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Eric Nicastro

I am a full-time promotions producer with the local ABC and Fox affiliates in Erie, PA. On the side, I have a freelance business shooting weddings and other events. I have served as an editor, director of photography, lighting designer, motion grap... [more]
Member Since:
April 24th 2008
187 Posts
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Erie PA
Hyperdeck Not Recognized by ATEM 4K
by Eric Nicastro 2 years ago
I have an issue where my Hyperdeck Studio 12G will not output to my ATEM 4K switcher. I connected the Hyperdeck using the SDI out (I tried both) into an SDI input on the switcher (I tried all four) an
Changing Graphics for a Live Auction
by Eric Nicastro 3 years ago
My organization hosts a live auction each year with a live auctioneer. At the event, there are anywhere from 900-1000 people in attendance. The auctioneer stands on stage and to his left and right are
Re: Changing Graphics for a Live Auction
by Jim Brown 3 years ago
What kind of switcher are you using Should be quite straightforward. Take a look at Pro Presenter. Very easily done with it. Jim Brown M&M Productions USA
Changing Resolution In Source Monitor
by Eric Nicastro 3 years ago
I'm working on a project that is 1080p. I have some footage that is 4K. When I open a 4K clip from the sequence timeline in the source monitor (not from the bin), that clip is showing at full 4K resol
Re: Changing Resolution In Source Monitor
by Eric Nicastro 3 years ago
The clip does not have any master effects on it. I've only applied color correction effects to the clip in the timeline. I've disabled those and even removed them completely and that doesn't make a di
G Tech RAID Won't Transfer Files
by Eric Nicastro 3 years ago
I have a G Technology G-RAID Gen 4 1TB drive in a RAID 0. I'm trying to remove all of the files from that drive but I keep getting an error: 'The Finder can t complete the operation because some data
Re: G Tech RAID Won't Transfer Files
by Gene Gilbert 3 years ago
Hi Eric, I don't know if you have taken care of this, but you can email me at gene@g-technology.com and we can see what we can do. Regards, Gene Gilbert g-technology.com
Exporting and re-syncing audio with clips already in the timeline
by Eric Nicastro 5 years ago
I have all of my editing completed (the clips are all talking heads, single camera, and the edits are taking out all of the pauses and messed up parts). The audio for each clip was recorded in-camera
Premiere Pro CC workspace not showing on second monitor
by Eric Nicastro 5 years ago
I'm using a 27" iMac with a 27" Apple Display. I just updated to OSX Mavericks. Before I updated, my entire workspace was stretched across both screens. Now after the update, I can no longer see the w
Re: Premiere Pro CC workspace not showing on second monitor
by Eric Nicastro 5 years ago
And I just figured out how to fix it. In System Preferences, go to Mission Control and uncheck Displays have separate Spaces. It will require you to log out then log back in for the changes to take ef
Automate Individual Clips to Individual Sequences
by Eric Nicastro 6 years ago
I have 85 clips that need to be opened in their own sequence. Is there a way to automate this rather than create a new sequence then drag the clip in
Re: Automate Individual Clips to Individual Sequences
by Ann Bens 6 years ago
You can drag a clip into the new item icon at the bottom of the PW which will create a matching sequence. You will have to do this 85 times. ----------------------------------------------- Adobe Certi
Media Encoder Just Stops Rendering
by Eric Nicastro 6 years ago
This issue has happened multiple times. I send a sequence to Adobe Media Encoder and hit render. The process begins and about halfway through, it just stops. The elapsed time and remaining time are no
Project could not be loaded error
by Eric Nicastro 7 years ago
I am using a new MacBook Pro, non-retina running Mountain Lion with Premiere Pro CS6. I've been working on a project for the past summer and today, as I opened the project file, I get the error "Proje
Re: Project could not be loaded error
by Eric Nicastro 7 years ago
I kept getting this error frequently across multiple projects. I haven't had time to delve into why this keeps happening, but I did learn one thing. When the error pops up and asks if you want to rest
Renting AJA IoXT
by Eric Nicastro 7 years ago
I'm looking to rent an AJA IoXT. Does anyone know where I can rent one I'll need it for about three days. I could even get by with an AJA T-Tap if necessary.
MacBook Pro and Dell u2410
by Eric Nicastro 7 years ago
I just recently purchased a new 15" MacBook Pro; non-retina though. It's running Mountain Lion. Previously, I had four year-old MBP that only had the displayport, no thunderbolt. I was running a Dell
Re: MacBook Pro and Dell u2410
by Eric Nicastro 7 years ago
I purchased a thunderbolt to DVI adapter and hooked up the monitor through that. It works great now! However... it does not put the monitor to sleep. It will only shut the screen off but full power is
Comp layers and frame rates
by Eric Nicastro 7 years ago
I'm having this issue where the edge of my layers are not lining up to the exact frame line. They are in between frames in my comp. The keyframes line up, but the layer edges don't. I thought it was a
Fixing a white background
by Eric Nicastro 7 years ago
I have these videos that were shot on a white background, however, the background has some wrinkles in it. I've done my best to remove some of the worst wrinkles with a layer mask but I just can't rem
Re: Fixing a white background
by Eric Nicastro 7 years ago
Wow Ted, that looks great! I'll work with those effects tonight. I can't tell you how much better that looks.
Document contains multiple page sizes
by Eric Nicastro 7 years ago
I keep getting the error when I try to print a booklet saying 'The active document contains multiple page sizes. Print Booklet works only with documents that use a consistent page size.' I can't figur
Re: Document contains multiple page sizes
by Eric Nicastro 7 years ago
It is a very annoying bug with InDesign and you would think Adobe would have a work around to this. But the only solution I could do was create a new document with new master pages and copy and past a
Speech to text markers
by Eric Nicastro 7 years ago
I successfully used the Speech Analysis feature in Premiere Pro CS6. However, I noticed one very annoying feature. When importing the project into AE through Dynamic Link, each word comes in as a mark
Re: Speech to text markers
by Eric Nicastro 7 years ago
And I just figured how to make this stop and only import the markers I placed for graphics. In AE, go to After Effects - Preferences - Media & Disk Cache and uncheck 'Create Layer Markers from Footage
LaCie drives causing OS issues
by Eric Nicastro 8 years ago
I've never heard of anything like this before. But here is what I'm dealing with. I have two LaCie D2 Quadra 3TB drives connected via firewire to a brand-new (only two weeks old) iMac running OS X 10.
Re: LaCie drives causing OS issues
by Eric Nicastro 8 years ago
You may have to ask LaCie for that firmware update because I did not see it on their website.
Connecting to some network drives not working
by Eric Nicastro 8 years ago
So here's the problem I'm experiencing. I connect to many network drives throughout the day (we have a very larger network at my job). However all of the drives but one, I can access. Now they all use
Kona LHi not keeping sync
by Eric Nicastro 8 years ago
I just recently updated my AJA software to 9.0.6 and subsequently, the firmware on my card was updated too. Well now it seems my system is having trouble keeping sync; the picture stays locked but it'
Re: Kona LHi not keeping sync
by AJA Sales Department 8 years ago
Please feel free to contact AJA Technical Support for assistance. They can be reached via email or phone, Monday through Friday, between 9am and 5pm PST. Please note that they will not be available on
Fighting chromatic aberration in post
by Eric Nicastro 8 years ago
Is there a way to correct chromatic aberration while in post I know still images can be fixed in Photoshop. But what options do we as video editors have to fix it Also, is chromatic aberration mainly
Re: Fighting chromatic aberration in post
by Eric Nicastro 8 years ago
I had a feeling it had a lot to do with the lens itself. But what I just came across is this tutorial from Carl Larsen: http: library.creativecow.net articles larsen_carl removing_chromatic_aberration
Running an old version of Media 100 on brand new MacPro
by Eric Nicastro 8 years ago
I have a Media 100 version 8.2.3 on an old Mac G4 with PowerPC. The M100 has all of the hardware cards too. What I want to know is will the M100 software run on our new MacPro's with Intel processors
Re: Running an old version of Media 100 on brand new MacPro
by Floh Peters 8 years ago
The Version V8.2.3 does not run without the hardware boards at all. It needs the boards e.g. to decompress the video files. The new Media 100 SUITE V2 does work as software only, or with your Kona car
Markers on audio tracks
by Eric Nicastro 8 years ago
When I place markers on my audio tracks with names and comments, the boxes do not show up in the canvas window (or anywhere else for that matter). The boxes show up for the markers on video clips and
Re: Markers on audio tracks
by Celia Beasley 7 years ago
I know this is an old post, but I was in this same situation and found a workaround. I too had an audio (only) clip in the timeline that I added markers to, but then was unable to see the info on the
Start and stop camera shake expression on frames, not seconds
by Eric Nicastro 8 years ago
I have the expression for camera shake to start and stop at specific points. But those points are on frames, not seconds. How do I write the expression to start on frame 24 and stop on frame 29 and th
Re: Start and stop camera shake expression on frames, not seconds
by Eric Nicastro 8 years ago
I'll be honest, I really don't understand what that all means. I get the gist of it, but I'm kind of lost.
Parenting an effects parameter to other layers
by Eric Nicastro 8 years ago
I'm using the shatter effect to make extruded text. I have multiple lines of text that I want to be independent because they all fly on one line at a time. But I want to make them rotate and move to s
Re: Parenting an effects parameter to other layers
by Tudor "Ted" Jelescu 8 years ago
Not sure if I get exactly what you're after, but if I do, one way to do it is to create a Null layer and apply the shatter effect to all text layers. Then bring in Expression Controls on the Null Laye
Now it all makes sense...
by Eric Nicastro 8 years ago
Found this neat little article about what FCP X really is. I'm not saying it's true, but the evidence is really against Apple on this one. http: provideocoalition.com index.php shullfish story proof_t
Re: Now it all makes sense...
by Eric Nicastro 8 years ago
Which vimeo video
It's alive!!
by Eric Nicastro 8 years ago
http: www.apple.com finalcutpro
Re: It's alive!!
by Nigel Thompson 8 years ago
Yup seems color has been absorbed. So im getting da vinci...... i really do think grading should be done in a seperate app altogether. No R3D support sucks but may very well be a good thing, we'll see
Font used on upcoming shows on TBS
by Eric Nicastro 8 years ago
I'm not certain where to post this. But I'm trying to figure out the font used on the TBS network. Not the font used for the TBS logo and tag line. But where the bug pops up with upcoming shows. It ca
Re: Font used on upcoming shows on TBS
by Eric Nicastro 8 years ago
If the Katarine font it's right, it's extremely close! The font that I'm referring too is what's playing in the flash animation that says "Conan Tonight at 11 10c". I placed them side by side and the
Wrapping my head around storage - how much space do files take up?
by Ray Stark 8 years ago
I've done a few searches, read thru Shane Ross' informative workflow tutorial and read thru the Canon 60d manual. But I'm trying to find a good resource that shows what to expect in terms of storage w
Re: Wrapping my head around storage - how much space do files take up?
by Eric Nicastro 8 years ago
I just shot a wedding with a 60D and two 5DmarkII's. We came back with 140gigs of footage (estimated at about 6 hours). I just recently transcoded that footage and the transcoded folder showed nearly
Use Time Machine to back up two internal drives to two external drives
by Eric Nicastro 8 years ago
I have two internal hard drives. One is the Macintosh HD (system drive, 1TB) and the second is my Media drive (3 1TB hard drives in RAID 0 for a total of 3TB). I want to use Time Machine, or should sa
Re: Use Time Machine to back up two internal drives to two external drives
by Eric Nicastro 8 years ago
This is something we want to run continuously in the background and not have to keep unplugging and plugging in drives. I didn't think it would work, but I just wanted to make sure. I'll just use Carb
Template for measuring scan lines
by Eric Nicastro 8 years ago
I did a search and didn't quite find the answers I was looking for. I know there is a plugin for FCP, but this seems like something simple. We need a way to measure scan lines, mainly for the "Paid fo
Re: Template for measuring scan lines
by Eric Nicastro 8 years ago
That's what I figured I could do. But here's my next question. I was doing research on the FCC's website about political advertisements (http: www.fcc.gov mb policy political candrule.htm). It says "T
Canon DSLR Shooters
by Philip Herring 8 years ago
Hey, my company has a need from time to time for shooters in different markets to grab some automotive dealer shots. I would like to use people with Canon DSLR to keep compatible with what we shoot. I
Re: Canon DSLR Shooters
by Eric Nicastro 8 years ago
I am located in Erie, PA and can serve, Pittsburgh, PA, Cleveland, OH, and Buffalo, NY (all are at most a two hour drive). I use the Canon 60D with Sigma lenses. I have a Zoom H4n, Rode VideoMic and a
Steady Cam for DSLR advice
by Cody Walters 9 years ago
I've been shopping around for an affordable stabilizer for the 7D. I bought a shoulder mount but my camera operator found it to be very difficult to use. I've been looking at the Glidecam HD1000, but
Re: Steady Cam for DSLR advice
by Eric Nicastro 9 years ago
Yeah for the most part I used hyperfocal. I tried following focus with my hand on the lens (I couldn't afford a real follow focus unit) and that just did not work well at all. So I set my focus to a p
Always Changing--Which DSLR NOW?
by Mike Thomas 9 years ago
I've been researching Canon dslr's for a few months now and everytime I think I know which model to buy something new comes out--new filmware, new models, competition (Panasonic af 100), etc. I'm a fe
Re: Always Changing--Which DSLR NOW?
by Eric Nicastro 9 years ago
There's always a post about which camera is best. And this seems to fall into that category. But what I think people should be asking themselves is "Which camera is the best for THIS project film " Ev
confused!!!!
by Michael Lavis 9 years ago
I am still relatively new to the filming industry and am in the process of setting up a studio at my work. The company has just bought a new Apple mac pro 8 core, dont have all the specks on me right
Re: confused!!!!
by Eric Nicastro 9 years ago
We have a near exact setup with FCS on a dual 6-core Mac with the JVC HM700. The nice thing about the HM700 is it records in the Final Cut Pro format in the camera; no transcoding is required. However
Capturing from a Sony DVD player through HDMI
by Eric Nicastro 9 years ago
I have a Kona LHi card installed in my Mac Pro with the breakout box. I'm trying to capture video from a DVD player through HDMI but I'm not seeing a picture in Final Cut Pro. I'm getting audio, but i
Re: You Cannot Capture from a Sony DVD player through HDMI
by Eric Nicastro 9 years ago
Crap, I'm just trying to use the HDMI input to capture DVD's we've created in-house or given to us by clients with a license to use for commercial spots. I understand the HDCP and had a feeling it was
Monitor Suggestions
by Jared Smith 9 years ago
Hey guys The firm I am working for is about to buy me a new macbook (probably 13inch unless I can talk them into the 15 by some miracle) and a monitor to do my FCP 7 editing with. There is not enough
Re: Monitor Suggestions
by Eric Nicastro 9 years ago
I've never done it, but have read about other people doing this. However you'll need to purchase this: http: www.matrox.com graphics en products gxm dh2go
Motion 4 Keeps crashing
by Eric Nicastro 9 years ago
Every time I run Motion 4, it shows me the startup screen, I choose a new project and it just crashes. I reinstalled it but that didn't work. I'm on a MBP with an 2.53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo and 4GB of
Re: Motion 4 Keeps crashing
by zak peric 9 years ago
Have you tried deleting all the preferences of motion. If this does not work, fix you permissions on you Mac and see if this resolves the problem. Usually reinstalling the program resOlves this issues
Bella Professional Series 3.0 Keyboard Problems
by Eric Nicastro 9 years ago
I can't get my jog shuttle wheel, shortcut keys F2 thru F8 nor the hot keys at the top of my keyboard to work. I've re-installed the drivers, went through every software setting I could find in the JS
Re: Bella Professional Series 3.0 Keyboard Problems
by Charles Fredricks 4 years ago
Anyone know where to download the Bella Pro 3.0 keyboard driver for Mac
Computer LCD as a reference
by Eric Nicastro 9 years ago
So I just saw a post asking about using an old computer CRT monitor as a reference monitor. And it got me thinking, what about using a computer LCD monitor as reference I am about to take delivery of
Re: Computer LCD as a reference
by Bob Zelin 9 years ago
Eric - have you ever seen a Broadcast monitor Do you know what it does Do you know what HD-SDI is, and what it is used for Perhaps your company injests video from P2 or XDCam EX or Canon cameras, and
HD to SD in Media Composer 4 with Mojo SDI
by Eric Nicastro 9 years ago
We have recently purchased the JVC-HM700U. And I'm shooting in the XDCAM EX codec. When shooting in 24p, regardless if it's 1080 or 720, the footage looks kind of stuttery or strobing. This happens wh
Re: HD to SD in Media Composer 4 with Mojo SDI
by Eric Nicastro 9 years ago
So you're saying the Mojo SDI is the reaason I'm seeing the strobbing stuttering effect
Exporting a massive amount of projects from Avid to Final Cut Pro
by Eric Nicastro 9 years ago
I know the first thing you're going to say is do a forum search. Well I did a forum search and to try and weed through all the posts, well it's just too much. But I have a massive amount of Avid Media
Re: Exporting a massive amount of projects from Avid to Final Cut Pro
by Eric Nicastro 9 years ago
Boris says it's only for going from FCP to Avid. I need to go to FCP from Avid Media Composer (I'm on version 4 by the way). The main reason I'm transferring these projects is because we'll go back to
Exporting a massive amount of projects to Final Cut Pro
by Eric Nicastro 9 years ago
I know the first thing you're going to say is do a forum search. Well I did a forum search and to try and weed through all the posts, well it's just too much. But I have a massive amount of Avid Media
Shooting HPX-500 overcranked
by Eric Nicastro 9 years ago
I'll be shooting with the HPX-500 and need to overcrank some shots. I've never shot overcranked before, what do I need to know to get smooth footage What kind of settings should I use, shutter angle,
Re: Shooting HPX-500 overcranked
by Adam Smith 9 years ago
If you want the effect done in-camera, you'd set your recording format and frame rate, then in the Scene File menu change the frame rate from Default to the frame rate that gives you the desired over
Normal speed clip to slow motion
by Eric Nicastro 9 years ago
I'm posting this in the art of the edit forum too because I have a feeling this has both to do with shooting and post. I'll be shooting some football footage and want create a final clip that goes fro
Re: Normal speed clip to slow motion
by Eric Nicastro 9 years ago
Thanks so much Todd and Rick! I figured I had the right idea but since I've never done it before I wanted to see the advice of some experts before I shot some test footage.
Normal speed clip to slow motion
by Eric Nicastro 9 years ago
I'm posting this in the cinematography forum too because I have a feeling this has both to do with shooting and post. I'll be shooting some football footage and want create a final clip that goes from
Re: Normal speed clip to slow motion
by Kai Cheong 9 years ago
I'm using Final Cut Studio 2 and recently worked with quite a few pieces of 50p footage in a 25p timeline we're in PAL land . What I found is that dropping the 50p footage in the 25p timeline and slow
Avid Media Composer 4 and DSLR footage
by Eric Nicastro 9 years ago
I am planning on shooting footage with the Canon 7D in 1080 24p. I am running Media Composer 4.0 with the Avid Mojo SDI. What do I have to do and need to know to make sure my system is ready for that
Re: Avid Media Composer 4 and DSLR footage
by Bouke Vahl 9 years ago
Render something to DNxHD 120, and see if your system copes with that. If so, you're homefree. And you probably want this: http: www.videotoolshed.com product 15 offloader 2 helps you to get your foot
Converting footage
by Eric Nicastro 9 years ago
I am shooting with the EX1R for the first time. I recorded everything in 720 24p because I also shot a lot of things in slow motion and I wanted my resolution to match. I'll be editing everything with
Re: Converting footage
by Michael Palmer 9 years ago
Edit native XD Cam and set FCP to render to Pro Rez. Good Luck Michael Palmer
Working with footage from EX1R and storage options
by Eric Nicastro 9 years ago
I'll be editing footage shoot on a Sony EX1R. I'll be editing with Final Cut Studio 3 on a newer MacBook Pro. What I am in need of knowing is about what storage to work from. I know it's best to use t
Re: Working with footage from EX1R and storage options
by Eric Nicastro 9 years ago
Do you know anything about using bus powered external drives I was looking at the Lacie Rugged 500gb 7200rpm drive. I already have a back up system in place to copy files to prevent loss of data if my
Moving footage from one project to another
by Eric Nicastro 9 years ago
How am I able to use footage I have digitized in one project on my local machine to another project also on my local machine I know I can obviously just recapture the footage off my tape or export it
Re: Moving footage from one project to another
by Eric Nicastro 9 years ago
Sorry, I guess I was just so happy that I figured it out so fast that I went right into working. All I did was import the bin from the project that had the footage I needed. It is honestly that simple
Picked up a beating heart
by Eric Nicastro 9 years ago
I was shooting an interview in very quiet room and because of the clothing my talent was wearing, the lapel microphone was placed just about right over her heart. During her interview, and this is wit
Re: Picked up a beating heart
by Eric Nicastro 9 years ago
The funny thing is she was about 20-21 years old and showed no signs of being nervous about being on camera. I knew my microphones were sensitive, but not this sensitive!
Media Composer 5 and Mojo SDI
by Eric Nicastro 9 years ago
So I know this is jumping the gun with MC 5 just being announced. But I'm just curious. I'm almost positive MC 5 should be compatible with Mojo SDI, but does anyone know for sure I know they made a lo
Re: Media Composer 5 and Mojo SDI
by Job ter Burg 9 years ago
Mojo SDI is still for sale, and still supported.
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