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Del Holford

Came off a Sony 9000 linear system onto edit, then smoke and fire. Started editing in '77 on an RCA/EECO nixie tube editor on quad tape. Moved to CVS Epic then to Sony 9K with Ampex Ace in there somewhere.
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March 15th 2004
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Music video – need feedback
by Jason Jenkins 9 years ago
Okay, I'll just throw this out there... I'm working on a music video with no video. I'm creating visuals for the whole thing. I need some fresh eyeballs to check it out and give feedback. I won't say
Re: Music video – need feedback
by Del Holford 9 years ago
I like it. Very creative use of no video to tell the story. While Arnie's idea of 3D is good, I think that would add complexity beyond your time and budget. Using the camera in FCP and Motion get you
Can someone explain story beats for me
by Jon Fidler 9 years ago
Hey guys This concept has eluded me for months, even robert mckees explanation didnt really make it clear for me. Is a beat just when the topic or tone changes in a scene. This to me is one of the mos
Re: Can someone explain story beats for me
by Del Holford 9 years ago
I think "In the Blink of An Eye" by Walter Murch is the clearest written exposition I've read on this topic. Not every thing he says works all the time but is a good start. For the last station ID I d
Apple ProRes 422 Render Times
by Mark Maness 10 years ago
Hey gang... Let me ask you something here. Has anyone noticed that rendering in Apple ProRes422 1080i29.97 takes an absolute eternity as compared to other codecs Such as a simple text graphic in DVCPr
Re: Apple ProRes 422 Render Times
by Del Holford 10 years ago
I've done most of my work in ProRes 422HQ and compared to smoke or fire(uncompressed HD in an antiquated hardware system I formerly used) the renders are much faster. They are dealing with a more comp
Multicam audio mixing
by Matt Jones 10 years ago
I have a multicam clip consisting of 3 angles. Each angle has 2 audio tracks. I would like to edit the multiclip video on the timeline showing all 6 audio tracks. The audio would not follow video. I w
Re: Multicam audio mixing
by Del Holford 10 years ago
If you add four more audio tracks and 2 more video tracks you can drag the associated camera onto a different video track and the audio will go to the audio track associated with the video track. Vide
clip in sequence but not browser?
by george robbins 10 years ago
I have run into this a few times over the years, now of course it really matters. I have an audio clip in my sequence but it is not anywhere in the browser... It may have been copied from another proj
Re: clip in sequence but not browser?
by Del Holford 10 years ago
Double click the clip on the timeline sending it to the preview window. Then right click on the preview window and select "make new master clip" (or similar - I'm on a PC right now) and it will save i
syncing drop frame video w/non-drop frame audio?
by Jeff Schmidt 10 years ago
I am beginning a multi-cam XDCam FCP edit where multi-track audio was recorded separately from the mxf files to stand alone wav files (I do have audio reference on the mxf, but not multi-track). The v
Re: syncing drop frame video w/non-drop frame audio?
by Del Holford 10 years ago
I'd make clones of the wav files and then change the timecode on the cloned wav files to DF. There should be a utility somewhere to do this. Try relaying the cloned wavs after re-timecoding and see if
Red Arrow/Compass-Looking Graphic
by Steven Trauger 10 years ago
Hi, I have a colleague who came to me asking about how to remove a red arrow or compass-looking graphic that all of a sudden appeared on top of their active PSD file they were working on (looks like s
Re: Red Arrow/Compass-Looking Graphic
by Del Holford 10 years ago
If it's on an additional layer, turn the layer off. If it's a guide, turn off the guides. If it magically appeared on an existing layer, there's trouble in River City. Del smoke, photoshopCS3, FC Stud
Long credit roll in FCP
by Alan Lacey 10 years ago
Iv'e got a very long credit roll to make for a 1080i50 piece that I'm working on. LiveType's useless as I can't zoom out far enough and also I don't know it well enough to make the layout changes on i
Re: Long credit roll in FCP
by Del Holford 10 years ago
Rafael Thanks for the excellent link. Del smoke, photoshopCS3, FC Studio2
health insurance redux
by Del Holford 10 years ago
I found the archival posts on NASE health insurance and found the comments generally unfavorable. Are there any other group insurance companies for freelancers I'm now in the market. It seems like AAR
Re: health insurance redux
by Arnie Schlissel 10 years ago
Luckily, I have not yet had to file a claim. FU only started offering insurance under it's own name this year. Previously, they sold plans to freelancers at group rates from established insurers. I'm
Experienced smoke editor
by Del Holford 10 years ago
The economic downturn has now been embraced. After 18 years editing documentaries, interstitials and working in studio control for Charlotte Public Television, I am now available for freelance work on
Knowledge & What Its Worth
by John Grote, Jr. 10 years ago
Good day all, I have run into a situation that I have encountered before and I know some of you have run into this as well, the old a friend of the client needs a file logo (jpeg in this case) for som
Re: Knowledge & What Its Worth
by Del Holford 10 years ago
LOL Sounds like one of our salespeople. They don't care what it is as long as it plays on their laptop and they can email it to the client. Del fire*, smoke*, photoshopCS3 Charlotte Public Television
Graphic Fill & Key output from laptop w/Photoshop?
by Jim Bittel 10 years ago
I've been working on some field production projects recently where budget constraints and the simplicity of the projects have made a dedicated CG not really practical. I was wondering if anyone is aw
Re: Graphic Fill & Key output from laptop w/Photoshop?
by Del Holford 10 years ago
It seems to me that if PS CS4 tifs or targas were fed to an AJA Kona or Blackmagic card the keyer should recognize the alpha and fill. How you would get them out of PS would have to be an export and t
College degree really necessary ?
by John Frank 10 years ago
Hey, I'm wondering if it's really necessary to go to a college for post production, or anything other courses that involve video editing. I've finished high school and I've been editing as a hobbyist
Re: College degree really necessary ?
by Del Holford 10 years ago
+1 for Mark's post. My degree is in Political Science. I also took Bible courses. I learned photography while in school but not from the school. Then I went and got a job at a start up running camera,
reducing size of eps in AI CS4
by adam taylor 10 years ago
I have been given some .eps files with artwork that i need to bring into After Effects. I have converted the files to .AI but trying to open them in AE is causing a problem...seems the artwork is 1400
Re: reducing size of eps in AI CS4
by Del Holford 10 years ago
transform scale Del fire*, smoke*, photoshopCS3 Charlotte Public Television del underscore edits at wtvi dot org
making a swirl
by Ross Kidd 10 years ago
Hi I do not know if 'swirl' is the right bit I am looking to make a line or brush that gets thicker and thinner and seems to twist at the thin point like the lines in this example http: www.istockphot
Re: making a swirl
by Del Holford 10 years ago
Start with a rectangle and make your color lines. Then go to filters and use distort pinch to reduce the center. Then experiment with distort wave or ripple or others to get the twist.Del fire*, smoke
Broadcast Video - Reference book recommendations?
by Tom Cooper 10 years ago
Hi all, I am looking for some reference books that give a good overview of general broadcast video principles. Here are two I've found so far: Video Demystified (5E) by Keith Jack This looks to be a v
Re: Broadcast Video - Reference book -hey Tom
by Del Holford 10 years ago
Back in the day there was "Television Production Handbook" by Zetl, a college level textbook. It covers a lot of areas like aspect ratios, square vs. rectangular pixels, etc. I'm not sure if it's sti
Thanks to Nick G... audio sample
by Todd Terry 10 years ago
Hey Nick... Thanks for your recommendation of Peter Gil for the narrator for the bio piece we're doing on John Paul II... nice guy. I think he did a nice job, after we tried a couple of options to get
Re: Thanks to Nick G... audio sample
by Del Holford 10 years ago
Hey Todd If you need any b-roll footage for you project the US Catholic Conference in Washington did a doc here in the mid 90s and probably has the source footage up there now. Brand new DigiBeta came
Acceptable practice in editing interviews?
by Thomas Seeuws 10 years ago
I have seen fine feature films that have resorted to using a dissolve to black between takes in a single angle interview (Man on Wire comes to mind). Some find this tendency distracting, though, and I
Re: Acceptable practice in editing interviews?
by Del Holford 10 years ago
Nicely done. As Tim said, you used music to carry the piece and the music's emotion lets the audience know the seriousness of the topic. You don't just cut to black but use a variety of transtitions t
Avid vs Premiere vs FCP, legit question...
by Tracy Peterson 10 years ago
Hello: I'm embarking on Avid certification to round my experience out as an editor and I'm getting some decent training on it finally, so that makes me happy, but it's also leaving me confused. You se
Re: Avid vs Premiere vs FCP, legit question...
by Del Holford 10 years ago
There is one reason to be on Avid: ScriptSync. Hopefully other editors will come out with similar products for documentarians and other long form editors. That said, we're moving from Autodesk Discree
editing open source
by David Herdies 10 years ago
Hi! I am working with a digital storytelling project with school-kids, and i am wondering if anybody knows any freeware (open source) program for editing Just need a simple one, but which allows for a
Re: editing open source
by Del Holford 10 years ago
I'm not sure how this handles alpha but it looks interesting: http: www.openmovieeditor.org but it is for linux. http: jahshaka.org has been around a while but also usable. It may be a bit advanced fo
Illustrator: of any worth to editors?
by Bob Cole 10 years ago
Nowadays most editors have to be conversant with Photoshop and maybe After Effects. I'm wondering whether any of you has ever found it worthwhile to learn Adobe Illustrator. I have always assumed the
Re: Illustrator: of any worth to editors?
by Del Holford 10 years ago
I've learned enough to edit vector files. I get a lot of pdf graphics and its ability to edit those makes it useful. I also use a lot of eps corporate logos on our various program funders (PBS) and us
DVI to HD-SDI or Alternatives
by Jon Shelson 10 years ago
Hi All, I'm looking for a way to go from DVI to HD-SDI. Essentially I'm looking to use a computer as a VTR for playback, I've found great software that would allow me to do this but it currently only
Re: DVI to HD-SDI or Alternatives
by Del Holford 10 years ago
AJA also makes one at about half the price of Gefen. DelDel fire*, smoke*, photoshopCS3 Charlotte Public Television del underscore edits at wtvi dot org
Photoshop transparency to alpha channel
by Eric Jurgenson 10 years ago
Is there an EASY way to convert transparency to an alpha channel in Photoshop I know about using quick mask, and loading and saving selections as alpha, but it seems that Photoshop, being a very sophi
Re: Photoshop transparency to alpha channel
by Del Holford 10 years ago
OK I'm missing something. I looked in my Actions folder and there is no "alpha channel from visible layer". Where do I find Video Actions DelDel fire*, smoke*, photoshopCS3 Charlotte Public Television
audio reference tone?
by Oliver Jones 11 years ago
Hi, I've been asked by a distributor for a master Beta SP with: "an audio reference tone set at a frequency of 1KHz and at a level of 20 dbFS = +4dbu = ovu" Can someone tell me how to do this Cheers!
Re: audio reference tone?
by Del Holford 11 years ago
The tone is a reference meaning that the average of the program audio falls at the 0 VU level. Excursions over of up to 12 db or so and audio under -8 or so (analog) are all right but most of the audi
Tis the Season
by Stephen Smith 11 years ago
With Christmas nearing I was wondering, what is your 3 must favorite holiday movies. I would say: -Elf -Home Alone -Christmas Vacation Stephen Smith Money Making Graphics & Effects for Final Cut Studi
Re: Tis the Season
by Del Holford 11 years ago
I'd have to go with Miracle on 34th Street, Christmas in Connecticut and Holiday Inn. I dislike the colorized version of 34th St. but that's all I could find. My wife and I start playing snow movies f
Images
by Lillian Berge 11 years ago
Hi, how can I cut pixels around a JPEG picture (cut around for example a dog) so I can import only the dog into another program I have used the magnetic lasso tool and cut around, but the back ground
Re: Images
by Del Holford 11 years ago
Hi again once you've masked per Darby or cut per Del, you have to save the image as a psd., .tif or any file that saves layers & masks. Resaving as a jpeg does what you see. DelDel fire*, smoke*, phot
TVC Process - from client to ad agency to production
by clyde villegas 11 years ago
I've been making corporate videos for a while. Now I would like to try doing TV Commercials. What is the usual process: from the client brief to the ad agency to biddings to offline-online editing How
Re: TVC Process - from client to ad agency to production
by Del Holford 11 years ago
Hi Clyde Your profile doesn't tell where you live so the following is generic based on living in or near a top 10 market. If you want to do dollar-a-holler commercials you can do your own marketing in
best framerate for animation
by jason levy 11 years ago
Hi, I will be mastering a show for North American broadcast. The initial broadcast is NTSC. A Hi Def version at 720 will be produced as well for the library. There may eventually be a conversion to 25
Re: best framerate for animation
by Del Holford 11 years ago
The best framerate for multi-format mastering is 23.98p. Since the project is going to 3 formats that would probably be best for your project. Master at 1280x720 23.98p and everything else is downconv
raster to vector help
by Nelson May 11 years ago
Iam not much of an illustrator, but I am trying to create a professional DVD menu. Someone sent me a .pdf (45MB) and I am trying to cut it up. It is coming out with aliasing and I am trying to surroun
Re: raster to vector help
by Del Holford 11 years ago
Are you opening the pdf in Illustrator or Photoshop Using AI allows you to grab what you need and have more scaling flexibility. Most DVD cover software likes AI not PS.Del fire*, smoke*, photoshopCS3
Safe Title/Action in 16:9
by Mike Sussman 11 years ago
So as I've always understood it in 4:3 world safe action is 90% full screen and safe title is 80% full screen. Since the screen is wider than it is tall, the left and right "margins" are slightly wide
Re: Safe Title/Action in 16:9
by Del Holford 11 years ago
Our studio has Sony PFM-510 plasma monitors. Since they have a bit of overscan in them we build our graphics inside the monitor scan we see. We have a crt HD monitor for fine tuning but what I see at
Choosing & Using the Proper Monitor
by Kyle Prohaska 11 years ago
This has been a true nightmare. There is all sorts of computer monitors out there. I can't seem to find the right one to buy. I shoot in 1080HD now and would like to view my content at fullrez on my M
Re: Choosing & Using the Proper Monitor
by Del Holford 11 years ago
The DT-V24L1DU has been replaced by the ..3DU which adds a few bells & whistles. Street price seems to be $4200. The HP Dreamworks price is now around $2500. Hmm. It certainly doesn't have the audio s
New Broadcast Station
by David Gardener 11 years ago
Hello, I'm helping to set up a new television channel in Asia and I've been trying to work out some of the technical requirements for the new station. The problem I'm having at the moment is working o
Re: New Broadcast Station
by Del Holford 11 years ago
I'd upconvert within FCP and work in PAL but if you don't have a way to lay off the PAL to DigiBeta in the US you'll have to do NTSC, lay off to DigiBeta and then convert on input at the station. Snel
TVlogic 24" HD-Displays
by Chris Thomsen 11 years ago
Hello! I soon want to buy a TVlogic 24" HD-SDI-Monitor. I actually have some problems with the different models, TVlogic offers. May anyone explain me shortly the difference between the following mode
Re: TVlogic 24" HD-Displays
by Del Holford 11 years ago
I would go to their website and click on each model. The spec sheets tell you what each one has and this would tell you the differences between them. If you don't understand the differences you might
Convert Matte into Alpha Channel???
by Dudley Saunders 11 years ago
Is this possible Because of our station's antiquated keying system, I have to take a frame of a video lower-third and ultimately give them a Targa with alpha channel to air over a program. The problem
Re: Convert Matte into Alpha Channel???
by Del Holford 11 years ago
Not a thing. I did it that way for several years. I still on occasion make changes to improve the alpha channel. However, for multilayer comps TFT Pro saves time (therefore money) and for numerous low
Matte & Fill question
by Del Holford 11 years ago
I can't believe I'm such a newbie to the system I have to ask this question but here goes. I have the Editor's Toolkit and will bring in the matte and foreground fill. How does FCP know to cut using t
Re: Matte & Fill question
by Del Holford 11 years ago
Thanks Tom I'll get on FCP full time pretty soon and then watch me go! Del fire*, smoke*, photoshopCS3 Charlotte Public Television del underscore edits at wtvi dot org
Images not seen
by Del Holford 11 years ago
Hi all I opened a 1920x1080 broadcast project and imported two tif images that were somewhat larger than that. I have only 3 Gb RAM so far and I was wondering if the images not appearing in the viewer
Re: Images not seen
by Del Holford 11 years ago
Thanks They aren't all that much bigger and I want to move and scale them into the 1920x1080 "frame". As you alluded, I need more than 3 Gb RAM to work in motion at that resolution. Del fire*, smoke*,
Reflective floor
by Robert Goodrich 11 years ago
I wish to apply the familiar reflective surface to the floor of my Motion compostition. I just can't figure out how to do it. I'm referring to the reflection that appears as a polished floor, seen oft
Re: Reflective floor
by Del Holford 11 years ago
I'm a newbie in Motion but it seems to me if you re-import the image as another layer and use 3D camera, you could lay it down and use lighting effects to get the reflective look. HTHDel fire*, smoke*
Help with pasting Hebrew text in illustrator/photoshop
by nina rosenblatt 11 years ago
Hi, This is my first time posting, Thank you for any advice you might have. I'm trained as a textile designer and my skills are decent, but I have no experience with text in Illustrator and Photoshop.
Re: Help with pasting Hebrew text in illustrator/photoshop
by Del Holford 11 years ago
Hi, You need to use a TrueType or Type 1 font in PS or AI and recreate the text. You can use Fontbook to add the hebrew font to your system (the same font you're using in Word) and then use it to crea
Templates for TV-production - banners
by Marcus Lewold 11 years ago
Hey! Thanks for a great forum! I'm looking for templates for TV-productions. Like small banners to put the names of the peoples in an interview. What I want is something clean and good looking. Thanks
Re: Templates for TV-production - banners
by Del Holford 11 years ago
Welcome to the forum The idea is for you to be creative. Templates for what you're seeking are available at digitaljuice.com and other websites. What you can do is use Photoshop to create the same thi
Edit*ors forum has vanished?
by Mark Palmos 11 years ago
Hi there Ron, I hope you guys are doing as well as you could possibly be. I noticed the discreet editors forum is missing from the list and my shortcut to it does not go there... Tx Peace and blessing
Re: Edit*ors forum has vanished?
by Del Holford 11 years ago
Thanks Rick, but that only gives me Charlie Steiner's name, no post page. Oh well. Del fire*, smoke*, photoshopCS3 Charlotte Public Television del underscore edits at wtvi dot org
learning curve for PS3
by Ruby Gold 11 years ago
Hi there. I've used PS2 for quite some time and just got a brand new job where PS3 is installed. How steep is the learning curve for PS3, how different is it from PS2, and anything(s)in particular I s
Re: learning curve for PS3
by Del Holford 11 years ago
Hi This is not a definitive answer but the main changes are those relating to video. The company should have a CD with a readme file of the new things in CS3 or you can find it online at Adobe.com. I
Losing Tifs
by Del Holford 11 years ago
Hello all I've been scanning pictures on my Epson Expression scanner at 150 dpi and 200 scale. I capture the pictures as tifs and then work them in Photoshop CS3 for rotations, noise reduction, etc. I
Re: Losing Tifs
by Del Holford 11 years ago
Hi Scott The Epson scanner merely selects from several graphic files. I've changed to pct and pdf and the files still get corrupted. It may be an issue of the server receiving the files rather than th
Getting graphic to film melt...
by Mikey Williams 11 years ago
I am trying to get my txt graphics to melt like film when it catches fire in a projector. Ex. http: www.artbeats.com clips 9177 movie from=%2Fcollections%2F403%3Fpage%3D2 I have Apple Motion and possi
Re: Getting graphic to film melt...
by Del Holford 11 years ago
If you have a lot of graphics to do this on, I'd buy the effects package from Artbeats. You will always find ways to use more of the effects later on. Only one effect costs $200 but the whole package
Question about credits
by stan welks 11 years ago
I've been watching podcasts and am curious if anyone has any idea on the difference between any of the following credits: 1. Producer vs. Senior Producer 2. Technical Director vs. Floor Director 3. Di
Re: Question about credits
by Del Holford 11 years ago
In the opening credits of a feature film there is an Academy prescribed method for the order of credits, the director being the last credit going into the action. This must be adhered to. On the endin
Cool viral marketing campaign
by Stephen Smith 11 years ago
Did you get the e-mail a month ago or so with the cell phones that popped pop corn seeds If not check it out on youtube. Watch an interview on CNN with the master mind behind the campaign. I thought I
Re: Cool viral marketing campaign
by Del Holford 11 years ago
There was a piece on Good Morning America this morning about research on the radiation effects of cell phones on the brain. They determined there is no scientific way to absolutely prove there are any
Documentary scheduling software
by Kimberlee McTaggart 11 years ago
Does anyone have any suggestions for some good scheduling software (for Mac would be best) Or any methods you can suggest I find most of the film specific software too drama specific, but please let m
Re: Documentary scheduling software
by Del Holford 11 years ago
Thanks. Our resident Machead is also looking into some other solutions and our Apple Government sales guy is also going to suggest some. Del fire*, smoke*, photoshopCS3 Charlotte Public Television del
Dodgy Reel?
by Paul Hawkridge 11 years ago
Hi there, I know this reel is way too long, but right now I'm really not sure the whole structure and idea I used was right any good and was thinking of abandoning it. Could someone please give me som
Re: Dodgy Reel?
by Del Holford 11 years ago
Hi Ron We judged Emmy entries with Stuart several years ago now. I had just come here when Dave Wooten left there. While I talked to Ron Shuping about the position, what I do here was a lot more inter
Adobe Director on Bdcst Design
by Del Holford 11 years ago
What excitement! I tried to go to Broadcast Design forum to view the posts and what to my wondering eyes should appear but Adobe Director. I'm sure it's a nice product and all but can we have Bdcst De
Re: Adobe Director on Bdcst Design
by Del Holford 11 years ago
Cool. It's working properly. Motion Graphics - what a concept!Del fire*, smoke*, photoshopCS3 Charlotte Public Television del underscore edits at wtvi dot org
Web Site..
by Ron DeJoseph 11 years ago
I'm trying to figure out the best way to start a website for my online reel... I do not want to go the cheap route via YouTube...very unprofessional... I work full time, but like most of you, freelanc
Re: Web Site..
by Del Holford 11 years ago
Hi Ron You might talk to Joe Murray at Edit at Joes. He has done this for his business and could talk you through it. You could post up one of your Emmy winning editing composite reels and impress fol
helpful plug-ins
by Del Holford 11 years ago
Hello all We are in the process of moving edit platforms from Autodesk Discreet to Apple FCS2. Having worked a little in FCP and Motion I find the particles and filters helpful and extensive. Where yo
Re: helpful plug-ins
by Del Holford 11 years ago
Thanks all Good food for thought. Nice to see most work in FCP and Motion. I'm sure it will be a joy and delight to use them and the transition to FCS2 will be perfect in every way! DelDel fire*, smok
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