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October 6th 2008
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New Teleprompter Software Recommendations?
by David Wheeler 7 years ago
Mark's recommendation from four years ago was prompter software from Presentation Prompter from http: presentationprompter.com I have a teleprompter from Prompter People and really have grown to hate
Re: New Teleprompter Software Recommendations?
by James Dow 7 years ago
I have an old Listec Prompter that I had quit using. The monitor was old and had limited inputs. The software was no longer friendly with my newer Mac laptops. Several months ago I started checking ou
Bidding for Series of Low-Budget Technology Corporation Videos
by Marianne Yusavage 8 years ago
Hello, It seems to be the trend these days that when corporations hire video producers, what they are really looking for is someone who will do everything (storyboarding, camera, editing, delivery in
Re: Bidding for Series of Low-Budget Technology Corporation Videos
by David Wheeler 8 years ago
Until I "retired" to start my own production company, I worked for many years in a large corporation's marketing department where internal "clients" would ask for a shoe-string production because they
Sony EX1 Cannot proceed (Histogram)
by Frank Mulder 8 years ago
Hello, I'm curious, ... does anyone know when I press the 'Histogram' button on my EX1, the display shows 'cannot proceed' No, it's not the 'Direct Menu', cause that one is set to 'Part' and only disa
Re: Sony EX1 Cannot proceed (Histogram)
by David Wheeler 8 years ago
The histogram button can be assigned to another function in the OTHERS menu, such as "rec review" or "last clip delete." You may have had it assigned to a function that could not be performed. All res
Problems converting XDCamEX .Mov files to MP4 for Web
by W. Lawrence Stevens 8 years ago
Hi Folks: We shoot a PMW-350 and EX-1R (for b camera.) We post on FCP and output to XDCam 1080i 60i 35mb s VBR(quicktime). I've had a lot of trouble compressing this format down to MP4 for streaming o
Re: Problems converting XDCamEX .Mov files to MP4 for Web
by David Wheeler 8 years ago
I edit native XDCAM EX 1080p30 (35Mbps VBR) but always output a ProRes 422 file for the master. Editing in XDCAM on FCP makes more demands on the computer to process and requires more rendering time,
Visual Treatment - Corporate Video
by Travis Hunt 8 years ago
Hi guys...so I am after some advice and inspiration. I create corporate video, and lately I have been beaten over the final line on winning a couple of big projects, and when I ask the client "why the
Re: Visual Treatment - Corporate Video
by David Wheeler 8 years ago
Don't confuse storyboards and "comps" with a visual treatment or creative treatment. Most corporations who deal with ad agencies or other professional marketers for print media will always ask for a c
Shooting green screen
by nitin kulkarni 8 years ago
hi, i want to shoot highly professional green screen video. i am confused between shooting on Canon 5D Mark iii and sony pmw 500 Xdcam hd 422. i want to use 5D but am not sure about its recording form
Re: Shooting green screen
by David Wheeler 8 years ago
The 4.2.2 color space will always give you a better key. Of course, a 4.2.2 color space will not solve problems with lighting, reflections, etc., but if you set up everything else right, 4.2.2 is bett
Wireless lav mic popping/buzzing
by Michael Calcagno 8 years ago
I've been using a Sennheiser G3 COMBO (A) EK100 SKP100 SK100 ME2 Wireless for interview audio for the past 6 months. I can definitely tell with my last few projects there's been an annoying increase i
Re: Wireless lav mic popping/buzzing
by David Wheeler 8 years ago
I've never had a similar problem with a wireless mic. Hum from a wired mic can sometimes be an induced voltage from running mic lines parallel with power cords. I would check the receiver-to-camera co
Projecting HD at conventions
by jim brodie 8 years ago
Hi folks, I wanted to ask your opinion on what encoding formats and data rates you use for presenting video at corporate events. They are generally playing the 3 to 6 minute clips from a MacBook Pro o
Re: Projecting HD at conventions
by David Wheeler 8 years ago
Hi Jim, I don't know what other producers are doing, but I would guess most charge a flat rate per hour of time whether it's editing or transcoding compressing. I always work from a ProRes master file
What am I thinking of....
by Tom Sefton 8 years ago
Hi all, I'm trying to pitch an idea to a client and I want to give them a taster of what I mean without having to go into production. I remember seeing an advert for a firm product that relied on a pr
Re: What am I thinking of....
by David Wheeler 8 years ago
I may have had the same dream, but I also recall sequences of that type from Minority Report and Tom Cruise, (I think). It's generally shot in green or blue screen and carefully choreographed in post
Need Advise with choosing a multi video camera rig for weddings, bar /bat mitzvas etc
by Jay Levi 8 years ago
I am asking around what camera and rig set up works best in a multi video shooting situations in weddings etc, i was thinking both 1-SLR and 1-video cameras but wanted to ask pros since some say get t
Re: Need Advise with choosing a multi video camera rig for weddings, bar /bat mitzvas etc
by David Wheeler 8 years ago
I agree with Marks recommendation for two video cameras for the ceremony and using DSLR for B-roll only. Another factor to consider is editing. You cannot use the multicam edit option in FCP with came
Choosing and an HD format for a cable fishing show.
by Gary Boland 8 years ago
I do most of my videoing with my Sony HVR -Z7U camcorder. My camcorder s menu has several HD video formats to choose from. I noticed there are two ways to record 1080i 30. In the camera s HD progressi
Re: Choosing and an HD format for a cable fishing show.
by David Wheeler 8 years ago
I'm not familiar with the Z7U, but if you want to record motion (especially relatively quick camera moves) there are at least three important factors that determine the image quality: frame rate, bit
Sony EX-1 repair
by Jay Curlee 8 years ago
Sony no longer has a service facility in Hawaii. My camera is a first gen. EX-1 and has a number of problems to include the problem of not recognizing the batteries to a broken DC port and poor autofo
Re: Sony EX-1 repair
by David Wheeler 8 years ago
This is the group I recommend. They did a fine job on my EX1 and I plan to send my EX3 there soon for a firmware update. http: www.tekmg.com They are located in Burbank, CA. David Wheeler EX1R; EX3; F
Cardiod or Hypercardiod Lav for Shop Areas?
by David Wheeler 8 years ago
I do some corporate video recording of an on-camera spokesman reading from a teleprompter in a community college shop area. The recording is normally not during class time, so there is no problem with
Re: Cardiod or Hypercardiod Lav for Shop Areas?
by David Wheeler 8 years ago
Hi Ty, The frequency response doesn't match well with the Sony omni. It sounds much more skewed to higher frequencies. Perhaps this is normal with a cardiod, but it also distorts hard "S" sounds. Than
Does anyone have some recommendations for a light kit?
by Saul Kennedth 8 years ago
I've used a tungsten light kit in the past, but have never really researched the topic in depth. Honestly my lighting knowledge in general is pretty weak. I've always just used whatever was available.
Re: Does anyone have some recommendations for a light kit?
by David Wheeler 8 years ago
Hi Saul, I've learned over the years that purchasing good lighting equipment from the start saves money in the long run. LED lights are very expensive, but they can run off batteries and are extremely
How much to charge?
by Sean Ryan 8 years ago
Hey everyone, A friend acquaintance of mine is a professional photographer, she had told me early in the summer she would like me to film her taking photos of people for promotional purposes for her b
Re: How much to charge?
by David Wheeler 8 years ago
Hi Sean, You didn't mention whether you do this work professionally and have professional equipment to maintain. If your friend is a pro, she values her time and expertise, even though her equipment o
Time Lapse Sony EX1R
by Dennis Cummins 8 years ago
Hi, wondering if anyone can help me out. Were doing a band shoot next week and im hoping to set up a static EX1R on a tripod and document the making of the video. Its all going to take place in one pl
Re: Time Lapse Sony EX1R
by David Wheeler 8 years ago
I do a lot of time lapse recording of construction projects with my EX1R and most of the time I shoot 1 frame every 2 seconds as you suggested. If I need the final piece to be a set time duration, I c
Freelance Motion Graphic / VFX artist and compositor (AE, Nuke, Maya, C4D)
by Hiroaki Sasa 8 years ago
Hi, I am a motion graphic VFX artist and compositor, based in NYC. WORK EXPERIENCE <2008 Current: working independently as a CGI Visual FX artist The Documentary Group graphic design, special effec
Re: Freelance Motion Graphic / VFX artist and compositor (AE, Nuke, Maya, C4D)
by David Wheeler 8 years ago
Hello, I'm doing freelance corporate work in Colorado for a long-time client in Denver. I need some animation work done on a 3D model at Turbosquid. The animation needs to be rendered to a sequence fo
What is the fastest way to make a DVD after shooting a 2 hour football game with an EX3?
by Julian Fisher 8 years ago
I have been asked to supply a football club with a DVD of the game straight after it's played. Currently I am coming out of the EX3 via SDI into a Matrox MX02 MAX. I stop recording at the end of each
Re: What is the fastest way to make a DVD after shooting a 2 hour football game with an EX3?
by David Wheeler 8 years ago
If you are using a Matrox MXO2 in the setup, I'm guessing you are recording directly to a computer You should be able to feed a component video signal plus audio directly from your Matrox to a standar
Should I use progressive on EX1 for greenscreen, even when shooting 4:2:2?
by Terry O'Brien 8 years ago
Hi, Lots of folks have commented that one should shoot greenscreen using the Progressive mode when using an EX-1. The logic is that the 4:2:0 makes for ugly edges when in Interlace mode because Red an
Re: Should I use progressive on EX1 for greenscreen, even when shooting 4:2:2?
by David Wheeler 8 years ago
I do non-broadcast corporate work and never shoot interlaced footage. If my clients send me interlaced footage to use, I always have to de-interlace it before editing, so starting with progressive foo
How can this be?
by Greg Ball 8 years ago
My crew shot footage and interviews for 1 day on our EX1. I took the card and using XDCAM transfer, I transferred all of the footage into FCP. I gave the client a hard drive with all of the footage as
Re: How can this be?
by David Wheeler 8 years ago
Never rename the BPAV folder itself, but you can rename the folder that contains the BPAV folder it to whatever you want. Your Browser and Transfer software will not recognize the clips if it does not
Tripod for Sony EX3/EX1R
by Suko Bhakti 8 years ago
Hey guys, can you please help me decide which tripod is better for the Sony EX3 EX1R Sachtler 0475 FSB-6 Carbon-Fiber Tripod System or Cartoni F128 FocusHD Carbon Fiber Tripod System
Re: Tripod for Sony EX3/EX1R
by David Wheeler 8 years ago
I don't have a Cartoni, but I've used the Sachtler FSB6 for both my EX3 and EX1R cameras. I love Sachtler quality, but have switched to a Libec tripod with a 100mm ball and much larger sticks. Libec i
Two Sony UWP-V1 Wireless Systems With Different Channel Groups Need 330ft of Separation?
by David Wheeler 8 years ago
So, I purchased two Sony UWP-V1 wireless packages, one is a U30 with frequencies in the 566 to 590 MHz range, the other is a U42 in the 638 to 662 MHz range. I do some traveling in the US, so I though
Re: Two Sony UWP-V1 Wireless Systems With Different Channel Groups Need 330ft of Separation?
by David Wheeler 8 years ago
Thanks, Richard. I'm trying to avoid discovering a problem after the return period has expired. I don't do event work, mostly corporate stuff with no interference from other competing systems. If you
Metadata Acquisition in XDCAM Browser
by Bertil Holmqvist 8 years ago
Dear Cow members, In XDCAM EX ClipBrowser V2.6 Version 2.06.00 (155.188) I got an Acquisition Panel showing Metadata from the shot. After upgrading to MacOS Lion and following recommendations from Son
Re: Metadata Acquisition in XDCAM Browser
by David Wheeler 8 years ago
Version 2.0 of XDCAM Browser is free, so the advanced functions of metadata asset management is what you'll lose after the 30 day trial expires. David Wheeler EX1R; EX3; FCP 7; 17" MBP, MacPro Quad, M
Freelance 3D Animator available to work on your project!
by Jenna Bankhead 8 years ago
Hi, I am a freelance 3D animator with a passion for video games, and I am looking to work with indie developers to make their games burst with action through great animation! Check out my showreel at
Re: Freelance 3D Animator available to work on your project!
by David Wheeler 8 years ago
HI Jenna, I have a client asking about animating an element of one of their products for a series of training videos I'm working on. I would need to hire the 3D modeling and rendering so I can import
Cinema 4D Training
by Aaron Nowakowski 9 years ago
Does anyone know where I could go to get Cinema 4D training in the Chicagoland area Looking for either a class or a few training days.
Re: Cinema 4D Training
by David Wheeler 9 years ago
If you are into saving money with online training, check out the Cinema 4D training segments at http: www.lynda.com. You can't ask questions, but the training is detailed and fairly comprehensive. It'
Screencast similar software for Windows?
by David Wheeler 11 years ago
I purchased Telestream's Screencast software to do screen captures before realizing that the screen captures were possible only in Windows. Can you recommend software similar to Screencast that works
Re: Screencast similar software for Windows?
by David Wheeler 11 years ago
Thanks, Alex. I'll give it a shot. Dave David Wheeler EX1; EX3; FCP 6.06; 17" MBP, MacPro Quad dave@marcombiz.com
computer won't stop telling me what I'm doing.
by Matthew Zabel 11 years ago
well, I left my computer for a minute and my one year old did a number on it. Now EVERY thing i do, the computer tells me, spells out everything I type, it's driving me nuts, help me to shut this off.
Re: computer won't stop telling me what I'm doing.
by David Wheeler 11 years ago
Matthew, did you ever get accurate help with this problem I have exactly the same problem, but did not have the added benefit of a 1 year old. It started acting this way on it's own with the running c
No Audio in Flip4Mac wmv import
by David Wheeler 11 years ago
I'm trying to convert a streaming MMV file to non-streaming in Flip4Mac Studio Pro HD (is that possible ). Opening the .wmv file in QT 7.5.5 results in video but no audio. Importing into FCP brings in
Re: No Audio in Flip4Mac wmv import
by Craig Seeman 11 years ago
What's the audio codec of the WMV Flip4Mac is not compatible with Voice codec and there's also some proprietary audio plugins that work with WMP11 on Windows but have no Mac equivalent. Use WMP9Mac an
DH_Counter Plug-in not working
by David Wheeler 11 years ago
I purchased Digital Heaven's Counter 1.1 and have been trying to install the plug-in per their directions. I dragged the DH_counter 1.1 file to Library Application Support FCP folder and relaunched FC
Re: DH_Counter Plug-in not working
by David Wheeler 11 years ago
Mark, I finally got the plugin working after finding the correct folder to drop it into. Works great as long as you don't try to change the speed of the clip in anticipation that you can do the same w
Correct Sequence Settings for XDCAM 1080p30
by David Wheeler 11 years ago
I'm editing XDCAM footage shot at 1080p30. Frame size of the clips is 1920x1080. There are no options for 1920x1080 frame size in the sequence settings. When I set the sequence settings to 1920x1080,
Re: Correct Sequence Settings for XDCAM 1080p30
by David Wheeler 11 years ago
Thanks, Dan. I created a new sequence in the timeline and inserted a clip to let FCP set the sequence settings correctly and then copied the other clips into the new timeline. It may be that I created
eSATA Expresscard
by Josh Evans 12 years ago
Finally made the upgrade to an eSATA drive, but now I need to buy an expresscard for my macbook pro. I've read there are problems with certain brands. Does it make a difference in speed if you go with
Re: eSATA Expresscard
by David Wheeler 12 years ago
I have been using the Addonics eSATA Express card 34 adapter with my '07 MBP 17" for several months with no problem connecting a Seagate HD. However, I could not get the express card to recognize my X
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