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Francois Stark

BSC Electronic Engineer, class of 92, did 3 years design work on vehicle tracking systems in Cape Town. Moved to Johannesburg in 1997 to start Postmasters. Started with two ABVB AVID systems. Today we have 1 AVID , 8 FCP's and 4 Pro Tools systems on a 11.6TB SAN.
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Hyperdeck only plays 16 bit little endian audio
by Francois Stark 7 years ago
Can somebody please explain: When I export Apple Prores HQ with 16 bit audio from FCP 7, I get little-endian audio. When I export Apple Prores HQ with 16 bit audio from FCP x, I get big-endian audio.
Why change audio from little-endian to big-endian?
by Francois Stark 7 years ago
Can somebody please explain: When I export Apple Prores HQ with 16 bit audio from FCP 7, I get little-endian audio. When I export Apple Prores HQ with 16 bit audio from FCP x, I get big-endian audio.
Re: Why change audio from little-endian to big-endian?
by Jeremy Garchow 7 years ago
Compressor allows Little Endian. You'll have to setup a custom Compressor setting, then in the FCPX Share window choose "Add Destination Compressor Setting". Jeremy
Anyone seriously using FCP X in a Volume-based SAN like SanMP?
by Francois Stark 7 years ago
Hi We have a 12 seat, 60TB sanmp SAN. 8 seats are used for FCP 7, the rest for audio. We have a central job server, where the FCP suites save all projects and related Motion files. Any client can walk
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Re: Anyone seriously using FCP X in a Volume-based SAN like SanMP?
by Chris Toll 5 years ago
I have SANmp running on 3 suites. I have also used both FCP7 and FCPX on the setup. The limiting factor is that FCPX can not see a volume that is mounted Read-Only it must be Read-Write . There may be
AVID MC 5.5 to Omneon - MXF OP1A
by Francois Stark 8 years ago
Hi I have been trying to find an easy way to export SD from Avid to MXF OP1A - XDCAM 30mbit sec for playout on Omeon servers. I have found a way that almost works - mount a dummy AMA volume that is fo
Re: AVID MC 5.5 to Omneon - MXF OP1A
by Francois Stark 8 years ago
Hi Gary I need to get a process going that can convert a few files per day - every day. We are actually a FCP shop, but Omneon does not like quicktime files. That's why I bought the Avid crossgrade -
pro tools HD output on decklink
by Francois Stark 9 years ago
Hi We are doing a surround mix on Pro Tools, using Apple Prores HD video files from FCP. The HD files look beautiful in quicktime. We have aPro Tools HD2 system where we do the work, but that can only
playback starts fine, then begins dropping frames...finally halts playback
by Jason Brown 9 years ago
I'm a fairly experienced FCP editor and I can't figure this out. FCP7 - Matrox MXO2 - Snow Leopard - XDCAM 420SP (wrapped in Apple HDV 30p 1440x1080 container) I've ran speed test - average read write
Re: playback starts fine, then begins dropping frames...finally halts playback
by Francois Stark 9 years ago
Hi Jason No, then it is definitely not your CPU or ram.... How did you bring the footage into FCP Log-and-transfer would normally transcode incoming footage into Apple Prores. If you used the Sony imp
FCP7 to XML to FCP6
by Chaz Shukat 9 years ago
Hi guys, All this upgrading and not being able to upgrade without an Intel processor is driving me nuts. I have 2 questions issues. One, is it possible to put an Intel chip in a Mac so I can upgrade m
Re: FCP7 to XML to FCP6
by Francois Stark 9 years ago
Try to split the project into smaller parts and export smaller XML files which you import one by one into FCP 6. It seems you have a huge project, and some element is causing the problem. splitting it
Freaky double framerate problem - 25fps footage plays at 50fps
by Francois Stark 9 years ago
Hi I captured hours of footage from a DVCPRO HD tape deck (1080i 25 PSF) into Apple Prores (HQ) 1080i 50. The footage has a weird problem: When I play it back in quicktime, the info window reports the
Re: File...
by Francois Stark 9 years ago
Unfortunately I could not reproduce the problem. I connected the same deck, used the same capture settings. This time the files captured perfectly - no playback or render issues. But wait, I just real
Decklink Studio SDI out garbled/flashing
by Francois Stark 9 years ago
Hi We have a new 8 core pac pro, Snow leopard 10.6.3, 6 GB RAM, with a new Decklink Studio card. Decklink 7.6 drivers. We are driving analogue Yamaha audio monitors, and a TVLogic HDSDI screen through
Re: Decklink Studio SDI out garbled/flashing
by Kristian Lam 9 years ago
What about hardware configuration differences in your machine What other PCIe cards do you have Which slot is the DeckLink card installed in Does changing slots make a difference regards Kristian Lam
AJA Kona movie player software needed
by Francois Stark 10 years ago
I need a simple program that does the following: 1) Open any Apple Prores quicktime file (we use two formats: PAL and 1080i25) 2) Scrub and play the file out AJA Kona LHe's HDSDI output 3) SHOW THE C
Re: AJA Kona movie player software needed
by Francois Stark 10 years ago
Mmmmm you just gave me an idea... We actually use LTC to distribute TOD to several studio clocks. Would I be able to get that TOD into a AJA LHe card Balanced audio Regards Francois
LHe Audio Sync on Capture on many systems with many variables
by Francois Stark 10 years ago
Hi Is there anybody out there that has his LHe system so stable that it NEVER captures a clip with audio out of sync Please describe such a system... When we capture to our AJA Kona LHe cards we find
LHe sync issues, all of a sudden
by David Jahns 10 years ago
I'm not an engineer, just the most tech savvy editor at a shop with 11 FCP Stations - 9 with LHe, one with a K3, and one LHi, all using FCP 6.0.5. All of the LHe stations are about 2 years old Mac Pro
Re: LHe sync issues, all of a sudden
by Francois Stark 10 years ago
Hi Have you found any solution to this problem Did these six suites run without any sync problems before Thanks Francois Regards Francois
Calling all Pro Tools + Decklink users
by Francois Stark 10 years ago
Hi I'm trying to find out what codecs Pro Tools can use with Decklink. I'm waiting for my PT 8 LE to be delivered, and in the mean time I have the Decklink Studio installed in a new Mac Pro with Snow
AJA TV and AJA VTR Exchange bug
by Francois Stark 10 years ago
Hi I am using VTR Exchange to capture a drama studio's live output to disk. We are recording direct to Apple Prores HD 1080i 25. Yes. 25FPS - for a PAL world. We actually wrote an application that has
Bug - AJA VTR Exchange and AJA TV
by Francois Stark 10 years ago
Hi I am using VTR Exchange to capture a drama studio's live output to disk. We are recording direct to Apple Prores HD 1080i 25. Yes. 25FPS - for a PAL world. We actually wrote an application that has
Example
by Francois Stark 10 years ago
Just an example of the recording program in action - we recorded six takes. They are all packed out in a 3x2 array. The operator can directly choose any clip and it will play out to HDSDI. AJA TV has
Decklink <-> Photoshop version on windows?
by Francois Stark 10 years ago
Hi Since Blackmagic removed the extended desktop functionality of the decklink cards, we can not use MS Powerpoint to drive the HDSDI output anymore. We have to buy photoshop to drive the external dis
Re: Decklink <-> Photoshop version on windows?
by Joshua Helling 10 years ago
You can use either Photoshop CS4 or Photoshop CS4 Extended. Once you install the photoshop, reinstall our drivers and that should make sure the plugin is installed in the proper folder. Once that's do
SMissing Extended Desktop after reinstall
by Bryan Fowler 10 years ago
I did a clean install of 10.6 Installed FCP Studio 3, DeckLink HD Extreme 2 drivers, and HDlink Pro drivers. But I still can't get an extended desktop. In the system prefs I only have Black Last Frame
Re: SMissing Extended Desktop after reinstall
by Francois Stark 10 years ago
Hi Joshua I have just bought two new PC's with decklink cards for our new studios. We need to have a simple Character generator to display slate info in HDSDI between scenes. However, we installed Win
FCP 7 Boris crawl interlacing gone
by Francois Stark 10 years ago
FCP 7... Place a title crawl using boris in PAL. Boris does no interlacing. Makes the crawl unreadable in interlaced PAL. Tried shift fields filter... which did nothing since the fields are not invert
Re: FCP 7 Boris crawl interlacing gone
by Rajesh Barnabas 10 years ago
take rasertization off on the FC controls. that will do the trick with this borris scrolling text. also color is good rather than just white on black text. that creates too much contrast espeecially i
FCP 7 to Color roundtripping
by Francois Stark 10 years ago
Nobody is clear about this... What works and what does not Multiple layers Multicam clips Nesting Multi-level nesting Compositing inside FCP: Scaling Distort Cropping Masking Overlay modes Does any of
Re: FCP 7 to Color roundtripping
by Cory Sheldon 10 years ago
Just installed FCS 3 and I'm feeling much better about color roundtripping. I was a bit concerned at first as Color itself doesn't preview things such as speed changes, effects and 'motion tab changes
G5 Power PC Mac not keeping up with HD video
by David Rodney 11 years ago
Hi all, I have had a G5 Mac since 2003 and it has never let me down. It is a dual 2ghz with 4gb of ram and the standard graphics card. It is obviously struggling with HD video - it just won't play the
24"imac
by Francois Stark 11 years ago
Hi The 24"imac would work if it can get the data off the drives in time. The key is sorting out your video storage. FW800 would be good enough for external video drives when working with compressed HD
Reconnecting Media
by Melissa Palmer 11 years ago
My harddrive crashed and I lost half of the tapes that I digitized, I copied them back onto the harddrive from a backup drive and was able to reconnect everything in the browser (but only one clip at
Re: Reconnecting Media
by Francois Stark 11 years ago
Highlight a clip on the timeline. Apple-9 shows the clip info. Go to logging. If you don't see a path to the clip or its filename, it means the project has lost any reference to the file. In this case
HD media consolidate crashes MC3
by Francois Stark 11 years ago
We have a Avid MC3 1080i50 timeline containing footage from P2, XDCam and HDV. We have to convert it to FCP, using automatic duck. The first step in this process is to consolidate all media on one dri
solution
by Francois Stark 11 years ago
I still have no idea why the avid crashed when we did a non-transcode consolidate, but I have found that we can import the P2 footage to FCP by just connecting the avid media drives direct to the FCP
ADTX array support - help?
by Francois Stark 11 years ago
Hi Bart and other SAN boffins... What happened to ADTX Can we still get spares for the ADTX ArrayMassStor LH series arrays I see Berkeley communications are selling these arrays used, filled with 15 x
Ciprico also sells old stock
by Francois Stark 11 years ago
Hi Howard Thanks for the info. I also found that Ciprico is selling old ADTX stock, with a three year guarantee, in my part of the world. They keep support spares as well. Thanks Francois
Hands down best PCIe eSATA card?
by Winston A. Cely 12 years ago
So, what's the hands down, best PCIe eSATA card for a Mac Pro that won't interfere with my AJA Kona LHe card Also, what the best eSATA box for swappable drives that you can buy without any drive pre-l
Raid 5 ESata
by Francois Stark 12 years ago
Hi Bob Have a look at this barefeats review of the Highpoint Rocketraid 3522, with Raid 5; and the Intel IOP341 running at 800MHz with Multiple ADMA engines. It has 256MB DDR2 cache memory with ECC (5
N.A.B. and FCP Certfication
by Lisa Koza 12 years ago
Hi there, I've been contemplating attending NAB this year, it'd be my first time. The reason I'm thinking about going is mostly because supposedly, for the $900 fee for a conference in the Post Produc
AVID at NAB
by Francois Stark 12 years ago
I just received my map to exhibition halls at NAB, and guess what: there are two places where Avid is shown in a hall, and no Apple. Could Avid have sucker-punched Apple to withdraw, only to come back
OT: Apple pulls out of NAB
by Michael Hancock 12 years ago
This just in: http: www.tvtechnology.com dailynews index.cgi Apple is out of NAB as well. It's going to be a ghost town. Michael.
Re: Apple is dropping NAB!!!
by Francois Stark 12 years ago
Jerry Jerry Hofmann "50 dog and ponies with say, 2 guys and a mac will cost no where near the millions spent at NAB.... and likely could reach as many or more people... that is what apple is looking a
BM and Pro Tools
by Francois Stark 12 years ago
Hi Can we use a blackmagic card with Pro Tools HD as a way to get video to a PAL screen and HD PCIe on a dualcore G5 We would like to use MPEG IMX 30 codec quictime files with Pro Tools, and later som
SANMP on leopard?
by Francois Stark 12 years ago
Does anybody know when sanmp will have a update out that runs on leopard
3ds max 9 - 32 bit and 64 bit don't render together
by Francois Stark 13 years ago
Hi We have two seats of 3ds max, which we upgraded recently to Windows 64 bit, and the new 3dx Max 9 64 bit. But we also have a small render farm of about 6 PC's, running windows XP 32 bit. We install
Re: 3ds max 9 - 32 bit and 64 bit don't render together
by Francois Stark 13 years ago
That's exactly what we don't want to do. When we're working on a complex project on the 64 bit Max, we don't want to have to re-open it on a 32 bit system just to submit it to a render farm. That's in
Os X 10.4.8 crashes on Intel systems when...
by Francois Stark 13 years ago
Os X 10.4.8 crashes on Intel systems when we access it through the LAN. Is that a known problem We have 3x G4's, 4x G5 systems, and a mac Mini and Mac Pro, both on Intel CPU's. We have been networking
MetaSAN with FCP on Mac OSX 10.4.8
by Sean ONeil 13 years ago
Has anyone experienced strage problems with rendering files I've just been getting an error "File Name already exists" when I try to render. It started after updating to 10.4.8. It hasn't been consist
Re: MetaSAN with FCP on Mac OSX 10.4.8
by Francois Stark 13 years ago
Nope, it's not Metasan. I have 4 suites on os X 10.4.7 and have the same problem, using MetaSAN and SanMP. I recon it's a FCP issue. I even had it a few times on FCP 5.0, but it seems to have increase
ISO:SAN over Gigbit Ethernet using DVCPRO-50 codec?
by Ben Howard 13 years ago
I know very little about the wonderful world of SAN. I have managed a Unity system and helped install a XSAN - but I didn't have the chance to get under the hood and really learn how these types of sy
Re: ISO:SAN over Gigbit Ethernet using DVCPRO-50 codec?
by Francois Stark 13 years ago
Hi Ben I've been where you are. I started with a volume locking san (20 months ago), and it works. But we grew, and with four FCP systems and three Pro Tools systems, we are now running 11 volumes on
Using apple intel machines on a SAN? MetaSAN and SanMP on one SAN?
by Francois Stark 13 years ago
Hi Anybody using apple's intel machine on a SAN yet In a mixed SAN with Apple G5's Which fibre HBA's are best for G5 PCI-X; G5 PCI-Express and Intel PCI-Express Also - If I want to migrate my SAN from
San project sharing
by Francois Stark 13 years ago
Ok, so this is the first time we are running a file level SAN. Up to now, we stored projects locally, on a second drive in the mac, with the FCP archive set to the media drives. We would mount job dir
Firewire media storage for Meridien?
by Francois Stark 13 years ago
Hi Will a win 2000 based Avid Xpress Meridien work with firewire media storage Of will it only run on SCSI or Fibre channel What are the options for adding more media space Thanks Francois
Re: Firewire media storage for Meridien?
by Jon Zanone 13 years ago
The FW you have on that machine is almost certainly 1st generation FW400 - maybe fast enough for offline storage, but no where near fast enough for editing. Your best bet is to stick with SCSI or fibr
Using very large bitmaps
by Francois Stark 13 years ago
Hi I need to render a model of the earth and want to use a bitmap that is 80 000 by 40 000 pixels as a UWV map (yes, that's not a typo). If I try it with the standard UVW map the farm die when renderi
Re: www.wavgen.com
by Francois Stark 13 years ago
We tried that. It's the render that falls over. Freezes up the machines.
Win XP 64b support
by Margus Voll 14 years ago
Hi. Does MAX 8 support win xp x64 and if I have AMD Opteron dual with lets say 8 gigs of ram ... does max use this effectively Margus.
Re: Win XP 64b support
by Francois Stark 14 years ago
We use a AMD X64 X2 machine with max - with 3.4GB RAM. Max doesn't have a 64 bit version, but it runs fine in windows 64. Doesn;t use more than about 1.5GB RAM at a time. Regards Francois
Slicing Earth
by IllidanTG 14 years ago
I have a detailed sphere from the Earth(with displacement landscape) and I want to slice this globe to 3800 pieces to get individual parts with landscape. How could I slice the sphere en-masse when th
Re: Slicing Earth
by Francois Stark 14 years ago
We did this. We had two 40MB Tga hires sat photos which we sliced up (into 200 maps each), using macro's in photoshop. Used a max script to create a model with these 400 maps as sub-materials in one l
New System! PC....or Apple? Which is better?
by Jon Jacobs 14 years ago
So I'm going to be upgrading my system soon with about a 3500 price range for the tower itself. So im thinking of either an hp 8200 workstation, or a quad g5. Both are around the same price. Any prefr
Re: Yep, that's what I did
by Francois Stark 14 years ago
Oops... Never really know who you're dealing with out here... Respect. FRegards Francois
Cinewave Death and Blue screen on bootup
by Christopher Wright 14 years ago
Well, I just tried the latest round of software updates and the 10.4.3 update said it couldn't install on my dual G4 1 ghtz machine, and said to reboot. Now I get to the loading OSX screen and then th
Re: Cinewave Death and Blue screen on bootup
by Francois Stark 14 years ago
Have you zapped the PRAM
Too Late To Ask About Discreet Edit and Apple
by Wreck Gar 14 years ago
I know the EDIT deal was dropped from Discreet a while back (I was an Edit-Editor). And I also heard that Apple bought Discreet DVD Maestro to make Studio Pro. Have there been any rumblings about Appl
My three favorite edit* features
by Francois Stark 14 years ago
Warning - this is an anti-edit* rant! Feature 1 : A minimum six second pre-roll on the digisuite LE Feature 2 : Exceeding real-time RT features forced us to do a mix-down Feature 3 : Adding dissolves
login to win 2003 domain
by Francois Stark 14 years ago
Hi We recently moved from a windows 2000 server domain to a win 2003 server domain and now the macs have some problems. On the old server box, they could log in to the server using specific mac users
Re: login to win 2003 domain
by Francois Stark 14 years ago
Thanks, it helped. I can log in as before now. Still battling to print to windoze printers... Regards Francois
what hard drive add'n to G5?
by stu aull 14 years ago
Want to add a 2nd H drive to the G5. I know its an ATA serial - any brand to recommend or avoid I'm assuming its pretty much plug and play install wise Thanks! Stu Aull 2.0 Dual G5, FCP 4.5, Panther (
Re: what hard drive add'n to G5?
by Francois Stark 14 years ago
Any SATA drive should work. To install, there are screws mounted in the G5 box for the purpose - these are metal screws with a extrended plastic screw head - they look like little mushrooms. After fit
finding imported dv files
by digiwomen 14 years ago
I'm running a powerbook G$, Tiger. I started an imoveHD project and set it to save on the laptop hard drive. I want to find the imported dv files and I can not. Where do they go Why do they not show I
Re: finding imported dv files
by Francois Stark 14 years ago
The files should have a .mov extension. To search for them open a finder window and type in the search term in the lop right entry-box. Regards Francois
Any truth to this rumor?
by LJ Corwin 14 years ago
Hi there, I missed going to the NAB production + post or whatever it's called at the Javitz Center today, but I'll be getting over there tomorrow. However, a friend of mine called me to tell me that A
How is this possible?
by Francois Stark 14 years ago
chris magid "Keep in mind with an additional firwire card in the PCI bus, Adrenaline HD can already work with HD100 media in its native codec." Ok Chris, I don't quite understand. How do Avid propose
Apple Logic vs Pro Tools
by Francois Stark 14 years ago
Does somebody have experience on both systems How does Logic compare to Pro Tools in the following areas: - Importing OMF from FCP or AVID - Track count and audio effect count for a single machine and
Re: Apple Logic vs Pro Tools
by Jake Tolbert 14 years ago
Francois, Since no one has replied, I suppose I'll chime in. Sounds like you are maybe a Pro-Tools user now, am I right If that's true, you know how simple and efficient in many ways Pro Tools is for
Does it matter what Brand of Memory is added to Power Mac G5?
by Rober't 14 years ago
Hello, I want to add memory to a Power Mac G5, 2.0. I have found several different brands online at varying prices: Samsung, 4 All Memory, Other World Computing, etc. Samsung is always the most expens
Re: Does it matter what Brand of Memory is added to Power Mac G5?
by Francois Stark 14 years ago
I have been buying non-apple RAM since the first G4's came out. Ram either works or it's unstable. You need to know your system is stable before the upgrade. Then: upgrade only the RAM. You will know
ATTO PCI PC TO MAC FIBRE CHANNEL
by oxyde 14 years ago
Hi, Does anyone try to use a pc fiber channel card into a mac with success if positive did u guys tried with a qlogic qla2200 We tried with the qlogic qla2200 but it doesn't reconize the card so i was
Re: ATTO PCI PC TO MAC FIBRE CHANNEL
by Francois Stark 14 years ago
We did the opposite: used a Apple fibre card (which is a re-branded LSI card) in a PC. We just got the right driver for our operating system. So: If you can get a driver - it will work,otherwise not.
SAN: ADTX on Apple Fibre cards not working
by Francois Stark 14 years ago
Hi Well at last I took the leap of faith and bought a SAN. It's not working. At all. That's the short and sweet part... I have four FCP suites and one graphics server (PC) that I want on the SAN. So I
Last update here
by Francois Stark 14 years ago
The ADTX disk array is fine. At this moment it seems like the G5's on os X.3.8 work perfectly, but the G4's on os X.3.9 don't. A quick test with the G4's on os X.3 showed that they should work. Furthe
Pro Tools on SAN - How to do video?
by Francois Stark 15 years ago
Hi all A ijust asked this on the Io forum: How do you do video on a G5-based pro tools system when you have only three PCI slots available: two slots are taken up by pro tools hardware cards, and the
Re: Pro Tools on SAN - How to do video?
by Francois Stark 14 years ago
Thanks, but that is how I am running now - using a ADVC100 converter. Problem: It does not play uncompressed codec. First Prize would be a decklink card but the G5 has too few PCI slots. Second Prize
what is the best video capture cRD FOR PROTOOLS HD ?
by Designer 14 years ago
Hi, We have a PROTOOLS HD system , based on G4 system dual 833 with 1 GB ram , and the OS is panther 10.3.x the software is Protools 6.7 we want to install a video option to our system , we need i vid
Decklink or Mirovideo DC-30
by Francois Stark 14 years ago
I would suggest a Decklink extreme card. This card can capture from SDI or Component to DV or MJPEG compressed, as well as uncompressed formats, and has a feature in the driver which will alow you to
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