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Deposits
by Greg Ball 4 weeks ago
Whenever I send an agreement to a client, it includes a deposit amount. But I'm wondering if I'm not going about it the right way. Normally I ask for a credit card to pay the deposit when they sign th
Re: Deposits
by Greg Ball 2 weeks ago
Thanks Mike. We always get everything in writing. But the hard part is booking a crew a month or more out, then finding the client decides to cancel. I'm wondering if there should be a non-refundable
Chicago Video Crew?
by Greg Ball 1 month ago
Does anyone know of a good Chicago video crew who can shoot a series of home improvement style videos Greg Ball, President Ball Media Innovations, Inc. https: www.ballmediainnovations.com
Re: Chicago Video Crew?
by Greg Ball 1 month ago
Hi Terry, Thanks but I don't think the budget will allow for crew travel and hotels. If that was the case, I could bring my crew from Florida. Unless you think you can do the whole thing for under 2K
Disconnect video from audio
by Greg Ball 1 month ago
So I'm cutting some interviews, and I'd like to have the interview sound start under broll footage before we see the person speaking. I've detached the audio from the video, but when I try to delete t
Re: Disconnect video from audio
by Greg Ball 1 month ago
Yes, I right clicked and used DETACH AUDIO Greg Ball, President Ball Media Innovations, Inc. https: www.ballmediainnovations.com
Plug in for Dollar amounts counting upwards?
by Greg Ball 2 months ago
Does anyone know of a good plug-in so I can have multiple dollar amounts flying forward on the screen as they quickly count upwards Greg Ball, President Ball Media Innovations, Inc. https: www.ballmed
Re: Plug in for Dollar amounts counting upwards?
by Doug Metz 2 months ago
There's a built-in Generator called 'Counting' which may do what you want, though you'd have to animate the motion you want with keyframes... In the image below, I've entered 10 million for the end nu
Casting Studio Set Up
by Laurel Brown 3 months ago
Hi there - last year I took a job doing videography at a casting studio and was really surprised at how dated their suite was. This year, as I took more of a main role there I suggested an updated to
Re: Casting Studio Set Up
by Greg Ball 2 months ago
I've shot lots of casting sessions for clients. You need to have something like the following: Sony HXR-NX100 Full HD NXCAM Camcorder with plenty of SD Cards Tripod Headphones LED Lighting Boom Microp
Caption which is locked to pixels
by Erik Olsson 3 months ago
Hi, I should like to find out how I can achieve a caption such as the one in the photo which is locked to a specific pixel the picture. Thank you for your help! Erik img_3202.jpg
Re: Caption which is locked to pixels
by Greg Ball 2 months ago
BTW...Hopefully you'll spell check so Release will be spelled correctly. Greg Ball, President Ball Media Innovations, Inc. https: www.ballmediainnovations.com
Shooting a conference video
by Greg Ball 4 months ago
Hi all, I'm bidding on a conference video shoot. Our camera needs to be positioned in the back of the ballroom which is 100 feet away. There will be people speaking from a podium and also a few panel
Re: Shooting a conference video
by Greg Ball 2 months ago
Thanks so much for those encouraging words Mark. As always I agree with your comments. Greg Ball, President Ball Media Innovations, Inc. https: www.ballmediainnovations.com
The Profit
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
I really enjoy watching a reality TV show called "The Profit". It is a show about a guy (Owner of Camping World and other businesses) who purchases struggling business and implements better process an
Re: The Profit
by Greg Ball 2 months ago
Ryan Serhant is a real estate agent on Million Dollar Listing New York. I just purchased his book. I'll let you know how it is. Greg Ball, President Ball Media Innovations, Inc. https: www.ballmediain
Sharing multiple ranges
by Greg Ball 2 months ago
I have a 2 hr project. I'd like to share individual 40 min segments with my client. I've created the first 40 minute range and shared it, but I'm wondering if I can create the other three 40-minute ra
Re: Sharing multiple ranges
by Jeremy Garchow 2 months ago
You can queue multiple ranges. Set a range, share it. Set a range, share it. Set a range, share it. Those three ranges will queue in the background.
Can't hear audio when skimming
by Greg Ball 3 months ago
I have a series of interviews. When I skim them, I can't hear their audio, although the audio meter is working. If I drag the interview to the timeline and detach audio then make it a dual mono, I can
Re: Can't hear audio when skimming
by Greg Ball 3 months ago
That's not it. I haven't changed anything. I can't monitor stereo audio. Only mono. Greg Ball, President Ball Media Innovations, Inc. https: www.ballmediainnovations.com
Clip Properties
by Greg Ball 3 months ago
Hi everyone. I have 2 questions that I'm hoping yo can answer. 1. How can I check the clip properties that a client has sent me to determine if it's 1080P or 720P In FCP 7 you used to be able to see i
Re: Clip Properties
by Greg Ball 3 months ago
Thanks John! I have around 80 clips and photos that need moves. Is there a better way than creating 80 compound clips That seems very time consuming. Greg Ball, President Ball Media Innovations, Inc.
Brand Positioning for a Creative Company
by Julius Gintautas 5 months ago
Good day, everybody! Long time reader, first time writer. I have an issue with a brand positioning tag line. I am team member of a medium-sized creative company, which primarily provides film making,
Re: Brand Positioning for a Creative Company
by Todd Terry 5 months ago
Mark Suszko "I'm a crotchety old fart, I guess, but I'm not a fan of company names that are overly whimsical and opaque as to what they are and do." I'm now quietly filing paperwork to change the nam
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EX1 vs EX3
by Greg Ball 6 months ago
I have a client looking to shoot interviews at a conference. They requested a Sony EX320. Kinds hard to find that camera for rental. I do have an EX1. They asked for an EX3. To me these are the same c
Re: EX1 vs EX3
by Greg Ball 6 months ago
Why would better than 14x mean anything with interviews Greg Ball, President Ball Media Innovations, Inc. https: www.ballmediainnovations.com
How much footage?
by Greg Ball 8 months ago
How much HD 1080P footage can 32GB SD cards hold in a EX1 I always thought it was 2 hours. But I've seen something saying 100 minutes. Greg Ball, President Ball Media Innovations, Inc. https: www.ball
Re: How much footage?
by Bob Cole 5 months ago
That is my experience as well, at HQ1920 30P. Other HQ settings change the capacity very little if at all, but if you record in SP as opposed to HQ, you'll get more recording time. Bob C
Anchor Point Motion 5
by Greg Ball 9 months ago
I want to animate ext words forward zoom them) from infinity to a large size, and then have them fade out. When I try to set the anchor on the centered text the text is centered, however when I shrink
Re: Anchor Point Motion 5
by Robin S. Kurz 9 months ago
Sounds to me like you simply inadvertently set keyframes for the anchor point as well. At least that's the only reason I know and can think of for why it would could do that. If not, then you'd have t
Easiest method to caption videos?
by Neil Orman 9 months ago
Hi, I have a bunch of short videos for which I need to creates captions subtitles, and would appreciate any advice. Previously I've only created subtitles through the laborious, manual method. But the
Re: Easiest method to caption videos?
by Greg Ball 9 months ago
I hear you Neil. But just keep in mind that the more people who view and understand the video, the more people donate to the non-profit. Happy Holidays to you. Greg Ball, President Ball Media Innovati
Multiple lapel lav mics & interference
by Eric Jordan 2 years ago
I'm shooting an event coming up and the client has indicated that a sound company will be putting a lav mic on the speaker to amplify him (and am unsure if it's a wireless unit). I want to put my own
Re: Multiple lapel lav mics & interference
by Greg Ball 9 months ago
I like Peter's solution (without the attitude). At least you can monitor the audio and also have a back-up. We use a wireless lav on the talent (that we can monitor through our camera), and we work wi
Effective Video Proposals
by Greg Ball 11 months ago
I see lots of posts here on the Cow from people who screwed themselves over by not being in agreement on their deliverables with their clients. I just wrote an article for ProVideo Coalition on writin
Best Camera for Ultra Slow Motion?
by Greg Ball 1 year ago
I have a client looking to demonstrate a golf swing and the impact of the driver hitting a golf ball in ultra slow motion. We'll be shooting this in front of a green screen. ny suggestions for a camer
Re: Best Camera for Ultra Slow Motion?
by Greg Ball 1 year ago
Thanks Todd. That's what they told me . We would need to use their Tech. Also I'm wondering about lenses. Do these use DSLR canon lenses Greg Ball, President Ball Media Innovations, Inc. https: www.ba
music rights for internal corporate video?
by barbara daly 1 year ago
I have a client who wants to create an employee video using a pop song but changing the lyrics and singing it karaoke style. The video will be used in-house only, sung by current employees. It will be
Re: music rights for internal corporate video?
by Steve Brame 1 year ago
This has always been such a grey area, and I love these posts, always hoping that something more definitive will come out in one. One thing you can definitely count on - if you use client directed cop
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Switching monitor signals
by Greg Ball 1 year ago
I have a client with a trade show booth. They want to play a video on their monitor, but switch between the playback and a live camera feed of people in their booth. Is there a cheap way to do this Gr
Re: Switching monitor signals
by Steve Kownacki 1 year ago
A regular TV monitor Why not just use the hdmi inputs and switch there I found this on amazon. There are also hard-switch-type for under $30. Otherwise probably a real switcher for about $900.+ Steve
Advice for a request for music change
by Dave Bowman 1 year ago
Hi everyone, I wonder if someone can offer me some advice on this. I've created a video of a large estate house for a customer and cut it to music - music I chose as it was suitable for the video . So
Re: Advice for a request for music change
by Greg Ball 1 year ago
Knowing that you were cutting to the music, did you let your client hear the music and approve it before you started cutting I always let the client hear the music first, if I'm using music that way.
Need ways to improve these video testimonials - new backdrop idea?
by Adam Barefoot 1 year ago
So i am a full time media specialist for an online school and film 13-15 student stories every year at our graduation. i am looking to switch up the look this year since the past 25 have been the same
Re: Need ways to improve these video testimonials - new backdrop idea?
by Greg Ball 1 year ago
I actually like either a white seamless paper background, or any other colored backgrounds that match the school colors. I also like a black background (limbo set). The challenge with these background
My New Edit
by Yogendra Singh 1 year ago
Hi Guys, I am a wedding photographer in India, trying my hands on editing wedding films highlights. I think I am editing good but I do not get appreciations I expect. Here is one of my latest edits. C
Re: My New Edit
by Greg Ball 1 year ago
Hi Yogendra, not bad for your first video. Here are some suggestions: 1. You need to use better and larger titles so they can be read easily. Keep titles on screen so the viewer can comfortably read t
Had a video subtitled, but they're too fast to read...
by Corbin Gross 1 year ago
Hey there, C'Cow. I've got this recruiting video made of talking head interviews with about 70% B-roll overlay, advertising warehouse jobs across the country for an apparel wholesaler. The intent was
Re: Had a video subtitled, but they're too fast to read...
by Greg Ball 1 year ago
To Mark's point where he says that the difference in timing " has to be accommodated in the planning before the shoot, so the shots have longer "handles" on them to help the timing work out". That's n
How to Make YouTube Compilation Video?
by Joe Clark 1 year ago
Hello, I'm not sure what section to put this in so moderators please move it if necessary. I'm looking to create some YouTube compilation videos to add to my website - either as fair use, or after con
Re: How to Make YouTube Compilation Video?
by Greg Ball 1 year ago
I'm not a lawyer but you really can't add any videos to your website as "fair use" You ALWAYS have to get written permission. The copyright owner has to give you permission to republish the video or d
Pricing for corporate event photo
by Kevin Smith 1 year ago
Hello, I about to do an estimate for a 5 billion dollar corporation that is buying out an aeronautical company. They one full day of shooting and to own all of the footage. My estimate is going to be
Re: Pricing for corporate event photo
by Greg Ball 1 year ago
Kevin, Your rates should be based on what you feel you need to charge given your level of experience, expertise, and what you need to earn to make a living. It has no bearing on the size of the compan
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Work-for-hire contract or release for cameraman on film
by Roy Stevens 1 year ago
Hi I shot a short film and a friend shot a couple shots that were used. Does anyone have or know where I can get a standard contract or lease for him to sign I've been on the internet but things seem
Re: Work-for-hire contract or release for cameraman on film
by Greg Ball 1 year ago
Hi Roy, I'm not a lawyer, but my understanding is any contracts or releases must be written and agreed upon prior to your shoot. Greg Ball, President Ball Media Innovations, Inc. https: www.ballmediai
What to do to create a Promotional video for a Mining Company
by Fahad Minhaj 1 year ago
Hello People, Not sure where to start but I recently got contacted by a Mining company and they would like to make a promotional video. This is what they want to achieve: Intro which consist of video
Re: What to do to create a Promotional video for a Mining Company
by Greg Ball 1 year ago
We've actually produced this exact video for a mining company client. What we did was shoot the CEO portion here at their HQ, and then hired crews on location to shoot everything else. As Nick suggest
Glyph versus OWC Mercury Elite Pro versus G-raid Refurbished
by Greg Ball 1 year ago
I need to purchase a new external drive to edit using esata on FCP 7. I've always used graids. But I'm hesitant to purchase a refurbished drive or a used Graid. Do any of you have opinions of a Glyph
Re: Glyph versus OWC Mercury Elite Pro versus G-raid Refurbished
by Warren Eig 1 year ago
Just be weary with OWC external power supply. I have twenty external drives for them. When the power supplies started to fail, they wanted $20 a piece to replace. No rhyme or reason for the failure. I
Keynote in FCP 7 split screen
by Greg Ball 2 years ago
I have a presentation I'm working on that has the presenter on the left side of the screen and Keynote slides on the right side(Split Screen). At this point the slides are 720 X540. Sometimes they'll
Re: Keynote in FCP 7 split screen
by Greg Ball 2 years ago
Dave, perhaps I didn't communicate this properly. The client has already created the powerPoint slides that were used as part of the show. I believe I solved my problem by exporting each of 28 slides
Video with Alpha Channels
by Greg Ball 2 years ago
My graphic artist gave me several animations of an iPhone and iPad He gave them to me with alpha channels. I'm trying to key these over a matte background, and no matter what composite mode I try, I c
Re: Video with Alpha Channels
by Greg Ball 2 years ago
Hi Shane, The video as given to me keys perfectly. But it's an .h264 with an animation codec. I'm editing this on a 720p prores sequence. I tried converting the videos to prores444 but it didn't key.
Shipping... a laugh
by Todd Terry 2 years ago
Thought some might enjoy a smile on a Monday morning. I bought a set of ND filters from DJI for my little Mavic Pro drone. They are tiny, smaller than a dime. Here are the filters... and the box they
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Re: Shipping... a laugh
by Steve Kownacki 2 years ago
Space. The final frontier... Steve
Strange client request. Any thoughts??
by Greg Ball 2 years ago
Hi guys, Hope you're all well. I have a potential client who wants us to deliver different still graphics and video clip files to stretched ultra-wide LCD (LED backlight) bar cut displays. 1 3 cut dis
Re: Strange client request. Any thoughts??
by Greg Ball 2 years ago
Thanks Simon. Greg Ball, President Ball Media Innovations, Inc. https: www.ballmediainnovations.com
External Drives for FCP 7.03
by Greg Ball 2 years ago
I've always used G-Raid 2 TB drives with eSata connections. But lately they are hard to come by. I like them because they are totally quiet and very reliable. I have a Mac late 2010 2.4 ghz Quad Core
Re: External Drives for FCP 7.03
by Greg Ball 2 years ago
Thanks Shane. I don't believe I can move to Thunderbolt on this mac. The OWC Mercury Elite and Elite Pro drives seem to get mixed reviews. What do you know about these Glyph drives https: www.bhphotov
Low Res copy of B-Roll for client
by Ken Cooper 2 years ago
I have a new client 2 states away...we shot 2 cameras for 3 days at their manufacturing plant. TONS of 30 second b-roll clips. They want to see a low res version of all the clips. Do I charge them to
Re: Low Res copy of B-Roll for client
by Rich Rubasch 2 years ago
We do the same. We create sequences of Broll usually categorized by where we were shooting....exteriors, shipping, assembly line etc. Our encode settings are 320 x 180 one pass 600kbps and mono audio
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using 25 fps stock footage in 29.97 timeline
by Greg Ball 2 years ago
I have a client buying stock footage for a project I'm working on in FCP 7. The whole project is 29.97 fps. The footage they are buying is 25 FPS. Can I use their 25 frames per second stock footage cl
Re: using 25 fps stock footage in 29.97 timeline
by Greg Ball 2 years ago
Thanks Shane. The sequence is 29.97progressive, not interlaced. Does that make a difference Greg Ball, President Ball Media Innovations, Inc. https: www.ballmediainnovations.com
How to charge client?
by Adam Evans 2 years ago
To all of you freelance independent business video editors out there... How often do you: Use a contract request full or partial payment upfront or how else do you avoid getting stiffed
Re: How to charge client?
by Mark Suszko 2 years ago
Be it a full-on contract or a deal memo, GET IT IN WRITING UP FRONT. I recommend payment in thirds, and work doesn't start until the first third clears the bank. The first "third" needs to cover any o
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Training Video Cost vs Script?
by Samantha Harris 2 years ago
Hey guys! I'm new here and having a bit of a tricky time estimating what to charge for an employee training video. Essentially there are three, five-minute videos. I'd only need to film the owner for
Re: Training Video Cost vs Script?
by Greg Ball 2 years ago
Hi Samantha, As usual Mark has given you tremendous advice. I've shot and edited more corporate training videos than I could ever possibly count. For your pricing, it really depends on what the end vi
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Approximate cost of creating a 12'-24' studio space?
by Boe Beito 2 years ago
Hi folks, I apologize for the lack of detail, but I'm working on budgeting a photo video initiative for my company and I'd like to get a ballpark figure that I can include in my proposal. Here are the
Re: Approximate cost of creating a 12'-24' studio space?
by Greg Ball 2 years ago
Hi Bob, One thing I haven't seen mentioned in Air Conditioning. Where are you located Early in my career I worked for a large insurance company. Our studio was located in the parking garage. Although
How to distribute video to paying customers
by Patrick Miller 2 years ago
Hey everyone, For years now, I have been filming the 8th grade graduation for a local school. I put together a montage, interview the students, film the ceremony, etc. I have always pre-sold DVD's of
Re: How to distribute video to paying customers
by Greg Ball 2 years ago
How about putting it on a thumb drive Greg Ball, President Ball Media Innovations, Inc. https: www.ballmediainnovations.com
A wedding video contract without a business license?
by Kago Ai 2 years ago
A couple who wants me to shoot their wedding video wants to have a wedding video contract. I am a young videographer who is testing the waters, and I have just done just a few cash-deal craigslist job
Re: A wedding video contract without a business license?
by Greg Ball 2 years ago
You don't need a license to report your earnings. But you should ALWAYS have a contract that includes everything you're providing. For example, location(s), length of time you'll be there. Meals, park
Keeping image in iPhone frame
by Greg Ball 2 years ago
I had someone create an iPhone frame with Alpha channel for me, so I can change the screens and also have a finger tap buttons. That all works fine. However the first animation has the phone flip over
Re: Keeping image in iPhone frame
by Greg Ball 2 years ago
So is there anyway to do this in motion I'm not editing on FCPX yet. Greg Ball, President Ball Media Innovations, Inc. https: www.ballmediainnovations.com
SONY DIGIBETA CAM DVW A500 On Sale
by Ling Chua 3 years ago
SONY DIGIBETA CAM DVW A500 ON SALE. Selling at $200. Price is negotiable.
Re: SONY DIGIBETA CAM DVW A500 On Sale
by Greg Ball 3 years ago
Does this work Also can you share more about who you are where you're located and something more about you Most people (including myself) are skeptical about someone selling equipment here the same we
Mac Question
by Greg Ball 3 years ago
I have a MacPro5,1 2.4GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon with 16GB of memory. I edit on FCP Since USB3.0 seems like one of the newest ways of editing and using G-raid drives, I'm wondering how I can go about ad
Re: Mac Question
by John Rofrano 3 years ago
Greg Ball "Since USB3.0 seems like one of the newest ways of editing and using G-raid drives, I'm wondering how I can go about adding USB 3.0 to this mac."I also have a MacPro 5,1 and I purchased thi
HD video looks HORRIBLE when put on DVD through DVDSP!!
by Ben Con 4 years ago
Hi, I recently shot a video on a Sony XDCam PMW-EX3. I shot it 1920x1080i 60. I edited it in Final Cut Pro (7) and Exported using a variety for formats: MPEG-4, H.264, Prores 4444, Prores 422, ect. Al
Re: HD video looks HORRIBLE when put on DVD through DVDSP!!
by Greg Ball 4 years ago
Just export your video out of FCP 7 as a self contained quicktime. The bring that into compressor. Use 90 minute best settings, and turn frame controls on. Adjust your bit rate to work best.
Looking for beautiful footage Costa Rica or Central america.
by Greg Ball 4 years ago
I'm looking for the best sources for stock footage like the footage shown here: http: www2.crocodilebay.com welcome-to-the-sanctuary-at-osa-peninsula-a2014 Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks
Is this a badly framed wedding shot
by Martin Gleeson 4 years ago
No idea where to post this, but as the shot I'm considering is from a wedding (event) video,I thought I'd try here. Apologies if this is not the most appropriate place. Would you consider this a badly
Re: Is this a badly framed wedding shot
by Greg Ball 4 years ago
Martin, your partner needs to talk with the photographer ahesd of time so everyone can get the shots they need. I'm sure the photographer wouldn't be happy if your partner was invading his frame. Ever
SHooting in PAL Sony EX1
by Greg Ball 4 years ago
Hi Guys, A quick question. In the menu on the Sony EX1 you can choose Country for NTSC or PAL. The menu gives the option of shooting at 25P If I switch to PAL will it actually record in PAL Format at
Re: SHooting in PAL Sony EX1
by Greg Ball 4 years ago
My question is can we shoot in PAL I guess your answer is yes. Correct
Sony EX1 playback?
by Greg Ball 4 years ago
I have a client looking for me to shoot a media training session. I can take an SDI to DVI feed for video playback, but can't take audio the same way. Is there a way to get audio playback out of the E
Re: Sony EX1 playback?
by David Speace 4 years ago
You could take audio out of your earphone monitor out! Dave Speace Producer Director DP DZP Video Windows 7, 64 Bit, i7 8 Core, 16Gb Ram, GeForce 4800
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