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Ed Kukla

Doctor of Cinematology
Over 20 years experience shooting films and videos for TV, commercials, corporate and documentary. I have performed many sucessful operations and haven't lost very many patients!

For the last 5 years I've been specializing in producing videos for the yachting industry.
Member Since:
February 3rd 2002
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New system with macbookpro
by Ed Kukla 4 years ago
Looking to build a new edit system with a new macbookpro15 and adobe cc There are 3 processor choices and 2 graphic cards available in the new mbp15. What should I consider in the choices here The pro
Re: New system with macbookpro
by Ed Kukla 4 years ago
I must have a notebook, permanent traveller. I have a mbp17 now with a lot of projects and materials. I fear crossing over to a pc from a compatibility standpoint (not a hater of pc) I edit avchd 1080
Moving projects
by Ed Kukla 4 years ago
As part of my computer upgrade, I'm wondering about old legacy premiere pro projects. Can I move copy an old premiere pro 4 project on my mbp17 to a new mbp with adobe cc Most, but not all of my proje
Re: Moving projects
by Ed Kukla 4 years ago
Yea, wont be surprised at that. If 70 to 90 percent crosses over that will get me well into the project. Thnx
Major upgrade for my premiere setup
by Ed Kukla 4 years ago
I've been on premiere pro 4 with a mbp17 for quite a while now. The mbp17 is starting to get finicky and operating system upgrades are tricky. Time for a new system. First, it MUST be a laptop, I trav
Re: Major upgrade for my premiere setup
by Ed Kukla 4 years ago
No answer to one of my questions... Will I need an external scratch disc with a new mbp The old school thought was to take some of the seek time away from the computer hd and give it to a separate ext
media management
by Ed Kukla 10 years ago
Looking to dive into a Canon 60d. As a freelancer with an XDCAM EX-3, I transfer clips & hand off hard drives to a producer and they head off to the edit suite. What do I need to do for handing off me
EX, Premiere Pro & meta data
by Ed Kukla 10 years ago
I'm still trying to find a way to make this work... In the Adobe Premiere Pro Media Browser, no added meta data is displayed. I have a project where I need to keep track of many clips. I can name the
Re: EX, Premiere Pro & meta data
by Michael Slowe 10 years ago
Ed, I don't know about Premiere but using Media 100 I only name the clips once Sony Transfer has imported them into the bin of my choice. Can't you do that Of course if you are importing many clips at
Shot Put Pro
by Ed Kukla 10 years ago
Is shot put pro really faster than Clip Browser It will transfer to multiple drives, but will it do that at full speed I'm using a MacBookPro 17. I use the Expresscard slot for input and the Firewire
clip browser version problems
by Ed Kukla 11 years ago
Got a new laptop with Win 7. Went to a Sony website and loaded Clip Browser. They still have the old version at this sony site. So I tried uploading the new Version 2.6. It won't work. I see ver 2.6 l
outputting multiple files on 1 DVD
by Ed Kukla 11 years ago
I may need to produce a DVD VNR. This will get handed out to journalists on site, who are not necessarily loaded with the latest edit suite software. In order to make their life easier, I'd like to pr
Re: outputting multiple files on 1 DVD
by mike velte 11 years ago
As a data DVD you can author in HTML and put video, audio, PDFs and fancy menus...just wont play in a stand alone DVD player or auto run on a Mac.
flexible distribution format
by Ed Kukla 11 years ago
I'll be shooting some product demo work with a Sony EX-3. The client will want to hand out VNR-like DVDs to journalists for web clips. We'll have no idea what they will be editing on. Could be win or
Re: flexible distribution format
by Ed Kukla 11 years ago
OK, found it. The preset dropdowns fooled me Any differences I should be considering between animation & ph jpeg Thnx
PP & Sony EX
by Ed Kukla 11 years ago
Anyone using Sony XDCAM EX with premiere Pro CS4 When I download clips in Sony Clip Browser I can name the clips. When I open PP the clips show up in the clip bin but only with the original file names
Re: PP & Sony EX
by Ed Kukla 11 years ago
I don't understand your comment. The Sony Clip Browser software allows adding clip names to the meta data during download from the SxS card to any hard drive. That name is not showing up anywhere in t
EX clips in Premiere Pro
by Ed Kukla 11 years ago
Anyone using EX with premiere Pro CS4 When I download clips in Clip Browser I can name the clips. When I open PP the clips show up in the clip bin but only with the original file names. The names I ga
Re: EX clips in Premiere Pro
by Michael Slowe 11 years ago
I use Media 100 and I also get the original file names after import but then I go through the bin and re name the clips with my own identifying names. You should be able to do the same. Michael Slowe
Problem Loading SXS Driver: Macbook Pro
by Bill Paris 11 years ago
I'm having a problem downloading the driver for the SXS cards on my Macbook Pro. Ultimately I want to use the express card slot to load SXS-1 cards. The problem: When I try to download the latest driv
Re: Problem Loading SXS Driver: Macbook Pro
by Ed Kukla 11 years ago
this was with windows vista right You must be mistaken when you said mac. Can't be such a strange & difficult problem; it's a mac.
file management
by Ed Kukla 11 years ago
I shoot in the field and dump clips to hard drives. I hand off the hard drives to the client and they go to whatever post house they choose. I'm out of the loop at that point. What can I do in the fie
Re: file management
by Ed Kukla 11 years ago
The USB would be limiting if it worked! I tried to "execute" a usb connection and it seems to lock up.
Editing on a MBP - minimum specs for smooth playback?
by Brent Critchfield 11 years ago
I'm editing on an early 2008-model MacBook Pro: 2.5 GHz Core 2 Duo with 4 GB RAM. On SD it screams, on XDCAM-EX (even SP modes) it can't play back even a single stream of video smoothly. I've used the
Re: Editing on a MBP - minimum specs for smooth playback?
by Ed Kukla 11 years ago
Ron Are you using CS4 I get a lot of stuttering with my MBP17 & Premiere CS4 even with simple video clips. It's motion in the clips that causes stuttering
Backpack for EX3
by Sam Jansen 11 years ago
Hello, I'm looking to buy a backpack for my EX3. Some of the shoots I do involve significant walking. It's tough to judge how well a pack will work from just the online specs. Are any of you using pac
Re: Backpack for EX3
by Ed Kukla 11 years ago
petrol pcbp-3n backpack. In between the 2 previous packs mentioned. The CB-25 is just too tight for an EX-3 in my opinion. I sent mine back
Switching From Premiere PC To Prem Mac
by Cliff Elliott 11 years ago
A simple question, as a long time user of Premiere on the PC platform using CS3 at present would there be any advantage switching to a mac based Premiere, and can I transfer my PC licsense to a mac ve
Re: Switching From Premiere PC To Prem Mac
by Ed Kukla 11 years ago
I needed a macbookpro becuse of situations with my XDCAM EX-3. I had an older version of premiere 6.1 on a PC. Adobe upgraded me from Premiere 6.1 to Premiere Pro CS4 for $300 and sent me the discs fo
Never Gets Old: Value for the Price
by Paul O'Brien 11 years ago
I know this questions gets crushed through and through, but Creative Cow is the place to go for professional advice and I'm not one to pass up such an opportunity. I put together a proposal for a pote
Re: Never Gets Old: Value for the Price
by Ed Kukla 11 years ago
I'm adding this up for your 2k video production. 1 2 day shoot with you and 2 crew members. V O for 2 minutes Editing graphics HD camera, Lights, dolly Production liability insur Workmans Comp insur E
talent & property release legalities
by Ed Kukla 11 years ago
Is there a current resource to read up on the latest rights regarding property releases and talent releases As an example; I always understood that singling out an identifiable piece of property requi
Re: talent & property release legalities
by grinner hester 11 years ago
You'd be far better off asking a copyright atty but never have I asked a building to sign a release form. lol HEck, I don't even have people sign em. I shoot run and gun style and seldom know who I am
field monitor
by Ed Kukla 12 years ago
I've been getting the Panasonic 8" HD monitor as part of a rental package. Now it's time to buy. But that Panny is EXPENSIVE! I've seen the under $1000 solutions and so far they all look terrible, esp
Re: 17" monitor lacks pixel-for-pixel: no big deal or dealbreaker?
by Bob Cole 9 years ago
fwiw: I wound up getting the FSI 17" and am delighted. Rarely even need the pixel-to-pixel for focus. I've found that clients and directors are very happy to be able to see the image, too. Bob C
what don't you like about vegas?
by Ed Kukla 12 years ago
Every software program has it's weaknesses. Some issues are no big deal to some but a huge deal to others. What are Vegas Pro's weaknesses I plan on primarily using XDCAM EX HD footage. Thanks
Re: what don't you like about vegas?
by Ed Kukla 12 years ago
En Is the mxf wrapping just an issue of time or is there more about it that you don't like How long does it take to wrap a 16g card full of clips
Premiere vs Edius vs Vegas
by Ed Kukla 12 years ago
I'll be doing some editing with XDCAM EX footage. I need laptop capability. Sticking with PC. Starting from scratch with a very high end Thinkpad. I'm looking for some sort of overview of the strength
Re: Premiere vs Edius vs Vegas
by Ed Kukla 12 years ago
Here's where I'm at so far... Premier Pro seems to be a system hog and on a laptop that might be an issue. I will never use After Effects and doubtful I'll do much with Photoshop. I do have an older v
G2 frequency selection
by Ed Kukla 13 years ago
The Sennheiser G2 systems come with 4 choices of frequency bands. I believe they are A,B,C,D. Looking for any recomendations on which band to choose.
Re: G2 frequency selection
by Ed Kukla 13 years ago
Peter Thanks, excellent info.
HD field monitor
by Ed Kukla 13 years ago
Looking to buy a field monitor for HD, HDV & SD use with various owned & rented cameras. Prefer LCD in the 7" range. I have used the Panasonic monitors & like them very much. Anything new on the marke
Re: HD field monitor
by Reed Phillips 11 years ago
It's not 1080p, but 720p native is not bad for a 9" display. Have you considered field monitor by SmallHD http: smallhd.com dp1 -reed
Mic for bicycle racer in a race!
by e. eric johnson iii 14 years ago
OK, so i need to put a mic on a bike racer who will be moving at speeds of up to 60mph. i put the mic under his jersey and mainly i got material scratch, i figured having the mic exposed would be noth
Re: Mic for bicycle racer in a race!
by Ed Kukla 14 years ago
Most people use Lectro's 100mw TX but you can get a 250mw TX from Lectro. It eats batteries faster but has a very long range. I'd go in the helmut.
Disturbing situation
by Loren Hillebrand 14 years ago
We have a disturbing situation in our community concerning a local "filmmaker". It seems this fellow has been taping cheerleaders at local high school football games. He edits the tapes, featuring the
Re: Disturbing situation
by Ed Kukla 14 years ago
something smells here with the police saying there's nothing to be done. Then why, every time I shoot for Discovery, Travel, HGTV, History, etc. do we have to get signed releases And if the subject is
HD DVD
by Ed Kukla 15 years ago
Are we close to getting HD DVD for recording & playback
Re: HD DVD
by Ed Kukla 15 years ago
And the burners and players are
Help! Wacky lighting situation.
by Mike Hennessey 15 years ago
I need advice. I have a shoot in a few days at a grade school. I will be jumping between three classrooms and shooting the kids and teachers interacting in a natural setting. I was just informed by my
Re: Help! Wacky lighting situation.
by Ed Kukla 15 years ago
Gelling tubes is a big maybe... how many are there how high is the ceiling are there different types mixed together Can you do a scout to check this out If you can ascertain the type of tubes and if i
Taking a successful regional kids TV program to the next level...(I NEED YOUR HELP)...
by Michael Munkittrick 15 years ago
So, I invested a few bucks and a bunch of hours into an idea my 9 year old daughter pitched to me to create a program for her elementary school, and that investment has apparently paid dividends. I n
Re: Taking a successful regional kids TV program to the next level...(I NEED YOUR HELP)...
by Ed Kukla 15 years ago
"as I was one of the people who conceptualized it back in my days as an intern over there" Would there be any reason for Nick to think you were stealing 'their' idea The networks can be pretty aggress
Corporate video company...
by LittleKaitlyn 15 years ago
hi there, I'm thinking of setting up a corporate video company with my friend, aiming at local medium size businesses. For the guys here who run such a company, what is demand like, assuming good loca
Re: Corporate video company...
by Ed Kukla 15 years ago
I have a producer friend in a small one-company town. This Fortune 500 company dominates this town. They were using one company for all their videos. My friend offers a significantly better product wi
Warm Cards
by Phil Chang 15 years ago
Anyone using warm cards (warmcards.com) Looking for opinions. I don't think using gels on lights for warming would be the same as it only warms the part of the subject the light actually hits, meaning
Re: Warm Cards
by Ed Kukla 15 years ago
Frank is discounting the use of warmcards and makes some very good points. But I find that Sony cameras tend to run cold so I use a low grade warm card from Roger Macie to offset that. In addition to
Lighting for older subjects
by Bill Parker 15 years ago
I shoot a lot of oral histories and most of my interview subjects are in their 70's & 80's. I shoot w a PD150 and light w a Chimera and a Arri DV light kit. Because the PD150 only has a 1 3" chip, I f
Re: Lighting for older subjects
by Ed Kukla 15 years ago
Bill Does your camera have skin tone detail control My Pany DVX100A has it, I'm not familiar with the PD150. You might want to upgrade to the DVX if you don't have it. This feature adjusts the detail
DVX Timecode
by Steve Roberts 2 15 years ago
I was just recently shooting a project and had to change batteries in the middle of a tape. I did not notice until I was in post editing that when I changed the battery, it also changed my timecode on
Re: DVX Timecode
by Ed Kukla 15 years ago
Thanks Barry
Green Screen Advice- Best Camera
by Michael Pierre 15 years ago
Excluding HD. Which camera would work best with greenscreen work I've heard that the IMX and XDCAM aren't great due to NOISE. Sony PDW-530 1000 Lines Digital Power HAD EX 16x9 XDCAM Sony MSW-900 1000
Re: Green Screen Advice- Best Camera
by Ed Kukla 15 years ago
Digibeta or the SDX900
travelling abroad
by scott davis 15 years ago
Hey, All- I'm about to be sent abroad to shoot video outside a US territory for the first time. Could someone tell me what type of documentation my gear needs to travel I've heard something about need
Re: travelling abroad
by Ed Kukla 15 years ago
When you show up at the airport in SA, what are you going to tell immigration when they ask you what your purpose of visiting is If all you are bringing is a small handicam, you might get away with cl
Lighting Tip, using HDR-FX1 indoors
by Jon Boffa 15 years ago
I just picked up the Sony HDR-FX1 to get into HDV mode to shoot a feature length narrative (obviously a low-budg project but you gotta start somewhere). Most action in the story takes place indoors, i
Re: Lighting Tip, using HDR-FX1 indoors
by Ed Kukla 15 years ago
Lighting for film or video has 3 basic issues to deal with: Exposure, contrast and the 'quality' of the lighting scheme. Exposure is what it is. You need enough for the system you are using, film or v
The best answers to this email
by Greg Ball 15 years ago
I'm sure we all get many of these emails. How do you answer The old "How much does it cost to build a house" What is your typical response to this email I received below. Have a great holiday everyone
Re: The best answers to this email
by Ed Kukla 15 years ago
Ask them to write out an outline as best they can, putting in as much info as they can. Have them include examples of other shows this one will be like and ask what the planned distibution will be. Wh
Arri fresnel kit to Japan
by Fatbeat Bra 15 years ago
Hi guys, I live in Japan and wanting to buy an ARRI fresnel kit from the U.S as the prices here are absurd. But my problem is that the voltage here is 100v. What would be my options Thanks in advance!
Re: Arri fresnel kit to Japan
by Ed Kukla 15 years ago
Just got back from Tokyo. Used my 110v lights with no changes, except to use 2-fer ground lifts. All the plugs in Japan are 2 prong instead of 3 prong. Saw no real issues with using my fixtures on 100
Crash resistant DVX
by Ed Kukla 15 years ago
I own a DVX100A. I have been critical of the durability of the mini DV class of camera. But I'd like to report the positive when I experience it. I was shooting while riding in the tail end of a small
Re: Crash resistant DVX
by Ed Kukla 15 years ago
I was referring to the metal case OF the camera. The camera is made with a metal case as opposed to plastic which some of the mini DV cameras have. I think that helped with the durability of the camer
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Audio Metering Help (especially in regards to DV Promix 3)
by Mark 16 years ago
I'm little confused about whether or not the LED meter on my DV promix 3 mixer is a peak or a VU meter. The manual says that the meter "was designed to emulate the peak reading attributes found on man
Re: Audio Metering Help (especially in regards to DV Promix 3)
by Ed Kukla 16 years ago
Go to the PSC website and call or e-mail them. They are very helpful. You will get the straight answer.
advice on field package
by Erin 16 years ago
Hello All, I need to put together a field package (for broadcast) - and I don't know a lot about this stuff. I'd like some advice on the camera and the mics: 1 DVCAM (am considering the Sony DSR-250 b
Re: advice on field package
by Ed Kukla 16 years ago
Gotta have 2 MRXp 2000 gasmotrons and at least 1 vilsopak 1000. Otherwise you won't be able to accomplish a thing.
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