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.
PPro is now completely unstable by Samuel Frazier 2 weeks 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 1 week 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
Filming small animals with green screen by Mark Romanov 3 weeks ago Hi everyone, I have an assignment where I have to film small animals (2-5") and key them out. I'm having horrible trouble with this as I haven't found a way to get a good green screen since I can't pu
Hardware for Playback by Greg Lewis 1 month ago Hello! I'm wondering if any of you have had great results using any 3rd party hardware for playback to a TV using Premiere Right now I have a Blackmagic UltraStudio Mini Monitor connecting my iMac to
Re: Hardware for Playback by David Roth Weiss 1 month ago 1) How are you connecting and monitoring audio 2) Have you checked in PP to make certain you're not dropping frames 3) What are the specs of the video you tested (codec, resolution, etc.) 4) What type
Understanding R3d files and Hierarchy? by Leon Kolenda 2 months ago OK. Here goes, I know this sounds crazy but, I have never worked with R3d files before. I'm a medium experienced Adobe PP CC 2017, Windows user. I have watched a number of YT videos on red footage in
Color/Compositing Workflow by Matt Dunne 4 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 4 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 4 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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
Converting AVI to ProRes by Bobby Hall 5 months ago I'm trying to use MPEG Streamclip to convert some AVI files to ProRes. The problem is that the converted files are just black video with no audio. Anyone know how to fix this
Re: Converting AVI to ProRes by David Roth Weiss 5 months ago If they don't play prior to transcoding that would indicate an issue. It could be the MP3 audio, or could be the AVI wrapper. David Roth Weiss Director Editor Colorist & Workflow Consultant David Weis
Export to DNxHD 444 Gamma problems by Josh Williams 5 months 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 5 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 9 months 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 9 months 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 9 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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
Can this be done in v12.5? by George Ross 10 months ago I am new to Resolve v12.5 & I'm confused viewing tutorials to the subtle differences between v11 & v12.5. I've attached a screen grab to hopefully explain. In the tutorial there are many references to
Re: Can this be done in v12.5? by David Roth Weiss 10 months ago There have been so many changes and additions to Resolve since v.11 that you'll be raising this type of question over and over again if you keep training using that out of date tutorial you're using n
Export entire project to FCP7 by Bob Cole 11 months ago Well... I tried to use Resolve but discovered that my 2014 MacBook Pro is not up to the task. I cleaned out my RAID, maximized the graphics priority -- but the delayed playback continues. I really lik
Re: Export entire project to FCP7 by David Roth Weiss 11 months ago Of course you woukd, but that's not gonna happen. The very best you're gonna get is sequences that relink with the media. David Roth Weiss Director Editor Colorist & Workflow Consultant David Weiss Pr