
Re: Second Monitor Playback by David Roth Weiss 1 week ago Thanks for defending me so eloquently George, I guess it s impossible to retire gracefully on the Internet, as every word we ever posted will remain in play forever. I guess long after I m dead there
Correct project settings for 16mm scans? by Peter Humble 2 weeks ago Hi, I'm working with 16mm source scanned as a tiff image sequence for the first time and wondering how I should set up my project. A bit confused about the frame rate amoung other things. Should my pr
Upres 720 to 1080 by Luke Chaplain 3 weeks ago Hello Just wondering if there is a free program out there I can trust to upscale some 720 footage to 1080. That's in advance and this won't be the last question I ask on this forum, lol. Luke
Re: Upres 720 to 1080 by David Roth Weiss 3 weeks ago You didn t say why you wanted to uprez the 720p material, so let me just say, if you want to intercut the 720p with 1080 footage, you could just drop the 720p footage into a 1080 timeline and just cut
hdv capture issues by Rick Neely 2 months ago Hey guys, huge quandry here. Have to capture some old HDV tapes and can't get the deck to initialize properly. Here's the setup-- Mac Pro running El Capitan (10.11.6) installed FCP 7 (no issues with i
Re: hdv capture issues by David Roth Weiss 2 months ago You re doing it wrong... Follow this tutorial: https: library.creativecow.net articles poisson_chris hdv-prores.php. David Roth Weiss Director Editor Colorist & Workflow Consultant David Weiss Product
Make eyes open by Steve Adams 3 months ago I have video of an asian girl, below, where the eye opening is so narrow it's difficult to tell if the eyes are open or shut: I'm looking for some way, with PPro CC2017, to get some white or gray into
Re: Make eyes open by David Roth Weiss 3 months ago Dave, Yep! This is what happens when happens when either the director or cameraman weren t paying attention, or one of them said, let s fix it in post. In any case, like you say, somebody should have
Replacement disk for promos Pegasus R4 by Mick Ruane 4 months ago I have an old Promise Pegasus R4, 4 X 2tb drives. I think I bought it in 2011. Still does the job. The current drives in the raid are Hitachi HUA723020ALA641. One of the disks has gone down. I know yo
Cookies warning = annoying by David Roth Weiss 6 months ago Why is it that your cookies warning comes up every time I open a post on the Cow Shouldn t that go away forever once I acknowledge the cookie warning by clicking on the X ***FYI, the issue is on my iP
Re: Cookies warning = annoying by greg janza 5 months ago It actually doesn't work on the major web browsers. i continue to get the cookies box each and every time I load the cow into Opera and Chrome. And it's definitely not an Apple thingie since I'm on a
How is grading in Resolve better? by Mike Thomas 1 year ago My grading experience is limited to using the basic tools found in most NLE's. I'm looking for reasons that Resolve is better in this department than say Sony Vegas which has a lot if not all the same
Re: How is grading in Resolve better? by David Roth Weiss 1 year ago Resolve was a for most of its lifetime a $250,000 dedicated state of the art tool for professional color grading, now it s much cheaper and has editing capabilities as well. So, while it s still one o
So many ways to color correct... by Duke Sweden 1 year ago Every time I go on Youtube these videos pop up on how to Color Correct in DaVinci Resolve. They all involve different methods. Curves, color wheels, etc. I was wondering, is it a matter of whatever yo
Re: So many ways to color correct... by David Roth Weiss 1 year ago Learn basic color correction first using the color wheels, once you ve mastered that then learn more if you need it. Don t get mesmerized by all the bells and whistles. David Roth Weiss Director Edito
Save project settings as presets? by Tom Knight 1 year ago I do not want to reset the project settings for every new project because I usually need the same settings. How can I save these settings as presets Windows 10, i7, 32 GB RAM
Re: Save project settings as presets? by David Roth Weiss 1 year ago It s the same with every NLE. You save a project that contains all your favorite settings, and you open that and do a save as every time you start a new project. David Roth Weiss Director Editor Color
I own a Fiber Channel SAN system by Bob Zelin 1 year ago but now that I have finally realized, that between macOS 10.13 High Sierra, and Windows 10, that my investment is completely worthless, and that I can't even sell it on ebay, that I must go to work fo
Re: I own a Fiber Channel SAN system by David Roth Weiss 1 year ago I need my car washed Bob, so you have a job anytime you need one. David Roth Weiss Director Editor Colorist & Workflow Consultant David Weiss Productions Los Angeles David is a Creative COW contributi
Color/Compositing Workflow by Matt Dunne 2 years ago Hi guys, hoping to have someone with more experience than I help me out with something. We are working through a video that requires a ton of compositing work, marrying camera moves together, set clea
Re: Color/Compositing Workflow by David Roth Weiss 2 years ago Your question has been asked by editors since the beginning of time... And, the answers have not gotten any easier as technology and software have advanced, because the time component of post has cont
LTO Library Automation vs Standalone Drive? by Dan Olsen 2 years ago Hoping for a quick poll and some feedback--how many of you are using libraries with automation vs standalone LTO drives I used standalone LTO-5 drives on BRU PE for years at our facility and issues we
GPU memory full... by Frank Miller 2 years ago Hi - Resolve keeps crashing my machine after giving the "GPU memory full" message. I'm on a Mac, running 10.11.6 32GB Ram NVIDIA GeForce GTX680MX 2048MB Is this enough horsepower to work in Resolve Th
Re: GPU memory full... by David Roth Weiss 2 years ago What codec at what resolution are you editing David Roth Weiss Director Editor Colorist & Workflow Consultant David Weiss Productions Los Angeles David is a Creative COW contributing editor and a foru
No longer able to respond to threads by Tim Riordan 2 years ago Hi CC Team I haven't checked in here for a while, but I've had an account since 2011. I have mostly used the Sony \ Magix Vegas threads in the past. I was in the forum today and I noticed today t
Export to DNxHD 444 Gamma problems by Josh Williams 2 years ago Hi guys, so we have been editing a music video which needs to be exported to DNxHD 444, I am working with our colorist (not the most experienced) in trying to get the best export settings. We are havi
Re: Export to DNxHD 444 Gamma problems by David Roth Weiss 2 years ago Your post is confusing... You've told us what you shot and what you delivered to the colorist, and what you want to export, but what has your colorist delivered to you Has he delivered a graded master
Exporting markers to bespoke sequences by Phil Vanier 2 years ago Hi everyone, I'm trying to do something quite specific with Markers and can't find any answers online so thought I'd ask here. I need to build 20 different films each with 10 sections in them and then
Re: Exporting markers to bespoke sequences by Dave LaRonde 2 years ago Phil Vanier "If there's a way to automate it it's gonna be a lot cheaper than having to do it manually." I don't know how to automate it, but doing it manually doesn't mean you have to hang around wh
Thoughts on buying used LTO drive? by Luke Arndt 2 years ago I'm getting ready to purchase an LTO drive with the idea of moving data from shelved hard drives to tapes for safekeeping. I'm leaning towards an external HP StoreEver Ultrium 6250 that is used but de
Re: Thoughts on buying used LTO drive? by David Roth Weiss 2 years ago LTO7 tape drives will only drop in price when LTO8 is released. I'm not sure if that's this NAB or next. FYI , are you aware that you're gonna require both a SAS HBA card and software for the LTO6 you
mixing frame sizes in FCP timeline by raju bhai 2 years ago OK, this is a follow up to my last question, but specifically, my timeline is set to my canon 5d footage which is all transcoded to prores 422 and are 1980x1080. However, i have no choice but to inclu
Re: mixing frame sizes in FCP timeline by Nick Meyers 2 years ago 23.98 and 23.976 are the same frame rate, just different names 24fps really is a different frame rate. if you use it in a 23.976 FCP timeline, FCP will just drop a frame every now and then to make up
Apple Demo of FCP X 10.3 by Charlie Austin 2 years ago Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria! ... https: www.youtube.com watch v=MqCpUWyEr3E&feature=youtu.be ------------------------------------------------------------- My FCPX B
Re: Apple Demo of FCP X 10.3 by David Roth Weiss 2 years ago My hat is off to Apple - first, the entire demo has terrific production value - we all have incredible technology at our disposal, it's about time a company is finally using it. And, the demo artist i
9to5 Mac Opinion piece on Secrecy by Craig Seeman 2 years ago Opinion: Apple s product secrecy may create magic, but lack of transparency on upgrade cycles creates frustration https: 9to5mac.com 2016 12 20 opinion-apple-secrecy
Re: 9to5 Mac Opinion piece on Secrecy by David Roth Weiss 2 years ago Schedule What schedule David Roth Weiss Director Editor Colorist & Workflow Consultant David Weiss Productions Los Angeles David is a Creative COW contributing editor and a forum host of the Apple Fin
A little OT: Asset Managers by Jeff Markgraf 2 years ago Looking for some thoughts on assent management systems. Here's the catch: must be Premiere Pro compatible. I know, it's an FCP group. And I dearly wish I were looking for a setup for an FCP X facility
Re: A little OT: Asset Managers by David Roth Weiss 2 years ago CatDV and Axel David Roth Weiss Director Editor Colorist & Workflow Consultant David Weiss Productions Los Angeles David is a Creative COW contributing editor and a forum host of the Apple Final Cut P
Re: cant sent my edit to ME by Duke Sweden 2 years ago Did you try opening AME and clicking on help update to see if it will automatically download an update Since 2017 is an upgrade rather than an update, it might just go to the last update, which is wha
Edit your own post by Ann Bens 2 years ago Why cannot we edit our own post in all views. I have the forum set to a particular view which does not allow editing. Such a pain as I am notorious for making spelling mistakes. ----------------------
Re: Edit your own post by David Roth Weiss 2 years ago No editors can spell Ann... If you fix all your spelling errors people will question your editing abilities. David Roth Weiss Director Editor Colorist & Workflow Consultant David Weiss Productions Los
Why is creativcow biased against FCPX by Thomas Frank 2 years ago I have noticed this for a bit now but why are they so biased Are they paid off, with all the Adobe advertising in every corner of the site Apple releases a update... not much activity as soon Adobe ad
The creative use of space by Simon Ubsdell 2 years ago I don't mean how you lay out your room, although that too is an important creative decision. I'm talking about editing and the fact that the most important thing you can do as an editor is manipulate
Re: The creative use of space by David Roth Weiss 2 years ago No problem, but I do think a discussion of negative space is entirely more interesting. I'm not really interested enough to look at the other thread, but I f that discussion was about whether NLEs sho