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2010 Mac Pro for FCPX in 2020?
by Jay Soriano 2 months ago
Any 2010 Mac Pro FCPX editors Was offered a 2010 Mac Pro for $500...is it still a viable option in 2020 editing on FCPX with a Sapphire Pulse RX 580 8GB GPU Can a NVMe be installed as a media drive I
Re: 2010 Mac Pro for FCPX in 2020?
by Greg Ball 2 months ago
I Have a MacPro (Mid 2010) 2 x 2.4 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon. It works great with FCP. I have FCPX 10.4.5. I edit on High Sierra. Greg Ball, President Ball Media Innovations, Inc. https: www.ballmediai
Podcasting?
by Greg Ball 2 months ago
Hi everyone, Does anyone here know much about producing live podcasts I'm trying to work with a client who wants us to produce these on a bi-weekly basis. Thanks. Greg Ball, President Ball Media Innov
Re: Podcasting?
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
Lot of great suggestions already. Mine is, if there are multiple people in different locations, use skype and headphones or a hardline phone to conduct the conversation, but have each remote participa
Tutorial: Steps for Having Your Clients' Videos Translated
by Greg Ball 2 months ago
Business & Career Building Steps for Having Your Clients' Videos Translated Business owner and Creative COW member since 2001 (!!!) Greg Ball has been providing translation services for everything fr
FCP Multicam Project plays in Viewer, but won't export.
by Dean Hill 3 months ago
I m new to FCPX, (version 10.1.4), though I ve edited part-time for over a quarter of a century. I understand now, from reading other posts, that I m not using the best procedure for working in FCPX.
Re: FCP Multicam Project plays in Viewer, but won't export.
by Greg Ball 2 months ago
Glad I was able to help. Greg Ball, President Ball Media Innovations, Inc. https: www.ballmediainnovations.com
Background Audio Noise removal
by Greg Ball 4 months ago
I thought I saw a something about a built-in Audio noise reduction in FCPX. I have FCPX 10.4.5 Does that exist Or do I need to purchase Crumplepop's noise reduction Thanks much! Greg Ball, President B
Re: Background Audio Noise removal
by Brett Sherman 3 months ago
iZotope RX's "Dialogue Isolate" is about as close to magic as noise reduction gets. One parameter to set and it does a phenomenal job. But, it doesn't work as a plug-in and it is only in the RX Advanc
Buying a new Mac
by Greg Ball 4 months ago
I think the time has come to look into a new Mac for editing on FCPX. Currently, I edit on a Mid 2010 tower with 2x2.4 Quad-Core Intel Xeon and an ATI Radeon graphics card. This mac works flawlessly f
Re: Buying a new Mac
by Greg Ball 4 months ago
Thanks Mark, I see a Kanex KTU10 Thunderbolt to USB 3.0 & eSATA Adapter. Would that work Also what Mac would you suggest Greg Ball, President Ball Media Innovations, Inc. https: www.ballmediainnovatio
Still Image sizes
by Greg Ball 4 months ago
Is there an image size limit on FCPX I had a client send me 3696 2448 sized photos for a video I'm editing. The video will be in 1080P. I'd like to add some Ken Burns effects to these photos. Will pho
Re: Still Image sizes
by Greg Ball 4 months ago
Thanks, Jeremy! I appreciate your response. Greg Ball, President Ball Media Innovations, Inc. https: www.ballmediainnovations.com
Looking for DVD authoring services
by Greg Ball 4 months ago
Hi All, I need a precise quote for this project, as I'm shopping it around. So your best price would be helpful. Here's my project: I have a client with a film that is 63 minutes long. I already have
Re: Looking for DVD authoring services
by Andy Ford 3 months ago
A company I use for this: https: floridadigitalstudios.com ------------------------------------------------- Video Producer Digital Marketer Gear Reviewer Author -- www.AndyFordVideo.com --
Automating a closing title?
by Greg Ball 4 months ago
Hi all, I have a client with a video that they want to customize for 2,000 different people. It would be the same video but we would just change the name of the person at the end of the video to custo
Re: Automating a closing title?
by Terry Barnum 4 months ago
Here's a free Ripple tutorial on how to use a spreadsheet build titles in Motion. I know you asked for a FCPX solution but this could at least automate part of the task. https: www.rippletraining.com
Strange question for the most knowing group on the cow
by Greg Ball 4 months ago
Hi folks, I hope you're doing well. I'm looking for a sound effect and don't really know what terms I can use to search for it. It's the heaven like sound where an idea is revealed. You know it's like
Re: Strange question for the most knowing group on the cow
by Greg Ball 4 months ago
Hi Todd, That's it!!!! Thanks so much!! Greg Ball, President Ball Media Innovations, Inc. https: www.ballmediainnovations.com
Saving Custom Destinations (Exports)
by Brett Sherman 5 months ago
There doesn't seem to be a way to accomplish what I want with Custom Destinations and bundles. I want to use the Export Master File with different setting for Roles and Captions. For example, one expo
Re: Saving Custom Destinations (Exports)
by Greg Ball 5 months ago
Larry Jordan showed how to do this yesterday during a webinar. You may want to reach out to him. Greg Ball, President Ball Media Innovations, Inc. https: www.ballmediainnovations.com
How to tape oneself giving scripted message, using laptop
by Neil Orman 5 months ago
Hi, I have to advise our layman (non-video person) CEO, at the nonprofit I work at, how to videotape himself using a laptop, and also, if possible, use the same laptop as a teleprompter. Is that possi
Re: How to tape oneself giving scripted message, using laptop
by Greg Ball 5 months ago
Hi Neil, Most iPhones can record at 720p, 1080p and 4K. The Pavonine Software looks good on the surface, but I would question where your eyes are in relation to the lens. Can you make eye contact when
Constructive Feedback
by Yiorgos Moustakis 7 months ago
I am a filmmaker videographer and would appreciate some constructive feedback on my videography work. Although clients and friends seem to like my work, the engagement rate (shares likes) of my commer
Re: Constructive Feedback
by Greg Ball 7 months ago
Please don't take this the wrong way. The best way of learning and growing is by doing what you did. Ask for critiques. That being said, most of your videos lack emotion. You need more close-ups of pe
Event Insurance
by Nicholas Bierzonski 7 months ago
I play in a band. We are playing a festival in March. The City holding the festival wants us to purchase event insurance for the three hours we set up, play and tear down. I found Thimble online. They
Re: Event Insurance
by Greg Ball 7 months ago
I get my liability insurance from The Hartford Insurance Company, and I also have E&O insurance from Chubb. Greg Ball, President Ball Media Innovations, Inc. https: www.ballmediainnovations.com
Tired of Clients payment policies
by Greg Ball 9 months ago
Hi All, This is my last venting for 2019! I just lost a sizable video translation project. So frustrating! The NEW client agreed to our pricing for translating and subtitling their corporate video int
Re: Tired of Clients payment policies
by Greg Ball 9 months ago
Thanks Mark. I wonder if these same companies pay their electric utilities bill in 30-60 days. Do they pay their employees that late Last week I brought my car in for service. I had to pay the cashier
Are you still authoring DVDs?
by Greg Ball 10 months ago
I have a client looking to author 30 individual DVDs with Chapters. In my opinion DVDs are old school. How many of their clients even have DVD players What are you folks doing now Are you authoring th
Re: Are you still authoring DVDs?
by Robert Withers 10 months ago
Hi Greg, I'm curious. What's the new school Flash drives or some IT guy installs files on multiple laptops I'm copying files onto flash drives to have something physical to hand out but I wish there w
Selling Used Gear
by jim brodie 10 months ago
Hi Everyone, How have you found the best way to sell used gear I have some gear that is still in excellent condition but I'm at the stage where I want to scale back my business. I have a Sony EX-1R an
Re: Selling Used Gear
by Greg Ball 10 months ago
How many hours does your Sony EX-1R have What's it's history and condition What are you asking for it Greg Ball, President Ball Media Innovations, Inc. https: www.ballmediainnovations.com
Holding pricing?
by Greg Ball 10 months ago
Hi All, In my proposals I always say that our pricing is good for 30 days. I have a rather large project I'm bidding on and the client is requesting that pricing stay in effect for 90 days. My issue i
Re: Holding pricing?
by Greg Ball 10 months ago
Hi Todd, Thanks for your response. As I said we're renting Cameras and Atomos recorders. Those prices are not within my control. Also with 7 freelance contractors, I'd like to keep them all on hold. T
Shooting multiple presentations including PowerPoint
by Greg Ball 11 months ago
Hi there, I'm working on a project where there will be 7 presentations going on at the same time in different rooms. That means a total of 7 Cameras and operators each day. Each presentation will have
Re: Shooting multiple presentations including PowerPoint
by Greg Ball 10 months ago
Thanks Mark, I never thought about a GoPros. That's an interesting idea. But I think the Atomos would be best and quickest to edit from. Greg Ball, President Ball Media Innovations, Inc. https: www.ba
old, young, dinosaur, phone carrier
by grinner hester 12 months ago
I posted something on FB today and it's getting some interesting responses. I thought I'd share what I wrote here: Just had a dude, interview style, ask me how many years of After Effects experience I
Re: old, young, dinosaur, phone carrier
by Greg Ball 11 months ago
After Effects was originally created by David Herbstman, David Simons, Daniel Wilk, David M. Cotter, and Russell Belfer at the Company of Science and Art in Providence, Rhode Island, where the first t
XD Cam transfer not showing footage
by Greg Ball 1 year ago
I have a macbook pro with an express card slot. I upgraded my mac to El Capitan. Suddenly my XD cam Transfer will not allow me to open the footage and save it from my EX 1 camera. It's telling me it d
URSA cameras for studio use
by Greg Ball 1 year ago
If you were building an in-house corporate studio would you choose to purchase 2 Blackmagic Ursa cameras with studio configurations or would you go with Sony hxc fb80sn cameras What do you consider th
Blackmagic Ursa's for new studio?
by Greg Ball 1 year ago
If you were building an in-house corporate studio would you choose to purchase 2 Blackmagic Ursa cameras with studio configurations or would you go with Sony hxc fb80sn cameras What do you consider th
Re: Blackmagic Ursa's for new studio?
by Chris Clementson 1 year ago
At first glance the Sonys look pricey without extras such as a remote CCU. The Black Magics have a remote CCU and a little DVE at a more reasonable price. Will you need teleprompter How about mounting
Business at a crossroads ...
by Todd Terry 2 years ago
Hi friends... I'm coming to the group here looking for some advice, wisdom... or just to talk me down off the ledge. My tiny company is coming to a crossroads, and I just don't know which way to turn.
Re: Business at a crossroads ...
by Rich Rubasch 2 years ago
Two thoughts. Right now so many talented people in our biz are opting to stay freelance. Apparently it's too easy to start a new company. So they are not seeking staff positions. I used to receive 3-6
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Long Term Plan
by Steve Weng 2 years ago
One of the biggest thing that always in the back of mind is how long can I physically be an event videographer. I just turned 30 and I am in good shape. I don't mind waking up early hours to cover eve
Re: Long Term Plan
by Greg Ball 2 years ago
I have a friend who contracts out the shooting and just edits the videos. He doesn't make as much as when he shot weddings, but it's easier once you have a stable of good shooters(with people skills)
Casting Studio Set Up
by Laurel Brown 2 years 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 years 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
Brand Positioning for a Creative Company
by Julius Gintautas 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 3 years 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 2 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 4 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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
Pricing for corporate event photo
by Kevin Smith 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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
Glyph versus OWC Mercury Elite Pro versus G-raid Refurbished
by Greg Ball 3 years 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 3 years 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 years ago
Space. The final frontier... Steve
Strange client request. Any thoughts??
by Greg Ball 4 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 4 years ago
Thanks Simon. Greg Ball, President Ball Media Innovations, Inc. https: www.ballmediainnovations.com
External Drives for FCP 7.03
by Greg Ball 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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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