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.
How is grading in Resolve better? by Mike Thomas 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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
FCP 7 playing sluggish by Chris Woods 3 months ago I've been using Final Cut Pro since version 1. And I've been using FCP 7 for about nine years on the same computer. But recently I noticed a sluggish to it and it was working smoothly for years. I hav
Re: FCP 7 playing sluggish by David Roth Weiss 3 months ago Hey Chris! Were you able to install all the FCP updates after the initial install And, did you do all the OS updates after that install I know El Cap does work, cuz I had it working when last I used F
Save project settings as presets? by Tom Knight 3 months 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 3 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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
Formatting an old DVD using CS5.5.2 by Bob Dix 5 months ago https: youtu.be scv_5v_bSfk I am having trouble formatting an old DVD 4 x 3 to run normally in Premier Pro CS 5.5.2 and then uploaded to You Tube, but, I cannot get it right, the video looks squashed
Re: Qmaster mess by David Roth Weiss 7 months ago Don't hold your breath Mark, as you already know without my input, that ship has sailed. David Roth Weiss Director Editor Colorist & Workflow Consultant David Weiss Productions Los Angeles David is a
PPro is now completely unstable by Samuel Frazier 7 months ago Recently upgraded to 2017 2017.1.2 release and now it's almost unusable. Won't render previews, have to close & reopen projects for the Program Monitor to actually show things, crashed fairly often, y
Re: PPro is now completely unstable by David Roth Weiss 7 months ago Thank you Eric! Honestly, I thought some of the folks around here having hardware and driver issues might jump down my throat, because honestly, Adobe Tech Support are not as helpful with problems I n
Color/Compositing Workflow by Matt Dunne 11 months 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 11 months 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 11 months 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
jpegs now need rendering? FCP 6.06 by Ricky Barnes 12 months ago I have an all day event broken down into 6, 1 hour segments. Now on my 5th segment and suddenly, JPEGs need to be rendered when I put them into the timeline. Why would this suddenly occur Granted my m
Re: jpegs now need rendering? FCP 6.06 by David Roth Weiss 12 months ago Lowering the quality and size of your stills will help the most... and or get a very fast RAID for all your media... and possibly changing RT settings to turn off Unlimited Realtime might help. David
GPU memory full... by Frank Miller 12 months 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 12 months 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
PC video to HDCAM HD by Andre Anthonio 12 months ago Sorry if I'm in the wrong place but I'm a TV editor who desperately needs a solution. I'm editing a TV show in Sony Vegas. I love my Sony Vegas and have no plans to change. That's not the problem. Rat
Re: PC video to HDCAM HD by David Roth Weiss 12 months ago Why go through all that effort Just farm the work out to someone who has FCP 7. I'll do it for you for a $100. David Roth Weiss Director Editor Colorist & Workflow Consultant David Weiss Productions L
Missing effect BBC deinterlace by Jackson Parker 12 months ago I'm working with an old project that is missing the effect "BBC deinterlace" on multiple clips. The project is very big with loads of sequences. The missing effect causes a multitude of issues (not sh
Re: Missing effect BBC deinterlace by David Roth Weiss 12 months ago Remove Attributes is the only 1-click solution, so, if you can't use Remove Attributes then you're not going to find another fast and easy solution. It would seem to me that you'd do better spending y
No longer able to respond to threads by Tim Riordan 12 months 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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
Thoughts on buying used LTO drive? by Luke Arndt 1 year 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 1 year 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
Second Monitor Playback by alec gitelman 1 year 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 year ago You seem to misunderstand the monitoring options. To display to a broadcast monitor or TV (client monitor), Resolve absolutely requires a Blackmagic I O card or device. To display full screen to a com
mixing frame sizes in FCP timeline by raju bhai 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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