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.
Re: Walter Murch and editing COUP 53 by David Roth Weiss 4 weeks ago Nice work Oliver!!! 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
create a pan at start of clip by Thomas Kaufman 2 months ago I have a shot of a drummer in 4K, the clip is 20 seconds long. Using dynamic zoom I've gone in 2x and used the blade tool to cut the clip so the pan occurs over the first 3 seconds of the clip, then h
Re: create a pan at start of clip by David Roth Weiss 2 months ago You are using an ancient technique that doesn t require you to learn proper keyframing techniques in the software. As a cinematographer, you d like to focus on learning new things your craft first, so
New forum name! by Michael Hancock 4 months ago I just realized that the name of this forum has changed from FCPX Debates to Creative Community Conversations. Nice! ---------------- Michael Hancock Editor
Re: New forum name! by David Roth Weiss 4 months ago The old name was imperfect, but the new name will never attract a new visitor. It s completely meaningless and has zero industry recognition. Other than that, it s perfect. David Roth Weiss Director E
Re: FCPX trial period extended by David Roth Weiss 6 months ago 2nd prize is 180 days. 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
Auto Editing based on movement?? Possible? by Rob Maybury 6 months ago Does anybody know of a useful technique or plug-in for premiere to do some automatic cuts on a clip in a timeline based on movement Let me explain a little further. I have hours of footage where my ca
Very different file sizes from resolve by Tom Sefton 6 months ago Hi 2 camera shoot, both Red Heliums. Shooting at 8K 60p. Both used same Red Compression. Add noise reduction, sharpening and basic levels to both clips. Hit export. Rec709 colourspace and both cameras
FCP7 serial number? by Robert Withers 7 months ago Hello, I haven't used FCP7 in at least 6 years. When I try to open it, it asks for a serial number. How do I deal with that Thanks, Robert Robert Withers Independent personal avant-garde cinema, New Y
Re: FCP7 serial number? by David Roth Weiss 7 months ago Just google it, there are serial numbers all over the internet. Just try to avoid the ones distributed by hackers who ll take over your Mac and try to extort all your hard earned money to unhack you.
Smaller Mac Pro by Oliver Peters 9 months ago Would there have been justification for Apple to produce a headless Mac design that fits between the Mini and the Mac Pro in their lineup Something with comparable guts to an iMac or iMac Pro, maybe C
Re: Smaller Mac Pro by David Roth Weiss 9 months ago Right now, the most powerful Macs are the new MacPro and the new MacBook Pro, with little in between, so the only choices are: 1) spend huge for the MacPro; spend pretty darned high for a laptop on th
Bill takes the plunge by Oliver Peters 10 months ago with a 16" MacBook Pro http: www.fcp.co final-cut-pro articles 2229-bill-davis-first-week-with-the-new-16-inch-macbook-pro Be kind. It's Thanksgiving week! - Oliver Oliver Peters - oliverpeters.com
Re: Bill takes the plunge by David Roth Weiss 10 months ago I think that s a big part of the issue Jeremy. I read a piece about how tough it was for the engineers at SuperDuper to rewrite their software to conform to the new design of Catalina. The payoff is,
Post screen-crop video resizing by Eniko Lajos 11 months ago Hi there, I took some screen capture video and had to crop out some edges, which I did in Premiere Pro. So there is the black bar on the edges where I cropped. How do I then resize the good portion to
Re: Post screen-crop video resizing by David Roth Weiss 11 months ago You scale up a bit until the black portion goes away, period, full stop. You probably should not crop in advance of that either. In the future, import full frame and then scale up, your images will ty
FCP 7 - Gaussian Blur Background by Jake van Vuuren 11 months ago Hello Folks, Anybody has a good tutorial or video on How To Blur the Background of a talking head Do you even get good results doing this effect in FCP 7 I'm not a Motion expert. Thanks! Jake jakevv
Re: FCP 7 - Gaussian Blur Background by David Roth Weiss 11 months ago If your subject moves at all while chatting to camera you re going to have a tough time, as you ll probably be rotoscoping, or fixing a zillion keyframes on a frame by frame basis. Adobe has an automa
Docking station for new MacBook Pro by David Roth Weiss 11 months ago Looking for a good and not too expensive Thunderbolt dock... any recommendations After three years of retirement I could no longer hold out any longer, so I purchased a new MacBook Pro yesterday, whic
Incremental backup software for video_Mac by Lee McEachern 12 months ago I've looked through the history here and might have missed something; sorry if this repeats earlier posts: Editing a documentary, I have about 6-7 TB of data. There are sometimes changes to some of th
Second Monitor Playback by alec gitelman 4 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 year 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
hdv capture issues by Rick Neely 2 years 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 years 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
Replacement disk for promos Pegasus R4 by Mick Ruane 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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
I own a Fiber Channel SAN system by Bob Zelin 3 years 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 3 years 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
LTO Library Automation vs Standalone Drive? by Dan Olsen 3 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
No longer able to respond to threads by Tim Riordan 4 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
Exporting markers to bespoke sequences by Phil Vanier 4 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 Phil Vanier 4 years ago Well I'm actually trying to work out how much time to budget for as we haven't started the job yet. Obviously the organization is gonna be key but it's all about how to estimate how long it's gonna ta
Thoughts on buying used LTO drive? by Luke Arndt 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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
Re: cant sent my edit to ME by Duke Sweden 4 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 4 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 4 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
The creative use of space by Simon Ubsdell 4 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 Andrew Kimery 4 years ago David Roth Weiss "You and Tony are evidently referring to some other thread with which you guys are familiar... Michael and I are responding to the original post in this thread, as neither of us is g